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  1. Gyush, I hate that phrase. Sounds so cheesy and unreal. Even in anime/entertainment does it sound weird. "Jag är din" - Swedish "Ich bin dein" - German (not sure of this... I'm just guessing. Haha)
  2. Hasn't a thread like this been made like 5000 times before? Haha... I'll just say what I've said in every other thread like this: I started learning english because it's part of the curriculum. Really, that's it. I started learning german because it's part of the curriculum. Yep, that too. (I did have a choice between Spanish, French and German, but you HAD to pick one.) I started learning Japanese because I'm heavily interested in japanese culture and entertainment. My goal is to be able to watch drama/anime, read novels/manga/visual novels, in japanese. I have no intention of speaking the
  3. I agree, "Samon" doens't look very good. I think one reason is just that... It's always been like that, and even though the l is silent, I feel like it matters. I feel like if it was written "samon" a lot of people would pronounce it like sam-on (like the name Sam). I suppose the silent l also causes a lot of people to say it wrong the first times... But well. I don't know. It's an interesting question though, but I think it ultimately just comes down to being something that has always been like that for a very long time, and the people who are in "charge" of the dictionaries just don't want
  4. Hoho, what a necro. (bumping a very old thread) Anyway. I am a self learner in terms of japanese. Mostly when I had classes, I would study a lot on my own anyway, and I really find it to be mostly a limiting factor to be in a classroom. Surely it will make sure that you have a steady phase and constantly learn something... But sometimes you just have a lot of time, and you want to learn EVEN MORE. But if you're in a classroom, it makes it harder. Because if you learn more stuff now, you will already know those things when the class has catched up to that level, and by then you will be miles a
  5. Ah... I think I knew some very long word that I always loved to say. I remember that my classmates in german class always found it funny that I could say "nationalsozialistische deutsche arbeiterpartei". And no, we weren't nazi's or anything... But naturally we spoke of the second world war, because it is related to germany. One of the sentences i will never forget however, is "Ich bevurzuge käsewürstchen". So I think my favorite word definately is "käsewürstchen" just because of that sentence. It might not be very funny for everyone else, but well... I'll explain. I was playing an online
  6. That's a very interesting story Yorfs! I think we have a very simlar situation here in Sweden. I don't know what changes they have done to the curriculum as of now, but I honestly never see anyone using cursive writing at all, except for old ladies. I too was taught to write cursive writing during middle school and everything, and we were told that it was super important to learn. Because if you didn't know cursive writing when you were at high school and everything, you wouldn't be able to catch up to what the teacher was saying... That's what my teacher said. Obviously that isn't true. Noo
  7. It's actually very simple. (somewhat...) You CAN write everything in hiragana, but that is not very commonly done. It's only done in children books for very small children. (Remember, the kids in japan start learning kanji at a very early age, so you're looking at very small childrens books here, as the somewhat older children books will have some basic kanji in them). In normal writing, hiragana is mostly used for grammatical particles, and certain words. I'm not certain why they choose to write some words in hiragana, but I just know that they do that. Katakana is used "only" for foreign
  8. Well, I do not think that these easy "how-to" books are really good. I haven't personally read any of these, but I have a feeling these are the kinds of books that advertises themselves as "Learn this language in less than 3 weeks by using only this simple how-to guide!". And of course, we all know that ain't going to happen. They might help you to learn some of the common sentences, and saying "hello" and all that... But that's not really getting you very far. As far as books in general goes though, I love books. You do of course also need some listening/speaking tools outside of just the bo
  9. Haha, what a funny thread. Swedish: 1. Flyg, fula fluga, flyg och den fula flugan flög. 2. Sju sjuksköterskor skötte sju sjösjuka sjömän på skeppet Shanghai. 3. Packa pappas kappsäck. English: She sells seashells by the seashore, The shells she sells are seashells, I'm sure. So if she sells seashells on the seashore, Then I'm sure she sells seashore shells. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? It chuck all the wood a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
  10. It does happen to me too, that i don't study for several days or so... But that's mostly due to not having time, rather than lacking motivation/willpower/focus. I suggest setting up a schedule, to learn X amounts of words or somethign per day. Set a VERY LOW number, that you are guaranteed that you will make every day even if you have only 15 minutes each day. By doing this, you feel like "ah it will just take a few minutes and then I'm done with it". And if you happen to feel very motivated/focused/have a lot of time one day: you can just double that amount. That is how I do with japanese a
  11. I edited your post with some grammar/spelling corrections. You can of course edit it again if you think that I edited it so much that it doesn't mean the same thing, but yeah... I definitely think that it's possible. Three years is a lot of time if you put a lot of time and effort into this, but if you do want to become fluent in only three years: be prepared to spend hours and hours each day on studying alone. You should also consider getting a microphone, and someone to talk with on the internet (over skype, or such). You don't need to pay some teacher for this, just find some native japa
  12. If you count being able to say a few sentences/just a bit of school-sentences: English (fluent, A-level as far as marks goes) Swedish (native) German (3 years of school studynig, but I am no longer studying it: I do remember quite a bit though) Japanese (currently studying, very limited knowledge as far as vocab/actual talking goes. I can however say a few words...) So, yeah. I guess you can count for yourselves. I'm not one who aims to go around and brag that I can speak 12 different languages fluently or something... I learn languages for other reasons than to brag with how many I can spea
  13. Feels like we have a very simlar thread already... But whatever, I will answer the question as best as I can, and if some Moderator on the english board thinks it should be deleted: then so be it. I started learning english because it was part of the curriculum. I think I started in the third year of school, so when I was... 9 or 10, I suppose. And after that, I started learning German because it was also part of the curriculum. Or rather, I had an option to choose between French, Spanish and German. And at the time, I was very interested in German classical music (still am, but not as much
  14. Well, this is a bit of a unclear question if you ask me, I feel like I don't really know what to answer. As far as getting better at speaking, speaking is the one any only way you will get better at speaking. You can find several ways of finding people to talk to, but in the end: they way to become fluent in speech is just to speak. It's of course also possible to talk to yourself/read out loud and become fluent that way, as long as you make sure you are pronouncing thigns right (there might be mobile phone apps for this, or something... I don't know) - but I don't think it's as effective as
  15. My german teacher always said to think of "die" as feminine things, and "der" as masculine things. Taking it to the extreme... Der Tisch is obviously male, because it's hard, square, and "woody". But really, it's not harder than learning the nouns themselves if you ask me. There are of course endless amounts of general rules that you can apply, but there are also a lot of exceptions to these rules, so they're not really rules either... They're just generalizations. Another thing to take into account is that, Milk for example, is fem. because it comes from a cow (which is female). Cheese how
  16. Well, even if this app is "free", Rosetta Stone is a service that charges a lot for it's services. I do not wish to try this free app, because I have a strong feeling it will mainly be used to make people buy their services. And with that being said, I do not think any language learning service is worth that amount of money. I mean seriously... That's a LOT of money. I understand if you're going to pay X amount of dollars to learn the kanji in a fancy way (uh... WaniKani) but this really feels like throwing money into the lake. What's the point of this "free" app anyway? What does it offer t
  17. I agree with the previous speaker. Learning random words out of nowhere is of course a strategy that will teach you new words effectively, but if you are already fluent in english: I'd suggest just looking for more advanced types of literature. As in, books that will most likely contain words that you have not encountered before. There are of course endless amounts of words, and it's more or less impossible to know every word there is (I suppose it's possible... But with slangs and internet terms and all these things, I find it rather questionable) - but reading books surely makes your vocabu
  18. Sometimes creative writing can be really tough, simply because the people trying to write has no clue what to write. It's not that they don't know how to express themselves in words/lacking language skills, it's rather that they're not very creative thinking, or they just don't know what to write overall. A good idea to make them write would of course be to try to give them very easy questions to answer, and maybe several options. A question that one person would find easy to answer and write a lot about, might not work as well for another person. So if the focus is to get them to write somet
  19. Translation subtitles are never very accurate, atleast not compared to the original language. The translation is what you could call, the translators interpretation of the sentence/part being translated. One could argue that one word will always translate to the same word no matter who you ask, but this is really not the case, and this is why one translation can be so extremely different from another. And this is not just the case with English translations. I've read countless amounts of books translated into Swedish, or seen english movies with Swedish subtitles... And a lot of the time, the
  20. Do you mean "fair" instead of "fare"? Honestly, I don't really know. I would argue that you definitely do not need a techer to learn a foreign language. Most of us can do great without the help of a teacher, even if a teacher might be good to have at times. A "fair" rate for a freelancing teacher would probably be somewhere between 10-15 dollars per hour from the teachers perspective. But to demand such a price, you should probably be pretty good at teaching... It may not sound like a lot of money, but I wouldn't be surprised if natives which cannot really help much at all with learning woul
  21. Well, this is a very subjective question, of course! I think that the best motivator would be enjoyment in the present, and usefulness in the future. As in, no matter how good of a motivator you have, it's nothing compared to how much easier things are if you enjoy learning the language right now. If you are only learning to reach the goal, and constantly trying to motivate you with "it'll be useful later on" but it's insanely boring at the present, not much will actually help or work. Personally I study mostly because I like the culture and I enjoy learning the language. But my goal is as I
  22. Oh yeah, I'm sure that this happens to all of us. The biggest problem for me I think... Is people who misinterpret things inentionally. I didn't say a naughty word, but they intepret my words as naughty because they want to. And I have to say that, there's nothing more annoying but when you're trying to argue with someone, and they arne't taking you seriously. Even if you said a word wrong, it just makes me even angrier if someone laughs at me. I would probably start laughing myself too, but that would also make me even angrier... Because it would just be a sign that even I wasn't taking myse
  23. I've tried this before, but I've never had a dedicated partner enough to make anything out of it... I had a penpal in germany once, but at first it took several months for the other person to answer, and eventually the other person just stopped answering. It was a good way of learning, but unfortunately... There was that. I'm certain that it's a useful method if you have a dedicated partner, but it really demands that you have a dedicated partner... And that you're dedicated yourself too, of course.
  24. I definately think this is the case with "registeration". I too have never heard of this misspelling before, but now that you mention it, it sounds very logical that someone who just learned the word "register" would figure that the general suffix -ation would be added to that word aswell. Because, well... If you have a weak memory and your english isn't too good, "registeration" does sound somewhat simlar to "registration".
  25. As far as english exams goes, I'm usually pretty confident that I will get a very good score on it. I feel very confident that I'm good in english, and even though I expected not to get a very good score in English this year... According to my teacher I'm goign to get an A or a B. So yeah, as long as it's a general english exam that I have studied for and everything, I feel very confident that I will make it. There have of course been times in the past where I haven't studied enough, and I knew that even before the exam started, but that didn't happen too often...
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