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#42
Give me a couple of weeks to finish my exams and I'll try Chinese on that Busuu site.

I might as well brush up on my french while I'm at it.
Rhythm in Jump. Dancing Close to You.

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Yeah. people, like Lemoninfluence, are hypocrites and should have all their opinions invalidated from here on out.
#43
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going to nairobi specifically, and will be staying with a lovely and reliable gentleman i've been exchanging emails with by the name of joseph. he owns an orphanage called havilla foundations, and i'll be over there volunteering! should be a blast. you're welcome to come along, i'm great fun.

Well, that certainly sounds like fun, and I've been wanting to escape the cold weather up here.


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Learning french at high school. Killer thread idea.

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#44
Quote by Kensai
Well, that certainly sounds like fun, and I've been wanting to escape the cold weather up here.

it's a two way flight, i'll be in dubai for 7 hours on july the 6th. get the same flight from the emirates and we'll meet in the interval and spend the holiday together.
Click here to hear my BOB DYLAN (Blowing in the Wind) out right now May 2k17
#45
Sarei molto felice se qualcuno che mi insegnasse un po 'italiano colloquiale!

That was some true copy paste. I can understand what's being said, I just have trouble doing the opposite, formulating sentences.
#47
I'm a Dutch native speaker, English is my secondary language (finished my exams and received my certificate for it last year) and I'm still learning German. I ought to have it's certificate by the start of summer.
#49
English & Spanish native. I could say German but it'd be a lie. I've forgotten everything.

I'll be taking Arabic seriously this summer.
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I swear this guy in particular writes for the telegraph or some shit.

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My name can actually be traced back to as early as the 1990s, it means "fuck off data miner"
#51
Put me down for French. I want to try and remember those 6 years of school lessons (that went down the drain, though of no fault of the teacher's).


I can give help with Arabic to anyone who needs. Though it won't be easy because pretty much every single Arabic speaking country does it differently. I used to understand whenever someone speaks portuguese, but it depends on the area. I don't think I can anymore though.

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I'm trying to learn Icelandic

Did you find 'Colloquial Icelandic'? It's pretty much my only resource atm
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#52
Quote by hriday_hazarika
Ah, forgot to mention that I also learnt a bit of French.

Kensai, I'll dig up my favourite sites and post them later.

That'd be great if you could. I want to start learning Japanese, but it's the Kanji that looks the most daunting. I can probably handle speaking, but the writing/reading is what's giving me worries.
#53
Quote by ali.guitarkid7


Did you find 'Colloquial Icelandic'? It's pretty much my only resource atm



nono! I've been using youtube videos. =O I should try this!
Is this that book?
#54
If you're learning Japanese, and have an Android phone, I urge you to install these two apps, as they're all one could ever need at the beginner level:

Obenkyo - This is basically your one-stop shop for hiragana, katakana, numbers, and kanji. It also has an extensive range of basic grammar lessons. If your phone/tablet comes with a stylus, you can even try practising the strokes for all the symbols. You can use the stroke practise functionality without a stylus too, though.

JED - This is perhaps the best Japanese-English dictionary app I have come across. You can search by English, romaji, kana, and kanji. It has a huge list of words, and every entry has the kanji, kana, general style of usage [polite/casual speech], verb formations, and example sentences. Definitely a must-have. Make sure you're on a Wi-Fi connection or have a good data plan before you download this, since the dictionary is in excess of 100 MB, IIRC. But, the good thing is, once you download it, you can use it even if you don't have any Internet on your phone.

I find myself using the dictionary a lot more than the Obenkyo app. Not that Obenkyo isn't useful [far from it], but because I hear a lot of spoken Japanese almost every day, and I always look up the word on the dictionary app.

I'll list some websites later on, so Kjell can include them in the OP.

There probably should be iPhone or Windows Phone equivalents for the two apps I mentioned, but don't take my word for it. What the hell are you doing on an iPhone anyway?
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#55
If anybody is learning Latin, the Cambridge Classics Project is a great resource:

Cambridge School Classics Project - Cambridge Latin Course
It has all of the stories from the course books - you can translate specific words just by clicking on them (for Book V, it also tells you grammatical information regarding the tense and such). There are vocabulary tests and other activities. There are also links to pages on the cultural background. It's free to use, but it doesn't contain the lessons on grammar, words, or cultural background from the books. There are also no further activities on the stories - it just has the stories themselves. You can buy the books or E-learning materials (only for the first 2 books, I think) from the site as well.
There's also some resources for Ancient Greek on the site, from Eton College:
http://www.cambridgescp.com/page.php?p=ag^Eton^intro
Some further free Ancient Greek resources here:
Dr. Shirley
Open University

I'm a beginner in Latin. Thinking about starting Ancient Greek. I also have secondary-school-level knowledge of French (very little).
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#56
Quote by Pagan_Poetry
nono! I've been using youtube videos. =O I should try this!
Is this that book?

Yeah it is. Apparently it's the best one to use for Icelandic.
#57
Quote by AnAngrySquirrel
That'd be great if you could. I want to start learning Japanese, but it's the Kanji that looks the most daunting. I can probably handle speaking, but the writing/reading is what's giving me worries.


Kanji is definitely daunting, but there's no way around it, I'm afraid. You don't have to rush into learning kanji, just start with the most common ones. Think of your basic needs in English, and learn their corresponding kanji.

Speaking is quite easy in Japanese, since their language is probably one of the easiest things ever, in terms of pronunciation. Writing and reading are what worry me too, haha. Many "experts" have their own methods, and they obviously know more than me, but I think one should learn the way they feel comfortable. Then again, there are some guidelines. For instance, don't rely too much on romaji. Use only kana without kanji if you have to, but try to avoid romaji altogether. This, of course, applies only when you start out, since kanji is pretty much essential.

If you have an Android phone, definitely download the apps I mentioned.

宜しく、同士。
#58
Quote by hriday_hazarika
If you're learning Japanese, and have an Android phone, I urge you to install these two apps, as they're all one could ever need at the beginner level:

Obenkyo - This is basically your one-stop shop for hiragana, katakana, numbers, and kanji. It also has an extensive range of basic grammar lessons. If your phone/tablet comes with a stylus, you can even try practising the strokes for all the symbols. You can use the stroke practise functionality without a stylus too, though.

JED - This is perhaps the best Japanese-English dictionary app I have come across. You can search by English, romaji, kana, and kanji. It has a huge list of words, and every entry has the kanji, kana, general style of usage [polite/casual speech], verb formations, and example sentences. Definitely a must-have.

I find myself using the dictionary a lot more than the Obenkyo app. Not that Obenkyo isn't useful [far from it], but because I hear a lot of spoken Japanese almost every day, and I always look up the word on the dictionary app.

I'll list some websites later on, so Kjell can include them in the OP.

There probably should be iPhone or Windows Phone equivalents for the two apps I mentioned, but don't take my word for it. What the hell are you doing on an iPhone anyway?

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.
#60
I've been learning Chinese for 2 years at Uni now and have found this site INCREDIBLY useful: http://www.nciku.com/ (sorry if it's already been posted, I haven't had time to read the whole thread). If you find a character you don't know, you can draw it and it'll detect it 99% of the time (if using a physical dictionary ain't yo thang). Lots of example sentences too.
#61
Quote by AnAngrySquirrel
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.
#62
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.

Native (American) English speaker.


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).
#63
Quote by hriday_hazarika
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.
#65
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?

Great thread idea by the way.
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#66
Japanese (Learning)


EDIT : If for some reason, someone here wants to learn/develop their English I can help.
Last edited by TheTones at May 16, 2012,
#67
I speak three languages while currently learning a fourth.
I expect to be fluent in the fourth in the next two years.
BEWARE THE BANANA ARMY.

I SAY, I SAY, BEWARE THE BANANA ARMY.

They say when they finally attack, all the impostors will peel themselves. In order to tell if you have been assimilated, check for a zipper somewhere near your pelvis.


#68
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 >_>
#69
Quote by Weirdbag
I'm native german, so I could help some people who are trying to learn german, since german is pretty hard actually

EDIT: (you can add me kensai)

Guten Tag. Woher kommen Sie? Haben Sie ein Auto?
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I swear this guy in particular writes for the telegraph or some shit.

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My name can actually be traced back to as early as the 1990s, it means "fuck off data miner"
#72
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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.
#73
Quote by RU Experienced?
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.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAOxCqSxRD0
#74
Quote by Weirdbag
Yes.


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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I swear this guy in particular writes for the telegraph or some shit.

Quote by Fat Lard
My name can actually be traced back to as early as the 1990s, it means "fuck off data miner"
#76
Adding a bunch of stuff to the OPs now, let me know if anything is incorrect!

Quote by RU Experienced?
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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#77
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?
#78
Quote by Weirdbag
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.

In Amerika, jeder Amerikaner eine Pistole bekommt.
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I swear this guy in particular writes for the telegraph or some shit.

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My name can actually be traced back to as early as the 1990s, it means "fuck off data miner"
#80
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/category/lessons/level-1/?sort=date_asc

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

http://www.koreanwikiproject.com/wiki/index.php?title=Learn_hangeul