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Learning Arabic in a year by alkemest - Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:35:43 EST ID:86jrGCuF No.11565 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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What's up guys, quick question, how do I learn Arabic at least passably in about a years time?
I'm graduating Uni in a year or so with a degree in journalism and polisci, and Palestine has been on my heart and mind for years. This current slaughter is really pushing me towards volunteering to teach English there when I graduate. The thing is that I'll probably want/need some understanding of Arabic before I head over. I can take classes, but I may also need to buckle down and get my required classes done this next year.

What are some tools that are available to learn Arabic? Primarily I'd want to be able to speak it with passable basic writing skills.
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Esther Claystock - Sun, 03 Aug 2014 03:27:37 EST ID:8cqzfMaE No.11589 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11588
Seriously?
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Sophie Connerforth - Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:09:33 EST ID:u0SfWPQN No.11609 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11589
Yes seriously. Pretty much all mosques will run Arabic classes at least one day a week. I'm Muslim btw.
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Thomas Micklenock - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:21:55 EST ID:UP0WbMeJ No.11627 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11609
That's pretty awesome. Is it frowned upon if you're agnostic/atheist (but not hostile)?
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Alice - Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:18:19 EST ID:twVx5ptX No.11755 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>11627
Nah it isn't. You're more than welcome to learn Arabic from an imam. They're quite used to it since they have to teach Arabic to new Muslims since you need to know how to read and speak it to pray. In any case immersion is a must and highly recommended if you're looking to make any noticeable improvement
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Fucking Chindlehall - Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:16:35 EST ID:Z1v+SCTB No.11758 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11627
Okay, not that Alice is being untruthful, but it really does depend on the teacher in question. Do make yourself known to your teacher ahead of time as not so receptive to Allah, because some of the more strident sorts will be offended, just like you might imagine with any religious thing spending their time on you (also hint: Jehovah's Witnesses believe in predestination, so if you make it clear you don't believe Michael is Jesus that'll be the point where they'll be just as disinterested in you as you are them).

Though I suppose they might choose to charge you if you do that, fair warning. Just, you know, be very cautious and respectful. Oh, and clean - they like that.


Learning Mandarin by George Snodway - Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:19:18 EST ID:03QHJwUF No.11757 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hello, is there a site similar to duolingo.com that I can use to learn to speak Mandarin?

(I am just trying to learn conversation and pinyin, learning the characters is quite an undertaking)


ITT explain why english is the best language by Oliver Blatherdock - Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:54:36 EST ID:Zc5d8Gm+ No.11675 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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in your own opinion, plz don't stay a shit war about Spanish and mandarin again for the billionth time
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fish - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:51:34 EST ID:FcJthc+G No.11706 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11695
ha.
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Samuel Brarryridge - Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:52:24 EST ID:hHVfx3h5 No.11748 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Why would I? English isn't a particularly good language.
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George Bissleford - Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:35:47 EST ID:sPwTzU+z No.11749 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>11692
Por favor deja de hablar español, supongo que eres un estadounidense y te da igual el lenguaje y por ello escribes como escribes. Mejor abandona la lengua por completo, porque la estás utilizando horriblemente, tu español me repugna. Por ello los estadounidenses la piensan una lengua de plebeyos, porque así la hablan en aquellos sitios
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Eliza Bardson - Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:14:59 EST ID:ODcMPuW0 No.11756 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11749
ya hablo espanol como me da la putas gana maricon, y punto.
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Samuel Crandersick - Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:24:04 EST ID:xLUi03Ty No.11759 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11675

This is going to sound ignorant, but english is a very versatile language.


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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John Trotworth - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:39:47 EST ID:p2ujFQVr No.11731 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The alphabets of India / southeast Asia are for the most part language specific. E.g Thai alphabet for Thai language . Tamil alphabet for Tamil language . I think this shows the cultural influence and diversity of brhmic but causes a cluster fuck for mobility.


Where as Latin Arab Cyrillic Chinese are the the alphabet for many spoken language . Eg arab for arabic persian . And latin for the western world and beyond .I think this shows the influence of these military religious political etc . Most of ancient scripts discovered through out the world are where Arab alphabet is now used . Fertile crescent Indus valley .
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Walter Blirringfoot - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:35:19 EST ID:jlgKRZMK No.11732 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Even though I'm Muslim and exposed to Arabic constantly, I don't really like the alphabet. It's complicated (every letter has 3 forms based on if it's first, last, or a middle letter in a word) and seems to artistic to be functional. Like it's beautiful yes, but for means of communication you don't want beauty you want functionality. For this reason I am also not a fan at all of cuneiform.

I find the Greek alphabet to be very appealing, also the Cherokee which was somewhat based on Greek, sorta ish.

The Chinese / Japanese Kanji concept of one character = one word is interesting but again, very intricate and artistic.

And to be quite honest I find Hebrew writing to be a good medium.
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Archie Nagglechad - Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:40:41 EST ID:XvPUcrbo No.11750 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11555
In high school, I learned the Korean alphabet. Not the language. Just the alphabet. I've since forgotten it. But it's by far the coolest alphabet.

Each symbol is a syllable. Unlike japanese, each symbol is actually composed of letters from their alphabet. It's a pretty awesome concept.
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Archie Nagglechad - Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:44:54 EST ID:XvPUcrbo No.11751 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11750
Oh yeah, it's just 24 letters. So it's comparable to latin/cyrillic alphabets in complexity, but it looks dope like chinese/japanese characters.
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Albert Gaggledale - Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:23:07 EST ID:Wrogz3dW No.11754 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11555
I am trying to learn Japanese kanji, plus their hiragana & katakana scripts..

Good luck with Urdu, OP!


Does anyone speak Irish (Gaeilge) by Clara Shakeville - Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:42:54 EST ID:V3PCboNV No.11633 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Does anyone who's not a native Irish person know how to speak any Irish? I'm from Ireland myself and sweet fuck all of the people that inhabit this Island can speak their native tongue. Unfortunately I have to include myself in that category.

So, have you ever known anyone that wasn't Irish/ from Ireland that could speak Irish? Or even knew if the language was still remotely alive?

We have our constitution written in both English and Irish so that's kinda handy.
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Doris Brookridge - Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:44:32 EST ID:LGXGhmDL No.11742 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f-0iPMpUno
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD58xvNIOqA
Found it in Welsh but nothing else sorry
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Sidney Clendlecocke - Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:28:22 EST ID:LGXGhmDL No.11743 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11742
Second link is some fag singing a singalong, I didn't watch the video before I posted, my bad.
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Frederick Duckspear - Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:11:11 EST ID:Z1v+SCTB No.11744 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11741
They don't seem to be hosting episodes of spongebob right now, but http://www.tg4.tv/ is a good sight if you want to fuck around. Cúla 4 is the kids channel which would have it eg

http://www.tg4.ie/ie/programmes/cula4/programmes/spongebob-squarepants.html

alas I can't get anything to work
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Eugene Nazzlegold - Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:10:38 EST ID:zGA5Pwzt No.11752 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11744
Pretty sure you need an Irish IP to watch TG4 and RTE.

TG4 can be really awesome. Sometimes there is some AMAZING documentaries on there about Ireland and her history, language, culture, sport, etc. Other times you get to watch Powerpuff Girls and South Park in Gaelic lol
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Faggy Brookford - Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:50:20 EST ID:Z1v+SCTB No.11753 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11752
I don't think that's the case, or at least it was 4-6 years ago. I've managed to stream stuff before with an American ip before too but I guess it could be a fluke or something.


Uploding Latin course. by Thomas Trotville - Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:32:53 EST ID:fGC+CkpF No.11610 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hello, /lang/. Are any of you interested in learning Latin? I've been recently cleaning out my house and stumbled upon some of my old Latin textbooks. If any of you want, I can put all the information into a pastebin to share with you all.
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Cyril Bardbanks - Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:52:26 EST ID:c6hl5F2A No.11614 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'm down
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Phyllis Trotcocke - Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:31:26 EST ID:NqJL1ymG No.11617 Ignore Report Quick Reply
volo una copia libres "wheelock's latin", si tu id habeas


...ipse erat probabilimente multe male...
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NinKenDo !GEcKEyOqGA - Sun, 24 Aug 2014 01:09:43 EST ID:6gimAog7 No.11626 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11610

Sounds great OP.
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Thom Yorke - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:48:58 EST ID:f9IhLl1l No.11639 Ignore Report Quick Reply
And then OP never delivered
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Edwin Fisslelin - Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:38:46 EST ID:zDy+3X47 No.11747 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Your thread makes Caesar die.


I Need Immersion by Zaku Kashaku - Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:59:23 EST ID:GZrW1Uha No.11737 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Please help me find japanese audio tracks of just people talking. nothing more. thanks in advance!
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Rebecca Niggerhall - Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:58:15 EST ID:Z1v+SCTB No.11738 Ignore Report Quick Reply
look up radio dramas

or turn on anime and don't watch it
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Reuben Challyspear - Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:55:30 EST ID:qqFv6N96 No.11746 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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http://downloads.khinsider.com/game-soundtracks/album/furi-kuri-flcl-original-soundtrack-2-pirate-king

this has some dramas "dorama" if you ever translate it please tell me what they're saying


FUCK THE POLICE! In multiple languages! by David Deshduck - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:35:08 EST ID:vwn4pbtv No.11709 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Let's do something useful with our linguistic knowledges!

Post "Fuck the police," in as many languages as you can.
Bonus points for "Smoke weed every day."
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Shitting Murdcocke - Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:13:45 EST ID:V3YNAviP No.11735 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>11726

a la chingada la policía
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fish - Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:55:20 EST ID:FcJthc+G No.11736 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11709
uck-fay uh-thay olice-pay. Am I cool yet?
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Polly Faddlesit - Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:25:40 EST ID:oZ2Nh2eW No.11739 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11730
>bsolutely fucking misogynistic to the point where they didn't really even give girls names.
???
I've never heard anything like that but I don't know much about Rome other than like, Brutus killed Caesar and the mythology. Explain....
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Basil Baffingbanks - Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:46:24 EST ID:Z1v+SCTB No.11740 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11739
Oh yeah. Sister's usually had the same name (their dad's name but womanly), so that say Aggripinna and her sister Aggrippina had to be distinguished by Majora and Minora for example. Daughter's had dad's name period, that's it, whereas sons at least got names like "first" "Gaius" or like "Agrippa" or so on.

They were usually distinguished as well by being referred to as [X]'s [name]. Women had it pretty bad even compared to their neighbors https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_ancient_Rome

At least in Egypt, the "barbaric" German and Slavic lands, and even the neighboring Etruscans, women had actual legal rights.



Also the entire thing about what was okay and not okay in sex to them: if you were penetrated, you were scum and your morals were compromised. If you were the penetrator, you were pretty awesome. Rape was only wrong because a girl was her dad's stuff and if you raped her she was expected to kill herself. If you were a guy who fucked guys, that's fine, it was only natural. But if you were a guy who got fucked by guys, you were a vain morally weak weak terrible person. Women were property. Kids weren't okay unless you married them though, and even then dads wouldn't usually sell until they were like 16. But that and the fact that they could rub that in the greeks faces (who did the pederasty thing) were the only reasons they really didn't do that.
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Polly Gocklelock - Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:16:14 EST ID:sPwTzU+z No.11745 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Spanish,
A la mierda la policía
Que se joda la policía


Esperanto by Basil Drugglefield - Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:50:20 EST ID:1v08dn/1 No.11592 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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"A great opportunity seemed to arise for Esperanto when, in the 1920s, the Iranian delegation to the League of Nations proposed that it be adopted for use in international relations. In the ensuing debate there were vicious attacks on Esperanto. The French representative was particularly vociferous in arguing against this proposal. From his point of view French was the international language. The proposal was defeated.

In Nazi Germany and in the Soviet Union Esperantists faced persecution. Hitler had mocked Esperanto in Mein Kampf. Stalin called Esperanto “the language of spies.” Both Hitler and Stalin had large numbers of Esperantists killed. The whole tragic story of the persecution of the Esperantists has been told by a German scholar, Ülrich Lins, in La Danĝera Lingvo (The Dangerous Language). "

http://www.esperanto.ie/en/zaft/zaft_2.html
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Ghengis Dong - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:04:57 EST ID:5rSHWso6 No.11722 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11721
*all individuals throughout all societies?*
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Nigel Pummershaw - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:49:29 EST ID:1v08dn/1 No.11723 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11721
I make one simple point, yet you decide to act like I said that "esperanto is immutable is the height of arrogance" I stated that was the case compared to other languages. So far you haven't adressed that issue. You're simply arguing against a case I am not making.
I am not acting like a cunt, you are. Why would you think I am acting hystericla against the English language? I like English. I am writing in it now...
You are simply trying to provoke me.
You are unable to prove me wrong, that Esperanto is less likely to change over time as the universal lingua franca compared to languages like Russian or French.
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Ghengis Dong - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:44:54 EST ID:5rSHWso6 No.11724 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11723
I'm not required to prove you wrong. You're the one making a claim. Educate yourself.
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Ghengis Dong - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:49:14 EST ID:5rSHWso6 No.11725 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11723
You also claimed in your other thread "english is the global language" and "wipes out other language groups". A language doesn't have agency. That's an issue of an oppressive globalist economy. Conflating the two is senseless enough that I would consider it an act hysteria.

Your case for esperanto has no basis in fact.
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John Pandlekeck - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:28:08 EST ID:1v08dn/1 No.11727 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11724
I won't bother. It's pretty self-evident that learning a more complicated language is more likely to change than an international auxiliary language.
>>11725
Talk about nitpicking. I am well aware that English is not a consistent being. My problem with English is that it is a complicated irregular language not fit for international communication. People waste years learning English when a few months of Esperanto would suffice, and they would be much more fluent in the end language.
Your butthurt has no basis in fact.


learning Spanish by Jarvis Divingchig - Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:07:51 EST ID:PZ6JLEYk No.11489 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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HEY I would really like to learn Spanish. Can you guys provide some links or hints that have proven to work?
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Lydia Sinningwune - Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:01:58 EST ID:sPwTzU+z No.11654 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>11645
Tienes toda la razón, cuando hablamos no necesitamos tildes, además sería imposible añadir tildes porque no existen en el sonido.
Mientras estemos en un lugar con texto, estaremos escribiendo. No sé usted, pero yo respeto el lenguaje lo suficiente como para seguir sus reglas ortográficas, sin importar si la conversación es formal o casual.
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Ernest Clayway - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:51:22 EST ID:XRI0QuV2 No.11689 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Just move to Texas.

I'm a natives born white man and I can fully understand it and partially speak it, just from going to school and working with Mexicans, many other whites along the southern border states are able just pick up by doing the daily grind. Language sure is a weird human concept!
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Shit Hiffinghall - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:25:39 EST ID:tEdc4xb4 No.11691 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11489
Learn English or Chinese shithead
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Isabella Dicklepat - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:07:50 EST ID:dG4CW9sx No.11703 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>11645
>>11654

no mamen, ustedes no hablan con acentos?
seguro se meten en muchos malentendidos.
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Simon Fuppermed - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:19:51 EST ID:sPwTzU+z No.11715 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>11703
>no mamen


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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Fucking Serringdock - Sun, 07 Sep 2014 13:12:53 EST ID:gG+m/mt6 No.11674 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11569

Umm.. why don't you.. you know.. travel.. nobody speaks fucking English
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Oliver Brookville - Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:16:08 EST ID:1aKqN+jS No.11679 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11646

Dutch guy here.

I try to speak German to my German friend, but we always fall back on English. Why? It's just so much easier. I speak it, he speaks it, the conversation just goes much, much more fluently and thus, is a lot more fun.

Try getting into a group of people. They will be much more reluctant to talk in English and will fall back to their own language except when adressing you.
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Beatrice Hollerhuck - Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:35:34 EST ID:AWCZ+ZVx No.11686 Ignore Report Quick Reply
counterpoint:
http://www.memrise.com/blog/10-monolingual-countries-where-you-need-to-know-th/
http://www.memrise.com/blog/10-monolingual-countries-where-you-need-to-know-2/
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Nicholas Famblebanks - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:54:13 EST ID:yemH8wU3 No.11701 Ignore Report Quick Reply
In China I've become friends with a lot of 40+ year old men and women. People who own the convenience stores near me, my apt complex security guards, the ladies who monitor the keys in the teacher's lounges at my school, etc. These people never learned English and by this point in their lives they're pretty much settled in and are never going to. So what if they're almost old enough to be my parents, they're constantly bored at work with plenty of free time to chat and don't know any English beyond "hello."
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Doris Crackleshaw - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:50:09 EST ID:xlt8pxCz No.11710 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>11569

>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.

What? You must be shrooming.

I spent a week in Paris and didn't hear a word of English until I got back to the airport. Not my taxi driver, not my hotelier, not the woman at the drugstore, not my waiters, not the guys who sold the tickets at the Louvre. None of them spoke any English to me. They were either unable or unwilling. And as much as I'd like to flatter myself by thinking that it was because my French was so good, it most certainly wasn't. I held very basic conversations and took care of necessities, but it was obvious that my French was shit. And I'm fat, so they probably figured I was American. Or British. Either way, an English speaker. But I heard no English from them.


Need help boosting my German by Nathaniel Wullybodge - Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:51:44 EST ID:si6pwvxP No.11661 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I am a German student 3 courses away from my degree in German, but I still really struggle in reading. I passed B1 in April... I'm in a very difficult German reading course right now where we are tackling a Novella a week. Half the students are grad students and most of the other undergrad German students are out classing me.

I really love German but I am starting to get down on myself and my motivation is suffering. I'm also a geology student and doing calculus II this semester, so I'm pretty heavily loaded up on schoolwork.

What's a good way to amass vocab and confidence at this point in my studies?
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Lydia Pallyfield - Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:33:57 EST ID:/B/BFMOS No.11662 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Vocab? Anki. Confidence? Actually speaking and thinking in the language. Start talking to native speakers if you haven't already.
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Whitey Pittingwater - Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:43:44 EST ID:BArGmrn0 No.11699 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Unterhalte dich mit Muttersprachlern.
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Nicholas Famblebanks - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:07:36 EST ID:yemH8wU3 No.11700 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Remember: language learning is not a race. It's easy to think of it as being one, especially when you're taking courses and being outdone by your peers (I've been there before, I know.)

The easiest way to regain confidence is to go back and read something you haven't read in your target language in over a year. As long as you're practicing, even just a little, you'll be able to note a higher level of fluency over your past self. Don't worry about being better than your classmates, just focus on being better than you.


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