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Old 05-16-2014, 02:30 AM   #801
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uh I have no idea haha

EDIT: Nah, the Nook only has an integrated English dictionary, whereas the Kindle can have a Spanish one. Bummer.

Fair enough, just find a dictionary that works on your platform, and maybe highlight the words you want to look up while reading and then look them up after you're done reading.
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:53 AM   #802
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Is there any good "prog" type music with lyrics in languages other than english that anyone can recommend?
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:55 AM   #803
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Is there any good "prog" type music with lyrics in languages other than english that anyone can recommend?


swedish prog. often extremely political

Nationalteatern
Träd, gräs och stenar
Philemon Arthur & the Dung
International Harvester (both swedish and english.)
Contact (Hon kom över mon is a good record)
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:00 AM   #804
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Rikugo (六合) -- Prog-ish metal
Traumhaus -- Dream Theater-like "tame" prog-metal

I haven't found anything else really. I'm not limiting myself to prog when it comes to foreign music.
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Old 01-15-2015, 04:58 PM   #805
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Best method = moving to the country that speaks the language you want to learn and get yourself a gf/bf there.
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:51 PM   #806
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Cool, this is a thread. It's an inactive thread, but maybe this bump will bring some life back into it.

My first language was Filipino, second was English, third was Spanish. I'm studying a bit of French whenever I can squeeze some time. I might try to pick up Italian again but I wasn't that interested in it because I figured it wouldn't be so useful. I've also set a goal for myself to learn American Sign Language- having deaf and/or mute customers has reminded me of that.

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Old 03-15-2015, 12:40 PM   #807
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Learning french over the last year, any tips or techniques handy for practicing listening to everyday conversation?
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Old 03-17-2015, 07:21 PM   #808
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Learning french over the last year, any tips or techniques handy for practicing listening to everyday conversation?

Listen to a lot of French. There's no way around it.

You should find materials that suit your level, as well as your interests. For instance, if you're into gaming, then you should look for "let's play ..." videos, since they are really easy to follow (at least in German, which is my first non-English foreign language). Vlogs, and the Easy Langauges channel on YouTube may be useful as well. Find something that you enjoy, and that will help you keep up your motivation to continue practicing.

That's what worked for me when I was learning German. Also, you should work on expanding your vocabulary, because it's hard to recognise the words you're hearing when you don't know them.
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Old 03-17-2015, 09:35 PM   #809
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I'm focusing on Mandarin and Tamil now. I knew bits of both before (environment and mother tongue, respectively) but not enough.

Mandarin is much easier than Tamil...for now. This is in spite of the fact that I can understand Tamil pretty well. I haven't learned to recognize a lot of Chinese characters yet and I suspect that is where it might get difficult in the future.

However, spoken Tamil is more difficult for me than learning to read and write. Mostly because I have never actually heard the dialect I am learning and written Tamil is only used in official speeches and writing - the spoken variety is like a dialect of its own.
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:46 AM   #810
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I've been learning gibberish again, used to be fluent in it, but I let it lapse.

Wow, the internet translator for it really works, sweet.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:39 PM   #811
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Ayo. :longneck:

I'm picking up my French books again, maybe this time I'll find time for it. Anyway, this page reminded me of the Internet in 2009-2010.

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Old 08-03-2015, 03:06 AM   #812
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:31 AM   #813
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Old 08-03-2015, 01:14 PM   #814
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Anyway I guess I'm kinda learning French by immersion now. I'd learned French previously but I was 14 when that last happened (I'm 23 now). It took some time (or it's taking some time, it's still an ongoing process) to not be too insecure to speak French to people but I'm getting better both in terms of confidence and in terms of skill.
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Old 12-19-2015, 04:03 AM   #815
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I've been learning some Dutch on the side and it's kind of weird how similar Dutch and English can be at times.

For example:

We are drinking milk.
Wij drinken melk.

Do you have a cat?
Heeft u een kat?
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:44 PM   #817
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really trying to learn spanish now, I'm taking a gap year starting in august b/w uni degrees so I'll have plenty of time to practice. lessons are too expensive but I'm thinking of just doing vocab and grammar stuff on my own and finding someone I could pay to talk to (no shortage in my town) on a weekly or so basis.

it's so daunting doing this on your own, it's hard to believe people actually learn this way without moving to a place that speaks the language. why oh why couldn't I have cared this much in high school

also, something I'm worried about - I'm not the most articulate guy in the world (I mumble and stumble over my words a lot) so I'm worried this is all sort of a fool's errand. like if I can't handle english what hope is there for a faster language?

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Old 03-20-2016, 10:01 AM   #818
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really trying to learn spanish now, I'm taking a gap year starting in august b/w uni degrees so I'll have plenty of time to practice. lessons are too expensive but I'm thinking of just doing vocab and grammar stuff on my own and finding someone I could pay to talk to (no shortage in my town) on a weekly or so basis.

it's so daunting doing this on your own, it's hard to believe people actually learn this way without moving to a place that speaks the language. why oh why couldn't I have cared this much in high school

also, something I'm worried about - I'm not the most articulate guy in the world (I mumble and stumble over my words a lot) so I'm worried this is all sort of a fool's errand. like if I can't handle english what hope is there for a faster language?

Spanish is typically spoken faster, but I find that it's more suited for faster speech than English, if that makes you feel better. The way I learned was through immersion at my job, so look into that. I don't know what the ethnic diversity is like in Manchester, but if you find yourself back in NJ, you definitely don't have to pay people to speak Spanish to you. Just force yourself to speak Spanish as much as possible- I recommend much more often than weekly.
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:59 PM   #819
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Spanish is typically spoken faster, but I find that it's more suited for faster speech than English, if that makes you feel better. The way I learned was through immersion at my job, so look into that. I don't know what the ethnic diversity is like in Manchester, but if you find yourself back in NJ, you definitely don't have to pay people to speak Spanish to you. Just force yourself to speak Spanish as much as possible- I recommend much more often than weekly.

I stumble over my words speaking english slowly so guess it's just something I'll have to deal with. what was your job? I will be back in NJ and would love to work in a ******* or something like that for that reason but gotta think of the CV.


thinking about it I don't really come in contact with mexican people too often. my town is hella mexican but I don't really talk to them that much (I don't talk to anyone, really), how would I change that? my sister has a friend I would ask but there's no way I'm gonna ask her to talk to me for however long just out of the goodness of her heart. I would make it a lesson, or something
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I'm learning French on duolingo at the minute. Nearly 1/4 of the way through it.

I do at least 5 minutes a day but when I've got more time I tend to have a bigger session (10-20 minutes). Got myself a textbook to work through once I fancy it, and after my PGCE I'll do some courses to really get it down.
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