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the Kaiser by Ebenezer Fuckingwell - Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:24:16 EST ID:/+DZNG5Y No.11564 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Do Germans ever say Kaiser to refer to their boss? Would that be a normal thing for Germans to do, the same way in English you might say the Chief or the Guvnor to refer to your manager?
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Reuben Pinderman - Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:13 EST ID:2YUuhjnM No.11577 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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No.
Outside of historic context, germans will think you're talking about Franz "Der Kaiser" Beckenbauer, soccer trainer and former player.

There's the formal "Der Vorgesetzte", then theres "Chef" or "Boss" (colloquial).
In the trades, it's "Meister".
The former is not used when adressing the person directly, the latter are.
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Jenny Clezzledale - Sat, 02 Aug 2014 09:10:09 EST ID:/+DZNG5Y No.11583 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11577
So, if I heard a group of Germans saying "Kaiser" a lot in their conversation, they were most likely talking about Beckenbauer.

Thanks for the response.
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Hedda Blackdock - Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:40:14 EST ID:Nopi8P26 No.11593 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Don't listen to Reuben. I'm a german so I know that all of us germans use the word Kaiser for all kinds of things; the toaster, our dealers, duct tape, even Godzilla. Sometimes I call my girlfriend Kaiser.
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Edwin Sannercocke - Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:14:48 EST ID:B1nVo684 No.11601 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>11593
And our grocery stores too!


smoke weed everyday in other languages by Fucking Favingpodge - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:34:17 EST ID:ORtpm4VC No.9025 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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毎日マリファナをすう!
(mainichi marifana o suu~)
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Graham Fangerkark - Sun, 29 Jun 2014 03:51:16 EST ID:NE/B0+BQ No.11500 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Jeden Tag Grass Rauchen!!!- German
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Basil Cuffingnork - Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:17:52 EST ID:LvYH0MTf No.11506 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>11500
>Grass rauchen
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Oliver Brusslelire - Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:20:58 EST ID:M/GE+wRG No.11535 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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دخن حشيش كل يوم

or

حشْشُ كل يوم
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Lydia Docklefoot - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:58:45 EST ID:B4Pfe3Ff No.11541 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Je vous encourage à consommer du cannabis journalièrement.
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Hedda Huddleshaw - Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:15:34 EST ID:YrPPbQmf No.11582 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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날마다 대마초를 피우라


What's even the point. by Phyllis Dottingmadge - Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:55:53 EST ID:3PaB0X0O No.11569 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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No one wants to talk to you in their native language, they want to practice English with you. Or they'll get mad as if you were implying they don't know English. It's a required subject in every developed nation, everyone speaks English. Foreign media is available translated. I really enjoyed Spanish and French in school/college but now I'm disappointed I never get to use them and can't see the point of trying to pick up another. Why do you guys do it?
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Reuben Gundleletch - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:49:41 EST ID:dS7oKwOs No.11570 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11569
Tell them you don't speak English. Problem solved
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Augustus Pittlock - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:49:33 EST ID:qizTVHik No.11571 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I feel it gives you a different perspective on things, in general and just with languages themselves. I think languages extend well beyond just verbal/written, and when you start to get down concepts and ideas in something and go back to what you already know, it can be a bit refreshing and help you get a deeper understanding.

There are many reasons, but that's a good reason to just do it.
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Caroline Finderwot - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:57:34 EST ID:aGhz4jlt No.11572 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Go somewhere where nobody speaks English, problem solved.
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Sidney Finningwater - Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:41:16 EST ID:IdNV1unP No.11580 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Read books in french and spanish, watch movies in french and spanish. It's much more enjoyable to understand art in it's own language.


help by Phineas Mabberhot - Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:13:24 EST ID:NSiA5J4q No.11560 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I'm not a native English speaker and I want to start reading English novels but i'm afraid of not being able to read some of its words, especially the vowel words that seem like they have the short vowel sound but in reality the vowels or some are long.
How do you guys figure this out?
Are they rules?
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Betsy Sollytune - Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:33:20 EST ID:i0gwflFu No.11561 Ignore Report Quick Reply
vowel length (or even "stress") is not a big deal in english, since varying it does not result in a different meaning. however i suspect your pronunciation is just all kinds of fucked, since vowel length is hardly the only thing that is vague in english orthography. watch some video game walkthroughs (with commentary) on youtube or something to improve.
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Samuel Hebbleson - Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:54:31 EST ID:XnC1cGBX No.11563 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>seem like they have the short vowel sound but in reality the vowels or some are long
Could you give an example?
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Caroline Finderwot - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:01:57 EST ID:aGhz4jlt No.11573 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Vowel sounds in English are almost impossible to figure out just from looking at the written word. You could look into doing some phonics lessons or something but there are always tons of exceptions to any rule.
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Alice Guddleshit - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:00:37 EST ID:Nopi8P26 No.11575 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Don't worry about it. It doesn't really matter if you pronounce the word wrong at first; people will know what you mean anyway. Even native speakers fuck it up regularly.


WRITTEN Language by Sidney Sinkinkare - Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:16:11 EST ID:24ygmyw9 No.11555 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Native Hindi and English speaker here . However I am learning the north Indian script . I can read Urdu - which is mutually intelligible but uses Arabic alphabet .

So got to thinking . Even tho i only speak 2 languages i can read 4 scripts : Latin Greek Arab Devnagar

So what spoken languages and what scripts are you fluent and what you want to learn ? Aside from the above I know a little spanish and franch but nowhere near fluent. As far as writing chinese interests me .
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Hedda Dummerlock - Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:04:38 EST ID:i0gwflFu No.11559 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I know cyrillic and arabic, from having tried to study russian and arabic, though german is the only foreign language i'm anywhere near competent in. I'm planning to start learning chinese any day now, but it's summer so it might still postpone a lot.

Traditional mongol script, i.e. the one still used in china's inner mongolia, is what I would want to learn. It's quite pretty so it's unsurprising it's derived from older arabic scripts.
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Molly Murdway - Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:52:10 EST ID:NqJL1ymG No.11562 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11559
Arab? No, Tibetan, ultimately through Nagari. Their LCA was either like sogdian or phoenecian I think. Although maybe I guess the caligraphies influenced one another? Like Arabic did on Latin or Latin on Cyrillic?

For me personally, I can only speak German, English, and a little itty bit of Latin from High School. But I can read the Cyrillic (the most beautiful proper alphabet imo), Armenian, Greek, Latin, Coptic, with extremely marginal competence with Hanzi and of all things Egyptian Hieroglyphics....

I'm currently learning Mongolian though, partly for the reasons above, mostly because I want do something about the Altaic hypothesis.... I'm dumb maybe


Books by Hedda Dummerlock - Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:11:39 EST ID:i0gwflFu No.11558 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Recommend me a good language (text)book that is nevertheless not easily available on the net or in libraries (i.e. relatively recent and on an obscure topic). I need to make a 17e purchase from amazon.de and something extra would help with the shipping costs.


Suicide note.. by Oliver Bomblehall - Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:38:04 EST ID:HmrDo+U8 No.11533 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Can someone who speaks french tell me exactly what this means, please? Someone I loved left this behind

>Certaines personnes qui comptaient à mon coeur me manque terriblement ... je vous aime et je vous embrasse fort au revoir

I don't speak French and google translate seems to mess it up a bit. Could someone please tell me exactly what he's was trying to express?

It's very important to me that I understand, please.
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CrazyFolksTribe !loJSOMZg0g - Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:20:21 EST ID:wT/piNfP No.11540 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>11539
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Henry Wirryforth - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:07:01 EST ID:A+W5xLuM No.11544 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11539

It's not your fault. That person made the decision. If they decided their entire life wasn't worth living how is that the fault of anyone one tiny individual in their life?

Anyway, he said "certain PEOPLE" plural, not singular.

Most people lose a lot of loved ones in their lSives, and it sounds like this person did as well. Life is really hard. Too hard for some people. Nobody's fault.
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Basil Neblingkedge - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:51:43 EST ID:mPRdrUeT No.11550 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11539
note that the you (vous) is plural, if thats any help. the note is addressing more than one person throughout
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Basil Neblingkedge - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:52:10 EST ID:mPRdrUeT No.11551 Ignore Report Quick Reply
well shit, someone already said that


nb
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Nell Nedgeworth - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:40:13 EST ID:gPIGtUk4 No.11553 Ignore Report Quick Reply
it wasn't your fault, or doesn't matter if it was.
read a book: Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
it's about unrequited love with a frenchman, makes you think, you'd like it.


Language Learning on the Internet by Barnaby Woblingnutch - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:30:58 EST ID:dI81Dve+ No.11548 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Tell me, what is your favorite website for learning languages? Mine is duolingo.com. But if I had money, it would be busuu.com.
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Nell Nedgeworth - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:35:05 EST ID:gPIGtUk4 No.11552 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Facebook.
I have friends all over the world who I chat with, sometimes using google translate, but increasingly I start to get the hang of the language and am able to communicate without a crutch.
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Nigel Muzzleson - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:43:23 EST ID:/B/BFMOS No.11554 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Here's one you might not think of: Wikipedia. Articles on things you're interested in written by (probably) native speakers in any language you're likely to want to read.

On a side note, there's a galling lack of Busuu on Busuu. There was apparently a campaign to "save Busuu", except saving meant sharing a video with your friends and possibly learning enough Busuu to fill one side of an index card. I do hope the handful of Busuu speakers are getting something in exchange for this co-opting.


Japanese by Natalie - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:40:44 EST ID:9jHF7Nhs No.11546 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hi everyone thank you for your time... I went to Japan for a religious studies study abroad program and I absolutely fell in love. The only problem I had was the language barrier between the Japanese people and me.

I plan on going back in 6 months and while I know I won't be fluent by then, I'm wondering if anyone can extend to me some advice on how to learn Japanese and what programs/methods were effective for you. Thank you!
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Ian Wemmlemane - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:42:16 EST ID:DIxzy9/G No.11549 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I personally learn best in a classroom setting, preferably five days a week. I studied Japanese in high school for two hours a day, and watching movies and reading (easy) books helped me cement what I already learned and to learn some new vocabulary. Since you're going in such a short time, have you looked to see if there are any tutors or anything teaching basic classes specifically for travelling? They make books and tapes for that sort of thing, too, but, like I said, the classroom worked for me.

I guess you could also see if your local community college offers Japanese and you could take a semester and at least learn some basic phrases and how to read a bit. Shouldn't be too terribly expensive for just one class.

Another thing I've used on and off is the Erin ga choosen! Nihongo dekimasu website. It's from a video series made in Japan to teach grammar and some cultural things. I like the website because it has different little quizzes/activities after the video clips.
https://www.erin.ne.jp/en/

You could also try getting a Japanese penpal and doing a language exchange or something. If you have a mic, you could do Skype or something so that you could get the pronunciations/inflections down. Plus, you could have a friend to meet up with once you get there.

If you get lost or something, I found people to be really nice and helpful...except for this guy at the train station that tried to help me and my friends find the right train even though we already knew what we were doing. Then he wanted us to pay him (we didn't, obviously, because wtf dude). Otherwise, everyone was really nice. I met a little old lady at an inn I stayed at and she was tickled pink that I spoke Japanese.

Anyway, good luck to you! The Japanese language and culture is really fun and interesting.


pimsleur is fucking boring by Martin Trotdock - Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:43:23 EST ID:3xDq++i+ No.11521 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I've been trying to teach myself Russian for about 6 months now. I figured I'd do it the same way I did spanish (finish rosetta stone, then read the news with the help of google translate, then watch movies I know well dubbed in it), but that hasn't worked out, either because the alphabet kind of slows things down or because it doesn't share as much vocabulary as English (thank you Roman Empire).

So I'm thinking I'll just brute force it with Pimsleur. Problem is, Pimsleur is boring as fuck. Is there anything I can do while Pimsleuring that can keep me from falling asleep without distracting me too much? Whoever can solve this problem wins a slice of Ukraine.
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Lydia Blettingfield - Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:27:24 EST ID:gPIGtUk4 No.11538 Ignore Report Quick Reply
you could try spending time with people who speak Russian, also listen to Vladmir Vysotsky, he's kinda like the Kurt Cobain or John Lennon of Russia.
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Henry Wirryforth - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:24:08 EST ID:A+W5xLuM No.11545 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Try to use as many different resources as you can at the same time for learning any language. Pimsleur for an hour, bored, flashcards, bored, online flashcards, bored, Russian music, bored, some other audio course, bored, a phrasebook, bored, a teach yourself book, bored, and start over again.


ONE /LANG/ FOR ONE /WORLD/ by IT'S ALRIGHT (Team Johnny_Westernlake to the end ;-;) !K1y.sEgsM2 - Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:46:55 EST ID:ec3of1ct No.7299 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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If everyone suddenly decided to have only one language universally spoken, what would it be?

Hard mode: Not your own language.
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Hannah Goshbury - Sun, 25 May 2014 03:16:42 EST ID:7t5vBXSp No.11416 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>7303
That's cute.
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Hannah Goshbury - Sun, 25 May 2014 03:42:47 EST ID:7t5vBXSp No.11417 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Hard mode
Literally any Indigenous language.
This is the optimist in me speaking but yeah.
TBH most of the social and environmental problems prevalent in 'developed' nations could be really improved with the way of thinking that comes with almost any Indigenous language.
But one language for the whole world is one of the scariest fates for humanity I could think of.
Language is inseparable from culture. If there was only one language, one culture, one way of knowing, one way of thinking we'd be fucked.
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Jarvis Sengerhine - Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:07:17 EST ID:OmXNkN+6 No.11527 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11417

I second this anon
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Ernest Mublingson - Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:34:34 EST ID:3xDq++i+ No.11529 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Polish. Hearing Polish girls speak can bring my ears to orgasm.
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Charles Shakeford - Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:28:55 EST ID:5HKrwZq0 No.11532 Ignore Report Quick Reply
anything that has a click during a sentence . like one of those african languages.


German by Priscilla Niggercocke - Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:07:31 EST ID:I27rhYpp No.11491 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Whats the best way to learn german? I know pimsleur is good, any textbook I should use with that or anything?
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Priscilla Finderhid - Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:57:24 EST ID:1Yl4+1Ai No.11502 Ignore Report Quick Reply
move to germany
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Frederick Clisslesag - Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:49:06 EST ID:slZc18Ic No.11503 Ignore Report Quick Reply
bump, I'm interested too
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Basil Cuffingnork - Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:14:47 EST ID:LvYH0MTf No.11505 Ignore Report Quick Reply
watch german movies with english subs,listen to german music.
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Phoebe Honeyshit - Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:02:50 EST ID:8oImHEQx No.11511 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11491
My friend was born in Germany and his German is impeccable. Maybe try that.
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Barnaby Crarrychit - Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:46:57 EST ID:LvYH0MTf No.11530 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>11523
>Ich lerne Duetch auf meine Computer, Ich empfehle duolingo.com und empfehle sprecke mit mir in diesem Thread :-)
The sentence(s) should be
>Ich lerne Deutsch auf meinem Computer.
I see the english sentence but the rest doesn't make much sense. (at least the second part)
>und ich empfehle das ihr mit mir schreibt.
I think that would've been enough to get the point across. Maybe don't repeat the same word in that part,too (but that might be just a pet peeve of mine)


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