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surrender2air

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  1. After I started learning Chinese I tried finding music in Mandarin but a lot of it is really bad. After searching harder I finally found some really good artists and it helps a lot. Having a melody behind a phrase helps it get stuck in your head. Plus, I'm always listening to music to there's always know phrases to hear. All I need to do is put a meaning behind it by translating the lyrics.

  2. I'll be teaching my kids Chinese from the moment they come out of the womb. Then when they're older I'll have language partners.  :laugh:

    Not only will I be speaking to them in Chinese, I'll be exposing them to Chinese movies, Tv shows, music, and stories. Maybe I'll get them a tutor as well.

    My girlfriend's parents speak Spanish but they waited to try teaching it to their kids instead of just using it from the start which didn't work out very well.

  3. I might be alone in thinking this but I think the Japanese should stop using Katana and just replace it with the English alphabet, which they learn anyway. Katakana is mainly used for foreign words but we do that with our alphabet too. I get that Katakana makes foreign words easier to be pronounced but if they started just using the English alphabet would there eventually be a generation of people with better pronunciation?

  4. The best way is to have a boyfriend/girlfriend that speaks the language you're learning. Not everyone can do that though so it's good to make sure you're around the language as much as possible. Read books and newspapers, listen to music, watch movies, and find friends (either in person or online) that you can talk to. Also, try to travel to where you can use the language as much as you can.

  5. I see the planet as our collective home and I'd like to be able to speak with as many people as possible. If I only speak one language, I'm limited to only a certain amount of people. I've studied Chinese and am working on Spanish. Once I've mastered both I'll be able to talk to about half of the world's population which is very intriguing to me.

  6. I taught English in Taiwan for a year and it was a great experience. You earn a living wage and get to explore new places everyday. Having said that, I wouldn't be able to be there for too long as an English teacher. The students don't appreciate you, they kind of see you as a joke. Also, your bosses see you as expendable because you can be easily replaced. Not only that, there isn't much room for upward movement. The wage you get in your 7th year won't be much than when you started.

    It's a great experience though and highly recommend going abroad for at least a year.

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