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- Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:12:15 EST je24YV0m No.12344
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Aqui é Brasil, caralho!
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Phineas Hubblebanks - Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:19:27 EST pUSkXtjM No.12490 Reply
Vete a la verga puto

Settle a dispute?

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- Fri, 03 Dec 2021 21:19:04 EST wQi15CY0 No.13185
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Had a disagreement with a few friends, what pronunciation of this guy's title is most accurate?
Is it Jen-ghis, Chen-ghis, Chin-ghis, Gehn,Ghis, etc. I tried to google it but I couldn't find a clear consensus.
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Ernest Blackwater - Sun, 24 Apr 2022 05:39:35 EST 0QZ52BGm No.13214 Reply
Cheen-gis Han is how some nerd on a Ted video pronounced it, and I trust them on that. The one guy above me seems to agree.

Chinese transliteration is pretty weird, I mean look at Xi Jinping. The dude's name is spelled in English as "Xi" but it's always pronounced as "Chi."

What the fuck? If that's how it's pronounced, then spell it that way. Seriously, you don't see people named "Juan" having their name spelled in English as "WQiognedoivn," so why do that shit with Chinese names?

What's your gameplan when learning languages?

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- Fri, 19 Nov 2021 09:44:43 EST Opom1zaq No.13179
File: 1637333083383.jpg -(504186B / 492.37KB, 1000x797) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. What's your gameplan when learning languages?
What combination of resources do you use to learn?
Do you read grammar textbooks? Try to immerse yourself with TV/movies/games in your target language? Drill vocab with flashcards? Duolingo to a basic level, then move on to something else? Etc?

What does your regimen look like?
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Frederick Ponkinspear - Sun, 21 Nov 2021 12:19:57 EST Opom1zaq No.13183 Reply
linguistics? like parts of speech and grammar syntax and stuff? Interesting idea, in that case how did you learn linguistics? Can you reccommend any good books?
Ernest Saffingwitch - Fri, 08 Apr 2022 19:05:07 EST Opom1zaq No.13213 Reply
Hey thats a really cool resource, thanks for sharing it. Question though, has anyone here actually ever learned a language by just studying textbooks? Languages are spoken and heard primarily, how can you learn that from just reading? What's the most efficient way to learn a language?

Language isolates

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- Fri, 03 Jul 2020 15:16:40 EST ENLqPASF No.13116
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Let's talk about Basque, Armenian, Japanese, etc

There's some disputation among experts as to whether some of these languages isolates or very distant cousins of ancient languages. One piece , for example, suggested Armenian was a removed cousin of Anatolian Greek in the BCs. I think it said Anatolian. Could've been Ionian Greek. I've also read Basque could share a common ancestor with Finnish.

What is your position on this kind of stuff? We can start with Basque, Armenian, and Japanese. Do they really standalone or is there mounting evidence/building consensus that these are not truly isolated?
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Fanny Bengerkick - Fri, 21 Jan 2022 10:04:43 EST HUFcaATu No.13203 Reply
this. the only reason japanese is considered a language isolate is because they don't wanna admit they genetically descend from koreans. proto world theory ftw.
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Nicholas Heckleshit - Sun, 06 Feb 2022 21:38:13 EST 2fBf/zIt No.13206 Reply
I have heard mention of an obscure theory that relates Basque to the Northwest Caucasian languages, though I am also pretty sure that not many professional linguists agree with there being a relationship. From what I read this was partly based on both language groups having ergativity as a feature, and maybe some similarities in names. It's very interesting to think about this in the context of some very ancient migration from the Caucasus west. The Alans much later on also emerged out of these same mountains, and ended up in Iberia and even North Africa. But they probably spoke a Scythian or Iranian language.
Sidney Billingbanks - Wed, 16 Feb 2022 18:47:10 EST 0tOcfpOh No.13210 Reply
What about Albanian my dude
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How do you decide what language to learn?

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- Sun, 16 Aug 2020 10:11:49 EST VtiCvs1A No.13127
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Good day,

I know only two languages and would like to learn a third one. I know a bit of russian and it would be beneficial to learn, because I live in the Baltics, but I would also like to learn spanish/italian or, with the prospect of visiting SEA, vietnamese or something along those lines.

I can speak english freely, but I think it would be a good idea to improve it as well.


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Rebecca Blythehood - Mon, 31 May 2021 04:47:00 EST tdiKvTOk No.13161 Reply
Mācies spāņu valodu. Būs viegli un interesanti.
Lillian Harringluck - Wed, 09 Feb 2022 06:52:03 EST JUIPwl+l No.13208 Reply
Do you mean "two foreign languages" or "your native language and another one"?
What is your first/native language you've spoken in your everyday life since your childhood? Is it Estonian/Latvian/Lithuanian or Russian?
Samuel Homblefoot - Wed, 09 Feb 2022 12:12:01 EST Opom1zaq No.13209 Reply
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I would say both spanish and italian are good picks. I would lean towards spanish more just because so many more people speak spanish than italian so it could be more useful depending on your situation
~543 million people speak spanish
~68 million people speak italian

Languages that were made

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- Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:53:40 EST EoH94fyh No.12212
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I'm talking about languages that were created with a set purpose in mind, like how Esperanto was created to make an easy to learn politically void language.
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Spanish and Italian similarity

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- Mon, 27 Dec 2021 18:42:16 EST BX9sh5OB No.13200
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can I have a quick explanation on why Spanish and Italian sound much alike being Spain and Italy too for each other?
Fuck Wogglefoot - Tue, 28 Dec 2021 09:45:40 EST IRuz7pg6 No.13201 Reply
They are both brother languages born from the same father language: latin
Fanny Bengerkick - Fri, 21 Jan 2022 10:03:12 EST HUFcaATu No.13202 Reply
in the spirit of discussion, to be fair french is also a romance language and sounds nothing like spanish or italian. my theory as to why that is is that french is also influenced by germanic languages and its latin influence came from a learned latin to mouths that were not accustomed to the phonics.
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James Bipperwedging - Thu, 03 Feb 2022 12:29:03 EST tGPP/tSA No.13204 Reply
but pre-roman iberian mouth's would also not be accustomed to latin right?
and post-roman iberia was ruled by the visigoths (germanics) for a time, no doubt influencing spanish too


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- Thu, 01 May 2014 22:57:40 EST PE8s70rS No.11330
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Hello /lang/

American here, speak english and farsi fluently since i was taught them very young, took german in high school for 4 years as well as teaching myself it to get ahead through music, movies, stories on the internet. I would say I am quite proficient but not fluent since there is always more to learn.

I want to learn a germanic/european language, I am conflicted between these 3:

Polish (is this considered germanic?)

Which would be best for me to learn given my current lang set? My main motivation is for the challenge and since I know german pretty well, maybe i could get a bit of a jump start with one of these languages.

Also on topic with Danish, since it is similar to Norwegian or Swedish, would it be more beneficial to learn one those instead to speak Danish or just stick with Danish.

Thanks in advance
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fuck fuck - Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:09:41 EST nEYWnF0l No.13197 Reply
Every polak/molak would need your american help to make their country more like 3D Hentai.
fuck fuck - Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:17:24 EST nEYWnF0l No.13198 Reply
Polish people usually have behaviour and facial features that are very polish, you as an American could feel bad for seeing them and their weird apperances.
fuck fuck - Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:54:00 EST nEYWnF0l No.13199 Reply
Also all polaks allways have internal parasites and are slaves owned by Lithovanians.

Acquisition of vocabulary in primary language learning

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- Tue, 14 Dec 2021 22:24:16 EST CL8W+Evv No.13189
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The question: Does the near proximity of an adult with a frequently demonstrated, artfully utilised and unusually large vocabulary during the primary development phase of the language skills of youth have any observable effect on the eventual size and scope of the vocabulary commanded by the child after reaching full language mastery?
Pic related, I googled "poncy wanker" and this came up.
Ghengis Dong - Wed, 15 Dec 2021 21:03:51 EST BzUaR5Sl No.13190 Reply
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An interesting question. What I vaguely recall from linguistics and pedagogy classes in college usually stressed quantity over quality: IE: the determining factor is the amount of engagement, not how sophisticated it is.

Here's one study on the subject though I haven't read all of it

Obviously it would seem sensible if a child has BOTH they would be at an advantage, but I think that a lot of loquaciousness would be more determined by how a child who has had a large volume of language input then applies themself to obtaining new vocabulary as an older child/young adult than how much ELL had a rich and varied vocabulary.

I might be biased though, completely anecdotal case of myself, :

My parents have very little education, both stopped reading by the time they were in high-school, their writing is almost incompehensible, and while they aren't total bumpkins their speech is definitely not at all sophisticated. Despite this I have a huge amount of early memories as a precocious child teaching them and other adults around me new words. I grew up in a rural town and had very few adults who were poncy wankers, but after a certain age I could use reading as an escape and grew to have an extremely expansive vocabulary at an early age.

My parents didn't teach me much, but they are outspoken, argued a lot, and communicated with me a lot although often in very crude, inappropriate, or abusive ways. But it's probable a high amount of input helped enable me to at least have interest in using language and gave me an advantage as far as pursuing literacy and more poncy wanker interests.

Hobbyist language leaners

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- Wed, 24 Nov 2021 21:54:26 EST c3toXj3m No.13184
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Learning foreign languages as a hobby is oftentimes a somewhat silly hobby. The internet seems rife with people being overenthusiastic about learning random foreign languages that have no relevance in their environment. These same people have no real knowledge about linguistics or even know the names of the languages spoken in their own country. For example, a guy in Morocco learning German, Japanese and Korean from watching YouTube videos, but he doesn't know or care to know about any of the Tamazight languages in his own country. I met this other guy who said he doesn't care about "grammar and shit" but thinks being able to speak basic Japanese after months of YouTube videos is some kind of achievement.

I don't know why many people think "multilingualism" is some sort of superpower. I know illiterate or semi-literate people in real life who are fluent in three languages. Sure, they might not be able to read and write properly or know difficult terms, but they can speak them without any grammatical mistakes. This is because these languages are directly relevant to their environment. No amount of studying a foreign language from the internet is going to make you truly fluent in that language.

If you are really interested in languages, you should study linguistics, and not randomly pick a foreign language to learn.

learn english

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- Thu, 05 Sep 2019 12:09:53 EST WCAUIA3M No.13011
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Anyone here have any suggestions for learning english? Best methods, resources, etc.
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Jenny Claffingford - Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:49:05 EST XF+KWAKG No.13057 Reply
I second that, basically it is the best way to learn almost every language without putting much effort, but it might take years to advance on a decent level.
Beatrice Snodworth - Fri, 19 Nov 2021 08:03:53 EST Opom1zaq No.13178 Reply
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not him but how do you make internet friends?
Reuben Biggleham - Sat, 20 Nov 2021 16:00:13 EST WBByeQPQ No.13182 Reply
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watch TV and speak to englishmen all day


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- Tue, 27 Oct 2020 23:37:46 EST joYMmuOF No.13134
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Any French speakers here? Je dois pratiquer mon Francais.
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Basil Clibberchat - Sat, 12 Dec 2020 04:45:22 EST YxtmCZiv No.13141 Reply
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Nell Greenwell - Sun, 26 Sep 2021 11:46:53 EST U15iiDb/ No.13166 Reply
"Une" exception et "un premier" mot.
Utiliser "la phrase" sonne plus naturelle mais "une phrase" n'est pas incorrecte dans ce contexte.
Shit Gammleway - Fri, 01 Oct 2021 18:58:04 EST NN1W5BIr No.13167 Reply
je te conseille d'apprendre le verslen si tu veux le vrai sense du francais. genre je kiffe de ouf. Grave. Écoute le rap francais. chui foncedé toute la night. etc, etc

FUCK THE POLICE! In multiple languages!

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- Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:35:08 EST vwn4pbtv No.11709
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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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Martha Berrystug - Tue, 23 Mar 2021 10:38:38 EST NoX3UBwO No.13154 Reply
Fuck the police (hebrew)
זין על המשטרה
Smoke weed every day (hebrew)
לעשן מריחואנה כל יום
Phyllis Finninglone - Fri, 16 Apr 2021 15:31:55 EST ZOp7kQm4 No.13155 Reply
J'emmerde la police!
Fume de la beu tous les jours

Chinese - Seeking Material

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- Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:46:07 EST Gib9dqf+ No.12824
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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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Archie Murdville - Sun, 14 Jun 2020 01:08:37 EST zoVcWwf/ No.13114 Reply
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it looks like this. Younger people prefer pinyin, but older people usually prefer to use handwriting. As the other user said speech to text is also pretty ubiquitous here, so that gets used a lot.
It can be a pain sometime trying to find the right one though. Here's a bunch of characters for "Zhang", for example
张 长 涨 胀 帐

also it's pretty common for the system to "guess" the characters you mean, so usually all I'd need to do is type in "nh" and obviously there's no Chinese words that begin with nh but Ni Hao is a very common phrase.
Lllllex - Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:42:23 EST AdzaKwYF No.13130 Reply
Honestly, as a Chinese native speaker, I guess u'd better learn Oral Chinese as a first step, cuz you know language is just a communication tool, if u can learn Oral well, then it will benefit your reading and writing, cuz you already have the concept of Chinese, the rest is just associate the sound with character! good luck!

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