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About rebel

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    English, German
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    English, Bulgarian
  1. rebel


    So I've been recently focusing on Genetiv when studying German. I would like to know if Genetiv is really used by Germans in everyday speech and if I could go without it. It's really hard for me to understand all those different forms and at times it just gets very confusing. :wacky: If you've dealt with Genetiv before, how did you manage to memorize all the endings and etcetera? Are there any tricks?
  2. This surely made an impression to me as well. When I first started learning the language I had no clue there were such differences. I guess it all comes down to the fact that British English is much older than American English so in the British version it's all about how fancy the word looks, whilst in the American, it's all about the form of the word that'd be easier to use.
  3. Mostly because I'm curious and aim towards self-improvement. I believe that knowing multiple languages can really make a difference on a later stage of my life. It also expands my point of view and provides me with another perspective to look trough, and that's always something that matters.
  4. Apart from all the obvious advantages that it gives you when it comes down to the employment market or simply the everyday life, I believe that learning a new language always presents you with an amazing opportunity - to learn about the country's background, current state and major historical events. It's an inseparable part of learning every language and I guess it's what attracts me the most.
  5. I believe the best technique to be writing. Reading is also good when it comes down to expanding your general capacity of words, but it isn't as good as writing when it comes down to memorizing them. If you practice writing and get your 'creations' checked at the end you could easily spot which words you often misspell. Once you know where to focus, the only thing you should do is pay attention when you write and/or pronounce that specific word.
  6. I believe it presents me with a great advantage on the job market. Most people only know two languages, English and their native one. People who know more than one foreign language are always preferred by employers and I guess that's the main reason I've ever signed up for it.
  7. Depends on the exam and it's type. If it's an exam I've paid a big amount for I'd definitely be nervous as in case I failed it I would have to pay again and so on. If it's a speaking exam, then I'd also be frustrated although I don't really realize it. Last time I was very nervous on a speaking exam when I thought that I'm perfectly fine just a minute before entering the room. If it's simply a school exam I couldn't care less about it as I usually know most of the things or have prepared a scheme I could easily cheat with so I wouldn't be nervous at all.
  8. Although I study British English I'm not it's first fan. I believe that American English is the result of the people's will. What I mean by that is that people often moderate the American language and change words, etcetera, whilst the British English stays as it is for ages. It's more 'academical' in my opinion, if I may say so.
  9. Hey! I was wondering if anybody had some more information on this. I heard that if you, for example, have a B on the FCE, and then pass CAE with a B, it means that you have FCE with A. I want to know if any of that is true and what does a C in CPE equal? Or perhaps if anybody has a full scale, that would be great. Thanks in advance!
  10. I personally have the Cambridge one. From what I know and heard about it, it's recognized almost everywhere in Europe. I didn't have a hard time on the test, it's one of those exams where you could go only with your language knowledge. They include no academic topics or have any special preparation. (Most of the exercises at least, some do require special solving 'tactics'.)
  11. In my personal opinion it just looks better and helps you read trough a whole bunch of text. For example if I was reading a book, I would have a hard time distinguishing sentences which started with a non-capital letter and it would simply turn into a mess. Other than that, I don't think it looks childish.
  12. So I've been thinking. Is "hoax" a good word to use in an official/academical text? If not, why and if yes, also why. What could be a good synonym? I'm really having a hard-time distinguishing whether or not words can be used in both official and unofficial texts, so if anybody has got more information regarding that matter I'd be glad to read some materials.
  13. That's already happening in my town. The schools offer a profile of two languages, last year the most wanted one was English + Spanish, but some years ago when I was enrolling it was English + German. Either way, it should be done. It offers a very high start for the students and it's useful as Germany is a country with rich history and when you learn a language you always learn for the country as well.
  14. In my opinion practice is the best teacher when it comes to reading speed. The more words you know, and the more you get used to them, the less time your brain will need to recognize them and distinguish them as those specific words, therefore you can move on to the next word faster. There are some books especially adapted for language-learners and they have their difficulty level marked on the back. I suggest buying one and then progressing onto the next level, might be a good start.
  15. It really depends on the tutorial. Some tutorials use really good techniques and others don't. Some are even worse than the Internet, whatever they teach is totally wrong sometimes. With some of those programs it's all about profit, so you have to be very careful where you enrol at. Others actually provide you with what you pay for, in terms of tests and similarities so I guess in some occasions they might be helpful.
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