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  1. Coucou tout le monde! je suis super heureuse d'etre parmi vous! Je suis Arizona de L'ile Maurice. Connaissez-vous L'ile Maurice?
  2. Beautiful language as is it, Sanskrit is complex to learn (in my opinion). Therefore, I am searching for someone who can teach me -I have a basic knowledge-studied it before but that was long time ago. If not, any good sites which I can use? thanks!!
  3. Hey there- well, that's a really nice post out there. Well, in my opinion I would still consider them dialects rather than a new language because the origin is still Hindi. I do not know about other languages like haryani and all but I do understand bhojpuri because it is really close to Hindi therefore making it a dialect.
  4. I studied simplified Chinese over the years. And I was wondering how hard is traditional Chinese? What's the difference between simplified and traditional Chinese?
  5. I think that the most difficult skills in Chinese is the use of measure words. Every noun has specific measure word that is used to refer to it. The most commonly used measure word in Chinese is ge 个 which can refer to almost anything. However, the use of proper measure word is more proper. Here is a list of some measure words and the nouns for which they are used: Ben 本 used for books/magazines/dictionary Zhang 张 used for maps/ table/ photo/ painting Ba 把 used for chair/keys/knife zhi 支 used for writing tools Tai 台 used for machines liang 辆 used for vehicles Feng 封 used for letters Jian 间 us
  6. I remember one of our Chinese teachers use to teach us tricks for remembering chinese characters. I'd like share one among all the tricks she showed us: look at the character 大 which means big in chinese. So, imagine a man standing spreading his arms and legs on both sides trying to be big. Another example is the character 男 denoting male so imagine a man extending his hand for to shake hands!
  7. What I meant to say was- "is slang preventing us from using "proper" english/french or any language?" I remember an author saying that "slang is a metaphor and metaphor is poetry". However some of my English teachers claim that by using slang we are "corrupting" English/french or whatever language. I wanted to know your opinion.... what are views?
  8. I think it was more difficult and challenging for me as no one commonly speaks English in China- Besides hello, bye, thank you!!
  9. I remember when I used to learn Chinese, I would try to recognize the characters while walking on the streets (it was easier since I was in China). I would apply whatever I learnt in my daily life.
  10. Hi there! I have been a part time English teacher in China- I was in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. I know there are some schools who help you get a visa. I even knew some people who were allocated apartments to stay. It all depends on the school/ company you are dealing with. I hope this helps!
  11. Omg-- I remember my first days in chinese classes Thanks for sharing ! It made me laugh
  12. I imagine slang exists in any language- so far I know there are american slang/British slang/creole slang/ french even- Youngsters prefer to use slang because it sounds "cooler"- is slang good or bad according to you?
  13. I am very glad to hear that there are organisations out there to raise the awareness that some native languages are becoming endangered. I would like to take an example of my country- our native language here is creole, which is not well-known in the world. People were more encouraged to learn french instead until recently the government took the decision to integrate creole in the educational system- we are encouraged to read/write/sing in creole thus preserving our native language.
  14. I meant to say the oldest written language-- Aramaic? pretty interesting fact- which part of the world still use this language?
  15. Hello everyone, I was in China for the last couple of years and I remember very well that during the first few months I had a lot of problems adapting mainly because of the language barrier. Here are a few things I did besides learning the language/culture: -I started making new Chinese friends -I started watching more Chinese movies -I would try to read everything/recognize Chinese characters that I learnt while travelling Did anyone had the same experience? What did you do?
  16. Thank you for the warm welcome
  17. The Chinese Idiom 爱屋及乌 (ài wū jí wū)- means that if you do love someone,you will love people and things relative to him as well. There is a story behind this idiom and I think it is a good idea to share it with you guys here: There was once a state called (zhōu 周) in the chinese history. One day, the king of zhou asked his officials for advice on how to deal with prisoners of the war.One of the officials said, "I once heard if you love someone, you will be likely to love even the crows on the roof of his house; if you don't like someone, you are likely to hate even the walls and the everyth
  18. In Mauritius, English is the official language and all the courses offered at school are in English. But, it's pretty ironic that we do not use English as frequently as a common language. The common language used over here is french and creole which is french dialect. I wish English was more commonly used as spoken language.
  19. Hi there- I am originally from a small island called Mauritius and over here we are taught (since day 1) to use both English and french at school. Actually, the official language of my country is English and the language that we use in everyday life is French. Plus, we are highly encouraged to learn a third language- therefore since I was at school I studied Hindi and I have recently learnt Chinese- So, yes I can speak more than 2 languages
  20. There are several languages that make the list of the world's oldest languages,and according to be they are: Egyptian, Sanskrit, Chinese What do you guys think?
  21. Hello guys, I am new on this site. I am very glad to be here. I am fond of learning languages since it's a great means of meeting people and making great friends from around the world. I can fluently speak English, French and Hindi. I have been teaching English in China for the past three years and at the same time I took the advantage of learning chinese. I also followed a sanskrit course for 3 years when I was young. well ,that's about me. Catch you on the threads
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