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For me it's Japanese, I started off watching raw anime and translating what I heard. From there I moved onto fighting games , Japanese role-playing games, and more anime with and without subtitles. From what I've noticed about subtitles is some don't sub what they're actually saying but what makes sense. Subbed anything isn't the way to go for learning any language since what's being said is changed to makes sense in the intended language. I've never watched Lost in Translation but the title makes sense.

My brain also spits out words I've heard before and I end up trying to use them, sometimes looking silly but who cares, progress!

Currently talking with Japanese people on Twitter and my game channel learning even more, I've finally got to the scary Kanji stage I told myself I'd never learn but it was inevitable.

So what's your language and how did/do you learn it
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i learnt english by living in canada... my original language is korean. i guess by living in the place where they use that language, you learn...
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Grew up learning both.
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I'm learning Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Spanish all at the same time.

I'm taking classes for all of them and they best way to learn a different language is to see and hear it everyday. I learned some Vietnamese just by hearing my parents speak it. Now, I have to learn to read and write it now.

I have no clue how to help me learn Spanish better though. There isn't an ounce of Hispanic in my family.
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I haven't learned another language to a fluent level, i've picked up a little bit of spanish from co-workers and some conversational japanese from my naighbor. i suppose to become completely fluent you would need to really immerse yourself in the language and culture, not just watching anime raw, but try listen to music through out the day, writing down words that dont make sense and later on looking up the meanings, watching other japanese shows like game shows and such. that would be the easiest way i could think of to immerse yourself into another culture without actually going to the place of origin. the more you use the language the more you'll become accustom and use to it.

of course this is more theory and speculation, i've never actually tryed to learn another language.
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First language is English, and I can speak some french from school.

Currently studying Mandarin as an extra at school, mostly because it's on offer! I'm heading to either China or Japan for a year around September (exact place tbc in may) to teach english, so once I'll know I'll either focus on Japanese or even more on Mandarin!

Will be interesting to see how much of either language I pick up while I'm there too...
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I can speak/read/write in French. I was in French Immersion from grade four onward.

Now I'm attempting to learn some Japanese and looking into taking a course at a local school this year. I like the structure provided by classroom learning.
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Well I grew up learning spanish then I moved to america and went to school and they taught me English here. I also learned by listening to how people used there words like if they said eww and made a weird face then I would know.
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I don't even want to remember my mom hammerin crap into my head lol. I knew about 5 different languages of whch i can only remember English lol

crunchynaruto321 wrote:

I'm learning Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Spanish all at the same time.

I'm taking classes for all of them and they best way to learn a different language is to see and hear it everyday. I learned some Vietnamese just by hearing my parents speak it. Now, I have to learn to read and write it now.

I have no clue how to help me learn Spanish better though. There isn't an ounce of Hispanic in my family.


That's really cool.
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I learned Spanish and French in school, and Japanese and German through my friends teaching me.
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I have experience in four languages. English is my native tongue. Latin is my second best. The way I learned it was mostly by auditing some courses in grad school. I had some experience in high school and undergrad, but I was incredibly rusty and somewhat behind. I really didn't come to grips with it until I sat down this past summer and translated a whole book page by page while taking German at the same time. I would reckon German is my third language. I still have work to do on that, but I anticipate translating several articles will help me tremendously. French is what I have the oldest experience with, but it has been so long since I have touched it, that it is pretty bad imo. I'll have to wrestle with it this Spring and Summer.

In terms of actually speaking any of these languages besides English, I would say I could possibly only speak in Latin, which is virtually useless in that aspect. I've really only focused on reading the languages and translating them because that's what I need to do the most.
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First language Spanish. Learned English because I was born in the United States and I was required to learn the language in school. I'm trying to pick up Japanese now.
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My first language is Spanish which is what is spoken in this household about 80% of the time. As I got to the older around or near my teens I realized that my grandfather was talking in a weird language I couldn't understand so I asked my uncle. He was shocked that no one if bother to tell me that my grandfather refuses to talk to anyone unless you can speak in French From that point my uncle had a serious talk with my parents to which they decide it was time to teach me the three household language . I've learned to speak fluently English, Spanish, French, and Italian but I hated my lessons back then. A few years after when my uncle decided to get married with someone during his five years in Japan, my new aunt was introduced to us. To be polite I try to take lessons in Japanese, luckily she realize what I was up to and offer to teach me so now I can fluently speak Five languages. I once took a job on translating manga and anime for sometime it was good pay.
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I'm "learning" Spanish. As in, taking the class since 7th Grade. This being America, I can't actually speak Spanish haha. Kinda ironic since there are a lot of hispanics in my town.
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I was born in China and moved to America. I learned quite a bit of Italian in school and plan to take the AP course if it's available the next school year since there was no program this year. I just listen to some Italian music and play simple Italian games so I don't forget everything. I also write/type words I don't know and look them up when I have the chance to. I started learning Japanese about a year and a half ago by myself. I used a bunch of websites to learn the kana and it took only a couple weeks. Then I started using pimsleur(still do because I can't manage time) and rosetta stone. I read a couple books designed for tourists going to Japan before I began going through textbooks. I have guides on grammar and a dictionary of particles that I reference if the textbook doesn't do a good job. While watching anime I have a tab of google translate and/or jisho.org open so I can look up distinct words or phrases I hear. At school I try and make conversations with a Japanese friend. My school also has a Japanese calligraphy club so I joined that but writing kanji doesn't pose much difficulty because I'm Chinese.
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