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    Miya got a reaction from teacher.nia.online in How do you correct someone's pronunciation politely?   
    What I do is after my friend is done speaking, I'll give them a confused look. That way they'll realize that I don't understand something. Then I'll repeat the word they mispronounced and they'll usually repeat it with me to reassure me that that's the correct word.

    It's not really directly telling them they misprounced a word, but it helps when they notice that others can't understand them.
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    Miya got a reaction from 宇崎ちゃん in しりとり (ゲーム)   

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    Miya reacted to takibari in Phonics   
    In my former office before, the way they teach phonics is with the help of a specially-made language learning software. In that program, kids do a lot of mirroring/repeating. Students get to listen to how certain letters sound, they get to record their own voice, and comparing them to the source audio. I think it helped a lot as when the kids listen to their own audio-recorded voice and compared to the source audio, they have better appreciation of how different they sound. So yeah, it involves A LOT of repetition.
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    Miya reacted to Teira Eri in Japanese Grammar   
    You're welcome! As for your question, no, that's not necessarily true. In the places where tourists go, like the famous temples and museums, the staff is indeed bilingual and will attempt to speak with you in English.  However, as soon as you say in Japanese that you can speak and understand Japanese, they have no problem with switching back to their native language.  Many are actually appreciative if you speak Japanese.

    As for your Genki problem, I have the electronic versions of the textbooks and workbooks available HERE.  You should be able to download the PDF versions. 
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    Miya got a reaction from 宇崎ちゃん in Name calling   
    This is really a case by case and it depends on the intentions of the person/the language you are learning. If the person actually meant what they say and it was a verbal attack, then no, that's not okay.
    But what we don't know (because we are not fluent in the language) is that there is slang in every language and "offensive" words to us might have a different meaning in that language. For example, we have words in Cantonese slang that literally mean "stupid" or "naive". But when used in slang, it means "clumsy" -- which is not derogatory. The word itself in the dictionary still has the meaning "stupid", but when used in context, it means something else.
    So yeah... it really depends on the person who's saying it.
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    Miya got a reaction from innovativecat in Studying Chinese Characters // Study Approach // Methods // Techniques   
    I don't really have any technique on memorizing how to read and write Chinese characters, but I think it really helps to turn on Chinese subtitles when you're watching Chinese movies. You will slowly be able to remember those characters that keep popping up.

    As for writing, I strongly recommend getting one of those Chinese character notebooks with the squares. Those are really helpful in making my characters straight and with those notebooks, you will notice your mistakes faster because everything is so aligned.
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    Miya got a reaction from Mameha in In which countries english is officially the second language?   
    That's what I think too. But the problem with these Asian countries is the quality of English being taught. Their English teachers are simply not good enough and they have to hire teachers from overseas (me) to assist them. The problem is they don't have enough budget so not every school can have a foreign teacher. They need to get better teachers if they want their kids to know English. Starting at a young age, but having bad teachers still won't do anything for them. 
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    Miya got a reaction from Mameha in In which countries english is officially the second language?   
    @Mameha You're right. A lot of Asian countries have poor English skills. I live in Japan and no one here speaks English. Even their "English teachers" are unable to speak English fluently. Hong Kong is a bit different though because it used to be a British colony. So a lot of parents actually communicate with their children in English. Plus they start their English education really early. They start teaching English to kids when they're in kindergarten. In Japan, kids don't start learning English (speaking only) until the 5th grade... in my opinion, that's too late and puts them at a huge disadvantage. 
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    Miya got a reaction from czarina84 in As A Language Teacher, How Do You Motivate Your Students?   
    I teach English in Japan and the kids here are super unmotivated. There's not much I can do. Sometimes I plan games, but they don't always work. Instead of getting them interested in the language itself, what I've learned to do is make them interested in me. I make jokes in class (even if they can't understand it), I (playfully) tease them, and I try to create a "friendship" with them. That makes it easier for me to control the class so even if they hate English (which they do), they'll go through with the lesson. Developing a "friendship" with my students also makes it easier for them to come up to me to have casual conversations. I can't motivate them to actually open their books and study the grammar, but at least I can get them to attempt to talk to me in English. 
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    Miya reacted to czarina84 in As A Language Teacher, How Do You Motivate Your Students?   
    I know this is for teachers, but I want to share something as a student.  I have always been interested in foreign languages, so I never needed much motivation.  However, I had many classmates speak to me about a teacher we once had.  They told me he made learning French enjoyable when they thought they would hate it.  They only took it because they were forced: their parents wanted them to take it, no room in Spanish, language requirement, etc.  But they left his class with such a love of the language that they would sometimes use it outside of class or ask me to help tutor them.  He used to make games for the class, like he would say the name of a character or actor or some very specific object and we would have to flip through our French books and find it/him/her.  The we would have to say the page number.  He wanted us to say it in French.  If we didn't know how, we could say it in English and he would tell us in French and have us repeat it until we said it properly.  He had one big rule that resulted in big trouble if broken:  DO NOT MAKE FUN OF ANYONE.  You could gently tease or make jokes to put the person at ease, but you couldn't be mean.  That resulted in a peaceful class where everyone got along and helped each other.  He would also make little ungraded quizzes to see where everyone was and fashion lesson plans around what the majority didn't seem to know. 
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    Miya got a reaction from Wanda Kaishin in How much money are you prepared to spend on learning a new language?   
    I am pretty cheap, but when it comes to studying languages, I'm willing to spend some. I'll actually go and buy books on my own to study... I never do that with anything else (well, not often anyway). I won't spend a ridiculous amount to learn a new language since there are free resources online, but I'm willing to spend some money. 
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    Miya got a reaction from JasleenKaur in Do you think there is a bad/stupid reason to learn a language?   
    It is a pretty.. unusual reason, but hey, if it gets them interested in the language, then that's a good thing. I think any interest in a language (for whatever reason) is better than no interest. If they have no interest, they're just wasting everyone's time.
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    Miya got a reaction from anna3101 in Do you think there is a bad/stupid reason to learn a language?   
    This is a good question and honestly, I think there is. Of course, there's never a "stupid or bad reason" to learn, but some people learn a language simply because they are forced to. Whether it be their family or their school, some people are forced to learn another language because they "have" to. I think that's a stupid reason to learn a language. That's not actually appreciating the language itself, it's just learning because you have to. Plus if they are forced to and they have no interest in the language, they probably won't enjoy it and will tell others how bad/difficult that language is even when it's not true.
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    Miya got a reaction from JasleenKaur in Do you think there is a bad/stupid reason to learn a language?   
    Actually learning a language to earn money (or even to understand porn) doesn't bother me as much as those people in my class who are learning Japanese just for the credits or for an easy grade. They are taking up spots in the class. There are people who are genuinely interested in learning a language but they can't get into the class because these people are taking up their spots.

    Some people in my class can speak Japanese fluently (they are natives or have lived in Japan) yet they are still enrolled in my class. Why? For the easy A and easy credits. They are setting a bar that's higher than what non-natives are capable of. It's unfair to us learners and unfair to those who cannot take the class.
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    Miya got a reaction from lushlala in Do you find that being angry or upset affects your linguistic ability?   
    Yes. I always want to talk in Chinese when I'm angry or excited. I don't know why it happens, but it does XD I've been trying to not do it though because it confuses my friends, lol.
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    Miya got a reaction from anna3101 in Language daily calendars   
    I own a Japanese one which teaches different "4 character idioms" every day. I keep it at work and it's really fun to study them when I have free time. I think they're a great for learning miscellaneous things that are often not taught in textbooks.
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    Miya got a reaction from Wanda Kaishin in Non-language apps help to learn a language   
    ^Maybe you'll have a better chance at getting an answer if you look here: http://linguaholic.com/topic/3026-rosetta-stone/
    Rosette Stone is program/app focused on language learning so it's not really a "non-language app" for language learning. 
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    Miya got a reaction from Wanda Kaishin in Should Language Apps be your primary tool for learning a language?   
    No, I don't think so. I agree with you... I think they should be supplementary tools. I don't think they're enough as the "primary" tool for learning a language. I still prefer traditional textbooks even if they're less convenient.
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    Miya got a reaction from anna3101 in Language "Bucket List"   
    Mine right now would be:
    1) Japanese - fluent or near fluent (at least in speaking)
    2) Chinese - fluent (I already have a good grasp of Cantonese, but I need to brush up on my Mandarin. Also, I don't know a lot of grammar or 'proper Chinese').
    3) English (LOL, actually this is my most 'fluent' language, but since becoming a teacher, I've come to realize that there's a lot I don't know. So I'd like to learn even more about this language.)
    4) French - conversational level (I studied French for 4 years in high school and basically gave everything back to my teacher when I graduated. I would really like to start studying French again).
    5) Dutch - basics
    6) Korean - basics
    7) Indonesian - basics
    I'd also like to learn different Japanese dialects, but that's going to be hard. I'd have to live in that area to learn that dialect. 
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    Miya got a reaction from Mameha in Languages vs mathematics   
    While I agree it's just a generalization, it's so true for me LOL. I'm way better at language/literature/art/etc. than I am at math or science. 
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    Miya got a reaction from anna3101 in Non-language apps help to learn a language   
    Do you guys know the game "4 pics 1 word"? It's quite popular in America. I play a game similar to that, but with Chinese slangs/idioms. Basically, they have some emoticons and you have to guess the word. It's called "123 猜猜猜" and there's a Hong Kong (Cantonese) and Taiwan (Mandarin) version of the app. You can learn a lot of Chinese culture (they have some popular song names), slang, idioms, and words from this app. It's a great little game to play if you want to study Chinese. 
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    Miya got a reaction from anna3101 in Do you invent your own words in your native language?   
    I don't purposely try to do it, but it happens sometimes. I either make languages I know together or I make up the word based on my image of the item. It's really weird now that I think about it.
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    Miya reacted to anna3101 in Hello!   
    Hello Miya,
    I'm glad to meet you here. Welcome back!
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    Miya got a reaction from Wanda Kaishin in Why do mostly all japanese people know how to speak english in the USA?   
    Chances are any "foreigner" who's in the U.S. (which no intentions to immigrate) has done some English study before coming abroad. It's not only true for the Japanese. There are tons of Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and other Asians who can speak also English. 
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    Miya got a reaction from anna3101 in Teaching a foreign language to children   
    At that age (7-10), I would say that getting them interested in the language is the most important. I teach English to children in Japan (in a public school) and I think the biggest problem for me is that they don't care. They simply DON'T CARE. They get through class with the bare minimum, they don't participate, and they don't actually learn. I find that playing games with them is A LOT more effective than teaching them grammar. Maybe they don't learn as much (or as fast), but they remember what they learn. Of course, we can't play games every lesson, but I try to do my lessons based on activities that require interaction among students. Instead of getting them to sit around and take notes, I get them to move around and do a worksheet with their friends. I get to draw pictures or make crafts. I get them to do something "fun", something that actually makes them think. Then after the activity, I follow up with the grammar. 
    I think that's the most effective way to teach a foreign language. 
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