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Granted the ability to learn a new language, what would you choose to learn? Why? How do you think you would learn it and how do you think each varying method effects the ease of learning it. Verbal and written both. You would be able to learn the language no matter what, but for the sake of hypothetical you can choose to describe the process.
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I think most people here would say Japanese. Cos, duh, anime. Oh yeah, JRPGs too.
I guess Korean could be cool for manhwa, but Japanese still wins by a mile.
And if the learning process is purely hypothetical, I'll go with having the language downloaded into a port in the back of my skull a la Matrix. Cos, well, I'm lazy.
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I'd like to learn Chinese or Arabic, I think those are the top two business languages besides English and I think they'd be really helpful for work advancement.
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Arabic or Russian because I'm currently learning Italian and Japanese with ease. I would probably go with a textbook accompanied by audio lessons as I use now.
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I think we can already learn a language no matter what. Only English speakers think language learning is a difficult thing that is for geniuses. The trick IMO is to not want the language but make the language want you. You have a fort and the language is attacking it. Babies do not have a choice but to be bombarded with a language and with technology, we can do similar things. If you control your space, you do not have to set apart time for language studies since the time is spent without you really thinking about it. Actually, don't study-learn! Many polyglots say it makes a huge difference.
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Well I would like to learn either Chinese or Japanese.

Funny story: English is my second language, somehow I got really good at reading it and OK at listening/understanding it because of videogames; I played alot of survival horror games (like silent hill and resident evil series) and also Metal gear, games that unless you actually understand English you wouldn't really be able to enjoy. I only started speaking English when I moved to the US about 11 years ago.

I wish it was the same with Chinese or Japanese, but since they use a completely different alphabet it makes it much harder; but I am still surprised by the amount of Japanese I know from just watching anime.

The point is, learning a new language aint too hard, it just takes some time and effort
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I've been putting varying amounts of effort into learning Japanese for a little while now. However, that is kind of just a hobby. If I was granted the ability to just automatically learn a language, it would probably be French. I kind of tried to learn a little bit once, but it didn't work out very well. I don't actually have much interest in French, but being bilingual could definitely be a bonus in Canada.

As for the actual proper way to learn a language, I think the really important things are getting a grasp of the grammer, and learning the meaning/usage of words by seeing/hearing them repeatedly.
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I've attempted to learn languages in the past and just ran out of interest. Right now I'm learning Japanese, and since it's so different and even requires a different way of writing, somehow it's remaining fun despite being the most difficult language I've ever attempted. Been at it for 6 months, still working on it a couple hours a day. I actually got back into heavy anime watching (after a couple year drought) after I started learning the language, so that I'm around it more. Even as I'm reading subtitles my brain is picking up words and sometimes whole sentences I hear. It's forcing me to use listening comprehension every day.

The SRS approach that I'm taking to learning Japanese is fun enough that when I feel ready to learn something else (I think I'll go back and tackle Norwegian again) I'm going to keep it up.
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japanese. its quiet painful to some video games from japan that wont be localized in is US
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Latin.

Archaic, but not forgotten.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMLrGCfFOgk
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learn japanese. cus mangas take for ever the translate. i dotn ned ot know how to speak, only read. me adn google translate alogn with is this girl for real still working on that. gota to move acros the state first.
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Haha I used to do Latin and Ancient Greek at school Rather interesting too!

If you really want to actually learn it, the Ecce Romani books are really good for it.

Book 1
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ecce-Romani-Meeting-Family-Reading/dp/0050034650
Book 2
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ecce-Romani-Latin-Reading-Course/dp/0050034669/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y
Book 3
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ecce-Romani-Latin-Reading-Course/dp/0050034669/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y

We started volume one in Year 7, so aged 11-12 here, and found it easy to follow, so I'm sure you wouldn't have any issues ^_^
The texts in them are a narrative of a Roman family and what they do, and should come with teacher's notes now as well

"Ecce! In pictura est puella nomine Cornelia. Cornelia est puella Romana quae in Italia habitat. Etiam in pictura est villa rustica ubi Cornelia aestate habitat. Cornelia est laeta quod iam in villa habitat. Cornelia iam sub arbore sedet et legit. Etiam in pictura est altera puella nomine Flavia. Flavia est puella Romana quae in villa vicina habitat. Dum Cornelia legit Flavia scribit. Laeta est Flavia quod Cornelia iam in villa habitat."

From googling and memory, the first text is something like that
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Haha I used to do Latin and Ancient Greek at school Rather interesting too!

If you really want to actually learn it, the Ecce Romani books are really good for it.

Book 1
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ecce-Romani-Meeting-Family-Reading/dp/0050034650
Book 2
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ecce-Romani-Latin-Reading-Course/dp/0050034669/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y
Book 3
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ecce-Romani-Latin-Reading-Course/dp/0050034669/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y

We started volume one in Year 7, so aged 11-12 here, and found it easy to follow, so I'm sure you wouldn't have any issues ^_^
The texts in them are a narrative of a Roman family and what they do, and should come with teacher's notes now as well

"Ecce! In pictura est puella nomine Cornelia. Cornelia est puella Romana quae in Italia habitat. Etiam in pictura est villa rustica ubi Cornelia aestate habitat. Cornelia est laeta quod iam in villa habitat. Cornelia iam sub arbore sedet et legit. Etiam in pictura est altera puella nomine Flavia. Flavia est puella Romana quae in villa vicina habitat. Dum Cornelia legit Flavia scribit. Laeta est Flavia quod Cornelia iam in villa habitat."

From googling and memory, the first text is something like that



Wow, thanks for the recommendation, had a look. The book looks great!!! And seems very easy to follow.

Latin is a beautiful language! I will check if my bookstore has this book. (Also helps that English is heavily based on Latin xD)
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Now, I think Chinese. Can't choose between Cantonese or Mandarin, though. As for the method, I have a dream where someone in a black uniform with white gloves comes to me with a box. I then decide to open or close the box. Depending on my actions, I learn one or the other. When I wake up, I know the language as well as the average learned Chinese citizen..
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Mandarin Chinese because it's a useful language to know nowadays, also I'm very interested in the language and culture from it.
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