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  1. I'm a big believer in trying all kinds of different resources to really utilize what's available and see what works best for you. I use a lot of the typical grammar books, dictionaries, etc but I also use language blogs and videos, websites and apps. I find a variety of resources to switch it up and keep me on my toes seems to work best.

  2. While I believe that to be a remarkable ability, I find that to be cheating the system. I believe that if you're going to be learning a language, you should figure out how the language works in relation to its culture and the history of how this specific language came to be. Especially if the language does not derive from Latin roots. For those who are learning more than one language at a time, you're not getting the full experience of the language(s) that you're learning!

    Really well stated, I agree. I was thinking along similar lines but struggling with how to say it. I understand the desire, I've always wanted to learn as many languages as possible, too. But I think you need to give the language you're learning a fair amount of attention and respect.

  3. I Absolutely love mind mapping! I do it for all kinds of subjects and I think it goes quite well with language and grammar studies. I'm a very visual person to begin with, most of my notes end up in doodle form anyway. So mind mapping comes very naturally to me.

  4. Comparing proficiency tests at all (much less ones in English) isn't something I've given a lot of thought too in the past but I can see how there could be a large and significant variety across tests...now you've given something to wonder about and look into.

  5. I prefer to study at home as well, most of the time but I don't have one dedicated spot that I stick to all the time. Sometimes I'm in my living room, bedroom (bed or desk) or even the kitchen, I like going up to our apartment's rooftop terrace to study as well. Occasionally I'll study in a library or a coffee shop.

  6. I always liked the concept of bowing the most when it comes to greetings because it says a lot without having to do a lot. First off it shows respect by showing your peer the top of your head which shows you are lowering your defenses, and he great thing about it is that it's not as intrusive as a handshake wherein you are forced to touch a person even when you've only barely just met. Also I think it's a lot less awkward because you don't have to reach out and instead you could just keep within your own radius and still be able to greet properly. That's just my opinion though  I really wish more cultures just bowed instead.

    I agree completely! A much better way of greeting, I think.

    Anyway, OP, I believe you were looking for the other "meet" ;). A lot of the time in everyday occasions I'm not very formal with my greetings- a simple hello, hi, how've you been?, etc. works just fine. In certain situations I'll stick with something more along the lines of your list.

  7. I didn't realize there was a Latin section on here!! That's awesome :). I was so excited to learn Latin in high school, only to be extremely disappointed when it turned out to be more of a history lesson with a teacher who I'm convinced didn't even know the language himself. We learned a few words and phrases, tons of dates and historical events and the occasional confusing lesson in verb conjugation and such that just left everyone entirely lost.

    I'm eager to actually learn Latin.

  8. Yes, I'm afraid I think it's impossible to answer as well...there are just too many factors. How serious is the person about learning a language? How much time/energy will they devote to it? How fast do they learn and what resources are they utilizing? A lot of things interact together to affect that answer. I think if a person is good with languages, dedicated to it and has the time to learn immersively, they could learn in a range of 6 months-a year.

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