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  1. I really have a hard time spelling the words: mesmerizing, apparently, and there was another word that I'm forgetting but I will add it to the list when I remember it. If I didn't have a spell check at my disposal then I think I would have a hard time being correct, lol.
  2. I don't really know any beautiful buildings in my town, but I'm a few miles away from Manhattan, New York. If you do get a chance to visit, you will feel like you are surrounded in a concrete jungle and I do have to say it is quite mesmerizing seeing all the tall buildings.
  3. I found an infograph that might help you realize your mistakes in English. Also, it might even give you the ability to laugh at yourself more when you make these mistakes. Hope you enjoy it http://dailyinfographic.com/15-grammar-mistakes-that-can-make-you-look-silly-infographic I've made some of these mistakes before in my lifetime, so just remember no one is perfect. Learn to laugh at yourself and you'll find English learning to be a piece of cake!
  4. Well I know one comic that could possibly teach someone how to properly use grammar, it's funny too. Also, if you know someone who is a Grammar Nazi show him or her this: http://i.imgur.com/TKs3O.jpg
  5. For those English language learners who haven't heard of puns before, I'll give you a quick definition. Puns are words that are used to poke fun at similar words. They can also be words that sound alike but have completely different meanings. "What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds!" The pun is written in question/answer form, but the punchline or the joke in this situation is the use of "four" (related to time) which sounds like "for" (a preposition) I hope I was able to explain in detail for those of you who've never seen puns before So, what are your favorite puns? And do puns play an important role in your country?
  6. Baburra, I often have to pause when I write those words, too. I find it especially annoying when that word occurs and I'm in the "zone" and I have to pause to analyze it again. In the past I've gotten confused with the words: except and accept, but this is almost nonexistent now.
  7. I'll add one to the list: administrate. I've heard people say, "He administrated justice". I just try to keep a straight face and go on with the conversation without correcting them. Hopefully they will learn from their mistakes.
  8. I've been in situations where I would type, "Just give me a sex" instead of "Just give me a sec". Honestly the only way for me to avoid doing that is typing out "second" and not abbreviating it. Awww, I can see that happening, as the letter X is obviously just next to the letter C on most keyboards hehe:)
  9. My favorite words are obscure, penultimate, and serendipitous. I believe some of my friends wouldn't even be able to tell me the definition of at least two words in my list. I get a satisfying sense of comfort when I say or even hear those words. I'm not entirely sure why, but maybe it enhances my thinking process
  10. e. e. cummings didn't follow grammatical rules and he became a very popular poet. I think poems are more artistic than they are literature, so I wanna say that style and grammar shouldn't matter if you can get your point across in an artistic way.
  11. I have many songs that I like that are sung in a different language. I am usually attracted to slow tempo songs like Zitten's (Korean indie band) song, "Feel Alright". Another good song by them is "TV Show" and more energetic, too. This is just a small fraction of the list of foreign music that I love. When listening to these songs I'm usually centered around the melody and rhythm because I play an instrument myself. Sometimes the vocals even enter my subconscious and I get a certain feeling or pleasure from it even though I have no idea what they are singing
  12. I prefer subbed. Not only does it help me practice by giving direct translations of what is being said, but it also puts the words into context (like many of you have said already). My major gripe with dubbed anime is I don't get the same emotions out of it as I would have reading the subtitles. Also it doesn't distract me from the video either. Also when watching live action movies in other languages I found it very annoying when the dubbed words don't match up with the person's lips. This can be very distracting for me.
  13. I actually use this app currently on my Galaxy SIII. Previously I have used swiftkey 3. I think in the beginning the Ginger app was nice to use, but after about 4 days I noticed that my typing has gotten slower and because I've made so many spelling mistakes it now suggests I correct words with words that contain spelling errors. I reinstalled swiftkey and I now use that again. Also if anyone has used the Chrome Extension (Ginger) it costs a monthly fee for advanced features like: Unlimited Grammar Checker, Sentence Rephraser, and Text Reader. With the purchase, it also has a function that uses your mistakes as a benchmark to help you improve upon your language skills. Has anyone purchased the monthly subscription to this extension and is it accurate enough to even consider it?
  14. Don't worry, I've had speech problems in elementary school, too. Sometimes they lingered in high school and classmates would laugh at me, but I grew out of the stage where it didn't bother me anymore. Although, I do tend to stutter during my words if someone speaks over top of me. As for interfering with learning language, for me personally, I haven't been affected by it. I tend to make less pronunciation mistakes when learning a new language than my native language (English). Which might be because of speaking the language slower so I don't confuse myself.
  15. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people that get distracted easily when reading pretty much anything. Whenever I become conscious of my "inner reading voice" I always slow down my reading ability to pay attention to subtle things more than the topic as a whole. This really annoys me because I over-think things in social situations, too. I think the only time it is better to read something slowly is when you're dealing with a math subject or trying to understand something in detail, therefore you don't have to quickly glance over it and then come back to it two or more times, but that's just my 2 cents.
  16. I don't normally use Idioms, but when I do... I make sure they are music related Play it by ear - to react to an event as it occurs; involves trial and error. ex. The business person had to play it by ear when his client suddenly disconnected from the call. Face the music - to accept the negative consequences and perform the task anyway. And all that jazz - used at the end of a list; means: "all similar things included" ex. Tim asked Angela, "What do you plan on doing tomorrow?" She responded, "Cooking, cleaning, and all that jazz." Do you guys have any music related idioms to add?
  17. This site is a very informative collection of English exams. It's great for tutoring people and I'm sure I will use these resources in the near future. Thanks for getting this information out there!
  18. A friend of mine posted an infograph on Facebook of the time it takes to learn a certain language. It might put your goals in perspective for you. You can view it here.
  19. Thank you very much, Joo Yeon. I wasn't aware of the name, CSAT, but I looked up the subjects she expected to take for the exam. Math B seems more difficult than the Math I remember taking on the SAT. I don't see many major differences expect more foreign languages and social subjects offered. Also, if it's not too much trouble could you tell a CSAT book you have published via here or private message? I'm curious about that. Thank you for the tips, too. I'll try to think of some difficult English words ranking from moderately difficult to super duper difficult, lol. I know I'm late in congratulating, but congrats on such a high score!
  20. Firstly, you are welcome! If you don't mind me asking, what other areas have you progressed in? Also, do you watch Korean TV Shows to further your ability to speak and know Korean phrases? If you are good at memorizing I also suggest joining the site: memrise.com (interactive flash cards, increase your vocabulary, and add mnemonic devices to help you memorize). Personally, I think learning hangul helped me advance my vocabulary and plus typing english letters can be a daunting task when you could have used hangul .
  21. So I'm going to explain this briefly. My girlfriend lives in South Korea and she is in High School. Recently she talked to me about the Korean SATs. She told me they were different from American SATs. Can anyone who went to High School in South Korea confirm this? Also if it's not too much trouble can someone give me information about that because my plan was to help her through it, but since it is different from American SATs I might have some trouble helping her prepare. Thanks in advance!
  22. @linguaholic: It's great to see your idea come to fruition and being able to share your passion with the 873 members who joined this forum! Also Nyandroid is a cross between Nyan cat and Android OS. I came up with the idea one day while I was learning Android programming. Being the silly guy that I am, I put the two together and came up with my username @Rosa: Thanks a lot! Through self-motivation, and the occasional help from others, I believe I can achieve my goal at being fluent at Korean.
  23. I think it is easy to get started learning a new language, the hard part is sticking to it. Some people learning a language get burned out quickly because they hit a roadblock or struggle a bit. A tip I have to prevent this is dedicate an hour or so a day (one day do vocabulary, another day do grammar, etc.). Strive to make things interesting for yourself. At the end of the week, quiz yourself on the information you have learned already or put it into practice by talking with a native speaker. There are endless possibilities to break the habit of quitting too early.
  24. I first got acquainted with the Korean language in 2010. I won't go into too much detail here, but I have been enjoying it ever since. Hangul was pretty easy for me to learn. I used a pretty basic flash game for memorizing called: http://www.aeriagloris.com/LearnKorean/ I know it doesn't offer much functionality in terms of features, but it helped me get started in a simple way. What applications or games have you used to learn Hangul?
  25. Firstly, I want to thank the creators of this forum for creating a sleek looking website focused around language learning. Being a part of a diverse community, such as this one, enables me to be social with people learning my language and also those who are learning languages, just like me. My name is Mike. I have been interested in learning languages since I was 20 years old (25 years old now). Currently I'm learning Korean and I'm enjoying every moment of it. My strengths are being able to read Hangul and knowing how to pronounce them. My weaknesses are grammar and a low vocabulary level. Through this forum, I not only wish to improve upon my weakness, but also share my strengths with others looking for help in Korean. Glad to be a part of this community!
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