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  1. When it's in my native tongue, I"m a fairly fast reader. But with other languages, I tend to be more patient, studious and thorough.. I'd skim through it all if I didn't discipline myself to absorb every word to try and build up my vocabulary.

    I've heard that it helps to read things you already like when you're trying to learn a new language. So if you're into sports or something of that nature, picking out a sports article in Spanish might help out since you can put images you're accustomed to, to terms you're trying to learn. Just a thought :)

  2. My mother tells me that I didn't speak at all for my first two years and 11 months of my life, then on my third birthday I just started speaking to her in full sentences. She was thinking of getting me tested for possibly being slow, but then all of sudden was bewildered and thought that I might be a genius, lol. Neither thing was so, but it's def an interesting little story to think about.

  3. Anyone here like that? I'm among you if so. If you've been learning Japanese a while, what kind of difficulties can I expect now that I actually trying to learn Japanese in earnest? And by that, I mean that I'm learning to speak and understand it, instead of looking for English dubs of my favorite anime.. lol

    And if you're like me and just starting out, how's it coming so far?

    Me personally, I only know a few words.. Can't really construct sentences yet.

  4. I first started learning a second language in about 6th grade. Well, formally speaking anyway. Having been raised in as ethnically diverse a neighborhood as my hometown, I was exposed to a multitude of languages. The most prominent of them were French, Jamaican patois and Haitian Creole. My French isn't polished, but I can write Haitian Creole fairly well.

    I used to speak Spanish with semi-fluency, but it's been so long that I've gotten supremely rusty. I was formally taught Spanish in elementary school, which is probably part of why it didn't stick. Book learning and real world learning are completely different.

  5. It's a bit long, but it's easily one of my all time favorite English quotes:

    "A human being is a part of a whole, called by us, 'Universe.' A part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." ~ Albert Einstein

    I enjoy that quote because I believe the words to be both deeply meaningful and true.

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