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  1. the words like: RECEIVE - but I have read from someone a very good TIP to remember the correct spelling. every time time I encountered words such as DECEIVE, RECEIVED, BELIEVE - the position of the E and the I remains very confusing to me. so the tip was to always remember the world CELIA - if the previous letter is C it should be followed by E, and of course, if the preceding letter is L, it is followed by I - as the case of BELIEVE and RECEIVE. And I spell happily ever after.. hehehe
  2. Yeah, mostly in the movie subtitles.. or was it just me thinking that it is wrong. sometimes, those who do that translate the text according to words.. not according to context.
  3. I do not have issues in learning ARABIC, but FRENCH is just really difficult. I actually installed a software to assist me in learning this language.. but it just really difficult.
  4. Try to have a VOCABULARY journal. Learning at least 5 words per day is a very good in increasing your vocab bank. Eventually, you will just have to use it every now and then to familiarize with it and use it often.
  5. I think it depends on the language that you are trying to learn. In chinese for example, it is easy to learn SPEAKING rather than writing, whereas in french, the speaking is difficult for example: "a plus tard" is pronounced as "a plu ta".. really confusing to me. I do not have issuess in writing provided I have already learned the structure. Writing gives me more time to think rather than in speaking. Listening on the other hand is a must to improve if you really wanted to be proficient in a certain language of your choice. happy learning!
  6. Here are some that I could think of right now: Ningas-Kugon - a description to someone who likes to procrastinate Bukas Palad - a person who is always willing to share Mababaw ang Luha - a person who easily cry Malikot ang Kamay - someone who is kleptomaniac Matalas ang utak - someone who is intelligent nakahiga sa salapi - someone who is rich ngiting aso - grinning I know there are so much more but here are my contributions for now.
  7. Tagalog is not DYING. It is evolving into something new.. something different.. but still with the same distinct culture of its own.
  8. There are really more to learn from our own language than just speaking it naturally. I never thought about the origin of this word until now. If UTOL is from KAPUTOL, PUTOL, TOL KAPATID, PATID What about DABARKADS? hehehe
  9. To know more about the history of TAGALOG language, you can click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagalog_language The pure TAGALOG is actually different from the Tagalog being spoken because of the many dialects in the Philippines and the influence of the Spaniards, it actually evolved into something different and somewhat confusing even to Filipinos as mentioned by the other poster above.
  10. I think the JEJEMON phenomenon is now slowly fading and replaced by the SELFIE phenomenon on FB and other social media sites. Generally, I think this kind of phenomenon is either to try to impress or just plain vanity.
  11. I am really not sure about this, but what about the following words? -Bahala Na -Diskarte -Siya (he or she?) -Tampalasan -Harinawa -Tarik -Balasubas
  12. wow! this thread is enlightening. I thought the few) differences between the American and the British English are (1) how they pronounce it and (2) how they spell it. But then, I think for non-native like me and English being a universal language, it doesn't matter anymore what kind of English to use for as long as we can use it to be understood by others.
  13. We were taught in school that in writing an acronym, we have to put a "." (a dot) between letters. Example: U.N.E.S.C.O. But every time I read some articles on the news or websites where acronym is being used, the dots are now removed i.e. UNESCO. Is there any guidelines on this? Thank you.
  14. --- Wow! this for me helps a lot as sometimes I get confused by this too!. You could write a book about simplifying grammar collecting these easy to remember guidelines as compared to a very difficult to understand English grammar structure. Please remember to give me a complimentary copy once it is published! Cheers!
  15. In English, there are some tongue exercises to improve pronunciation. Usually, it is in the form of tongue-twister. I wonder if there are some Arabic tongue twister available for beginners like us? Any suggestions would greatly help and highly appreciated.
  16. To me personally, ARABIC is one of the most beautiful language here in the planet. As a beginner, I find it difficult to say words with the "GH" and the "DAWD" sound. I know it is best to learn them with an Arab speaking person but my only problem is sometimes I got confused with how an Arab in Saudi says it differently with another Arab from other countries like Egyptian and Tunisian. The same Arabic word, different sound. But I am optimistic that I could learn this. practice. practice. practice!
  17. Hi, I heard that there is a classical Arabic and standard Arabic, for those who are fluent in Arabic out there, aside from sharing your thoughts on how to begin learning Arabic, can you please recommend which one of these two is the best Arabic to learn? I am currently working here in Saudi Arabia and I need to learn this language in order to make life and work easy while I am still here. Thank you in advance guys!
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