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  1. Why couldn't you? If you want to learn Greek in that time frame you should be able to providing you work consistently and diligently at it. You want to write a letter, not the next great novel.
  2. Its interesting the number of times that I have thought about taking it, ruled it out only to have a situation come up where I needed to know ASL. I think it would be fascinating to be an interpreter and I doubt that there would be a shortage of work for me.
  3. If I work as hard as I can and I still can't seem to learn a language then I don't consider it a failure. Sometimes we run into things that simply won't compute in our minds.
  4. I have tried it both ways and I am not sure of the difference. The main thing for me is to get immersed in the language and be able to speak it as much as possible.
  5. I never thought that I would need to use it very much but lately it has come up a lot. I regret not having learned it on those moments, even just the basics would have helped me.
  6. Furniture gives us the option of something to sit down on or the option to not have anything to sit or lie down on. Its there if we need it and can be removed if we don't need it.
  7. I actually would have use for it not only in my personal life but also professionally. There is a shortage of interpreters so I know that I would not lack for work in doing signing.
  8. I am weighing my options for whether or not I want to enroll in the fall at a local college to learn American Sign Language. I've dabbled in it in the past and think it would be fascinating to learn it. Have you ever considered doing something like that?
  9. By learning a language now I greatly improve my marketability in terms of employment. I enjoy language anyway but the increased earnings really serve as a motivator.
  10. I generally stay away from the how to books, they really don't seem to help me all that much. I learn some of the written Spanish in the book but not all that well.
  11. In the US there a staggering number of accents and dialects even in a little state like I live in. I was born in the Midwest and grew up on the east coast so I am blended but many have picked out the Midwesterner in my accent.
  12. I had never heard of fictional languages before and was puzzled by the thread until I read through. I was never very much into Star Trek so I really haven't paid much attention to their language. For the people who are fans I think it would be a fun thing if you had others involved in the learning process. Otherwise why bother with it?
  13. When I am motivated in anything I can easily stay focused on what it is that I am trying to do. With learning a language it will improve the quality of life for me because my employability will improve as will my salary.
  14. My best learning comes when I combine various methods of self teaching combined with immersion in the language. With the Spanish I am fortunate that I can be in a Hispanic area and be surrounded by people only speaking Spanish.
  15. It takes as long is it takes, everyone learns at a different level and speed. The more that you are able to immerse yourself in it and surround yourself with it the faster the process will go.
  16. Awesome posts, what a wonderful time I had reading them and laughing myself silly! I had to leave the library because I was getting the dreaded shhhh! from the librarian. Thanks to all who shared them!
  17. Initially it was because I had to when I was in high school. Now its because I want to and I really enjoy doing it. We have many Hispanics living in my area and I would like to be of help to them if they need it.
  18. Motivation/desire, perseverance, and consistency. I have to be motivated otherwise I wouldn't do well in the new language. Perseverance because it isn't easy learning a new language and consistency to keep doing the same tedious exercises over and over.
  19. I don't know Italian but I do love Italian opera. I also listen to music from all over the world and can't understand a word anyone says but I love the music.
  20. I find reading out loud helpful when I am not able to focus on something. It slows me down and keeps me from skimming through instead of reading.
  21. I've never heard of it but did read some reviews that were generally favorable. If want a class it will be with live people to help with the learning process.
  22. I can only learn one at a time, my head would explode if I I tried to do more than one. Anybody that can do it is amazing!
  23. I keep my texts short so I don't generally use the shortcuts. If I a text is going to be long then I will not text and use the phone instead.
  24. Sign language is fascinating and relatively easy to learn. They have designed it to be that way and once you get the gist of it then it will begin to make perfect sense.
  25. Mainly I do it because I am around a lot of Hispanic people and want to be able to communicate with them. I have a bit of a background in it so I can build from what I know. They are great in helping me through the rough spots of my speaking it!
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