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  1. Going to the country of the language that you are learning and immersing yourself with their culture will really take your learning far. But that doesn't mean that it's the only method to get a good command of the language, given the technologies that we have now. If you really want to converse with a native speaker, there are many ones out there who would be willing to converse with you given that the price is fine, which is still less expensive than going and living in their country.
  2. I am also looking for one, one that's really fluent in French who I can practice conversation with, even just for fun. I am an English speaker. I am already an A1 level French, and planning to take to the next level, but I really need someone to converse with because I think that's a very effective to practice the language. When you found, I would want to join with you, may I?
  3. I agree with the title of the thread. As any language to get hold of it very well, one must live it and practice it. One must put it into his heart. That's the purpose of learning anything. Learning something you find no use is a waste of time.
  4. I want to. It's just that it's hard to find. So I only download ones and read it either through iPad or through my laptop. I really enjoy comics, because one they are conversational. Second, I am able to get into their culture.
  5. I am going to download it soon. But is it free? Because the apps that really make sense often comes with price, so I stayed away from looking and hoping for some. But if it were free, I wouldn't have second-thoughts on using it, more that I read brief good reviews and recommendations here.
  6. No, when I was looking for a software of learning a new language, the seller recommended it to me. And just by looking it, I already had vibes that it's not going to be healthful. It has so many language that I think it's not going to help much, because it doesn't have a particular focus, though I really don't know much about this as I haven't personally tried it yet. If you want, you can try Living Language software.
  7. No, it's not a good idea to use a Google translate translating your sentences. Sentences have their own though produced by combining the words that are in that sentence. These thoughts only humans can understand. Google translate doesn't understand these thoughts, and so they are not able to accurately translate the sentence. I only use Google translate when I am translating single words, when I am only looking for the meaning. That's all.
  8. Practice, practice, practice is all you are going to need. It was really difficult for me at first. It took me a lot of time to practice and to get it right. I was happy that it paid off. In fact I initially thought that it's going nowhere because it's really really hard at first, but later I got the hang of it and I am happy.
  9. http://www.quizbox.com/builder/result.aspx?max=100&q=10 I got a hundred. I posted here the url, though I don't know if it's going to appear. Anyway, it was a lot of fun. It's really confusing when you have two words of different spelling but of the same sound. I think it would be a lot more easier if the word is just said and asked how to spell it.
  10. It happens most often when you are already familiar with the grammar without having them understood. Because really language is meant to be used rather than be studied, most native speakers can just use a language without having to understand their construction. It comes out naturally to them without having to think how to construct and whether their grammar is right or wrong.
  11. Exposed yourself to all where language is being used, because only in that way that you really could get familiarized with the language and the words, and everything else related to the language in all possible ways.
  12. Mine are 1. French 2. German 3. Russian I want to learn the first three because of their involvement in classical, romantic and impressionistic music. 4. Latin 5. Greek The last two I want to learn because of their involvement in today's civilization, in different fields like music, medicine and sciences.
  13. This is great! But for now, I don't have time yet. I want to further my French skills and I will do it when I get some time. I'll be bookmarking this page and send you a private message when I am already ready. Thanks for the info anyway.
  14. Mine is: 1. 20 minutes reading allowed, easy reading stuff like children's books. 2. 20 minutes talking to myself, asking questions of myself. 3. 20 minutes reading silently with comprehension and paying attention to the words, listing them down. 4. 90 minutes studying and studying the grammar and everything else about the language. 5. 30 minutes doing exercise and listening to audio 6. The rest of the free time of the day, memorizing vocabularies. I don't find studying language to be easy, nevertheless I am enjoying it.
  15. One very best thing with the languages that you've learned is that you can put them in your resume and have those who's gonna look at it impressed. Only for a practical reason. But really, the core benefit of learning a language is that you are able to communicate to people of other nation, to communicate with spark, with closeness. With language, you are not only communicating with them through words and words, but also through their culture as language represents culture and not just words.
  16. I think that it's just good. I mean we shouldn't just keep static and confine ourselves with the things of the past, to the conventions we have been accustomed. We should keep exploring and find the things that will define who we are. Things that we do today make our generation's identity.
  17. My number one source is book. Book is a great reference for learning things and language is not an exemption to this. I use books for learning language. It has the necessary information I need, and other supplementary details, say about the culture. Not only that, it also has different exercises that are really helpful to test the things I've learned. Next to books are audios. Because language doesn't not involve just reading and writing, but also speaking, it is necessary that how the word is said, supposed to be said be learned. Audios take this part. They are great for making me familiarized with the words and the enunciation. And because we're living now of the internet age, I take it also as my source, the most convenient one.
  18. I improve my grammar in many ways possible like speaking, reading and most by writing. I think writing helps me most in improving my grammar because during this activity where I am very most particular with grammar.
  19. Helpful post. I am really having a hard time choosing and using the appropriate prepositions. It's the part of speech I am weakest. And now that I've found this post, I am going to make it as my quick reference every time that I would needing an aid to preposition usage.
  20. 003


    I think it's because many people are used to doing the things that they don't really have to be bothered by spelling like speaking and reading. Although in reading, you see how the word is spelled, you don't really see them that way, that they are spelled the correct way. When you are reading you are more inclined to see the word with its meaning and not how it's spelled so the spelling of the word doesn't really register in your head. Another reason many people are poor in spelling is because they don't write often, which is among the best way to practice and employ correct spelling.
  21. I don't know when too should be used and not also, and vice versa. I decide by pure guess only, if not then I would have to say the whole sentence and then decide with one that sounds better when used.
  22. I am having trouble getting the correct one to use between whether and if. Often I interchange them as I believe that they are perfectly interchangeable. But later, I found out that they are not and there are cases to follow when to use which, which until now is not clear to me, yet. So, when to use whether, when not to use if and when to use if, when not to use whether.
  23. Personally, I find writing to be really hard. Nevertheless, I really enjoy doing it in the language I am learning. I love it. My foreign language teacher actually praised me for the journal that she asked us to write in an entry daily, despite me having poor performance on her exams and quizzes.
  24. I think mostly in English. The language is built in to me. It's the language we use in school, at home and when I am with my friends. So, I am really used to it. I speak rarely in my native language, only when it is required to be spoken.
  25. Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy, by none other than Ludwig van Beethoven! It's my favorite quote. Every time I am asked to give, this is what I give. It directly touches my soul and captures my heart.
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