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Posted 4/22/16

qualeshia3 wrote:

I wish. I don't have the money to learn a new language.


Money to learn? Money doesn't buy a language. Bill Gates says he feels dumb for not having been able to learn a 2nd language.
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Learning a new language is like losing weight. Its a seriou pain in the ass that won't happen overnight- so you have to be motivated or it won't happen. It'll basically be voluntary homework that you need to commit several hours a week to learn over months (if not years). There are a few charts out there that rank languages by the averages amount of hours of study needed to "learn" one for a native English-speaker. Becoming fluent in a closely related language like French, italian, and Spanish is estimated to require 600 hours of study/practice to reach fluency. THESE ARE THE EASY ONES!!!!!! As you move further and further away from English, you get to Arabic and the various Asian languages that are estimated to be about x4 more difficult to learn. Japanese and Arabic in particular are considered two of the hardest languages for an English speaker to learn. They take, on average, well over 2000 hours of practice to learn. I heard that you need to learn about 3,000 common kanji (out of well over 10,000) to properly read a newspaper. That's learning ~8 kanji a day and ignores learning proper vocabularly (one kanji isn't one word, nor is it even pronounced consistently) along with their backwards (to us) syntax along with their OTHER two alphabets of katakana and hirogana. You need to learn all three before you can read anything in Japanese... and then they just throw in roman letters too (they call them romanji) for some loan words/flair... Its almost as slutty a language as our own XD

I can generally read/listen to Spanish well enough, but am not yet fluent. However, I am trying to learn Japanese at the time and plan to eventually pick up Italian (again) as well (half my family is from Italy).

PS don't ever try and learn Italian and Spanish at the same time. The languages are highly similar to the point that a speaker of one can generally stumble through a conversation with another without any prior study/exposure. When I tried concurrent studies, it all just started to jumble up, as often words are spelled/pronounced the exact same, or at least only slightly off. Como se dice? Vs Come si dice (pronounced di-chi)
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Posted 4/25/16

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Nightlife17 wrote:

I tried to learn Norwegian but for now I stopped this idea... Really feel a lack of time for this and for now I've chosen to practise my arts instead of this


somehow i read this as "martial arts" o-o


Happens!
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Posted 4/25/16
I remember very little of the Spanish I learned in high school or the German I learned in college, but I would really like to learn Japanese in my spare time.
Posted 4/25/16
I am currently learning German
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Posted 4/25/16
Does LUA count? If so, yes.
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English, Japanese. It's a constant learning process with both though mainly through indirect means like reading and checking dictionary for words I don't know.
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