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  1. Here's how I define poetry: the art of language. In other words, I believe that poetry is an art; more specifically using language to create art. I believe art is defined as being a product that originally had the intent to create art, so poetry should be words that were intended to become poetry. Because of this, there are so many different kinds of poetry. Poetry is just so diverse because there are no limits on what you can create with language. Since there is limitless possibility for creation, it can be creative! You should read different kinds of poetry because you can't just stick with
  2. Scientifically speaking, what you know about the language is stored inside the long-term memory of your brain. Therefore, you have not truly "lost" it. It is just that you need the right triggers to bring it out. Therefore, I suggest that you immerse yourself into an environment that exclusively speaks that language to pick it up again. I have an example similar to this: An Indian friend of mine was born in Singapore. He claims to have known Chinese at an early age but has since forgotten it completely since moving to the United States. This may be an example that contests my previous view
  3. For some people, this is fun. For others, it is a chore. The reason why it is fun for some people is because they see it as a puzzle because everything logically fits together or can be taken apart to form a sentence diagram. If you adopt this mentality, surely you will have a better time diagramming sentences. Do not force yourself to do it, and instead, diagram it when you're bored by acting as if it is a puzzle. Now, onto your original question. I am going to assume the following: S = subject TV = transitive verb DO = direct object "two or more complete phrases" = clauses I believe that
  4. I. Telepathy is not real In this first section, we will see that telepathy is not a real phenomenon through refutations of previous posts. No it is not!!! Telepathy is not a form of communication because there is no such thing! If no one uses telepathy, then how do you know it exists? We cannot assume something exists because we see it in movies. This is not telepathy. This is called knowing your significant other or loved one enough to use induction to estimate what they may do or want next because of past habits. We have the brains to sense a pattern. This is not the same as telepathy
  5. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TELEPATHY. Telepathy is pseudoscience! There is no such thing because there have been no real cases of this, nor is there any evidence of telepathy actually occurring. Honestly, do not believe anything that is not based on real scientific evidence. This is not a "philosophical concept" because there is no logical backing! Can anyone give us a REAL case of telepathy? I think not... The only reason why telepathy is regarded by the average person as a real phenomenon is because of the media and all the entertainment that we absorb. Absolutely do not take what you see i
  6. This is a conjugation chart! It is an easy way to learn conjugations of verbs because it follows a coherent structure. You should definitely consider using this when studying the conjugations of verbs. First, draw the three rows. Next, draw a vertical line through them. Then, draw diagonal lines on both sides of the middle row. Then, follow the order for conjugation in the pattern above. This makes conjugation a whole lot easier to study. Above the chart, write down the verb and the tense so that you can refer back to it for future reference if it is in your notes. This is how I learned verb
  7. Don't forget that although English borrows a lot of its words from other languages, it is sometimes different from what they mean in that language. For example: English: Entrée = main plate French: Entrée = starter/appetizer Besides phrases used in English, we can still see many roots of English words from other languages. Sometimes they are the same in definition and sometimes they are different. That's why other languages have cognates that English speakers can use to learn easier. Unfortunately, there are also often false cognates. This definitely represents invasions, wars, or migrati
  8. The Chinese gave in before the Americans did. They started integrating English into their education system while in the United States, Chinese is only taught as a foreign language option. Chinese would be the most spoken language in the world if nations kept to themselves, but the fact is that English is the most spoken language in the world currently. As Hedonologist pointed out, the combined populace of the English speaking world is already overwhelming. The countries with the most English speakers are China and India, not the United States. They contribute to the hegemony of English. Ano
  9. So many homonyms exist in not only English, but other languages across the world. Because of their multiple meanings, context is so important. Usually with context, the meaning of the word can be figured out. It's easy to do so in words such as "bow" or "bark." The more difficult words are like the one you pointed out "exact." I've heard of "exact" being used as "exacting revenge," but the problem is it's not used everyday, so people do not really recognize it that often. These are the things you just have to know, but context can help tremendously. Probably the only way for people to truly l
  10. In second grade, we learned print writing. I remember that in third grade, we learned cursive writing. Then, for the rest of elementary school, any writing activity was preferably done in cursive. By the time I hit middle school, lots of other people from different schools also used cursive writing, but that was when I began to transition away from it because cursive wasn't required. I believe that elementary schools actually still do teach cursive writing. They are at the stage when they need to be exposed to different writing methods. Although I think my print writing looks better on pap
  11. I set my knife down on the table and sat down, picking up the picture and staring at it. All of a sudden, I had an epiphany. The girl in the picture came knocking on my door five years ago.
  12. Alberta struggled to swim up and get air, but her efforts were hindered by the dress she was wearing, and she slowly sank deeper into the ocean. The bird before her shined and transformed into a dolphin, picking Alberta up and breaking the surface.
  13. In addition to being a great way to prepare for the SAT, the PSAT also enables test-takers to earn National Merit Scholarships in their junior year! The National Merit Scholarships recognize multiple divisions and categories. Approximately two-thirds of the 50,000 high scorers on the test receive Letters of Commendation. The top one-third become qualified as Semi-finalists. About 15,000 of those people move on to become Finalists, and among them, winners are chosen based on academics and test score. Many scholarships are available to those who are outstanding, so it is a great opportunity to
  14. ...when you accidentally answer a Spanish question in French (and vice versa). ...when you strike up a conversation in Japanese with someone in your French class. ...when more than half of the music in your playlist is not in English (or your native language). ...when you can't think of a word/phrase in one language, but you know it in another language and want to say that instead. ...when you start speaking in a random language to someone who doesn't know it. ...when you start answering "oui" or "non" to any question. ...when you join in a conversation with people you don't know when yo
  15. Music is a great way to learn a language. Since Latin is not spoken that much, it would be difficult to gain the listening and speaking skills required to me fluent. Songs are great to listen to and can strengthen listening skills. There are many genres of music that have lyrics in Latin. Although Latin is not spoken much nowadays, several songs are exclusively sang in Latin. My favorite Latin song is Carmina Burana. I love it because the classical aspect combined with the choir is awesome. Although, songs like these are not the only Latin songs. There is also rock, hip hop, metal, etc.
  16. This one did not really confuse me because I could deduce the meaning from the context, but it was interesting: "Take it with a grain of salt." What was confusing was that I didn't know what the significance of a grain of salt was.
  17. What we can definitely establish about people who know more than one language is that they are patient. Seriously, learning a language takes a lot of time, dedication, and willingness to study. Then, there are the people who are born into a family that speaks a different language than the one being taught in schools. Many of these people are lucky because they get to become multilingual more easily. I know many very smart people who do not learn other languages. I don't think any less of them, but I actually believe that they should go learn other languages because it is important for their
  18. Here are a few more that I remember or have learned: "Crayon" = pencil. "Crayon de couleur" = crayon. "Entrée" = appetizer. "Plat principal" = entrée (main course). "Pièce" = room. "Morceau" = piece. "Raisin" = grape. "Raisin sec" = raisin. "Blesser" = to hurt. "Bénir" = to bless. "Collège" = high school. "Université" = college. "Librairie" = bookstore. "Bibliothèque" = library. These false cognates can really be confusing to the beginning learner. Although a lot of the words have similar meanings and spellings in both English and French, there are several that are tricky because they don't
  19. The previous posters have given great definitions, but to simplify this more, here is what I believe their definitions are: Luego = later Después = after As you can see, they have similar meanings and can sometimes be used interchangeably. If you are telling a story, both "luego" and "después" are transition words used to advance the plot. This is similar to how we say in English: "First, I ate a taco. Later, I ate another taco. After, I ate my last taco." Here, they are very similar in their usages. In addition, there are cases where these words are used but cannot be switched. Hasta
  20. An easy place to "create a map" by connecting new words is the Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/. The great thing about the Visual Thesaurus is that you just have to type in a word that you want to find the synonyms of, and it will show up with synonyms of that word connected to the original word similar to a map. I believe that you can even go further with individual words to branch out. It is really cool, so you guys should check it out. Unfortunately, I think that you have the subscribe to it if you want to use it extensively. It give you a few trial searches, but
  21. I believe that the wrong way to learn Spanish is basically not including any of the following: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These four are the important things needed when learning a language. If you don't have any of them, you are headed in the wrong direction.
  22. Hello! It's great to see someone young and ready to take on the world. I'm going to assume you are not a senior, so you still have plenty of time to prepare. The SAT has an English writing section, a critical reading section, and a math section. I love math very much, but since this is a language forum, let us focus on writing and critical reading. The essay portion is very important because it is a large part of the English writing score. I believe that usually, the topic relates current events. Anyways, there is a limit to the amount of time so you should carefully plan ahead so that you d
  23. Think about how you learned English. Of course you probably didn't know any English words when you first started learning English when you were small. It just came naturally because your environment was full of English-speaking people. People helped identify certain objects and concepts. Then vocabulary was later defined in English. As a result, our English was fluent at a young age. I think that having a language taught in that language uses this as a guideline. The primary obstacles to this method are that you can't have an environment like that 24/7, and as we grow older, our minds don't w
  24. If you truly want to regulate and keep track of cellphones, I believe this is the best way to do it: Buy a few small transparent/semi-transparent boxes such as those "really useful boxes" that they sell at Office Depot. They should be slightly bigger than a typical cellphone (although they are making bigger smartphones which may complicate things). Place one box between every two to four seats/desks. Depending on how desks are arranged, this may be easy for some classrooms and hard for others. Form a class policy that states students must put their electronic devices in the boxes at the beg
  25. I must agree that tones matter because there are already a lot of characters that sound the same even with the tones. To just have the bare pinyin without the tones would broaden the range even more. Of course, the meaning can still be understandable through the context such as saying "pinyin" or "xiexie" and Chinese names laid out in English don't use tones because they aren't significant, but plenty of examples can show when tones are important. Usually Chinese is not communicated through bare pinyin. Instead, the actual characters are more often used. There are a few solutions for this.
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