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Learning Japanese (or any other lang) Strategy

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- Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:06:56 EST 4hgRjj1+ No.13098
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This is pretty much the best way to learn any language, not just japanese

Scandis

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- Tue, 11 Feb 2020 17:53:01 EST Ns5XKTa+ No.13084
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Hey /lang/, what's the best Scandinavian language to learn?
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Henry Dudgefoot - Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:19:09 EST 4H+NuPef No.13096 Reply
>>13092
go back 2 kc
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Thomas Hebblekeck - Thu, 26 Mar 2020 18:05:20 EST +SqNolk8 No.13097 Reply
>>13084
For use Swedish or Danish

For fun obviously Icelandic, Faroese, Elfdalian

help blease

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- Fri, 13 Mar 2020 22:34:11 EST Y0PP5k36 No.13094
File: 1584153251908.png -(95533B / 93.29KB, 930x723) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. help blease
I have to write an essay about a problem and then describe a funder for said problem:

This is an issue
So and so funds the issue:
-such are their accomplishments

They help the issue by
_resason 1,2,3, etc.

Fuck just stoned after a few years not smoking, trying to A+ this class. Help me boys.
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Lillian Nannerway - Fri, 13 Mar 2020 22:53:48 EST Y0PP5k36 No.13095 Reply
>>13094
nvm I got this, yall would give me a D+ if anything, modasucka's

Writing System Reviews

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- Sat, 28 Dec 2019 16:45:31 EST NdN6r1+H No.13064
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This thread is for criticizing and critiquing all the different writing systems from around the world. For instance:

>Thai Language
Okay, listen. I have no problem with little circles. I actually sort of like seeing alphabets that use little circles. But there is a point where it needs to stop and you've clearly crossed it long ago, Thailand. I don't know who told you it was a home idea to incorporate little circles into literally almost every single letter in your writing system, but they were lying to you. perhaps your mind has been clouded due to an excess of pad thai and ladyboys, but that is simply no excuse.
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Sophie Blackfuck - Fri, 10 Jan 2020 23:21:17 EST mJ1DYqDG No.13075 Reply
>>13073

hey man, calligraphy is like, really chill. you could try it if you wanted to, just take it easy and enjoy the beauty and balance of literacy
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Clara Gorringshit - Tue, 28 Jan 2020 08:10:52 EST 9ztSsHuH No.13078 Reply
Latin script is fine and dandy but they were really uncreative and reused the same symbols by turning or mirroring them like b, d, p and q.
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George Pittstock - Tue, 10 Mar 2020 19:11:09 EST zmKaah/N No.13093 Reply
>>13073
arabic is extremely easy to write. i was afraid at first of the 3 different forms of the letters, but it's literally just cursive. you essentially have a straight line at the bottom with lines or curls going up. p cool

learning German

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- Wed, 29 Jan 2020 07:11:29 EST Qn0TOfB0 No.13079
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Anyone else learning German ? Its pretty good language
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Ernest Chenningpat - Thu, 30 Jan 2020 12:38:26 EST o7WzNPbE No.13082 Reply
Jawohl meine kinderficken jager. Willst du auf eine kirche pissen?

Ich mag große Brüste wie meine Oma
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Matilda Clembledale - Sun, 16 Feb 2020 09:32:13 EST JL7DpuIl No.13089 Reply
Duo is shit, you need to find a teacher to get a good language base.

japanese language stories

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- Fri, 14 Feb 2020 21:43:25 EST wLUG4qy3 No.13088
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hello /lang/, ive been learning japanese for about 4 months now and let me just say: its is a lot of fun. I started off as a weeb who had no idea about the language, but now ive fallen in love w/ kanji and the easy to understand grammar. so, anyone who studies japanese, whats your journey been like?

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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Nigel Bunstock - Tue, 08 Oct 2019 21:23:49 EST 8VO72n3D No.13030 Reply
>>13029
>Bonus points for "Smoke weed every day."
روزانه حشیش بکش
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Aston Lee - Mon, 30 Dec 2019 22:40:55 EST sT8wdRGE No.13070 Reply
>>11709
操他妈的歐美警察!

屌佢老母嘅的歐美差佬!
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Simon Seblingdere - Fri, 31 Jan 2020 18:21:28 EST sAhG7UXp No.13083 Reply
>Brazilian-Portuguese
Foda-se a polícia
Fume maconha todo dia.

germanic

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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:

Danish
Dutch
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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Ian Lightson - Fri, 02 May 2014 06:12:19 EST NqJL1ymG No.11332 Reply
Polish is Slavic. It's like Czech, Slovak, or Sorbian, or to a far different degree, sorta like Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, or even Macedonian, Bulgarian, or the things that Serbian is a part of. It's also maybe the hardest of all the Slavic languages to learn, in part because it's highly "conservative" (it's more basal and keeps a lot of the defining irregularities of the other Slavic languages).


Dutch is like halfway between Modern German and Old English - not Early Modern English of the Bible or Middle English of Chaucer but the old English of Beowulf (ie HWAET we Gar-dena, in gear-dagum, theod-cyninga þrym gefrunon...).

But its MUCH more like Modern German than either; Dutch is almost mutually intelligible with German, which is to say they can almost be understood by each other without the other really learning anything about them. Dutch is also kinda Frenchy - it's usually nasally and has more French words that German. It insists even harder than German on the uvular Parisian r.

Dutch also kinda buys you Afrikaans if you ever want to go to former Dutch Africa.

Danish is North Germanic - it's completely unintelligible from the rest, but German has areas where it gradually becomes Danish like it does with Dutch. But the language is relatively very different from German. It's benefit to English is English has a bunch (but not a whole lot) of words borrowed from what you can call the immediate ancestor of Danish, Swedish, and Icelandic.

Danish buys you about half of Norway, the standard languages being close enough in writing and speaking that they usually get treated as one language by companies. It kinda buys you the less standard Norwegian and maybe Swedish too, in the same way German buys you most of Dutch. Note that there's still a lot of differences, it's not like you just get it for free.


Polish has limited use, but businesses like it because Poland got the economic shock after the collapse of the Polish People's Republic. But I say again it hard.

Dutch has arguably the most use and is close enough to German that it's more like learning the differences between it and German than learning a whole nother language. It isn't as useful business wise, though working Benelux (Dutch+Belgian French) things is growing more viable. It's also mildly useful if you intend to ever try and work in some of the former Dutch African countries, like Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe (fat chance), or to a much much lesser extent Angola. Indonesia has some work for it too, being that they're the former Dutch Indies. But pretty much the only things you could there they all have more than enough of, or are wholly academic like documenting Khoe-San languages.

Danish really doesn't have a use outside of Denmark, Norway, and to a lesser extent Sweden. Probably the least useful of the three. But you know Hans Christian Anderson.
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Priscilla Blisslefudge - Sat, 11 Jan 2020 21:50:15 EST rQ6ueb/t No.13076 Reply
>>11330
این سوال جوابش وایسته است روی نیت و وضعیت خودت ولی سودمندترین زبانی از نظر کار و اهمیت اقتصادی و نزدیکترین به زبان المان هولاندی است

دانمارکی ادبیات مشهوری داره (سورن کیرکگارد و هانس اندرسون مثلا) ولی اگر نوروژی یا سوئدی یاد بگیری فکر میکنم میتوانی زبان دانمارکی را بفهمی و اگر نمیتوانی یاد گرفتن او بسیار اسانتر است

لهستانی نمیتوانم چیزی بگم چونکه هیچی ازش نمیدونم
اگر هنوز هستی دوست دارم انتخاب تو را بدونم
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Samuel Chegglefack - Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:43:13 EST U+RPs2IH No.13077 Reply
>>11332

Dutch is also loaded with Spanish words like guitarra. American English has much more Dutch than BBC english, like in use of thaler (dollar), stoop, or kop (as in coppin' dope). Once literally heard a song there named 'gleep-gloop'. Would double-plus recommend learning it on the ground if you have blond haar

How many languages do you know?

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- Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:57:48 EST t0v2d9Gw No.13017
File: 1568908668004.gif -(4894719B / 4.67MB, 720x404) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. How many languages do you know?
I am a native English speaker.

I can speak and read in Italian but not write because I never practice the spellings.
Through Italian I can understand a huge amount of Spanish but sadly mainly answer back in Italian.
Same goes for Portugese.
I can speak and read a bit of german but understand more than I can speak.
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James Randi - Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:58:45 EST t0v2d9Gw No.13018 Reply
I think I'll pick up dutch next.
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Cornelius Sopperlure - Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:00:35 EST 67xJTozv No.13031 Reply
My mother tongue is German and I speak English pretty much fluently. I plan to learn many languages eventually but currently my highest priority lies on Japanese. Additionally I learn Spanish in school. Languages I want to learn but haven't really started yet because I don't think it's good to learn this many at once are Norwegian, Latin, French, Finnish, Russian & maybe also Chinese & Korean
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George Hubberstock - Thu, 02 Jan 2020 14:35:11 EST MNmYNAgC No.13071 Reply
>>13017
Native English, practically fluent in French and Persian, conversational Arabic

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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Aston Lee - Mon, 30 Dec 2019 22:31:13 EST sT8wdRGE No.13068 Reply
>>12824
我是一个美国华裔,我通过自身的努力学习中文,现在能用广东话和普通话正常的交流,广东话是我的母语,普通话是我自学的,拼音的确很复杂,甚至比日语的五十音图更麻烦。
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Aston Lee - Mon, 30 Dec 2019 22:36:56 EST sT8wdRGE No.13069 Reply
>>12877
你说的很不错的,我是一个华裔,从2012年开始学普通话,现在已经快8年了,因为我与他们留着同样的血,所以我必须要学会!我在美国人人都叫我Aston Lee,但是我想拥有一个中文名,不过中文起名可能更复杂,所以我必须要更加的努力!

Teach Yourself Mandarin

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- Mon, 23 Sep 2019 04:57:17 EST c91k9P2h No.13019
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Greetings, peoples of 420chan.

I would like to invite you to read this blog I maintain, a blog about how you can teach yourself Chinese Mandarin. I have always thought people shied away from Asian languages like Chinese because they seemed to difficult and complex. So I have decided to create a blog to demystify it so everyone understood how Chinese works, what they are getting themselves into and what kind of expectations they should have when getting into it. If you are interested in Chinese Mandarin, but don't know how to actually learn and study it, I invited you to read my blog. It's the first post, a bit lengthy, but very complete.

https://teachyourselfmandarin.wordpress.com

Thank you very much and make a good use of it.
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Cornelius Pondernune - Sat, 28 Dec 2019 15:44:24 EST 6Kc2jN7+ No.13063 Reply
Xie xie! God bless for you the good work.
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Aston Lee - Mon, 30 Dec 2019 22:28:03 EST sT8wdRGE No.13067 Reply
>>13020
我是一个美国华裔,我不准许你羞辱中国!
China is a fascinating country. It has a lot to offer the world.


The bible

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- Tue, 05 May 2015 11:19:02 EST v2a/POHn No.12110
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I don't know if many of you have noticed, but the bible is a very good way of learning languages. Maybe not when English is involved because of the archaic language, but otherwise it's more or less similarly translated in all European languages.
  • Many have a gist of some of the stories.
  • Virtually every sentence is numbered.
  • Its easy to find some story that can keep your attention.
Reading the bible is quite interesting in many ways even/especially if you're not religious.
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cursive !M6R0eWkIpk - Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:46:53 EST CEs+htsk No.12211 Reply
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>>12110
so are instruction books and assembly manuals
sometimes menus too. i cracked the korean alphabet over kim bob
(it had each word written ~pheonetically in english also)
won't work with chinese menus >_<
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Isabella Bevingspear - Sun, 13 Oct 2019 20:32:51 EST ZHwh13Fn No.13038 Reply
>>12211
how did you manage to crack the language over that?
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Gyrstra - Sun, 22 Dec 2019 06:55:56 EST vDOp4jps No.13061 Reply
>>12110
The Bible is and will always will be a kings right of passage. That foul language is scrountiney to the ones truly deserving.

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