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Litnax

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    Litnax reacted to Flowerpower in Is it "What could have happen" or "What could have happened"?   
    "It was easy to root for her every step of the way."
     
    I'm really bad at explaining grammar, but that one is the only way I've ever heard it. 
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    Litnax got a reaction from agentzero in Catsup vs. Ketchup   
    Ahh catsup  :grin: Reminds me of The Simpsons every time I hear or see people use this word 
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    Litnax reacted to Muthoni in Words that are Older that you think   
    Honestly speaking, I was also surprised that these words have not been invented recently. Anyway it is said that things are done in circles. We keep coming back to the same thing. There was a time people in my region were complaining that skirts won by young women keep getting shorter. An intelligent person pointed out that some years back, most young women wore very short skirts.
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    Litnax got a reaction from anna3101 in Paper back novels are they being lost to ebooks?   
    Paperback novels are still the fun way to read. Holding a printed book in my hands is mentally and physically invigorating. E-books are convenient but they strain my eyes.
    New bookstores are popping up in my city and already attracting many book lovers, so no, paperbacks are not losing to e-books 
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    Litnax reacted to deathbyprayer in How do you feel about audio books?   
    Oh I listen to a lot of Audiobooks. But I only pick the ones that I know are good. Some of the books that I listen to even thought they're really good get's ruined by poor narrators and voice actors. One I would definitely recommend would be Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk and The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.
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    Litnax reacted to OddVisions in Rosetta Stone   
    I don't really trust Rosetta Stone. I know others whom have tried it and they said that when it comes to speaking on a conversational level, it made them sound rather silly to the native party. I've gotten this reply from more than one person. I've found that most free tapes and listening to actual conversation as well as free language lessons on YouTube are some of the best courses of action as an alternative to paying for Rosetta Stone.

      In addition, I think Rosetta Stone charges too much for what little it can teach you. However, that's mainly my personal opinion on the matter. If you feel that the product is helping you to improve then you should use it. If not, there are other means of learning a foreign language.
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    Litnax reacted to 111kg in What do you think of those learning 5 languages at once?   
    I was too once learnig multiple languages at a time. However, I've discovered that by distributing your attention to 5 different things, each one receives only 20% of your best. It's not practical from my point of view, especially if you plan to speak those languages. Yes, you can learn 10 languages at one time, but only to get some certifications, but on the long run, you will forget almost everything, especially if you don't use them.
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    Litnax got a reaction from thenextGeek in Is It Possible to Forget Your Native Language?   
    Speaking of brands (going slightly off-topic here) I remember when I was in New Zealand - Dunedin to be exact - I was shopping at one of the malls and was delightful to find some local brands from my country. It was my first time being overseas 
    Anyway, this matter of lack of nationalism is nothing new. Ability to speak English here in my country means = better job prospects + an indicator of how smart you are. 
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    Litnax reacted to 宇崎ちゃん in Is It Possible to Forget Your Native Language?   
    Same thing here basically, minus the smartness level one because almost everyone here in the Netherlands speaks English any way.
    When people ask me what languages I know, it's like this:
    Dutch = "you don't say"?
    English = "you don't say"?
    German = "oh".
    A bit of Spanish = "nah, just a bit".
    Polish = "wow".
    Japanese =  "REALLY?! WOW"!
    So apparently, speaking an Asian language is the smartness indicator here.
    Even though I find Asian languages to be straight forward when it comes to grammar (or at least Chinese, Korean and Japanese, I haven't really looked into the rest yet).
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    Litnax reacted to CorieHens in What's your favorite way to read?   
    With stories, I still prefer the printed form like books or magazines. I usually read at home when I have nothing else to do like on a dog day afternoon. But most often, I read at night before bedtime. One book lasts for months with me since I am a busy person with a daytime job and a home to care for at night.
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    Litnax reacted to missbookworm in What's your favorite way to read?   
    Call me old-fashioned, but I would always prefer reading the traditional way. I also love the smell of both old and new books. There's really something romantic about sniffing their pages. I don't totally dislike audio books and eBooks, they're actually pretty convenient.
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    Litnax reacted to thenextGeek in Is It Possible to Forget Your Native Language?   
    Most Filipinos grow up being very un-nationalist. I don't know why and how, but I do know that the reason lies somewhere during the children's adolescence. I guess the continued patronage of Filipinos to foreign brands and products play a role in this negative behavior. It is ingrained in the minds of most Filipinos that local brands doesn't compare with the big name brands that hail from foreign countries. In addition, Filipinos who weren't well-educated think that speaking in English correlates with being rich and influential while speaking Filipino means that you're poor.
    I also just want to say that I'm not against speaking in English since I am also a fan of the language, but being a total douche-bag and being embarrassed at your own native tongue? A big No-No. 
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    Litnax got a reaction from thenextGeek in Is It Possible to Forget Your Native Language?   
    I know those kind of people. Suddenly their pronunciation in their native language sounds like tourists who happen to speak the local language. Ashamed really... like they would lose their 'cool' if they suddenly be themselves again and 'speak' normally. 
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    Litnax got a reaction from lushlala in Is It Possible to Forget Your Native Language?   
    I know those kind of people. Suddenly their pronunciation in their native language sounds like tourists who happen to speak the local language. Ashamed really... like they would lose their 'cool' if they suddenly be themselves again and 'speak' normally. 
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    Litnax got a reaction from lushlala in Is It Possible to Forget Your Native Language?   
    People can get rusty for not speaking their mother tongue for a long time and being surrounded by another culture with a different language. But losing the ability to understand and speak it at all? Hmm... I heard about it but have yet to meet such people.
    I know it won't happen to me  Impossible really, since I always think in my mother tongue.
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    Litnax reacted to lushlala in French protectionism: too much   
    I totally agree with Linguaholic, I think it's admirable that the French actually find the means to have French equivalents rather than borrow from other languages. I think it's to be commended because what that says to me is that they value their language and wish to preserve and protect it. When you think of how many French words the English language has borrowed over time, and even my own language borrows from more than one language, I say way to go to the French
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    Litnax reacted to 宇崎ちゃん in Finishing Duolingo   
    I used to use Duolingo in the past, learning many languages at once.
    But then I decided to see how well the Dutch course was done (curious).
    I couldn't facepalm enough when I saw so many mistakes during the course.

    I reported most of them, but only got a decent response once.
    Other than that, those moderators were complete arseholes.
    They think they know Dutch better than a native speaker.
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    Litnax reacted to Loud in Your First French Movie?   
    Amélie! And I'm so glad I watched it because it was the film that made me fall in love with French .
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    Litnax reacted to C_Decora in English practice   
    I'm not sure if this is really still relevant. But this might be better:

    [1] That said, despite the straightforward and detail-rich prose, I struggled a bit in imagining the battle scenes. They were clear at some point, but fuzzy and chaotic the next. (Given that the sentence started with "said," I feel like it implied some past tense. And you wouldn't really need the "one" as it would just be repetitive; with the comma, I think it is obvious what it is referring to.)

    [2]...beast-like guardians, some of which are dragons... (Notice I added a comma too as the following would be clarification to the original.)
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    Litnax reacted to linguaholic in Favourite English Movie   
    LITNAX is back! That's great. Hope you enjoy the new forum software!!!
    Best wishes
    Lingua
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