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#1 Feb 25, 2013
Hi everyone.
I am interested in learning a foreign language.
Do you have any advice you can give me on the best way to learn?
Any websites or courses you recommend.
I think Rosetta Stone is too expensive for me, but if any of you have tried it and found it useful, I might consider it.

Thanks in advance :)

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#2 Feb 25, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
Hi everyone.
I am interested in learning a foreign language.
Do you have any advice you can give me on the best way to learn?
Any websites or courses you recommend.
I think Rosetta Stone is too expensive for me, but if any of you have tried it and found it useful, I might consider it.
Thanks in advance :)
Choose one as similar to the one you already know as possible.

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#3 Feb 25, 2013
Brainiac2 wrote:
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Choose one as similar to the one you already know as possible.
I think German would be easy, but not very useful.
I am a bit intimidated by French because of the Masculine Feminine words.
Do you know if Spanish and or Italian have masculine feminine words?

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#4 Feb 25, 2013
Brainiac2 wrote:
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Choose one as similar to the one you already know as possible.
What languages can you speak? And did you learn as a child or an adult?

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#6 Feb 25, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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I think German would be easy, but not very useful.
I am a bit intimidated by French because of the Masculine Feminine words.
Do you know if Spanish and or Italian have masculine feminine words?
I'm bias, but French is one of the easiest romantic languages to learn for an English speaker..there aren't that many differences between the two to make it difficult to speak. They share a common root.

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#7 Feb 26, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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What languages can you speak? And did you learn as a child or an adult?
I can speak:

1. English

2. Spanish

3. Romanian

The last one is a new addition in progress.

I also understand and read Portuguese and Italian fairly well. I learned both English and Spanish as a Child but only a very rudimentary Spanish. Most of my Spanish I learned at age twenty-three when I began attending a Spanish-speaking church.I also learned to read it at that age. English is my mother tongue.

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#8 Feb 26, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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I think German would be easy, but not very useful.
I am a bit intimidated by French because of the Masculine Feminine words.
Do you know if Spanish and or Italian have masculine feminine words?
Both have feminine and masculine words as well.
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#9 Feb 26, 2013
If you are black I would prefer if you wouldn't learn anymore European languages, learn Arabic or Chinese.

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#10 Feb 26, 2013
Ben Witty wrote:
I'd say the absolute best way is to immerse yourself in it. Spend as much time as possible around people who speak it. Read newspapers and watch movies in that language.
In Spanish, I learned a lot of the bad words, most of the body parts, and I could tell a girl she's pretty. In no time at all I was ready for LA.
I've heard of a website called Couchsurfers where you can arrange to meet up with people who you can practice foreign languages with.
Also lots of French teachers do lessons via skype from France and it's not expensive.
I will give french a try.
I'm going to try this course to get started.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Learn-French-Paul-Nob...

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#11 Feb 26, 2013
IR BW wrote:
<quoted text>I'm bias, but French is one of the easiest romantic languages to learn for an English speaker..there aren't that many differences between the two to make it difficult to speak. They share a common root.
I think French makes sense for me to learn, especially as France is near and easy for me to get to (I'm in London).

How do you keep your French up to a good standard when you are not immersed in French speaking people?

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#12 Feb 26, 2013
Brainiac2 wrote:
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I can speak:
1. English
2. Spanish
3. Romanian
The last one is a new addition in progress.
I also understand and read Portuguese and Italian fairly well. I learned both English and Spanish as a Child but only a very rudimentary Spanish. Most of my Spanish I learned at age twenty-three when I began attending a Spanish-speaking church.I also learned to read it at that age. English is my mother tongue.
Romanian! Wow :)

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#14 Feb 26, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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Romanian! Wow :)
My initial motivation was a desire to understand the words in Cleopatra Stratan's songs.
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#16 Feb 26, 2013
. first you need to decide what language you want to learn. you can use uh the people in your area to determine that in other words if you're a lot of Hispanics in the area you should probably learn Spanish because you have someone to practice with hopefully on a daily basis. the natural way to learn languages by hearing first this is the way babies learn. so what you do is take all of your CDs and programs in Spanish or whatever language of symbol happy to Spanish and French. don't worry about not understanding anything since you probably already seen the movie and you should choose movies at your party seen it will automatically know but the plot is ab and what they are saying. your next step is to locate porn speaking people in your community. if there's a university you can always find a foreign language department Indiana National Park net most colleges there will be foreign students me the student would like to practice your English as you would like to practice their language.

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#17 Feb 26, 2013
First you will need to make a commitment to stick with it because you express an interest to learn a foreign language once every 4 or 5 months and then appear not to follow up.

Think of foreign languages as English words that you don't know so that you don't become overwhelmed by the prospects, or think in terms of how a baby learns language little by little, but with you being able to progress faster because you have a more developed brain.

And whatever language you choose, remember that most language evolve around VERBS or action, so start off with 5 at a time moving from present to past and then future tense. Start with the verbs we use most frequently: To be, To have, To want, To be able to, To have to/ must and build from that. Nouns and adjectives are much easier to learn.

And lastly, work on comprehension before worrying about speaking and once progress is made, YOU MUST PRACTICE EVEN IF YOU SOUND LIKE AN IDIOT!

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#18 Feb 26, 2013
Rosetta Stone is very expensive and not very great because it doesn't get deep into grammar. There is cheaper software that does the same job or better.

With 100.00 in books and the internet you can be fluent in any language in about 3 years minimum. YouTube, Skype, Webpage Resources & Message Boards can help you immensely. You gotta dedicate yourself... an hr or 2 a day.

I speak Spanish fluently and have working knowledge in Italian and Portuguese. Buona Fortuna!

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#19 Feb 26, 2013
Papo Paz wrote:
Rosetta Stone is very expensive and not very great because it doesn't get deep into grammar. There is cheaper software that does the same job or better.
With 100.00 in books and the internet you can be fluent in any language in about 3 years minimum. YouTube, Skype, Webpage Resources & Message Boards can help you immensely. You gotta dedicate yourself... an hr or 2 a day.
I speak Spanish fluently and have working knowledge in Italian and Portuguese. Buona Fortuna!
Palo, I agree with you on the availability of tutorials online, but I think loading up on grammar retards the learning proces, not to mention, it makes it extremely boring. Understanding of syntax is certainly important, but I think that learning thematically first is a better way to learn and then come back and master the grammar part later. I learned my Soanish en la calle charlando con la gente y mirando las novelas! After that the grammar part was much easier; especially since very few people speak grammatically correct anything.

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#20 Feb 26, 2013
Cogito2 wrote:
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Palo, I agree with you on the availability of tutorials online, but I think loading up on grammar retards the learning proces, not to mention, it makes it extremely boring. Understanding of syntax is certainly important, but I think that learning thematically first is a better way to learn and then come back and master the grammar part later. I learned my Soanish en la calle charlando con la gente y mirando las novelas! After that the grammar part was much easier; especially since very few people speak grammatically correct anything.
Sentence syntax is useless unless you know and understand the grammar rules behind the syntax. When you understand the rules, have proper syntax and can enunciate words correctly, you become proficient quicker. You aren't going to learn a language in 3-6 months anyways.... It's going to take time. Start with the basic words and pronunciation, start adding in the grammar rules so you are able to understand how and why something is written(or said) then you can add syntax and more vocabulary. Then in a year or two, add TV, movies and music.

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#21 Feb 26, 2013
When I lived in NYC the Japanese channel had captions that allowed non-Japanese speakers to watch.

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#22 Feb 28, 2013
Ben Witty wrote:
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Buena suerte!
Merci beaucoup.

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#23 Feb 28, 2013
Brainiac2 wrote:
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My initial motivation was a desire to understand the words in Cleopatra Stratan's songs.
Interesting :)
I haven't heard of her.

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