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Old 05-16-2012, 11:40 AM   #61
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Good recommendations. I have an iPhone, but I've found a pretty similar dictionary on the app store. Might have to dig harder to find a good iPhone version of Obenkyo though.


There are definitely other apps that do the same thing as Obenkyo, but Obenkyo has everything in it, so you don't need to download multiple things. The recent addition of the grammar/particles section was a huge bonus.

The grammar dictionary that I own is this one. Do consider buying it. It has explanations in simple-to-understand English, and has many, many example sentences. These sentences are written in Japanese, but they always have an English translation right underneath them. And they try to translate the sentence as literally as possible, so that's a great help too. Translation generally favours carrying the meaning rather than the exact words, so this exception is helpful, since it gives you a sort of a leg-up in thinking like a native speaker rather than someone who just wants to translate stuff.

The book's a bit pricey perhaps, but I found it in pristine condition at a second-hand bookshop, so maybe you will too.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:42 AM   #62
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I'm trying to learn Dutch, currently, as my grandfather immigrated from Belgium in the 30's. Still very basic beginner's level, but there are enough similarities to move along quickly.

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Also, www.livemocha.com is a website I have found useful. I have heard that it is similar to busuu but not quite as good (though it offers tons of languages).
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:46 AM   #63
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There are definitely other apps that do the same thing as Obenkyo, but Obenkyo has everything in it, so you don't need to download multiple things. The recent addition of the grammar/particles section was a huge bonus.

The grammar dictionary that I own is this one. Do consider buying it. It has explanations in simple-to-understand English, and has many, many example sentences. These sentences are written in Japanese, but they always have an English translation right underneath them. And they try to translate the sentence as literally as possible, so that's a great help too. Translation generally favours carrying the meaning rather than the exact words, so this exception is helpful, since it gives you a sort of a leg-up in thinking like a native speaker rather than someone who just wants to translate stuff.

The book's a bit pricey perhaps, but I found it in pristine condition at a second-hand bookshop, so maybe you will too.

Yeah I've found an app for writing kana. It only has a couple hundred characters, which doesn't sound like a lot, but for a free app I don't expect much. Plus, I have to start somewhere.

And that is a bit too pricey for my liking. I'll look around in any book stores that I'm in though, thanks for the recommendation.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:49 AM   #64
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I'm native german, so I could help some people who are trying to learn german, since german is pretty hard actually

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:50 AM   #65
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I have about four months of summer vacation so I might as well try to learn a language.

English is my native language. I did learn French for about five years in school, but I've forgotten nearly everything. I'm interested in learning German and Japanese and figured I might tackle one of those. My mother knows Cantonese and my father knows some German, Tamil, and Sinhalese, so I can get help from them.
Does anyone have any recommendation as to another language I should consider? Any tips on how to get started? Anything?

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:53 AM   #66
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:56 AM   #67
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:58 AM   #68
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I took a few years of Mandarin Chinese in high school, but I don't remember much of it.

I've been wanting to learn Japanese for quite a few years now (if I actually started and kept with it back when I started wanting to learn it, i'd probably know a lot by now) but I procrastinate faaar too much D:
I might try and start learning it, but i'm also about to enroll in a few college classes so >_>
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:03 PM   #71
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Jk, Mir geht es gut, wie geht es dir? Ich habe kein Auto, denn ich bin noch minderjährig.
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Oh and if you do, let me know if you did so I can see if the reference thing works.

So that's your game, huh? Trying to reference us back to your fancy language site so you can unlock more features. Not even pretending like this thread isn't merely made out of your own self-interest.


On topic I'm a native English speaker and I guess a beginner at Spanish.
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So that's your game, huh? Trying to reference us back to your fancy language site so you can unlock more features. Not even pretending like this thread isn't merely made out of your own self-interest.


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Old 05-16-2012, 12:12 PM   #74
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Jk, Mir geht es gut, wie geht es dir? Ich habe kein Auto, denn ich bin noch minderjährig.

Mir geht es gut auch. Ich habe kein Auto, denn ich bin arm.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:17 PM   #75
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Mir geht es gut auch. Ich habe kein Auto, denn ich bin arm.


Das ist natürlich blöd, nur gut das jeder Deutsche einen Mercedes bekommt, wenn er/sie 18 wird.
Einfach so.
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So that's your game, huh? Trying to reference us back to your fancy language site so you can unlock more features. Not even pretending like this thread isn't merely made out of your own self-interest.


On topic I'm a native English speaker and I guess a beginner at Spanish.

You caught me, the entire thread is a ruse

I actually don't know what it does besides get me friends on busuu. It's supposed to give me the travel course but I already have it

Btw I see a lot of people signing up for busuu but I've only had two people verfiied. What gives?
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Okay, I can tell learning Japanese is going to be a daunting task. I just tried working out how to write hello in katakana by doing it phonetically, and ended up with something that was nothing like the actual way of writing it.

Also, how do you know which script to use for certain words? So if I wanted to write hello, would it be Hiragana or Katakana? Or Kanji?
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Das ist natürlich blöd, nur gut das jeder Deutsche einen Mercedes bekommt, wenn er/sie 18 wird.
Einfach so.

I already have to go to google translate. How humiliating.

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Old 05-16-2012, 12:33 PM   #79
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I know a tiny bit of Korean and for a while I could pronounce anything in hangeul even if I didn't know the meaning of it, I learnt the symbols of hangeul and could put them together.

I'd like to restart learning. There's a great site which you should add to the OP, Kensai :

http://www.talktomeinkorean.com/

I can't begin to say how awesome this site is and the people that run it. They're super super friendly, and the website has everything you could possibly want, for free. There's a whole series of beginner lessons and soforth, all with PDFs that you can use to read and revise with.

Here's the link to where you start ;

http://www.talktomeinkorean.com/cat.../?sort=date_asc

And here is a nice site where you can start learning hangeul ;

http://www.koreanwikiproject.com/wi...e=Learn_hangeul
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