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Old 01-23-2013, 07:47 PM   #561
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I've got em down, I just need to practice using them instead of Mandarin.

Thanks, i'll check out that addon
I'm using quizlet for flashcard purposes. I like the space race game.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:59 AM   #562
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I wish to speak Spanish, I used to study it for fun a little when I was young.
Now that I'm older, I wish to speak it, so, IDK, I'm gonna start using it.

I know that J in English sounds like J, but in Spanish it sounds H, for example; jalapeno.
or; jejejejeje/jajajajaja, for online laughter.

I also found out that, mamasita 'Baby-Mama' is American-Spanish, gracias a mi Mexicana.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:58 AM   #563
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I know that J in English sounds like J, but in Spanish it sounds H, for example; jalapeno.
or; jejejejeje/jajajajaja, for online laughter.


I hear this from a lot of English-speaking people. Spanish native speakers should correct me, but I don't think it's a H really, more this kind of sound that you make in the back of your throat (uvular fricative). English phonology doesn't have this sound, and that's why most speakers of English tend to turn it into a H.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:48 AM   #564
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It's not really an 'h' in the same way that 'v' is not exactly a 'v' (as in, instead of pushing air between your top teeth and your bottom lip for a 'v', it's both lips and no teeth).

Just make a hissing sound, lol
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:53 AM   #565
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Don't forget that there are many dialects/accents of Spanish.


I once worked with a Columbian dude; needless to say he was laughing at my poor Spanish not only because it was bad but because it was Mexican.

Also, same with Cuban Spanish, sounds different, a few little differences.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:23 AM   #566
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Well yes, obviously there are regional differences. When it comes to phonology/phonetics, I tend to stick to the standardised variety of a language, assuming this is Castilian for Spanish (right?).

My point being, I often hear speakers of English pronounce JosÚ as ho-zay, where the 'h' sound is most likely wrong and the <v> becomes more of a /b/, as ali pointed out - at least in Castilian Spanish.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:58 AM   #567
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I signed up to take Spanish next year because I think its cool but I also want to learn German. Could I practice German outside of school at the same time as Spanish or would that make it harder to learn either one?
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:20 AM   #568
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I signed up to take Spanish next year because I think its cool but I also want to learn German. Could I practice German outside of school at the same time as Spanish or would that make it harder to learn either one?


It would make it harder, but you could definitely do it.
Depending on what you want to achieve, you'd probably be better off
focusing on one though.

You could have
Good spanish - okay german
okay spanish - good german
okay spanish - okay german

maybe you're a freak who can learn languages in a month though?
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You're likely to mix up some stuff between the two though, especially as Spanish is a Romance language and German is Germanic. It also depends on your native language, really.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:02 AM   #570
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The golden rule of language learning is to not be a beginner in two langauges simultaniously. I would focus on Spanish and pick up German once I get to an independet level* in Spanish.

*independent as in that you can learn from reading and listening to native material rather than using textbooks and learning ressoruces.

You could study both and drop the one you like the least if you don't see any progress.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:48 AM   #571
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hey yo! i speak portuguese, if anyone got any questions (:

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Old 02-24-2013, 08:14 AM   #572
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Dammit, all he Katakana apps I can find on the store require at least iOS 4.3. I only have 4.2.

First world problems I guess.
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What do you mean by "katakana apps"?

And I thought all iPhones got the updates simultaniously unlike Androids, right?
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Apps for learning Katakana, one of the Japanese scripts. I used to have a couple that were good, but I deleted them and now can't redownload them.

My Iphone's pretty old though so it's stopped getting updates.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:36 AM   #576
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You should look into Anki, a more general purpose flashcard program which is brilliant for language study; the ios version isn't free though.

And I hate katakana... it's a pain in the ass to read and often it's quite hard to recognise the "English" word behind it. Example: アースアワー

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Also, is the "obenkyo" app availible on ios? It's quite good for memorising kana.
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You should look into Anki, a more general purpose flashcard program which is brilliant for language study; the ios version isn't free though.

And I hate katakana... it's a pain in the ass to read and often it's quite hard to recognise the "English" word behind it. Example: アースアワー

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Also, is the "obenkyo" app availible on ios? It's quite good for memorising kana.

I have downloaded Anki, but I don't have a deck or anything. And I realised while searching that I should be learning Hiragana first, not Katakana.

Unfortunately Obenkyo isn't on iOS. Someone recommended it to me a while back, but I think it's only on android.
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Just follow these instructions:

1. Open Anki on your computer
2. Find a kana shared deck and download it
3. Synchronise
4. Open Anki on your phone
5. Synchronise on your phone
6. ???
7. Profit

However, you should practise writing them before memorising them. Their stroke orders aren't always obvious.
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And I hate katakana... it's a pain in the ass to read and often it's quite hard to recognise the "English" word behind it. Example: アースアワー


I agree; katakana is really annoying.

Aasuawaa.

What the fuck, man.

What the fuck.



At least hiragana looks cute.
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Just follow these instructions:

1. Open Anki on your computer
2. Find a kana shared deck and download it
3. Synchronise
4. Open Anki on your phone
5. Synchronise on your phone
6. ???
7. Profit

However, you should practise writing them before memorising them. Their stroke orders aren't always obvious.

I've managed to find an app that works on my phone that is similar to Anki. It goes through each one and tells you the stroke order, pronunciation and some example words. I think I've already got the vowels memorised, although a couple of them are tricky to write.

One of the apps I used to have let you write them, and then rates you on how accurate it is. That's one of the ones I can't download though.
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