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    Ok, so I tried three tests, and here's what they say. 1. http://my.vocabularysize.com This one is adapted to one's native language (by the way, I found numerous mistakes when it comes to Russian translation of the site, and it makes me wonder...) You are given a bunch of English words, and you must choose 1 correct Russian translation out of 4 definitions. This is a serious drawback when it comes to evaluating if you really know the words or not: some I wouldn't know how to use but I have heard them somewhere (or I know them from other languages), so it's easy to choose the correct definition. I got "You know at least 20 200 word families" as a result, which is a bit too high. Besides, I most definitely do not think that this is "better than 50% of the native speakers taking this test". 2. http://testyourvocab.com Here you have a list of words where you just tick those that you really know. Probably this is more accurate, and I got my vocabulary size estimated to be about 17 400 words. Definitely more plausible. I also like the statistics you get after the test, and according to this site, native speakers have about 20 000 - 35 000 words in their vocabulary. Yes, I definitely like this site better! 3. http://vocabulary.ugent.be This test shows you a range of real and fake English words, you must mark those that you know for sure to be real. I've first seen this testing method in Dialang (my favourite language testing software), and generally it works quite well. It says I know "69% of English words". I've heard English has more than a million words in it, so I'm guessing they mean I know about 69% of the most commonly used? So what, around 30 000? However much I'd like to believe that, I don't think it's true - or will ever be true in the course of this lifetime. Maybe in my next life, when I'm born as an English native speaker, I'll be able to use that many words... but certainly not now. All in all, I think site nr 2 - testyourvocab - gives the best results in terms of their truthfulness. Let me know if you find any other places on the web where people can test their vocabulary size. It was fun I'd like to try more tests!
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    Lasst uns zusammen Deutsch lernen!

    So, das neue "Subforum" ist jetzt online. Jetzt müssen wir das Forum nur noch mit guten Inhalten füllen. Ich richte mich hier natürlich primär an alle "Deutschlernenden". Schreibt doch einen kleinen Text hier ins Forum und dann können wir uns gegenseitig helfen und Texte korrigieren, über mögliche Satzstrukturen philosophieren und unsere Sprachkenntnisse der deutschen Sprache verbessern! An alle Muttersprachler: Schaut doch ab und zu mal hier im Forum vorbei und helft unseren "Deutsch-Schülern" weiter, sofern es irgendwelche Probleme geben sollte :=) Verbesserungsvorschläge sind erwünscht (egal ob zur Grammatik, Stil oder Wortwahl, etc). Vielen Dank! Und los geht's !
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    Translator Job

    Hi! Professional English-Spanish translator here. Yes, I've studied a degree in translation and interpreting. I have no strong interpreting skills but I've done many translation jobs since some years ago. There's something I'd like to add to your post - speaking two languages isn't enough. Any aspiring translator should've very strong writing skills in their mother tongue and they should be able to do a lot of research in order to deliver a high-quality job, as well as not to miss the author's message in the source text. While I've had successful moments in my translator career - I've also had big failures. Working as a professional translator is about a non-stop learning process that's rewarding eventually. My fifty cents.
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    Funny experiences

    Study a language requires a lot of practice at home like writing, reading and training pronunciation. Have you ever had some funny experiences about this, or did you ever do a poor figure with someone? For example the other day i was cleaning my room, my mom entered to help me and she found a pair of sheets of my notebook that were written in Korean (with explanations of the meaning) in where i wrote the alphabet and its rules. She was just like this---> because she didn't even recognize what language was ahah, and i had to explain what it actually was. Sometimes it happens even that i go around the house repeating some words and my brother just stares at me in a really bad way. What about you? Some funny experiences?
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    It is important to learn how to pronounce words because sometimes the way words are said could mean something completely different or you will find people still don't understand you. To do this it is a good idea to get a video or sound clip of words that you have troubles with so that you are able to play back and repeat what you are hearing.
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    Thanks Chris, or should I say "Kiputi!"
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    Comfort zone, anyone?

    I think the comfort zone, when learning a new language, definitely exists. Once you feel proficient enough, there is little that could push you out of that stage and really make you perfect said language. And it is also very hard to get out of that comfort zone, that is for sure.
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    Bing or Google

    I will take another look because I do feel bad that I cannot communicate properly and it is frustrating writing everything down and getting confusion back. Wouldn't it be nice to know how to speak any language by the touch of a button!
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    Here in the Philippines, Christmas is a most-loved holiday. In fact, as early as the first 'ber' month (September), you'll start seeing people putting on Christmas decors in their homes. Inside malls, you're bound to hear Christmas songs being played. A few things that anna3101 mentioned are also expected in the Philippines. Some homes put up their 'fake' trees (we don't use pine trees or something) and place gifts underneath the tree. During December, you'll also expect a lot of reunions among families, friends, classmates, etc. On the eve of Christmas, families and friends gather together and feast on a variety of dishes to welcome Christmas day. We call this Christmas dinner "Noche Buena!" (Not exactly Tagalog. Know that the Philippines was under Spain for more than 300 years!) The country being primarily a Catholic country, Catholic churches have this tradition of "Simbang Gabi" (literally, Going to Church at Night!) Simbang gabi is a 9-day novena that starts on December 16 and ends on Christmas day. Oddly, simbang gabi happens early dawn (probably 3 or 4 A.M), and NOT in the evening at all! It is said that if you successfully finish the 9-day novena (attend church every single day), your prayer petition will be answered. New Year is highly celebrated, too. Its counterpart dinner is called "Media Noche". People again feast on a host of food at the strike of 12 midnight. Useful words and expressions - Tagalog / (Cebuano) Happy New Year! - Maligayang Bagong Taon! / (Maayong Bag.ong Tuig!) Merry Christmas - Maligayang Pasko! / (Maayong Pasko!) Wrap presents - Magbalot ng regalo / (Mamutos ug regalo*) [haha, I don't know the Cebuano of gift Don't forget my gift - Huwag kalimutan ang regalo ko / (Ayaw kalimti ang akong regal) Cook food - Magluto ng pagkain / (Maglung-ag ug pagkaon)
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    Here are some tips for starting to learn a new language. 1.Have fun with it! Learning a new language is easier when you are enjoying yourself. Think of creative ways to learn that are fun to do. 2. Find a friend to learn with. If you have someone to motivate and work with you it makes everything easier. 3. Make a schedule and stick to it. Pick specific times during the week where you put everything else aside and practice.
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    Online Language Learning Resources for Korean http://rki.kbs.co.kr/learn_korean/lessons/g_index.htm# -KBS runs this website. You can learn Korean in your native language. Announcers recorded the videos calmly and slowly, so it is easy to understand what they say. Pronunciation is written in English. I highly recommend you to study in this website :love: http://korean.sogang.ac.kr/ -This website run by the Sogang University in Korea. this website has various data to learn Korea, but the pronunciation in flash videos is too fast to understand. http://www.glokorean.org/ This is Global Korean website. You must sign up and log in to study Korean. They have different levels for beginners, intermediate level, and highest level. There is only one problem. Even though this website is for foreigners to Korean, this website doesn't support English. http://www.arirang.co.kr/Tv/Tv_About_Content.asp?PROG_CODE=TVCR0110&MENU_CODE=100063&code=Po2&m_view_t=Ab&ptitle= if you like to watch Korean TV shows, Arirang will be a best TV program for you. You can not only watch Korean singers, but also can learn Korean. There are various classes to learn Korean. I hope you try watching Arirang! Writer: Joo K Location: Seoul, Korea
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    Right & Wrong, a new section proposal

    Tambien "a" en español se vuelve "to" en inglés. Voy al mercado. I am going to the market.
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    Hello everyone, I have spent over 5 years learning languages. I am Chinese and now I have C1 level French and I just started learning German three months ago. The biggest difficulty I encountered is I can't speak the language even I know the grammar very well. It really helps me when I can talk to native speakers but they are not always available to teach me. Or sometimes the topic I have to talk with them, I can't express my ideas because of cultural or social differences. Then I was looking for a solution and I found this great idea called Language Exchange. It means, find someone who is learning my own mother language, instead this person speaks the language that I am trying to learn. It is a mutual-aid and with similar motivation we will be able to keep making progress. So I will send you this article about Language Conversation Exchange and hope you can let this method help you learn faster. Here is the link: Conversation Exchange: The Ultimate Guide It is a very good method and helps me to improve my language expressive ability very fast. Btw, I found some other people with the same problems as I do so we have spent a lot of time on doing this website and App to help connect people love languages.We launched our beta version already and Android/ iOS version will be launch in coming weeks. Hence I hope you will take a look at what we are doing, https://bilingua.io/ Trust me this is a great platform for you. I hope you will enjoy it as I do Luna
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    Is It Easier To Learn Chinese

    Lately I am seeing a lot of Chinese companies working in my country. They have set up factories in infrastructure and general technology. I know that I can work best in those companies if I can learn Chinese. Is it easier to learn the language? Can one get a free tutor?
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    The hardest language to learn?

    The hardest language is the language you like to learn the least. I believe you can only learn a language if you have a genuine interest in it, if you don't have any, you'll have a hard time learning it. No matter if it's Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Swahili, etc., the difficulty of a language really depends on your own mindset.
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    Flashcard programs without a shadow of a doubt. Ones that use spacial repetition. As well as writing down in a way you understand and constantly practicing. Practice when you're doing chores, or showering, or eating (although it may be hard to speak at the same time), practice with other people. Take a day where you actually ban yourself from speaking a language other than the one you're learning.
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    I'm currently attending a class on the German language becauses I need a certification for German proficiency. I actually prefer to study on my own because I want to have more control on my learning pace. However, I also appreciate the value of being a part of a class because it puts pressure on you to speak the language and also allows you the opportunity to speak and practice the language with the teacher and other learners. So for my German class, I go with the flow at class and then learn some more at home.
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    Well, I do not really like sharing my secrets, but since this is a great community, then I will just go ahead and share some tips. Well, first off, never pay for a course of any kind, courses are like school and I know you do not like going to school so it is going to be the same feeling, you will get bored, annoyed by the teachers, you will get tired and that's not really the way a person can get to learn something properly. For the second tip, we have PRACTICE, yes, practice is what's going to take you to the highest hill, but if you never practice, then you're not evolving and your learning process is going to be slow as a turtle and I am pretty sure you don't want that to happen. Most people say they do not have anything or anybody to practice with and that's a total lie, it's 100% confirmed by me that you can practice with absolutely anything and at anytime, excuses such as "I do not have time" "I do not have anybody to talk with" "I need to pay a course to get motivated" do not make any sense at all, if you really want something you can jump the tallest wall to get it, that's for sure. Good Luck and Happy Learning!
  19. 1 point
    Lingua Franca

    Language Games

    I have played some language comes some years back and they really do help. The best way to learn a language is if you are having fun and games do this very well. Movies are another good tool but in the case of games you are interacting with something while with movies you are just listening to a dialogue.
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    It depends! My spouse doesn't speak my language, and whilst I'm learning his - we speak English with each other. For me it's important to at least have some kind of language in common - even if it's not my native language. Beyond romance and love, it makes everyday life easier for mundane stuff like grocery lists, handling documents or making decisions together.
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    Sign language

    I didn't realize there were different sign languages either! I am fluent in American Sign Language, and it wasn't until I started learning that I realized that there were different sign languages. I would love to learn some of the other sign languages, but I'm also afraid I may get the signs confused and sign something different than intended haha.
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    I want to test my Spanish

    The official Spanish language exam is called "DELE". I didn't try it myself yet, but here you can test your Spanish skills per level. This website offers a full mock exam, including the answers sheet.
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    Learning Italian

    Oh, thank you very much. I definitely will. You can ask me anything about English, btw.
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    Learning Italian

    If you have doubts, question etc you can pm me anytime
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    Languages vs mathematics

    To me, it's just a generalization. Speaking of languages, there is no point in learning them the same way as we do with science or humanities. Because they stand out. Languages are not academic disciplines by their nature. They are means of communication in the first place.
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    Inspire me!

    Nice video @Richard.H. One question: why do you recommend stroke orders over radicals? You don't literally mention "stroke orders", but the explanation suggests this. The radical way is much easier to learn, much more Anki-friendly and most importantly: much more western adult friendly. For example: 語 What's easier to remember in this case? 14 strokes or 3 radicals?
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    Your children and languages

    I was reading a lot about bilingual/multilingual children when a friend of mine was expecting her twins. I found that children that are born to a couple of different nationalities and speaking different languages (as she and her hubby) do not need to be taught as most of us were taught. It wouldn't be about "learn to conjuagate this verb nor tell the baby the translation for each item, but simply children will pick what they listen to, and if the parent speak the two, three or more languages on a regular basis and refer to an item with the different ways to call it for each language, children will learn them naturally.
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    Botswana is another country whose official language is English. All formal and official events are conducted in English. I guess this is mainly due to Botswana being a former British protectorate in the colonial times. Most people speak English, but what I find worrying is the fact that a lot of privately educated children speak far better English than Setswana. Most young people prefer to communicate in English than Setswana because that's what they feel comfortable doing. It worries me because I wonder if this spells the beginning of the end of the Setswana language
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    I like what I read here. It is just awesome that you have so much dedication and will, and motivation for that matter, to spend your entire days to studying languages and dedicate your time and energy to many languages. I am just not sure how you do that without getting confused or mix them up. It is incredible. Just go on doing a great work with languages, you just made me rethink the whole thing again - maybe I will find some inspiration in this fact.
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    Immersion in foreign language

    Why don't parents and grandparents just teach their kids? My father was a Marine. At one point he was stationed in Texas for years. He learned Spanish to a conversational point. He refused to teach me. I have no idea why.
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    Beside the fact the Japanese language has something called "Chinese reading" for their Kanji (Chinese characters), I have a very, very, very little experience with Chinese. I know the basic grammar structure, some basic sentences, the fact it has 4 tones + 1 neutral 'tone' and I had around 4 or 5 Skype sessions in Chinese last year. Oh, and I can type Chinese, but that's it for now. 我想要学中文。 (Wǒ xiǎng yào xué zhōngwén.) - I want to learn Chinese. (Not even sure this is correct lol.) Edit: adding in that Korean and Japanese don't have any tones in their languages, while still being classified as "east-Asian". And both of these languages have a much less scary character sets (since both have one or more alphabets unlike Chinese).
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    Most common names in your country

    That's so true, Chris_A. Botswana is just an obscure little country that many people may have heard of but don't really know much about. Part of our economy is generated via our tourism sector, which is quite big. Sadly, not everyone is able to go on safari in Botswana, as it's deliberately designed to be high end, very pricey tourism to manage traffic into the wilderness. This is in part to preserve the fauna, flora and the wilderness in general as much as possible. The majority of our guests are wealthy and very old Westerners.
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    In my native language Serbian, you say 'I love you' as 'Volim te'. 'volim' is a verb coming from the infinitive 'voleti', meaning 'to love'; 'te' is a pronoun, meaning 'you'. In case you want to say 'I love you' to many people in the group, you should say 'Volim vas', here 'vas' being a pronoun for the the second person plural, 'you'. I hope I helped.
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    I find this a bit odd. Primarily because to me decision-making has a lot to do with weighing the pros and cons of things. I doubt if I can make the best decision to a given dilemma if I have to express the pros and cons in a different language. Besides, if I were to weigh things and use a foreign language, I'm only deluding myself.
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    Festive vocabulary for winter holidays

    About Befana and Babbo Natale, i think that the difference is that Babbo Natale gives presents to all, not only kids. In addiction to this, we use to open together all the presents with relatives, so there is not the idea that Babbo Natale is the one who gives presents...not in all Italy, in my family we use Babbo Natale only as an ideal symbol of Christmas. The Befana is the one that brigs presents to the kids and she takes them during the night, so most little kids use to believe in her existence About the songs you posted, i can't see the first one because youtube give a problem, about the second one it is so beautiful and sweet! (the video too ) Anyway i will try those salad recipes! They seem to be good
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    Hello from Italy :)!

    @Mameha Molto grazie per le correzioni! I wonder if I could occasionally write in some thread in Italian so that I could practise and you could enjoy all of my funny mistakes I'd love that! @Chiara My French is not that bad, I can talk and write, according to the tests I'm somewhere at C1. Used to be at C2 but I had several years without any practice at all My Spanish is B2 when it comes to reading/listening but only A2 for speaking. Not sure about writing, haven't tested it yet. With German I'm a complete newbie I used to study German for about 4 years at school but then I dropped it for various reasons so now I'm starting from level 0. Luckily for me, some passive knowledge stays no matter what, so I can still read simple texts, like women's magazines or Internet shopping sites, and I understand the emails that my German colleagues send to me. But all other skills are dead and need a lot of work. And I find German the most difficult language of all that I'm currently studying. But so rewarding for my mental health! I feel that when I try to construct sentences there is no brain cell that is not working hard
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    Hello, from Bulgaria!!

    Thanks for being all so welcoming It's great to know we can all help one another out - names are beautiful here. My sons names is Valentine which you can uess is the translation for love
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    I do not think that it is offensive to swear in another language. I think it is funny that you are trying to learn a new language and the first words that most people gravitate towards are always the naughty ones. I guess people also don't want to be taken for a fool so they want to know the bad words in case people try to talk about them behind their backs.
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    First english novel you read?

    My first and so far my favourite English novel I read was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I was infatuated by the book, the style and choice of words. I love the way Austen writes, how she depicts the time they lived in and how much she pays attention to characters and details.
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    English and writers

    I really hope you'll try to publish it. The worst thing that can happen is they reject it but then you can try again. One my favourite authors who writes thrillers said he got rejected more than 50 times before some publisher agreed to take his manuscript. And there are numerous examples of great writers who were not immediately recognized. You just have to keep on going! And well, there's always self-publishing - I've heard it works fairly well. Anyway, wish you luck and I'd be very curious to read your book
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    What's special about your language ?

    Basically I allow myself to acquire it as naturally as I’m able to. Yes, I try to understand all grammar, that is basic because we need to find rules and patterns, but if Dutch is similar to German you know that for us, these languages imply also to think very different while talking, and that, I’ m afraid will take years. Understanding a text sometimes feels like doing a puzzle, sounds familiar?:) …ok, this verb belongs to this sentence…mmm and 20 words later, ops, wait a moment, it is actually saying the opposite since there is a negation…but wait, is she who likes him or he who likes her, and after 3 pronouns altogether one after the other where you don’t know who is who and for whom and because of what, oh oh, wait, there is a lost particle here, two letters that don’t mean anything…let’s see in the dictionary…mmm nothing, what is thatttttt??? and just before you are about to give up….oh! wait, that actually belongs to the verb 35 words before that changes completely the meaning of the whole piece!! This is what it looks sometimes German to me, an indecipherable code with morphologic rules that seem to have been thought just to make us go mad. But all jokes aside, somehow I got to like this language more and more, it feels like kind of an architectural piece of art, I can imagine that someone who masters it, can express himself with such an accuracy and variety. I´m going 3 hours per day to German language lectures, play local radio one hour most of the days, even if I don´t get much, as a background helps my year. Also, force myself to deal with doctors and elemental burocracy (next step, dealing it on the phone:)) Make visual / coloured notes with gender of nouns. Talk often with someone that doesn´t know English and has the patience to adjust his speech to you, you learn so much from those key people. I also help here and there friends that have a lower level of German than I do, helps a lot too. But, just like you, shame on us that we do not practice with our partners...I mean language:))
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    It's fine for a free translation tool, but I wouldn't use it as a serious learning tool. While it's OK for Indo-European languages for the most of the time, I wouldn't use it for languages that fall outside this category. Just try translating the word "funny" to Japanese: おかしいです (okashii desu) It might mean "funny", but in the sense like "he's crazy/strange". And this dictionary confirms it. The more correct word would be 面白い (omoshiroi). Google Translate might translate it to "interesting" because it's true, "omoshiroi" means both "interesting" and "funny". But you will never learn that with Google Translate! Not saying that dictionaries are better, because at the other hand, it gives you too much information. Looking up "receipt" for example will give you a lot of different words that mean that, but out of all, only レシート (reshiito) is used in the real world Japanese shops. And that's the big thing you will never learn with dictionaries.
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    Resources for immersion

    A bit late to the party, but I will share my resources. I've been a casual (sometimes serious) learner of Irish for about five years now and it's taken a lot of trial and error to find good websites! Hopefully this list will help someone else. TG4 - Irish language TV. (You can stream many of the shows in North America. Check out the dramas, especially Ros na Rún and Corp + Anam!) Nós Magazine. (Both online and in print - it has a lovely sleek design and modern feel) Raidió Fáilte Podcasts. (Podcast lessons, along with regular interviews and radio programs. Mostly in the Ulster dialect) Pota focal Glossary (This is a dictionary, but so much more. After typing in a word or phrase, hit the tab that says "Beo!" and you can find examples of the word used in Irish language texts across the web. One of my favorite tools!) Talk Irish. (Word a day site - there are several hundred proverbs and words used in sentences, with accompany mp3s for each one). Vicipéid - Irish Wikipedia. (This is awesome! It's not the most comprehensive thing ever, but it's really neat that it even exists, and there is opportunity for growth) I'm sure I have more if anyone is interested, but this should be a good starting point.
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    What's the most beautiful script?

    I always loved Chinese and Japanese script, and was always fascinated with it. Arabic is also very cool, as is Sanskrit, in my opinion.
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    I'm with you there, Sidney I would rather tell my teacher about my appreciation of his/her help, or get them a thank you card. I agree too that if you can spare the money and you had a fantastic teacher, that your idea wouldn't be a bad one.
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    Well obviously no system is ever perfect, but I think the EU framework is pretty good. It's pretty comprehensive I think. The saying "you're only as strong as your weakest link" applies here. I mean if you had lower level writing skills but were in the upper level classes, wouldn't you REALLY struggle?
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    Language In Videogames

    I usually play video games in English, but sometimes I feel like practicing my French and change it to French. French dubs tend to be pretty good so I've never regretted playing the French version of a video game.
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    Where to begin learning Arabic?

    Hi Kotro! My suggesstion is too start with the script. The script isn't too hard and having that as a basis would be really good. Also I owuld start with MSA and worry about the dialects latter. Some good books to start with are Living Language Arabic, Mastering Arabic and Complete Arabic. Also Alf, Baa Taa, is a pretty good book for learning the script. There are some good links in here: http://linguaholic.com/study-arabic/arabic-links/
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