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I wanna learn a new language.

- Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:55:20 EST 8Pq3Puce No.10102
File: 1382565320247.png -(116866B / 114.13KB, 983x470) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. I wanna learn a new language.
I really don't care if I ever use it. I want to learn a new, less common language.
Here are my stipulations:
It has to have an alphabet. It can't be like Chinese or Japanese where you learn 100s of symbols, stroke counts, and pronunciations.
I was looking at Tamil or Balinese, but I don't have a reliable source to learn either of them. Any suggestions?
Edward Honeydock - Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:09:59 EST vr2z1SkJ No.10103 Reply
If you want to learn an actual language as quickly as possible, learn Esperanto.
If you want to learn a relatively easy yet unique language, pick something Indo-European like Kurdish or something easy like Indonesian(huge number of speakers).
Nigger Drucklepere - Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:30:05 EST JssLMSfE No.10105 Reply
Koshka - Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:00:54 EST 8Pq3Puce No.10107 Reply
I don't want to learn a constructed language such as Esperanto. Also, it uses the Latin alphabet. I'd like to learn a different alphabet. I don't want to learn Kurdish because I never liked the Arabic alphabet and I thought about Indonesian (the national language), but I like Balinese specifically. Korean Hangul has a stroke order and syllabic symbology. Bleh. Tibetan is pretty cool. I like the style. Pronunciation isn't impossible. Nahuatl is like hieroglyphics. No thanks.

Next step:
Where online can I learn some Tamil, Balinese, or Tibetan?
Lydia Druzzlenet - Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:00:48 EST JssLMSfE No.10108 Reply
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Unless you want a language with no writing system, every language will have a particular stroke order, Latin alphabet included. Korean's hangul is a pure alphabet, not a syllabry nor a character based system, ex.. Japanese and Chinese respectively. Likewise, Balinese doesn't have an alphabet, but actually a syllabry. Learn and research before you throw something out the window.

However, if you are already determined on Tamil, Balinese, or Tibetan here are some resources;



George Biffingford - Sat, 26 Oct 2013 18:04:34 EST FVaCNsny No.10109 Reply
How about classical Latin?
John Fanshit - Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:11:59 EST 8Pq3Puce No.10111 Reply
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Then what is this exactly? I don't understand how this is a pure alphabet. The Korean Hangul pictured seems to imply a constructed alphabet and therefore a syllabic alphabet.

Also, I was aware that Balinese had syllabic letters, but they're not too difficult for me to wrap my head around. Thank you for the links.

I already study Latin.
Phineas Chuttingdale - Sun, 27 Oct 2013 22:26:04 EST JssLMSfE No.10114 Reply

the picture you posted shows the consonants on the top row, and the vowels on the left column. it is in no way a syllabic alphabet, it works just like English. The picture you posted is stupid, as most korean words are formed with multiple syllables many of which are CVC such as 한국 meaning Korea and pronounced hanguk, first character being comprised of the consonants ㅎ- H ㄴ- N , and vowel ㅏ - A , and the second syllable comprised of ㄱ- g,k and ㅜ-u

So yea, it's a pure alphabet.

Wesley Borringhodge - Mon, 04 Nov 2013 05:49:00 EST bV3LT/ub No.10153 Reply
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Lao and Thai both have fairly straightforward alphabets. The Lao alphabet (pictured is a bit easier), but there are way more resources available for learning Thai, and it's probably more useful. www.thai-language.com is a good place to start for Thai.
Phineas Chabberchire - Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:57:07 EST CvznqalF No.12367 Reply
Bump for relevence

Interested in learning Tamil
Basil Gonderfoot - Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:38:53 EST n2oos28P No.12369 Reply

Why not Tagalog? They're due for a rise at this rate anyhow.
Betsy Pabblebere - Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:29:45 EST zjqa2VHR No.12383 Reply
Does anyone have a lot of trouble with the verbal aspect of learning a language? I'm learning German and trying to practice my Spanish (which I like to think I'm pretty good at) but when I try to engage in a conversation I can't understand anything.
I've been watching foreign films and listening to Spanish/German radio stations but that has barely helped. Any suggestions?
CrazyFolksTribe !owU3wSU682 - Mon, 31 Aug 2015 01:41:50 EST 3kp9J2U6 No.12386 Reply
Yes, it's common to have trouble picking out all the words people say in a language that you mainly learned through a classroom or computer program. Native speakers of most languages will unconsciously talk at a speed that can make it hard for non-native speakers to understand.
Barnaby Drirringfuck - Sun, 06 Dec 2015 02:31:05 EST IihAj1TG No.12494 Reply

Why not Burmese? Short alphabet, easy pronunciation, country (due to finally having free elections/opening up) is poised to become an incredibly strong economy over the next little while (provided the society begins to sort it's corruption)

The people are amazingly kind, also considered to be the most formally Theravada country in the world, it's an amazing place.
Alice Greenlock - Sat, 14 May 2016 22:10:29 EST aLTMW1n3 No.12586 Reply
I want to learn German to an acceptable level (B2) since I want to attend my masters studies there and language to this level is a requirement for International students. Where's the best place to start online? A PDF maybe? Rather not go to the uni and interact with people.
Nicholas Barringdudge - Sun, 22 May 2016 21:50:24 EST iF9OPtHN No.12590 Reply
Karl Sandberg, German for Reading. Brilliant book, no matter how old. Pretty sure you can find the pdf on libgen.
Albert Cloblingtodge - Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:39:23 EST x7odm8rL No.12668 Reply
You can only learn tamil by interacting with tamils. Any tamil who knows English can teach you tamil very easily. தமிழ்.
Anita Flowers - Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:44:49 EST VIpeNKQC No.12673 Reply
I wanted to learn Burmese in the past but couldn't find any resources for it so I gave up and settled for other languages. There were few sites, but they all explained everything in either broken English or in incomprehensible way, anyone know if this has changed yet?

For Tibetan http://www.digitaldialects.com/Tibetan.htm is really convenient if you want to just cram the alphabet in one go. Tibetan is also very ambiguous with it's alphabet so beware!
Archie Trotforth - Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:14:58 EST HrDqcX2z No.12695 Reply
Learn something Cyrillic, like Polish.
Betsy Fennerbot - Sat, 29 Oct 2016 04:52:27 EST QNe4ZenB No.12696 Reply
Portuguese has 3 less letters (kwy) and two ortographic accents go on any vogal (acute and circunflex, say á and â) plus the trema to go on u to indicate that it is pronounced (like lingüiça and tranqüilo) and the grave, then called crase on a lone 'a' (say à) to indicate it is both a preposition and an article (ad and illa).
Augustus Sagglelock - Sun, 06 Nov 2016 22:22:04 EST jgUoywD5 No.12703 Reply
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Teaching yourself the Hebrew characterset and abugida character order (A B G D, etc) can get you far if you're at all interested in Semitic linguistics.

The nice thing about abjad alphabets/languages (Hebrew, Phoenecian, Syriac, Mandaic, et al) is that they tend to follow the exact same pattern with regard to letter order (see above), with Arabic being the main exception (it has about twelve additional letters in the standard alphabet, if memory serves). Obviously you have to learn the individual characters and pronunciations, but having a common ground will definitely make it easier to branch out. And if you decide to teach yourself Yiddish for whatever reason, there are only about five additional glyphs to learn.

Hope that helps some. Shalam.
Augustus Sagglelock - Sun, 06 Nov 2016 22:28:19 EST jgUoywD5 No.12704 Reply
Oops. Meant abjad the first time, not abugida. See
>>12700 if you want an abugida. derp.
Matilda Sindershit - Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:58:27 EST YrYpk7Xo No.12715 Reply
Учи русский. aлфaвит нe лaтинский, сaм язык — aбсoлютнo пoeхaвший

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