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Everything posted by Emmanuel

  1. Yes, all the time. I'm ashamed to admit my french has gotten significantly worse since I moved away from home, and I often struggle to find the words I'm looking for. Luckily I live in a bilingual city and "Franglish" is an accepted language.
  2. Easiest to learn? Perhaps, but only because of the abundance of learning tools around the world. You'll likely be able to find an english speaker in most places in the world, which makes picking it up quite easy and sometimes unavoidable. If it wasn't such a common and universal language, who knows if it would be easy to learn?
  3. I think Dave Chappelle was a really gifted comedian. It's a real shame he called it quits so early in his career. His stand up has made me laugh harder that anybody else's and his show remains one of my all-time favourites to this day.
  4. I really like "parapluie". To me, that word embodies the whole range of the french language. It's a very difficult word to pronounce for non french speakers.
  5. Répéter actually means to repeat. I'll counter with: Ravi (delighted)
  6. Sometimes. It's easy to fantasize about learning all sorts of languages, but the reality is that it's difficult enough to learn one at a time. I think people who put emphasis on speaking a plethora of different languages sometimes neglect to learn the finer details of each one. I'd rather master a language before moving on to the next.
  7. That's a good one. I like the "th" sound in general. It reminds me of a saying I once heard that english sounds like snake speak to non-english speakers.
  8. "All intensive purposes" is one that always makes me laugh. Also, when people needlessly use the word "literally". Everybody makes mistakes, myself included, but some of them are quite amusing.
  9. I would drop "very" from the second line. Also, change "At this very moment.." to "I am currently..". Perhaps split that last part into two separate sentences.
  10. If you can pull it off, go for it. I just know that I wouldn't be able to do it. It's hard enough for me to complete one project, let alone two at once. Learning a language is not an easy thing to do at the best of times.
  11. If the population growth in China keeps pace and enough immigrate to the Western world, will people need to learn Mandarin or other Chinese dialects? For example, will Mandarin ever be a third language like Spanish is in some states?
  12. I say "like" very often, which seems to be a common problem. I also use words like "actually" and "literally" far too frequently and often out of context. In general though, I like to think my spoken english is quite good.
  13. I began learning french at home from my mother. Once I was old enough, I was put into a french school where I continued learning among others my age. I basically picked up english as I went along. Living in a bilingual city definitely helped.
  14. I only use acronyms and such as a joke. I'm typically very diligent about using proper grammar and spelling when I'm texting with somebody. I can't say the people I'm texting with are all the same way!
  15. Much of cultural diversity is related to language. Lingual amalgamation has its advantages, but it's just another step in the direction of uniformity. I'd rather the world celebrate its diversity.
  16. I know somebody who claims movies and television helped more than anything when learning french. If you have the option to watch with subtitles it can be a great study tool. On the other hand, be aware that movie dialogue is often unrealistic.
  17. I started developing an interest in Kurt Vonnegut around your age. Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five are two of my all-time favourites. I also really enjoyed 100 Years of Solitude as a teenager. You can't go wrong with a classic like 1984, either.
  18. A little of both. I learned some french from my mother at home. Once I went to school, I learned among my peers. These days, I practice by speaking to friends and strangers alike.
  19. "six feet under" "Sleep with the fishes" "Turned stiff" Those are all the ones I can think of at the moment.
  20. Let me start by saying this is a huge pet peeve of mine. People use made-up words all the time without knowing it and it drives me insane! Lets talk about some of the most commonly-used words that aren't words. I'll start: Irregardless I still can't believe people haven't caught on the the fact this isn't actually the word they're thinking of. It's "REGARDLESS"!
  21. Flirting with somebody in an unfamiliar language is risky. A simple mistake could certainly ruin your chances. To be honest, unless the other person doesn't understand your native tongue at all, I think you'd be better off sticking to your language.
  22. These are all great. I was going to mention "laid off" instead of fired. It definitely doesn't make it any easier to hear! People often say "upset stomach" or "indigestion" instead of "diarrhea", although I don't blame them.
  23. "cookies" always ends up as "cockies". I also have trouble with the word "mockingbird" for some reason.
  24. I can understand many of the latin languages because of my mastery of french. I'm pretty hopeless when it comes to actually speaking them, but many of the words have the same roots which makes it easier for me to understand. Non-latin languages are too foreign to me.
  25. Subbed without a doubt, with the exception of the Studio Ghibli films. I find they do a really good job of finding the right voice actors and quite enjoy their dubs. Otherwise, I prefer subtitles. To each their own, I guess.
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