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Everything posted by sillylucy

  1. I am really interested in the preservation of Native American languages. I am a hopi indian and some of the dialects are dying out. The only problem is that I do not live near a lot of other hop indians so it is hard to try to preserve a language when the only speakers are two states away.
  2. I agree that you do need effort to learn anew language. Pointing and waiting for a one time translation really won't help the language "sink in," but it could help out people who are in a bind.
  3. This is a post from a former "grammar nazi." I just think it is mean to correct people and feel that you are superior. I would rather help people learn instead of belittling them and making them feel sad and afraid to learn.
  4. Today I watched some videos by a professor who taught french at a bunch of different colleges. She even offers private lessons if you send her a message! I thought that was pretty cool and her videos are informative. Here is one of her videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsErE00ItH0
  5. I live in Los Angeles and some people might say that I have a "Valley Girl" accent. I don't hear it, but some of my friends do. Others just say that I sound neutral like a newscaster.
  6. It really has! I feel like people are more friendly when they see that I am try to speak Spanish to them. Before they would be really dismissive and upset when I didn't know Spanish.
  7. I have Duolingo on my phone and I love it too! It just takes a few minutes a day to learn some new words. I love that it is free too! I can just learn while on the bus or the train. It's awesome!
  8. I love Tim and his website! The 4 Hour Work Week is not for everyone. It only applies to people who want to work online and automate tasks, but there are some tasks that are effective.
  9. I learned a little bit of Latin in high school and it really helped me out with the SATs. I think everyone should learn some Latin and Greek so that it is easier to understand larger words.
  10. I like to study at the library. It just puts me into that mind frame that I am there to do business. I have tried to study in my room, but I get too distracted by all of my cool stuff. :grin:
  11. I think reading and writing Spanish is easier for me. If I can read the words then I can kind of guess what they mean. Hearing it out loud makes me a little flustered because some speakers speak so fast.
  12. I would have to say Italian because it is so sultry. There is something about an Italian man that I can not resist. All of my old boyfriends were Italian and now I am dating a German. :love: Big difference, but I do sometimes miss the passion.
  13. I have done this around some of my British friends. I don't know why it happens, but it just does. Then I feel like I am acting like Madonna. :millionaire: I also do this around my friends from the South!!
  14. Hi! I think that you should omit the "who" because it needs a comma, but that would still make it grammatically incorrect. I would rewrite it to "It is our duty to care for him because he has suffered" or "It is our duty to care for those who have suffered" if you are going plural.
  15. Hi and congrats on getting so far along with Duolingo. I just downloaded the app on my phone and am loving it. It is really helpful and I love that it is free. It's a good place to start, but I am nowhere near done. I am currently learning French on there and will probably start studying Spanish again.
  16. That sounds like a good idea, but I don't think it would work out in theory. The first is that people who are traveling will need wifi or need to hook up to the web to get this to work. Most people turn off their data when in other countries.
  17. Hi! Welcome to the forum! How is everything in Italy? Were you born there? Nice to meet you and hope you enjoy the forums.
  18. I just think that whole sentence is a bit confusing. I would have used "because" instead of although and even though. They can be used interchangeably, but I would just omit them from this instance.
  19. I think it is very polite when you try to learn a few phrases. Learning "thank you" is a must! Showing gratitude can get you better seats at a restaurant and so many other things. People will be kind if they see that you put in the effort to try to learn.
  20. Read, read, read! You can read the dictionary until you are blue in the face, but it will not help without context. Read a book and then write down all of the words you do not know. Then look them up in a dictionary. You will retain the information a lot better that way.
  21. Good point mikka, but when you read it and have to write it, then you'll run into trouble. You will not know that proper "your" to use. I suggest you start using it. The more the better!
  22. I found out about this site when I was in college. I would learn a few new words a day and felt good donating. But all of that time I was on the site, I could have worked a minimum wage job and bought the rice myself.
  23. :amazed: I also thought poetry was amazing when I was growing up and wrote a bunch of bad poems too. Now I find some of my poems to be so silly. I think it's still a good medium because it helps people express themselves.
  24. I think Canadians sounds like middle Americans. It really depends on how far deep into the woods you are. The same is true for Americans. The further you are away from a major city or a large body of water, the thicker your accent is. :grin:
  25. I like to study in the library. It is one of the few places I can clear my mind and just focus. I have always loved visiting the library ever since I was a kid. It was so exciting to go to a place that would let you borrow books for free. I couldn't wrap my head around that.
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