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  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.
  16. I'm fine with it and I do it on regular basis. I believe that the English language as we know it today has been created for the people, by the people, so moderating it in whatever way they feel comfortable (hey, as long as it makes sense) should be fine. People have always enjoyed variations and I don't really think that this one is an unusual one. The bloggers and Internet users overall can contribute to a trend pretty actively. With the internet, all that's needed is for you to 'like' something and start following it.
  17. I have quite a few to be honest. Probably the one that interested me the most recently was London's White Fang. I've read the book on my native language when I was little, but it's nothing compared to the English version, or at least I don't remember it to be. With the English version everything is very different and even some parts of the content seem to be better.
  18. Without a doubt, Italian. I understand a few words and I find it a very interesting and beautiful language. Definitely something I want to spend my time on in the future.
  19. Currently I speak two languages fluently: Bulgarian and English. I can speak very well in German, although I'm not perfect. I can also understand Russian and form a basic sentence. Other than that, I understand a little bit of Italian, however I cannot say anything.
  20. Though is the hard-timer for me. I always have issues when reading and I come across it. I say something like t-h-ough. Especially with the g sound it becomes really fun to listen to. I got no clue how to improve it, I know how to say it but it's just that every time I see it, the first thing that comes to my mind isn't the correct version of it.
  21. I do, totally. It's the same with me as "" was before lol got so popular. I don't know why I do it, I just send it almost after every of my messages. I guess it indicates that we're having a nice chat, that the feelings are nice and the atmosphere is warm... at least that's how I feel about it.
  22. Just wondering what got you motivated to start learning the language you're on at the moment. I'm currently studying German because of the opportunities it could provide me with someday. I also believe that they have very interesting history. Nevertheless, I find it easy to study languages in that language group.
  23. Yes, certainly. Sometimes I think on a different language, for instance because I play a game or write on forums and by the time I have to switch, some words start missing. It was like a day ago when I last forgot a word on my native language and at the same time the English version of it couldn't get out of my head. I find it normal.
  24. I always think about it when I write. It's one of the things about English I learned on the web. I pay attention to the word and usually when re-reading the sentence I manage to find the mistake and correct it properly. It's tricky indeed.
  25. Hehe, tricky question. When I was preparing for the Cambridge's CAE exam I thought I had it all covered, so I did not pay much attention to any special preparations. When the day came, I don't know why, be it because of stress or perhaps because I was tired, I scored highest on the speaking exam, the second high score was the writing, followed by grammar and listening on the last place. I don't know why I scored the least while listening to a simple text, but I know for a fact that I did not expect it. Briefly, I find reading the hardest part. Some texts may be extremely difficult, have a num
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