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silv31

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About silv31

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    Language Newbie

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  • Currently studying
    Italian
  • Native tongue
    Greek, Albanian
  • Fluent in
    English, Greek
  1. Wow, so is it true that people in general can figure out the language they speak in their dreams? I can never understand what language I am speaking (or being spoken to) in my dreams. It's like I am interacting in a different code with other people, I don't know how to explain it properly. For example: I can understand when someone says "hi" to me in a dream. It's just that I don't understand the language he/she is using to greet me. I probably sound insane or something, because I am the only one who mentioned that.
  2. Don't remind me! When I was in Middle School and I first read Lord of The Rings, I was fascinated with the elven culture. I was really obsessed with it! I even tried learning the Elven language. It didn't go that well because I was convinced by older people that learning a fictional language would be useless and that it would be better to spend my time doing something more productive than that. So sadly, I gave up on learning it, even though I was fascinated by it. I might be interested in giving it a try again though.
  3. Whatever works for you. Personally speaking, I can't study multiple languages simultaneously. It was easier for me to do that when I was a kid, but now I just can't. I need to focus and learn only one language at a time. I've tried to learn French and Italian at the same time, but the languages were too similar, so I started mixing things and confusing the languages. Plus, it was a really slow process because I had to divide my free time for two languages, instead of using it to learn one. Of course everyone is different, so you can try whichever method works for you.
  4. Yay! I got a 100% on this English quiz. It was fun but the answers were too obvious to me . It can be a really great test for beginners though!
  5. I think it varies. Some people get motivated to learn a new language because they have to. For example, some people are forced to immigrate. When they move to a different country, they have to communicate with the local community. Therefore, they NEED to learn the foreign language. Another reason is the one you mentioned: It can open doors to more job opportunities. Also, if your job requires you to travel a lot, knowing foreign languages is ALWAYS a perk. As for me, I do it because I am a firm believer that being capable of speaking plenty of foreign languages can broaden your horizons. Also,
  6. For those who are not familiar with it: Rosetta Stone is supposedly a method which is capable of accelerating your language learning process. It's a software that it's being used by plenty of people who are trying to learn new languages. Have you ever used it? What's you experience with it? Is it really as reliable as they describe it to be? Did it really help you to accelerate your language learning process? I'd really like to read about your experience with it. Personally speaking, I don't think that Rosetta Stone is an effective method to learn a foreign language. It reminds me of Pimsleu
  7. I can speak fluently three languages, I am also capable of speaking French (not fluently though, but I am getting there) and I am currently learning Italian. I am interested in learning as many languages as possible. I believe that foreign languages can offer us a mental stimulation. They can open our horizons, they can help us learn a huge part of an entirely different culture. It's fascinating. Also, knowing as many languages as possible, has the potential to open career doors.
  8. My vote goes to Italian. I believe all languages have the ability to sound beautiful and mesmerizing but personally speaking, I find Italian to be the most romantic language I've ever heard. I may be a bit prejudiced though because I really like everything related to the Italian culture.
  9. To be honest, I've tried Pimsleur's method before but I don't find it very reliable. I don't think you can learn a new language just by using Pimsleur's method. You need books, CD's and a teacher -or at least someone who knows the language quite well- to help you through. Some of the Pimsleur's advertisements claim that you can learn a new language in a few days. That's a blatant lie. Learning a new language requires a lot of effort and time. Personally, I am not a fan of this method and I wouldn't recommend it.
  10. Sure. When I was in Middle School, I really wanted to start learning Spanish on my own. I downloaded books, I bought some CD's, I even asked help from my Half-Spanish friend. He was really eager to help me out. In the beginning I put a lot of effort in it. Soon, I gave up on it because I didn't have enough time. I didn't find the language hard. The circumstances were not right though.
  11. It's the exact same thing. You don't have to feel confused. Both of them are grammatically correct and both are acceptable. According to what I've noticed, Americans use "take" a bath and "take" a shower, while us Europeans prefer using "have" a bath and "have" a shower. I hope I helped a bit
  12. I think I am a fast reader, at least compared to my boyfriend. Sometimes we read articles together and he's always like:" Wow, you're already done, while I am right in the middle of the article". I am also capable of finishing books with 500+ pages in a few hours.
  13. It depends on your level. Movies with subtitles can make a difference and they can help you with the process of learning. But I will be honest: Watching movies with subtitles won't help you very much if you're a beginner. The thing that will help you more is having long conversations with native speakers of the language.
  14. Unfortunately, I never feel confident enough. Even when I study, I always feel quite nervous. I know for sure that too much stress doesn't get you anywhere, but it's not like I can control it. I have tried various ways to overcome this particular issue, but I just can't put it under control. I never feel confident enough and I will admit it: I am jealous very of relaxed people. I wish I was more like them.
  15. My mom started speaking to me in English when I was around 4-5. English is not my first language, it's my third. When I was around 6, my mother made me go to an English course in order to learn to speak, write and pronounce the language properly. I still have a lot to learn though. Same thing applies to every language. The learning path never ends.
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