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I've learned english so i can watch anime,in my languge are few anime translated. Now i'm learning detuch for my boyfriend and spanish for music...and in free time i'm trying to pick up japanese, i really like it.
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I got taught Spanish and French from the age of 11 and I continued Spanish until uni then dropped it. We'd be listening to some Spanish songs and French Patois songs from very young. We also used to get the Spanish bilingual version of Sesame Street that was popular for us teen to watch even though we dismissed and ignored the show when we were the target age. I also learnt a bit of ASL that way. I've learnt a little BSL and Makaton through work. Italian is edging its way in because my best friend who I've know since late teens speaks it. She sometimes forgets and I get Italian responses. It is Latin based so it seems easy for me to pick up. I did ask another Italian for beginners tips which helped too. I also somehow picked up more Italian friends. It was a bit freaky the day one of them spoke to another and I realised that I understood every word. I'd say French is my worse foreign language. I got through school classes by saying "Je ne sais pas" (I don't know) a lot. Strange though I can read more of it than I can talk it. I did learn a tiny bit of German when I visited there but I'd call that touristy stuff.
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My family is Mexican so Spanish is my first language.
My mother taught me how to read and write by reading me bedtime stories. I'm really thankful for that!
Te quiero mucho mami!
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English isnt my fist language..
I learned it when i got to america when i was 3rd grade.
So like i just stayed quiet the whole year.. I know what they are saying but i cant speak the language..
The school councilor actually had to get me out of class teach me how to learn english..
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I learned French for a couple of years, learned a couple of words in Spanish/Korean/Japanese/Chinese/German/Russian from some friends, Still learning Vietnamese (half the time i feel like im just talking gibberish to my parents LOL)
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Flash cards!
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As it's written below my avatar I'm from Argentina and thus Spanish is my first languange. I had to learn English at school and high school (there is not middle school here). But I didn't like it and erroneously I thought I'll never need to used what I leaned in the future, therefore I just study in order to pass the exams. Around three years ago I found myself in a situation where I actually needed to know English so I started to review what I had learned and learn English by myself. Also I started to read originaly written in English texts more often. Now, even if still there are many things that I need to learn, I think I can say that I have improve my English a lot since then. Though unfortunately my English speaking and listening skills still sucks as always did.
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By writing God Eater Ragnarok, which is in the Creative Corner.

But seriously. Watching shows in the language, and studying.
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I got taught Spanish and French from the age of 11 and I continued Spanish until uni then dropped it. We'd be listening to some Spanish songs and French Patois songs from very young. We also used to get the Spanish bilingual version of Sesame Street that was popular for us teen to watch even though we dismissed and ignored the show when we were the target age. I also learnt a bit of ASL that way. I've learnt a little BSL and Makaton through work. Italian is edging its way in because my best friend who I've know since late teens speaks it. She sometimes forgets and I get Italian responses. It is Latin based so it seems easy for me to pick up. I did ask another Italian for beginners tips which helped too. I also somehow picked up more Italian friends. It was a bit freaky the day one of them spoke to another and I realised that I understood every word. I'd say French is my worse foreign language. I got through school classes by saying "Je ne sais pas" (I don't know) a lot. Strange though I can read more of it than I can talk it. I did learn a tiny bit of German when I visited there but I'd call that touristy stuff.
no hablas mas espanol?que lastima porque el castellano es una lengua muy rica por su mestizaje

oh yes, to the topic at hand. i'm a native spanish speaker who had to learn english the hard way once i came to this great country (usa)i remember not understanding a single word that my teachers were saying in middle school by as time went by i got the language by watching tv in english, english radio etc etc ....wanted to learn french because i think its a romantic language but meh i'm honestly to lazy at this point of my life
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My first language is English, and I was enrolled in a French daycare when I was 4, so I can speak, read and write both these languages fluently.

I started taking German in high school, and when I went to university, I studied both German and Spanish, and continued my studies in French (at an English university, to be clear).

Additionally, I've been learning both Russian and Japanese via online resources (the internet is seriously amazing) for about 6 months.

Language is arbitrary and abstract. It's highly influenced by culture - the more you understand a culture, the more you'll understand a language, and vice versa.

Reading, writing, hearing and speaking are all very important factors when you learn a language. I barely utilized my French during my first year in university, and had a difficult time with my vocabulary when I spoke French again, even though I had been fluent in it for 15+ years at that point.

You really have to immerse yourself in a language to learn it, but I've seen on this thread that most people do things they like to do in other languages (watching shows and movies, translating music and books/comics they enjoy, etc.) and I think that's fantastic and the best way for sure!!

Don't be afraid to make mistakes when learning a language, and don't be afraid to (nicely) correct someone who is learning a language you are familiar with! :]
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LittleMissee wrote:

My first language is English, and I was enrolled in a French daycare when I was 4, so I can speak, read and write both these languages fluently.

I started taking German in high school, and when I went to university, I studied both German and Spanish, and continued my studies in French (at an English university, to be clear).

Additionally, I've been learning both Russian and Japanese via online resources (the internet is seriously amazing) for about 6 months.

Language is arbitrary and abstract. It's highly influenced by culture - the more you understand a culture, the more you'll understand a language, and vice versa.

Reading, writing, hearing and speaking are all very important factors when you learn a language. I barely utilized my French during my first year in university, and had a difficult time with my vocabulary when I spoke French again, even though I had been fluent in it for 15+ years at that point.

You really have to immerse yourself in a language to learn it, but I've seen on this thread that most people do things they like to do in other languages (watching shows and movies, translating music and books/comics they enjoy, etc.) and I think that's fantastic and the best way for sure!!

Don't be afraid to make mistakes when learning a language, and don't be afraid to (nicely) correct someone who is learning a language you are familiar with! :]
kudos to you for being a polyglot

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Thank you ^.^
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LittleMissee wrote:

Thank you ^.^
de nada,creo que es muy bonito aprender sobre differentes idiomas y culturas

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My first language is German, I've learned some English and French in school but managed to forget most of the latter.

Then World of Warcraft's open beta happened and I ran into that bunch of really nice folks from all over europe, they got me to roll on an english realm after launch and those two years did wonders for my English.

From there it was a small step into reading english novels in their original language. Which has the benefit of being cheaper and available faster as opposed to waiting for translations.

Then onto games and movies in their original, english, language and now I'm pretty fluent in it. Although some situations still have me enabling english subtitles in addition to the voiceover because it can be straining to follow dialogue during action scenes with loud sound effects.

These days I'm often going back and forth between language tracks the first few minutes of a game or movie to find the one that clicks with me.
There's quite a number of occasions where either of the versions doesn't fit my picture of a character.

And then there's translations that have nothing to do with what was said or are just plain wrong - I vaguely remember one instance where chopper (the helicopter) became chopper (the motorcycle) in translation. That was ... interesting ...imagining a squad of soldiers waiting for a single motorcycle to take them home. I switched to the english VO after picking myself up from the floor.

Anyway, to get this rant back on topic: nowadays I'm pretty fluent in English and it's mostly thanks to playing games.

I somehow picked up some latin definitions along the way as well, though my understanding of latin grammar is nothing to write home about.
As for my French? As mentioned I managed to forget most of it due to not doing anything with the language.
I can understand the meaning of most things in a language that has roots in latin but I can't build proper sentences in it.
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perrandy wrote:


LittleMissee wrote:

Thank you ^.^
de nada,creo que es muy bonito aprender sobre differentes idiomas y culturas



Desde que yo era 9, he estado en 12 países. Toda lengua y cultura es muy diferente e interesante. Me encanta experimentar cosas nuevas en nuevos mundos. ^.^
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