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    English and Spanish.

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    Just English and some Japanese (studied it for about 3 years). My goal is to be some sort of language interpreter.
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    Only really English at this point. However, I have to get some languages down for my grad degree, and right now I'm taking French. I'll take German afterward. I'm only in French II, though, so I can't even remotely say I am proficient at it.


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    What is everyone's thoughts and opinions about Duolingo? As I have been using it to practise my Polish so I don't lose my first language since English sorta took as the main one due to me living in the United States.

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    On it's own duolingo isn't super useful. But as one aid among many it is really helpful. I try to mix up my French learning into fun segments to keep up my motivation, like i watch a tv show in french with french subtitles and try to follow along and jot down some words i didn't understand so that i can look them up, then maybe i crack open a book to do a few grammar exercises or any of the heavier stuff. Then you can do 15 minutes of duolingo exercises and wind down later by listening to french radio. And me and my girlfriend try to speak random french in our everyday life, like use the french word for an item or a food or whatever. I still suck hard at French but maybe i'll dare to speak to an actual Frenchman on our upcoming trip to Paris

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    On it's own duolingo isn't super useful. But as one aid among many it is really helpful. I try to mix up my French learning into fun segments to keep up my motivation, like i watch a tv show in french with french subtitles and try to follow along and jot down some words i didn't understand so that i can look them up, then maybe i crack open a book to do a few grammar exercises or any of the heavier stuff. Then you can do 15 minutes of duolingo exercises and wind down later by listening to french radio. And me and my girlfriend try to speak random french in our everyday life, like use the french word for an item or a food or whatever. I still suck hard at French but maybe i'll dare to speak to an actual Frenchman on our upcoming trip to Paris
    Ah, okay. Thank you for sharing your view. What I have been doing is keeping records of all the words I've learned, and wrote down the different forms so I can understand better. I also plan to practice doing sentences once I know a lot of words. Also, good luck on your trip to France! One thing I want to see there is the Catacombs of Paris besides the countryside.

    Note: Polish is my first language, but over time I was losing it. Though I never got to learn how to read or write, just speak. It's interesting to learn more about my language, stuff that came naturally to me, had meaning behind it.

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    Can read a few languages but don't ask me to speak them

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    Welp i just came back from Paris and i can happily report that i now can read a french menu without a single problem. Still struggle hard with pronounciation, especially with silent letters and all. Listening is hit and miss but with a lean toward miss. I hear and understand bits and pieces of conversations atleast. I'm thinking of maybe going for a study trip to France next vacation, but we'll see

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    Welp i just came back from Paris and i can happily report that i now can read a french menu without a single problem. Still struggle hard with pronounciation, especially with silent letters and all. Listening is hit and miss but with a lean toward miss. I hear and understand bits and pieces of conversations atleast. I'm thinking of maybe going for a study trip to France next vacation, but we'll see
    Well, you made progress and that's the important part! I tried to learn French before, but the hard part for me is, how the sentence all flows together. Like the words change depending on what's behind or in front of it. I think it's also hard because I learned Polish as my first language, which sounds very tough-sounding, while French is more soft.

    Also, one phrase I like to use in French --> Manges-tu fourmi au chocolat? Especially to people I meet online that are French

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    I swear to God, Polish language just took every punctuation mark and letter from the Latin alphabet and put it in a mixer with no regard what comma would end up on what consonant. The irony of saying this as a Hungarian is not lost on me, but still, come on~
    And it also sounds like the people speaking it have no idea how to make sense of this mess and just wing it.

    I do realize spoken language came before written texts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolus View Post
    Language it beautiful.
    Language is more like an abusive relationship where you want to leave but it somehow manages to lure you back in again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    Language is more like an abusive relationship where you want to leave but it somehow manages to lure you back in again.
    I feel it's more like that strange guy in the neighborhood going around in a van with a bright and colorful "wanna learn fun language facts?" sign on it. It starts off innocent enough: "Did you know German and Dutch belong to the same language family as Swedish and Danish?" Then, before you know it, you're trying to decide if you want to study Scottich Gaelic or Irish Gaelic, and which alphabet you want to scribble on your bedroom walls in its entirety, Greek or Viking.

    It's not like I'm speaking from experience, no.
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    English and Croatian for me. I somewhat understand a bit of German too.

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    I've recently taken it upon myself to learn Hangul, and with it, some Korean. I have no serious plans with it or anything, it's just pure fun at this point~


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolus View Post
    I've recently taken it upon myself to learn Hangul, and with it, some Korean. I have no serious plans with it or anything, it's just pure fun at this point~
    That is like language number 5 or 6 for you right? You crazy language seeker you. Also it is interesting that people with two or three languages or more so vastly outnumber the monolinguals on this forum. We are all apprently nerds of the highest order

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    I went for 3. I'm not fluent in the two non-English languages I know--Spanish and Japanese--but I have taken classes for both of them and studied additionally beyond that, and am at least reasonably proficient.

    I decided not to count Pig Latin.
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    To be fair, I pretty much forgot a lot of what I learnt in French and Finnish. Trying to figure out how I can juggle all these languages. I think Swedish is pretty well maintained, English is of course a language I use for work, and Hungarian is useful for cursing out those idiot drivers on the road who, for some reason, are unable/unwilling to use their turn signals~


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    Quote Originally Posted by BellisarioFaith View Post
    I went for 3. I'm not fluent in the two non-English languages I know--Spanish and Japanese--but I have taken classes for both of them and studied additionally beyond that, and am at least reasonably proficient.

    I decided not to count Pig Latin.
    I veered in the other direction. I chose to not count any languages i don't have a strong level of general fluency in. If you add up works in progress and the bits and pieces you've learned i do have som grip on Spanish and French. But thats like asking for directions, ordering at a restaurant or reading a paper, not having an actual conversation at the pub

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    I believe my Finnish teacher at uni said it best: you can never learn a language in its entirety.

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    Fun language facts: there are two verbs in Finnish pertaining studying and learning, namely opiskella and oppia respectively.
    Hungarian has no two distinct verbs, but we do use particles that can change the meaning ever so slightly (or maybe entirely). The verb for studying is tanulni, and adding a meg- preffix changes the meaning to learn - megtanulni.

    For more interesting Hungarian language facts, just ask, I guess.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolus View Post
    I believe my Finnish teacher at uni said it best: you can never learn a language in its entirety.
    I bet that is just what he says so he can coast by without teaching you the whole language. Typical lazy Finns always taking short cuts to avoid speaking too much

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