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    #1 Guest_ittybittylove_*

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    Posted 16 April 2015 - 01:19 PM

    I'm an avid language learner and I was wondering if anyone else is too. Maybe we can start a language exchange/pen pal sort of thing, so we can practice/learn languages.

    I speak English, Spanish, Japanese and German if anyone is interested (but my Spanish and German are a little rusty)
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    Posted 16 April 2015 - 02:42 PM

    I am a linguaphile, I speak English, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Thai, Tibetian, and some (not fluent in any regard) Japanese. :) I'd love to be penpals/audiopals with someone who wants to practice any of those! X3

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    Posted 16 April 2015 - 03:49 PM

    I speak English obviously, haha.  I took Spanish for four years, so I'm able to understand it fairly well, although I wouldn't call myself fluent.

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    Posted 16 April 2015 - 05:39 PM

    I've only ever studied one language, and that's Mandarin. I studied it in middle school, high school and college. If anyone wants to practice with me let me know!

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    Posted 16 April 2015 - 09:53 PM

    I studied japanese in college and I'm learning mandarin now.

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    Posted 17 April 2015 - 07:07 AM

    My mother tongue is French so if anyone wants to practice their French I can help  :)

    Aside from English I don't speak any foreign language.

    I studied Spanish in high school and a bit of Mandarin in college. But I forgot almost everything I've learned. 


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    Posted 08 May 2015 - 05:08 AM

    Im not that great at learning new languages, So yeah i speak english and danish :) I have had german and french in school but well I dont really remember how to speak it, but if anyone want's to learn a few danish phrases Im happy to help ;)

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    Posted 13 May 2015 - 02:17 AM

    Have you guys heard of duolingo.com? It's a great way of learning new languages. 


    I speak Dutch, English, French, a bit of German, a bit of Spanish and a tiny bit of Danish, thanks to Duolingo ;) 

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    Posted 13 May 2015 - 05:28 AM

    Duolingo is cool. Personally, I use the app!

    My native language is French but I'm learning English (for 14 years), Spanish (for 7 years), and Japanese (for 5 years). 

    I'm studying all these languages a university, and I also have few links and pdf books for japanese self-teaching (you can message me if you want them!)

    I can read a bit of korean (very slowly though)... But I'd like to learn more languages!


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    Posted 13 May 2015 - 12:16 PM

    I'm very very very slowly working on German. I use Duolingo occassionally (I may have to download the app and try harder!). I can read somethings, but not a lot.


    Daddy is fascinated by Russian and can read maybe a little better than I can read German, and he can listen decently. He can't really speak it, but he understands pronunciation.


    Other than that, we don't know anything but English really. But I think we'd both like penpals that speak either of these languages.

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    Posted 13 May 2015 - 04:07 PM

    I speak spanish myself :) I've always wanted to learn Japanese but never really stuck to it xD; I know a few words and stuff but not enough for a conversation.


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    Posted 16 May 2015 - 11:11 PM

    Me and my Daddy are both taking Japanese in College right now. It's almost the end of our first semester, English is my native language but I'm interested in learning others. :)

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    Posted 30 May 2015 - 09:44 AM

    The only language I speak besides english is russian. But I've also sung in many different languages and listen to music from all over the world, so I know some words and phrases in other languages here and there.


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    Posted 04 November 2015 - 08:09 PM

    at the risk of resurrecting a zombie thread...


    i speak modern standard arabic.  i know some of several other languages, but arabic is the only one i can sit down with someone and chat all day long in.  besides english of course.  if anyone wants to learn, im happy to help.  


    lingua.ly is a great app to help with studying.  euronews is a good news web site to practice listening and reading since they have the script with their videos. 

    "The ecologist is continually having to look at the aspects of nature with which he is unfamiliar and perforce must be an amateur for much of his working time.... professionals may carp at omissions, misconstructions, or even downright errors in these pages. perhaps ultimately they may forgive them for the sake of the overall vision that only the amateur, or the ecologist, blithely sets out to experience."G. Evelyn Hutchinson

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    Posted 06 November 2015 - 10:56 AM

    Besides English the only other language I know fluently is sign language. I can say a few words, phrases and things in French, Spanish and German, but I'm not at all fluent.

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    Posted 06 November 2015 - 06:43 PM

    I speak Taishanese, Cantonese, a bit of Mandarin, English, and I'm currently learning French.


    #17 Guest_ittybittylove_*

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    Posted 06 November 2015 - 07:50 PM

    Eeeee I'm so glad this thread is back. I want to learn allll these languages.

    Also DuoLingo is a pretty good language learning app, I don't know if someone had mentioned it before. And I've used lextalk to find some language exchange partners.
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    Posted 09 November 2015 - 05:14 AM

    i learned arabic in about 70 weeks... it was a job requirement.  


    needless to say, it was an intense pace.  i learned some pretty good techniques to learning another language.  mainly out of necessity...  


    so, ill give you guys one of my favorite tricks for memorizing new words:  CONTEXT!!!  just use the new foreign word in a sentence of your native language.  it works like this:  every morning, i drive my (say-ar-uh) to work.  my wifes (say-ar-uh) is a honda civic.  context tells you that sayaruh means vehicle, or car. indeed, its the arabic word for car.  now, if you can start to replace the english word for the arabic one, you will have it memorized within a few uses.  which means you can memorize it pretty quickly.  


    you now know what sayaruh means in arabic.  in the example above, i separated the syllables with dashes.  


    so, try it, pick out a few words in a language you want to learn, and see how long it takes to memorize them by inserting them into a sentence constructed of your native tongue.  this is a trick for learning vocab words only.  it wont help you with grammar, so if you dont know any grammar in the language you are trying to learn, i would suggest only using this method with nouns, until you learn the grammar.  that way you dont fossilize bad habits and grammar mistakes.  this method makes it very easy to SAY a word in the target language without having to think about it, so it can greatly improve both your listening and speaking skills.  but it can also allow you to form bad habits very quickly.  


    for instance, sayaruh(car) zoujetee(my wife) is the way to say "my wifes car".   if i were to try to replace the arabic word for the nearest equivalent, using english grammar structure, i wouldnt make any sense.  it would come out sounding something "me wife car her" to someone who speaks arabic.  if i were to say "my wifes car is very big", the word order, in grammatically correct arabic, is "car wife big very".  


    see what i mean?  

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    Posted 09 November 2015 - 09:21 AM

    I speak English Textanise Irish Scottish and Rubbish.


    On the plus side, so many very intelligent people.


    I have been fortunate to travel a lot so I have learnt various words and phrases in lots of languages so not to be rude and to try and mingle with the locals the best way I know how, but I am fluent in none.  


    Awesome to all of you who can that is wicked cool

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    Posted 09 November 2015 - 10:54 AM

    @auban the context stuff is very good advice. It vaguely reminds me of the sticky note tactic of labeling your entire house. For grammar I think practice is the best thing, especially if you have a native speaker you can talk with. Movies and books can be helpful to for learning grammar.

    When you know the language a bit better karaoke can also be helpful for picking up new vocabulary.

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