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queenbecka

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About queenbecka

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  • Currently studying
    Ukrainian
  • Native tongue
    American
  1. I spoke Ukrainian and English up until I was 3 or 4. I remember having conversations with my grandparent's friends in fluent Ukrainian with no issues in understanding them. I spent almost everyday with my grandparents while my parents worked. When I started Pre-K, I stopped spending so much at my grandparents and only saw them once a week for dinner. I completely forgot the entire Ukrainian language. I didn't start learn another language again (Spanish) until I was 10 and I wasn't actually learning because I didn't pay attention. I started trying to learn Ukrainian again when I was 22.
  2. Of course! An American accent. It is so weird when I think about that the rest of the world see's the way I talk as different. Americans see my accent as a Midwestern American Accent.
  3. http://linguaholic.com/study-irish-%28gaeilge%29/ I LOVE hearing the Gaelic language and would LOVE to learn it. I saw a "Study Irish" section in the forum and NO POSTS in it Does anyone have any good resources on the best places to learn Gaelic? I would love to speak it.
  4. Absolutely. I hated trying to learn another language when my private school made us take daily Spanish classes when I was 10. I had never even really heard Spanish before then. I didn't find it fun and I wasn't interested in learning it. I basically dumped everything I learned at the end of every class. I felt like that up until I had my first child, then my mind changed. I don't feel my kids NEED to learn a second language, but I want them to try. If they eventually say they don't to learn anymore, it will be their choice. However, I am going to keep them trying until they say they are done.
  5. I think it would be a great base language to learn because it definitely will easily help you understand the other Slavic languages. My dad can understand most of what Russian or Polish people say and other Slavic people can pretty easily understand the other Slavic languages, as well. It really opens a door with being able to communicate with people from any Slavic region.
  6. My kids are currently learning Ukrainian and Spanish. We speak American English fluently. They are ages 3, 5 and 7. They started learning both (well, all three LOL ) languages as babies. Since I am not a fluent speaker and either is anyone we interact with, though, we are ruled by the American language and that is what my kids think and write in. I don't plan on having them learn anything else, but if they want to, I am all for letting them learn which ever language they connect with.
  7. Not Russian, here, but Ukrainian. They are both Slavic languages, so they are similar but do also contain many differences. We began learning because my parents and grandparents are from Ukraine. They speak it fluently. I don't see where we will be using it specifically, except at the Slavic delis that we frequent, but it just feels like it would be beneficial no matter what.
  8. I have 3 kids ages 3, 5 and 7 :-) We started teaching them Ukrainian right away. My father, his sisters and my grandmother all spoke to the kids in Ukrainian whenever they interacted while they were babies. Now that we don't see our family as much, we have developed a way of learning within the home. We started with DVD's made for kids back in 2008. Technology has moved quickly since then, though, so now my kids learn through apps and the computer. They also really like Spanish and learn that, too. Kids are like sponges- their brains let them absorb new languages really easily! Also, startin
  9. I just wanted to share a few tools that I have been using with myself and kids for those COMPLETELY NEW to the Ukrainian language. They cost nothing to use and are very well executed! http://www.surfacelanguages.com/language/Ukrainian Let's you dive right in without any signing up. Great to get your feet wet. http://www.livemocha.com Is beautifully put together and has an entire course to start you off, free of cost. On our iPads and iPhones, we have the following apps installed: 1. Learn Ukrainian- Free WordPower 2. L-Lingo Learn Ukrainian 3. Learn Ukrainian FREE- AccelaStudy Hope it all
  10. For some reason, I find it really difficult to pick up on language in the videos. My kids love those videos, though. Do you have any tips for making the experience of watching them more successful in regards to retention?
  11. That was a really great article! Thank you so much for sharing it. I couldn't help but laugh when I read the visual learning summary. It fits me to a T ! I already knew I learn visually, but it cracked me up to see my personality just laid out and 100% correct about me. Really cool. I notice that I learn best when I am shown a picture and hear the word at the same time. I remember and can tell you the word every time I see that picture. I have no clue what the word means if I just hear it though, such as- I am told the word, asked what it means and not shown a group of photos after. BUT if I
  12. My husband actually took ASL as his foreign language course for his BA. I definitely think that it is recognized as a foreign language if it is accepted as credit in major Universities. Not only do deaf and hard of hearing people use sign language, but so do people who can hear well but have some other limitation preventing them from speaking like the rest of us. I am a really visual person, so I found it really easy to learn sign language when my husband was studying it. I think it is really fun and unique- plus it opens up a world of possibilities in extending communication with others!
  13. Hi there! Although Russian is similar to Ukrainian, there are many different variables between the two languages. I would be ecstatic if a forum could be added targeting Ukrainian language. Thank you very much for taking time to read this
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