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Why Latin is useful by Jack Sonnertedge - Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:15:44 EST ID:ZtJh40Yw No.11921 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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  1. Helps with understanding of Romance languages across the board.

2. Allows you to read historical documents from centuries ago. Not all of them have been translated into English or any contemporary language--there is a wealth of information which exists only in Latin.

3. Useful for understanding legal, philosophical, and scientific terminology.

4. It's fun.
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Fucking Sammerstock - Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:22:14 EST ID:JUrf6k0U No.11951 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Not really, we can glean a lot of information from how the speakers of Latin's progeny have changed sounds in order to reconstruct what it is most likely to have been, along with accounts from classical times about their own linguistic perception of the languages pronunciation. Going beyond just phonemes we can understand the lengths of vowels in words and inflections due to metrical poetry. >>11927 goes into detail parsing out the rational and evidence for various pronunciations and is actually a decent read.
Whitey Mibberham - Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:27:57 EST ID:7eexnvjt No.11958 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I've studied Latin for three years. I love the language, but I think it's ridiculous how many people wish to use it for communicative purposes. I've had a few conversations in Latin, but I viewed it as a gimmick. The real reason to study it, first of all, is to stimulate an intellectual curiosity. Secondary reasons would include the wealth of literature in the language, including some of the most dramatic and entertaining poetry in the world, though many of it is just dick jokes. Religious people might enjoy reading the Bible in Latin, as well.
Jack Brookson - Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:11:23 EST ID:FSpFf/PB No.11963 Ignore Report Quick Reply

>I think it's ridiculous how many people wish to use it for communicative purposes

That sounds like a lot of fun, and I'm sure people who view it that way also find it fun. Different strokes and all that.
Graham Hangershit - Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:20:58 EST ID:7eexnvjt No.11969 Ignore Report Quick Reply
It does sound like fun, but it's too impractical. It's every Latin student's wish to be fluent in the language and to maintain Ciceronian dialogues within it, but it's difficult in that the language is not modern. This leads to gaps in vocabulary, where we cannot discuss things such as computers and television shows unless we agree on the words to be used beforehand.

Besides, one thing that must be mentioned: the Latin that is studied in schools is hardly reflective of the Latin spoken by the average Roman. The "Classical" variety that we all know was a highly polished form that only the educated Romans spoke. Your average Roman would have spoken Vulgar Latin, which is of a drastically different character, being much simpler. A good friend once made the analogy that studying Latin by reading Caesar, Catullus, and Ovid is like studying English by reading Shakespeare.
Cyril Pinderlotch - Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:25:53 EST ID:o6BAGsFK No.12907 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Is that chick a naga?

我们抽了大麻每天 by Whitey Billinghood - Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:49:16 EST ID:wHm1akGe No.11230 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Sidney Blablingchudge - Wed, 21 May 2014 19:47:49 EST ID:ngsXiNWI No.11408 Ignore Report Quick Reply
我学习汉语在大学。我觉得汉语是不太难,可是每天练习是重要。 今年八月我去中国 学习汉语在上海大学,所以我一定练习练习啊!
Alice Maggletedge - Thu, 22 May 2014 03:47:43 EST ID:EsprHgkD No.11409 Ignore Report Quick Reply

> 我觉得汉语是不太难,可是每天练习是重要。
Don't use 是 before adjectives bro, and 在 locatives usually come before the verb.

Word of advice. I've been to China for language studies for half a year. The usual practice there is to put all the foreign students in a dorm apart, and the language classes themselves aren't that useful. If you want to practice, you're going to have to go out on the street on your own initiative.
Eliza Biddlewutch - Tue, 12 Aug 2014 03:46:02 EST ID:+9ZyB4HF No.11606 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Chinese speaker here, OP I have to say I love the title the title of this post!
qi shi wo de putonghua ye bu tai hao, yin wei wo shi xiang gang ren, zai xiang gang wo men jiang guang dong hua.
Cornelius Supperstone - Sat, 10 Mar 2018 08:57:49 EST ID:Dt64G3gw No.12904 Ignore Report Quick Reply
thats so nice im thinking of going to China this year as well just for a vacation though but I'll get a chance to practice at least (a little bit). Good luck!
George Clayshaw - Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:17:09 EST ID:mmfTNKPc No.12906 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I was in the middle of responding to this but then I realized that I posted it.

Fuck.. nearly 4 years ago now

looking for a Japanese friend/roommate by Basil Crapperlock - Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:14:35 EST ID:l7x7rpAe No.12905 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I live in a studio apartment right outside new york. Does anyone know anyone Japanese looking for a place to stay ill only charge a 100 a month for rent and ill negotiate if thats not doable. I really just need someone who knowz Japanese to teach me our help me out.

Or Else It Gets the Hose Again by CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:13:04 EST ID:XS8FLVXN No.12898 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I'm looking for a synonym of 'get' which implies that the object or action is received unintentionally, or that it's undesired. Does such a verb exist in English? Yes, I checked the thesaurus, but I didn't find anything that satisfied me.

The closest word I can think of is 'take' as in, "The car really took a beating this winter." But it just doesn't usually work outside of idioms like 'take a beating/licking'.
Rebecca Sannerworth - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:27:33 EST ID:EZhWUXnB No.12899 Ignore Report Quick Reply

>He will catch a beating
>You will catch a cold
>I caught a felony charge

Very informal.
Reuben Snodway - Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:54:55 EST ID:tkutlT9X No.12902 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Receive can fill that niche, depending on context.
>You will receive a beating
>I received some very bad news
>you don't want to be on the receiving end of this
>hopefully I don't receive a beef bukkake today
Jack Wellerwell - Wed, 07 Mar 2018 02:32:31 EST ID:moFVd4Ao No.12903 Ignore Report Quick Reply
verb form of sustain, i.e. to sustain an injury

Mandarin music? by hodeedo - Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:30:15 EST ID:QpPIe/nL No.7196 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I require music in Chinese. MANDARIN please for the love of God. I find most Canto music is better, but Canto is not what I'm learning :/ Preferably not pop music, its all I ever seem to be able to find.

Is there anything more new-wavey, like Neon Indian, or alternative? Lo-fi beach pop like The Raveonettes or Best Coast, rap, whatever, just.. nothing that's going to remind me of N*SYNC plz.

Is this kind of like asking for good movies from China? Not happening?
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Polly Fuddleshaw - Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:35:08 EST ID:W3n1K4f3 No.12683 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Thanks, wow
Sidney Hunkinfurk - Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:56:54 EST ID:FjAbvXN/ No.12701 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Lyrics are from some Daoist text. Try to ignore the anime crap the uploader added.

As an aside, Christopher Tin is pretty great for polyglots in general.
Reuben Drullerbet - Sat, 08 Apr 2017 02:28:03 EST ID:6nLLf+6S No.12800 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Zebra zebra
Reuben Cinnerworth - Sun, 28 May 2017 18:21:36 EST ID:bzPhCF/J No.12816 Ignore Report Quick Reply

some real old school shit
Fucking Pellykurk - Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:21:31 EST ID:4BRdw9tO No.12901 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'd turn to the 70s op

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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(mainichi marifana o suu~)
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northeast indian - Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:07:17 EST ID:Y/6xwwJi No.12796 Ignore Report Quick Reply
bhang dardey, modar quay
Frederick Blackworth - Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:54:39 EST ID:Tt4QsqPp No.12798 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Shitting Chibberlock - Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:09:00 EST ID:O3/U+ilN No.12801 Ignore Report Quick Reply
κάπνιζε φούντα κάθε μέρα
Priscilla Bardspear - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:23:38 EST ID:dr9JF6EZ No.12810 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Ian Hollerforth - Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:30:11 EST ID:iSdOo8wJ No.12900 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Spanish by Ura - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:35:29 EST ID:Xpje7wF2 No.12811 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I need some good Spanish music to listen to. I will literally accept ANYTHING that is NOT mariachi. I'm sick of that garbage.

Necesito una buena música española para escuchar. Literalmente aceptaré cualquier cosa que no sea mariachi. Estoy harto de esa basura.
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Charles Nondlewerk - Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:21:23 EST ID:dOb7wpJ/ No.12847 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Española o en español?
William Henkinkodge - Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:08:41 EST ID:PMClDcwJ No.12850 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Some of my favs:
Cecilia (Spanish singer)
Mecano (Spanish rock from the 90s)
Jose Luis Perales (old sad music for ladies)
Maná (South American rock)

Warning that some of Cecilia's songs are veeeery depressing but her voice is so beautiful. She died in a car accident when she was very young, a tragedy
Fuck Chozzlelod - Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:31:20 EST ID:+F2vCjEb No.12851 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Look up bands by country on Wikipedia and make your way through the list.

I'm listening to Los Bunkers atm
Martin Havingstedging - Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:39:29 EST ID:tkutlT9X No.12889 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Heroes del Silencio (Rock)
Empirismo (Anarcho-Punk)
La Banda Trapera del Río (Hardcore Punk)
Corrupted (Funeral Doom Metal)
Los Saicos (Subte)
Vaginator (Anarcho-Punk)
Burning Image (Goth Rock)
Polly Benningway - Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:34:19 EST ID:q9PrR1Au No.12897 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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If you're into Depeche Mode check out
They're like Depeche Mode from "Black Celebration" but more Depechey than DepecheMode themselves. Mi favorite album is no doubt " Le Modulor " moody, yet danceable synthpop of the best kind produced ever. Language wise; their lyrics are deep and lyric with layers of meaning beyon their upfront inerpretation, to the foreign ear, easy to understand with scant regionalisms or expletives. A german friend of mine said he learned to tune his ear to spanish with Moenia's music.

From "Mutacion (Le Modulor)" https://youtu.be/Q26IVsG6AE8
  • Soy una mutacion
  • Soy mi propio clon
  • Soy un simple cambio
de opinion

( I am a mutation
I am my own clone
I am just a simple
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Chinese - Seeking Material by Shit Bardfoot - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:46:07 EST ID:Gib9dqf+ No.12824 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hey guys,

I would truly love to learn Chinese and think a good starting point for me would be to learn tones and the Pinyin alphabet.

I've stumbled upon material that did look professional, yet upon closer inspection some mistakes were present (pointed out by native speakers).

So that's basically why I'm asking you guys for sources you known to be reliable, where the pronunciation is spot on and where the teaching is hopefully dynamic and not too boring.

I will have the opportunity to ask for help from a native speaker now and again but she won't be there 24/7 for me. She will mostly review what I learned on my own and correct me afterwards.

Any other advice about learning Chinese is welcome as well. I am really eager to begin, I'm just not sure where to look.

Thanks a lot in advance!
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Priscilla Fuckingford - Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:43:29 EST ID:7cLnbbQR No.12877 Ignore Report Quick Reply
This, my first trip to China was eye opening when I attempted to use my Mandarin.

There is very little room for error on tone, and people will not use context to deduce your intended meaning.

IME this is spot on, grammar is significantly less important than understanding the tones, and common root words which are used to build upon others. The building isn't necessarily intuitive, ie the two pictograms used for caution (xiaoxin) " 小心 " is literally" little" and "heart"

Also when I started learning several years ago, I focused too much on pinyin and disregarded the pictograms to an extent. Depending on your intent for the language, I can say that upon arriving in China I was pulling out my written texts to brush up as pinyin was almost non-existent and very rarely understood by locals.
As far as sources go, I'm not sure I could recommend anything free that I can verify is precise as I tend to use them to just brush up on my mandarin when it is getting weak. You are fortunate to have a native speaker to help you and make corrections, and (this may not be true) I was told by an individual who had lived there for 8 years, married local etc, that no matter your grasp on the language you'll always be laowai, you can't lose face by improperly speaking the language as you had no face to begin.
and yeah the variation between native speakers is quite large.
Alice Drammlelotch - Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:46:57 EST ID:N4Y60WAx No.12878 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Just moved to china a month or so ago.

Has it spot on from what I can tell. I came here very last minute and didn't have time to learn the basics. But from speaking to others that have been here 3+ years
>There is very little room for error on tone, and people will not use context to deduce your intended meaning.
This is exactly what I've heard. It's spelled similar in pinyin but the Chinese won't work out what you mean if the tone is off.

I'm getting given free lessons from my business associates and I'm also looking into paying for some as well. To be honest of all things that you can teach yourself with self directed learning, I think languages are probably one of the most difficult. Chinese especially. Maybe you can do it but I would recommend finding a weekly class and sticking to it.

One thing I've heard is that apparently learning Chinese makes you realise how wasteful English is. It's a very efficient language.
Nigel Snodstone - Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:13:29 EST ID:bzWY9Esr No.12879 Ignore Report Quick Reply
pinyin is dumb shit and most chinese dont know it. learn the characters.
龙东 - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:21:28 EST ID:zR1u5dWA No.12895 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Basil Minderwill - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:42:49 EST ID:aixhVaRY No.12896 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Did you start learning Chinese?
My mother tongue is English, but I love learning Chinese for a year.
I still write and say bad. I really like learning Chinese. I do not know why. Haha.

Gàidhlig by scumfuc - Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:59:55 EST ID:tkutlT9X No.12890 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Scottish Gaelic, that's my next big language to learn. I'm well aware of how fucky learning Goidelic languages gets, though so I am not sure where to start course wise.

Does anyone here have experience with the language? What resources did you use?
Edwin Dallerwene - Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:23:11 EST ID:9/nxr7bw No.12892 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Are you in the UK?
You might be able to tune in the Gaelic radio and TV. I used to watch a music programme called Alleluia.

There used to be a forum over on savegaelic.org. I haven't been in years but it seems to have been taken down. Might have some resources for you though.

> I'm well aware of how fucky learning Goidelic languages gets,
What did you mean by fucky?
Edwin Dallerwene - Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:24:33 EST ID:9/nxr7bw No.12893 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Oh and obviously look for music you like in this language. There's loadsa folky stuff if that's what you're interested in. I liked Runrig when I was a lad.
scumfuc - Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:27:49 EST ID:tkutlT9X No.12894 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'm out in Murka. I'll see if there's any web-based versions of that kind of programming. A lot of stations over here do that.

savegaelic.org looks like it has a lot of stuff that I'll be able to use. Thanks for the recommendations, this will be a huge help to me. I was going off of Wikipedia before this, oddly enough it wasn't working out lol.

By fucky I meant weird and uncertain. A lot of the things I've looked into were crazy expensive, of dubious nature, or just plain innaccurate. Like the Irish Gaelic duolingo course, kinda muddles in some Scottish and Manx but the grammar structure isn't right and the cases are a mess. And there's so many different courses on youtube, of varying levels of completeness. It throws doubt over the whole thing.
Nice. Yeah I love Oi Polloi and Scatha. Scatha's Grindcore, so it's more fun than useful lol. Atomgevitter is ok, too. Proof that Punks can be lazy in any language I guess.

Gàidhlig by scumfuc - Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:59:55 EST ID:tkutlT9X No.12891 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Scottish Gaelic, that's my next big language to learn. I'm well aware of how fucky learning Goidelic languages gets, though so I am not sure where to start course wise.

Does anyone here have experience with the language? What resources did you use?

Japanese Books by Henry Cuddlemig - Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:05:34 EST ID:a/wB2zDw No.12843 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Anime and Manga are useful for study because they're for children, but they're also fucking boring, I get most of my time with the language from music or talking to guys on the internet about arcade games. I'd love to try my hand at reading some actual good literature in the language, but aside from Haruki Murakami and that nazi who stabbed the guy who even knows any Japanese authors.

Anybody got anything to reccomend? I could post this on /lit/ but whatever.

I'll see y'all in 3 months when I remember to check this board
James Nicklewill - Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:31:25 EST ID:EhLZacL4 No.12845 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Rebecca Broblingpag - Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:48:36 EST ID:/oXqVk34 No.12887 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I've only read translations, but I really like Natsume Soseki. Both I am a cat and Kokoro are really neat, started on Botchan a while back too and it seems good as well.

Also, No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai is great.

.............. by Nigel Cracklehug - Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:59:07 EST ID:h2SYV0kE No.12855 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Do we need so many different punctuation marks. Could we not use one punctuation mark. and the context would tell us what it.s supposed to indicate.
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Sidney Sedgehuck - Sun, 27 Aug 2017 07:47:44 EST ID:SSq0MRKX No.12862 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Shut up weeb.
Edward Sinderwell - Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:19:13 EST ID:EhLZacL4 No.12863 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Thank you for your constructive addition to the thread. Have a nice day; I'm sure you need it.
Phyllis Goodman - Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:49:58 EST ID:HovCkeSa No.12883 Ignore Report Quick Reply
"Ancient language" was the exclusive privilege of the scribes and the ruling classes, who for the most part never had to pose thoughts to each other any more sophisticated than, "O Father, do let me properly deflower this one before you start in with the saw"
Cyril Buzzshaw - Mon, 25 Dec 2017 12:35:18 EST ID:sxsQ+Z+m No.12885 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Dancing language and body exercise:


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