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Learning Japanese, tips on remembering Kanji besides radicals by イッカク - Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:42:43 EST ID:6f3V80M0 No.12536 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Ayy everyone. I'm in the process of learning Japanese. Just recently finished up with learning how to read Hiragana on textfugu and I'm starting on Kanji soon, and also Katakana shortly thereafter. Textfugu does a great job of helping me memerize radicals and stuff, but are there any more ways I can improve my long term memory of Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana? I found a PDF file of over 1000 Kanji in it so that's definitely going to help out a ton. If nothing else, I'm sure textfugu will help out sufficiently. It's a pretty great website. I highly recommend it for people learning on their own.

>also I'm not a spokesperson for the website, just saying it's really really helpful

Anyone care to share their experiences with learning Japanese? Tips and/or advice are always welcome!
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Angus Turveyway - Wed, 02 Mar 2016 23:50:41 EST ID:2RPCMfTI No.12555 Ignore Report Quick Reply
you should learn hiragana and katakana at the same time. really its just like upper and lowercase letters, same pronunciations, just different looking, or slightly different looking characters.
Cornelius Bussleville - Tue, 10 May 2016 20:33:51 EST ID:8JAjK7aC No.12585 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>I found a PDF file of over 1000 Kanji in it so that's definitely going to help out a ton
if you're not willing to learn at least 2000 Kanji, it makes no sense to even start.
Angus Pockson - Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:26:19 EST ID:JaVU4zbp No.12599 Ignore Report Quick Reply
learn chinese first, the mother language

then laugh at the strange island-folk usage of the characters
Molly Chongerpock - Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:45:59 EST ID:2RPCMfTI No.12621 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Jisho is a really good all around japaneseto English dictionary. They even translate romaji. I would learn hiragana and katakana at the same time, since its like upper and lowercase. That way you hve pronunciations down. You can spell and japanese word with those scripts. Also some smartphone/tablet apps i found are tae kims japanese learning and kanji script. I dont speak a lick of japanese but i strarted trying to learn last year. Got lazy and gave up. Be better then me man i gave you the powa
Martin Gunnerridge - Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:55:00 EST ID:RIIf5LgT No.12649 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Hey so since I'm going to Japan soon does anyone know the best way to speak simple conversational Japanese? There has to be some good guide I can memorize basic phrases in within like a month. I'm not gonna be able to read jack shit but I just want to know how to ask for a bathroom and some ham.

It'd be nice if it didn't try to make me speak fucking weeaboonese either I have a feeling 'konichiwa' is viewed at as idiotic by now

Change my accent [FR To English] by Alice Bandleshit - Sun, 14 Aug 2016 20:38:53 EST ID:c4t3ew2h No.12630 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hey guys,

Any serious, good audiobooks about learning new accents and especially overcoming your native one?

I'm French and although I try as much as I can to sound 'American' (i.e. basically some blend of what I heard and learnt), there's always that small French accent residue coming back that I really want to get rid of.

Currently it's really not bad at all, or so people tell me. But my true desire is to make it -almost- impossible to tell by -most- people.

I feel I'm jumping ahead here but I'd also love to be versatile and have more than that 'Standard American' accent I was talking about. I'd love to do a Boston accent, some New-Yorkers one, some ebonics, etc.

PS. Just in case, the reason I ask you this is because I'd love to do voice over work in America (I realize the chances are slim, but oh well). But it's hard to believe in when you transpire even a faint of the French accent.

One last random question: Is it me or do impoverished black people from the West Coast sound almost the same as those from the East Coast? Maybe I don't have the ear for that, but I always saw a big resemblance when I would listen to them talk.

Anyway I'm talking way too much now. I just really want to perfect my accent. Really, really badly.
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Hedda Cibblewater - Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:01:32 EST ID:1gZONHRh No.12639 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>your chances of assistance continue to dwindle.
Yeah, I was still counting on yours. I usually don't encourage the use of drugs but have you ever tried Xanax? Chill some dude, Jesus.

Alright, I can understand that some accents may be irritating to yourself and others. Fair enough. What accents would you say you enjoy?

I've never intended to have conversations IRL with some half-assed imitated accent though. That's cringe-worthy to me. I like my English to sound as neutral as can be in my social interactions.

But I also enjoy voice over and all that stuff, and would like to explore the various accents of the English language. Just like one would enjoy working on impressions. Simple as that.

I'd be grateful if you guys have any tips. Or, if you feel like being a douche you can shitpost like that first dude and I'll let this thread sink. It's fine.
Beatrice Drebberbury - Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:54:56 EST ID:7T6bny35 No.12640 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I've never intended to have conversations IRL with some half-assed imitated accent though. That's cringe-worthy to me. I like my English to sound as neutral as can be in my social interactions.

As long as you understand this, you should feel free to explore and play around with whatever accents you like. No one is going to be annoyed at you for making an impression of a Brooklyn accent. Actually I think it would be pretty fucking hilarious.

I'm sorry I dont really have much advice for learning various accents, but I wish you luck. Most Americans I've known including myself suck at mimicking a different accent from their own. I would imagine it all comes down to practice and exposure, much like other aspects of language learning.
Nell Fuckingbury - Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:07:09 EST ID:JLjfl5dy No.12643 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Oh please, minnesota has easily the worst accent in the US.
CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:14:39 EST ID:4mLsiRJ7 No.12658 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Wisconsin and Chicago are worse.
Fanny Cummleforth - Sat, 10 Sep 2016 14:18:09 EST ID:nfM/QbD0 No.12659 Ignore Report Quick Reply
OP, you should look into the dialects spoken around New Orleans, Louisiana. They would likely fit with your native french tongue and the whole creole/cajun environment is one that is often used in scenes requiring voice over.

Deutsch by Eliza Saddletock - Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:50:47 EST ID:yxHWHWww No.12625 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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How do you say "guns" in German? I'm getting mixed answers. Some say Feuerwaffen, others say Schusswaffen, others say Scheißeisen, and others just say be specific if it's a pistol or rifle - Pistole or Gewehr.
Matilda Brookhood - Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:21:03 EST ID:0MqpVuSe No.12626 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Gun in English is defined differently depending on context and some people have particular preferences. Feuerwaffen is the closest to the common English usage as in: there are too many guns in this country.

spanish translation help by Oliver Sonningduck - Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:07:12 EST ID:GuQbZI5Q No.12615 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Al verte las flores lloran
cuando entras en tu jardín,
porque las flores quisieran
toítas parecerse a ti.

not sure what the word toitas is supposed to mean here.

"too see you the flowers cry,
when you enter your garden.
because the flowers wanted
Shit Ferringway - Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:37:02 EST ID:mfZltbc+ No.12620 Ignore Report Quick Reply
because the flowers wanted
to absolutely look like you.

Spanish poems only make sense is spanish, especially within the culture. Doesn't always translate well.

Bulgarian by Hugh Smalldale - Sat, 08 Feb 2014 16:03:40 EST ID:1AksULXm No.11057 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I've started being intimate with a girl from Bulgaria and I like surprising her by speaking bulgarian words. But while it's pretty easy to find the phrases "hello, how are you?" Or "I really like you" there's not a lot of books with phrases like "I want to make you scream with pleasure" or "Put my dick so far up your mouth I can't see it anymore"

Anyone here know enough Bulgarian to help me with my dirty phrases?
Cedric Blythebanks - Sun, 09 Feb 2014 01:52:22 EST ID:8nUXwzwo No.11058 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Nell Bankinson - Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:48:49 EST ID:uauZvyAb No.12610 Ignore Report Quick Reply

"Put my dick so far up your mouth I can't see it anymore" > SHE TI GO VKARAM DO SLIVICITE.

"I want to make you scream with pleasure" Iskam da te eba do poshturyavane

English by Ernest Fuckleham - Sun, 20 Oct 2013 18:16:28 EST ID:vr2z1SkJ No.10092 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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This is a question for non-Anglophones:

Is your English pronunciation more like British English or American English?

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CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Mon, 06 Jun 2016 01:32:56 EST ID:I9a8QXVg No.12596 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>tfw you get caught up in the excitement and make a post describing the way you speak, when you shouldn't have even posted in this thread in the first place since it's for non-native English speakers
Walter Sallyfot - Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:39:43 EST ID:IkmPaxNO No.12598 Ignore Report Quick Reply
My English is very slavic-like. I am trying to go with American English because it is simpler to pronounce for me, but even if I try my best everyone still claims I sound like a Russian despite the fact I am not one
Doris Chunnerfare - Sat, 09 Jul 2016 09:53:57 EST ID:kOl4SikP No.12603 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>this bs attitude that Brita think our English is proper or better somehow

England doesn't have ANA accent or one voice the only people that speak RP English ate bbc employees and posh years. The accents are vastly different and these days a lot of American slang has slipped in most people here now say dude
James Turveyford - Mon, 11 Jul 2016 18:15:23 EST ID:QwF64Y6H No.12605 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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As far as I know, the whole Anglophone/Francophone thing is originally a Canadian invention. Pre-1960s, we'd refer to each another as English Canadian/French Canadian, but when bilingualism was institutionalized and we became a country separate from Britain, Francophone/Anglophone started to be widely used to refer to one's mother tongue (without implying that we are differently Canadian).In Canadian French at least, there is no doubt that it commonly refers to first languages as opposed to learned ones (that's the terminology the government uses as well). We would tend to use "francophile" for an Anglophone who speaks French, although it does imply that this person loves the culture/language which isn't always the case. On the other hand, when we say to someone from France that they are Francophones, they often say "No, I'm French". If I'm not mistaken, though, people from Belgium who speak French do call themselves Francophones. But I agree that "non-native speakers" in OP's context avoids the confusion.

Anyway, I'm from the Maritimes (a mostly English-speaking region), and my English is obviously American/Canadian although I have a noticeable French accent. We aren't exposed to much British English, but American culture is all around us. I did an online test that was circulating on this site a while ago (had to choose which pronunciation I would use for different words), and apparently I speak closer to the people in Maine, which makes sense but I didn't know they spoke differently than people from California, Colorado or whatever.
CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Sun, 31 Jul 2016 23:03:23 EST ID:7+HbprNj No.12616 Ignore Report Quick Reply
If you're referring to my post, yes, it now appears I made some unfounded British vs. American assumptions. Blame daily 3-MeO-PCP abuse.

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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Molly Buzzman - Fri, 02 Jan 2015 16:42:31 EST ID:EHPAq2I/ No.11943 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I just started arabic too but still learning writing and reading, I mostly use memrise.com and these videos because they are in my native.

For grammar and vbocabulary I'm not really sure either, because I couldn't find any single book in my native about any type of arabic so far. I will either get some random pdfs in english or try the FSI courses as >>11567 suggested.

First I want some decent reading skills because that's how I started japanese earlier as well. Or should I go for spoken arabic first? For chinese, I heard that tip rom several people to start with spoken stuff first and learn writing in parallel.
Jack Fedgeman - Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:44:44 EST ID:s4ozBC2z No.12010 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>go to Melbourne or Hobart
The meme is real
Rubbing Doom - Sun, 05 Jun 2016 04:21:43 EST ID:H0vxF0ow No.12594 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>Jehovas Witnesses of Muslims

so they also molest their children?
CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Mon, 06 Jun 2016 01:16:53 EST ID:I9a8QXVg No.12595 Ignore Report Quick Reply
/lang/: Where internet druggos and cultural enrichment collide.
Nigel Fuckingstock - Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:06:27 EST ID:YCGVMi/T No.12612 Ignore Report Quick Reply
i think he meant in the sense of proselytising, rather than in the sense of being profoundly sad all the time and sexually deviant

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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CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:56:20 EST ID:3VyXICsi No.12530 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Спaсибo, тoвaрищ.

For those who want to learn some interesting Russian vocabulary but have short attention spans, http://xn--ae-blcc4f9a.xn--p1ai/ is actually a very good resource. It adds the fun of pro-Russian memes.
CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:59:39 EST ID:3VyXICsi No.12531 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The link got butchered. It's вштaбe. рф (without the space before the рф, of course)
Jenny Pommerspear - Tue, 16 Feb 2016 15:21:47 EST ID:RNu3qHuL No.12550 Ignore Report Quick Reply
i think pimsleur is fine. i listen while i walk to work, which takes about a half an hour anyhow, so i get one session in, then go speak spanish with my colleagues for a couple hours.
Or just do one session right before bed.
William Hecklewater - Mon, 16 May 2016 11:04:54 EST ID:ePXBqw3V No.12587 Ignore Report Quick Reply


What the fuck kind of a link is that
Esther Diddlekick - Tue, 24 May 2016 22:26:27 EST ID:DZYdMmPM No.12591 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Indeed, it is horrendously boring.
"Now say, what time is it?"

Languages take years to "master". You need lots of exposure to hear all the individual syllables and then finding the meaning is like surfing on 56k internet again.

I recommend pimsleur in small doses. Mix up your learning with some authentic materials. Play video games in that language, they are like a tests; you don't listen/respond, you fail/die. Find a rosetta stone torrent, which isn't authentic but has some interactive components. Find friends who speak it, or join bilingual forums. Languages are rooted with culture, which is rooted in the social element of being human.

Super Advanced Spanish by Lydia Braffingderk - Thu, 19 May 2016 09:55:02 EST ID:CDym3DV1 No.12589 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I want to do the Dele C1 or C2 exam and I need resources, I'm willing to spend a bit of money but not buy all of the few courses an books out there. So what do you recommend? what are the best resources?

Chulo-points if they are free

pic unrelated

at your level you just need to read any native speaker test and you will somehow magically achieve perfection without hard work

Spanish Tools by Lydia Borringspear - Sat, 05 Dec 2015 11:52:01 EST ID:3uFkg8e9 No.12493 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I want to learn Esperanto, but my English is not good enough to complete the Duolingo course.
Can anyone recommend a good method to learn Esperanto that doesn't involve me typing in English?

Background: I speak Catalan and Spanish fluently.
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Frederick Worthingspear - Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:38:49 EST ID:muhEf7+F No.12569 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Pre-intermediate English is not harder than esperanto.... it is, however, more useful. learn the very basic level of English that duolingo demands of people first.
Frederick Bivingfatch - Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:25:57 EST ID:3q4Aevcb No.12570 Ignore Report Quick Reply
You should learn Arabic and move to Saudi or Yemen :))
Clara Brallyhood - Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:20:24 EST ID:NQ5lHSFD No.12571 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Esperantoland is like most places: everyone claims not to be transphobic, and whenever actual incidents of transphobia happen, everyone says "oh but we're totally not transphobic though!" Most people, including Esperantists, would rather claim not to be transphobic than actually address transphobia within their communities. However, in this particular case, it's not even something that actually matters. It's just a made-up language. So for most people who aren't bros, they get frustrated and leave eventually... unless they're one of the ridiculously naive people who actually thinks it will be an international language some day.
Lydia Braffingderk - Thu, 19 May 2016 09:49:26 EST ID:CDym3DV1 No.12588 Ignore Report Quick Reply
All those languages take years to learn fluently while esperanto takes months
Hamilton Brummerbury - Sat, 28 May 2016 14:58:36 EST ID:IcCx91CT No.12593 Ignore Report Quick Reply
What about learning International Sign instead of Esperanto? http://www.sematos.eu/isl-p-always-1400.html

It looks better on a CV, it theoretically allows you to talk to more people and a bigger variety of people, and it is a truly universal language instead of just a castrated Spanish (totally unfair on non-European L1 learners().


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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Graham Sankinforth - Wed, 06 Jan 2016 22:59:27 EST ID:/cPrpxm0 No.12520 Ignore Report Quick Reply

or chingue su madre la policía.
Basil Mittingstodging - Thu, 07 Jan 2016 15:24:39 EST ID:AO3mMJTB No.12522 Ignore Report Quick Reply
in hebrew: zin al-hmstra(זיין על המשטרה)-dick on the police

lazeen ath ha-mistra(לזיין את המשטרה)-to fuck the police

madinat mishtra(מדינת משטרה)-police country

mostly said by pissed off civilians who usually go protests or hating the police
Henry Brellydit - Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:03:21 EST ID:+bmNjXX0 No.12566 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Also "smoke weed everyday" could be sth like
"Her gün ot tüttür"
Ebenezer Pockfield - Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:59:11 EST ID:Fh9DOAL1 No.12579 Ignore Report Quick Reply
jebeš policiju
Archie Hinderwell - Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:30:22 EST ID:WX3Q7eWP No.12580 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Oh, another Yugoslav comrade!

Јeбeш пoлицију / Jebeš policiju - Serbian (either) or Croatian (latin script only)
Пуши трaву свaки дaн / Puši travu svaki dan - Smoke weed every day

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Can anybody read this moonspeak?

And who puts quotes on kanji, honestly.
moxie !QvI1p9.OFY - Wed, 30 Mar 2016 02:39:35 EST ID:QCU4ZF+7 No.12568 Ignore Report Quick Reply
jesus christ. this is so stylised i actually can't tell, and i know for sure if i saw it written normally i would be able to tell you.
Fanny Crerryville - Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:02:49 EST ID:e3TGhJG4 No.12602 Ignore Report Quick Reply
This is not moonspeak

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