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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


Hola Perandy,

una lastima tiempo que he hablado espanol estuve en enero. Me he encontrado una persona de espana.

My grammar may be a bit shakey. I used that chat with a Spanish lady to practice then. I've been to Spain once to visit with a college group and literally got myself lost and wandered around by myself. I was fine and got to practice speaking a little Spanish though people also spoke Catalan which I don't know. THe tip I learnt was not to think in English then translate because that makes it harder and awkward. I started to think in Spanish from the get go and it made it easier to talk. I do still have a problem listening with different accents and fast talking. That's all about more practice and spending more time with Spanish speakers preferably in country that speaks this language a lot.

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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


Hola Perandy,

una lastima tiempo que he hablado espanol estuve en enero. Me he encontrado una persona de espana.

My grammar may be a bit shakey. I used that chat with a Spanish lady to practice then. I've been to Spain once to visit with a college group and literally got myself lost and wandered around by myself. I was fine and got to practice speaking a little Spanish though people also spoke Catalan which I don't know. THe tip I learnt was not to think in English then translate because that makes it harder and awkward. I started to think in Spanish from the get go and it made it easier to talk. I do still have a problem listening with different accents and fast talking. That's all about more practice and spending more time with Spanish speakers preferably in country that speaks this language a lot.

hola,tkay como estas?que bueno que encontrastes a alguien de espana con quien practicar tu espanol.pero si deseas practicar el espanol de latino-america,entonces puedes hacerlo conmigo. yes its recommended that when you are learning another language that you should think on that language as much as possible because it makes it much easier on the person that is learning.actually, i learned to do just that with american english. instead of translating the words in my head, i try to think it more naturally and that way it flows much better although i confess that there are times that i fall back in to having to translating the words in my head haha

also, i still recognize the need to improve my english so it would be a great help for me if i find someone that could practice it with me because where i live almost everyone speaks spanish Lol

btw, once you get to know spanish or other romance language then it'll be easier for you to catch the meaning of some phrases in italian,french,portuguese and smaller dialects such as catalan and galician

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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. ^.^
oh wow eso es magnifico! como viajastes tanto? me imagino que debes de tener un baul de gratos recuerdos a tu dispocision.me gustaria saber mas de tus experiencias en el extranjero porque parece que te gusta mucho la aventura!

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Practice, Practice, and further Practice.


Also using it as much as possible even if it has no purpose there to be used.


I have over my life learned 4 languages with a 5th on the line. But I have forgotten most of the 4 I have learned due to never using them much after learning them. I only really remember bits and pieces of one and the other 3 are a distant hazy memory.
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perrandy wrote:


LittleMissee wrote:


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. ^.^
oh wow eso es magnifico! como viajastes tanto? me imagino que debes de tener un baul de gratos recuerdos a tu dispocision.me gustaria saber mas de tus experiencias en el extranjero porque parece que te gusta mucho la aventura!



He sido muy afortunado en mis viajes. Mi primer viaje fue a Tailandia. Yo tenía 9 años. Me han interesado en la cultura y el idioma desde entonces! Más recientemente, me ofrecí voluntario en Ecuador en el año 2011. El único continente todavía no he ido a es Antártida (?). Me gustaría poder viajar más. Yo rara vez se consigue utilizar otras lenguas donde yo vivo, excepto para el francés y el inglés, ya que ambos son hablados en mi ciudad.
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Had a Spanish speaking girlfriend, learned the basics in like 3 months and can more or less carry any day to day conversation after about 1.5 years . I used childrens' books for reading practice, college classes, grammar books, music, lived in Latin America for a semester and had many conversations with native speakers.
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Classes, practice, and effort.
I'm still learning English.
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LittleMissee wrote:


perrandy wrote:


LittleMissee wrote:


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. ^.^
oh wow eso es magnifico! como viajastes tanto? me imagino que debes de tener un baul de gratos recuerdos a tu dispocision.me gustaria saber mas de tus experiencias en el extranjero porque parece que te gusta mucho la aventura!



He sido muy afortunada en mis viajes. Mi primer viaje fue a Tailandia. Yo tenía 9 años. Me han interesado en la cultura y el idioma desde entonces! Más recientemente, me ofrecí voluntaria en Ecuador en el año 2011. El único continente todavía no he ido a es Antártida (?). Me gustaría poder viajar más. Yo rara vez se consigue utilizar otras lenguas donde yo vivo, excepto para el francés y el inglés, ya que ambos son hablados en mi ciudad.
me encanta la forma en que escribes el castellano pues pienso que hablas casi como una persona nativa.ademas,se nota que eres una chica muy inteligente al poder recordar el idioma en un lugar donde se habla mas frances e ingles.eres de quebec?de todos modos me alegra mucho de que tengas deseos de viajar y aun aprender mucho mas!

mi hermana fue a tailandia con su novio y una amiga hace un par de anos atras y a ella le encanto.le gusto mucho la comida tailandesa,los templos y las playas.a mi me gusta estar en tierra firme haha

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My only language is, of course, english. I tried (forced into) taking spanish class in school since it was part of our requirement. Let's just say that didn't end well.

I know only enough japanese to figure out the hiragana and katakana letterings and what each means. Besides that, I do want to get into swedish. Been trying to find the motivation to actually push deeper than casual greetings.
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The most effective way for me to learn a language is to practice speaking it out loud.
I know conversational Spanish, and italian.
Of course, English (funny enough it was actually my second language)
And very little Japanese which I was learning with a friend but since we lost contact, much of what I learned was taken with her disappearance :(

I tried German on my own... Didn't work out.
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I have lived in Texas all my life and ive always wanted to learn German. I learned it from doing the first 5 lessons on this course, then i formulated sentences pretty good and words i didn't know i just looked up on translator until i became fluent. Ever since i started watching so much anime me and best friend have decided to go on a trip to Japan when we get older. I just started learning Japanese from Japanesepod101.com, and ive been doing hiragana flash cards on quizlet. (perfect way to drill them into your head. Thanks to the anime industry and crunchy roll i probably never would've even thought about learning Japanese.


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I leaned Spanish in school. Languages have always been very easy for me, so it came naturally with little study.

The problem with learning it in school is that there is more emphasis in reading and writing the language than there is speaking it. I visited Spain for a couple weeks in 2006 and quickly got over my fear of speaking it, and enjoyed myself there.

In regards to Japanese, I really like kanji. So I like pulling out kanji books at work and memorizing the characters.
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Grew up learning English with a spice of Spanish here and there from relatives
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English is my first language and I learned it growing up obviously. I also learned Spanish in high school and growing up. I'm not the best in it, but I can understand it.
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My Original Language is Norwegian, i speak

*Norwegian
*Swedish
*Danish
*English
*German
*Some French

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