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  1. I created a quiz for fun and distributed it to my friends a month ago. They really liked it and I thought I would share it with all the members here too.

    I had 100%... your #6 question is one of my biggest pet peeves.  I see so much misuse of your/you're and they're/there/their.

  2. ' Wunwun was a racehorse,Tutu was one, too. Wunwun won one race, and Tutu won one too. '

    ' A pessimistic pest exists amidst us. '

    ' Ken Dodd's dad's dog's dead. '

    I got through the first two of these without much of a problem, but that last one had my tongue getting wrapped around my eyeteeth until I couldn't see.  :grin:

  3. Why do you study languages?

    This may sound like an odd answer, but one of the reasons I enjoy languages so much is looking for similarities in words... patterns that are found in one language to the next. 

    It's always amazing to discover very similar base words even in very different languages.

  4. UPDATE!! the app is called ROSETTA COURSE!!!! I am so so sorry for the mix up!! this app is completely free!! 

    :laugh:    That's more like it!  Knowing what Rosetta Stone charges for their language courses, I just couldn't see them giving an app away free unless it somehow needed to be connected to one of their courses.

    Thank you for correcting this... now I won't need to go find it to figure it out!  :grin:

  5. If it were a possibility, I'd definitely choose a private tutor. 

    I'm thinking that while a course may teach a language perfectly well, it's so much more meaningful to have someone there telling you if you're getting it right... if all the sounds are the way they should be, etc.  A video course would let you know how it's supposed to sound, but there would be no feedback about how you're imitating it.

    And if you meant a written course, I wouldn't choose that because again, no feedback.

  6. Hey guys!  Was wondering what language you like most and least! 

    I think I'd have to say that I like French most... it's so beautiful when spoken and not guttural like some languages are.

    Least...  hmmm.... I think I'd say Chinese because learning to write in a way that doesn't use actual letters would be so very difficult for me.

  7. The very best way I've found (although it's very rarely possible) is to know a native speaker of the language you want to learn... someone who will be able to help you with how it's supposed to sound, etc.

    I haven't been able to do so well with books alone... there's no way to tell if I'm truly saying the words the way they should be said.  Book in combination with Internet course or even a YouTube with a native speaker may work for me, though.

    Now that's for spoken language... when it comes to just needing to read/write a language, then books work great for me when speaking isn't involved.

  8. There was a time when I planned to learn sign language and was very excited about it.  I learned a few basic things with it but then moved on to spoken languages before I finished.

    I'm not sure why that happened... sign language fascinates me when I see it, but I guess the bottom line for me is that I'd never get to use it like I could spoken (or maybe more accurate, *written*) language.  With the 'Net, I wouldn't even have to know anyone to physically speak with, it could all be done on social media and email, etc.

    In the past, to use a language, you needed to know someone to speak with... isn't the Internet amazing?!    :amazed:

  9. Did anyone else here every try their hand at fictional languages? If so, how did it go?

    I've never tried to learn a fictional language that someone else developed, *but* I did try to create a language with some friends when I was a teen.  I wish we had stayed with it longer than we did... it was very interesting, kept our minds sharp, and so much fun to speak in a language no one else could understand.

    There was so much potential if we'd kept at it!

    Now that I'm thinking about this again, I think I'm going to suggest trying it to my daughter.  She's very much a "word person" and loves languages, too, and I think she'd enjoy giving it a try.

  10. - a table... stands on the floor? Stand sounds better then sits, but then, standing is something you do on two legs, not four.

    Does anyone know if there is an official rule for these actions?

    I don't know if there's an "official" way to describe it or not.  I've always been inclined to say that a table stands on the floor.

    Yes, standing is something that humans do on two legs, but can't animals also stand on their four legs?

  11. Childhood traumas. On our 6th grade english class, our teacher made us repeat that sentence out loud one by one. Nobody got it right, and she didn't reveal until the very end that it was a tongue twister, not an actual phrase we'd ever need. 

    Oh yes!  That woodchuck thing had me so mad when I was a kid that I was determined to learn it and learn it right.  I worked on it for a while and I really did get it.  I've never forgotten either.  :laugh:

    I guess it was kind of nasty of me to turn around and laugh at kids who *couldn't* say it when I finally could, but... well childhood is tough!

  12. This one is probably the shortest tongue twister we'll see in this thread, but it's one of the hardest I have come across.  I don't think I've ever heard anyone be able to say it ten times fast without having his or her tongue twisted totally out of shape.  :amazed:

    The tongue twister is:  Unique New York

    If anyone can say that 10 times fast without tripping over your tongue while hearing "you nork" come out of your mouth, please share the secret with the rest of us!

  13. Hello everyone!  I can't believe I forgot to do an intro post when I first arrived at the forum.  But I'm very glad to be here and talk about the subject of languages with all of you!  :angel:

    I'm Kate and from the east coast of the U.S.  Anything concerning "words" or "language" has been a passion of mine ever since 8th grade.  I had an excellent teacher who sparked that interest in me and it never left me. 

  14. For me it's always been speaking that's the most difficult.  I never found a problem in reading or writing... but I'm somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to anything to do with linguistics, and that causes me a problem.

    Why?  Because no matter how we try, we never sound like native speakers when we're learning a new language... and to an obsessive perfectionist, that is *totally* difficult!  :sad:

  15. I'd never correct anyone's grammar or spelling unless I'm specifically asked to do that.

    That doesn't mean it's easy to keep quiet.  I know a few people who are rather arrogant about their supposed intellect  :wink:  but they're constantly misusing your/you're and their/there/they're.  It's very annoying to not be able to say anything because I'm a natural born teacher, but it's wrong... and doubly wrong to do it in a public place like a social network. 

    I've noticed more and more of this being done... the thing you mentioned.  Sometimes it was an honest typo, but even when it's not, I don't think that the grammar police should swoop in.  It's often a matter of people cutting someone else down so that they can feel superior themselves.  NOT cool.

  16. I have always been a fast reader... and when the mood to read strikes me, I usually go through one book after another.  Sometimes I won't allow myself to buy another book for my Kindle until I've read all the books I've already bought for it.  Well, those are the times I read fastest because I want to get through them and look for more!  :amazed:

    I never read aloud when I'm reading to myself, no.  I only do that when I'm reading a passage from a book to someone else.

  17. Do you mean online classes such as university classes?  If that's what you meant, I think they can be just as beneficial to a student as a traditional classroom setting.

    *BUT*  I'll also have to say that the success of online or distance learning has to come from the student. If they are as serious as they'd be in a brick and mortar college setting, they'll most likely do well... but if they're thinking it's an "easy way to college credits or a degree" and don't put their whole attention into it, then it will probably fail.

    That's probably the biggest problem faced, now that I think of it... students who think they can slack just because their classes are online and thinking they don't have to work as hard.  That's simply not true. 

    I've taken a few online classes from traditional universities (never the online only schools)  and it's always been a wonderful experience.

  18. I am glad to say that I never overuse "LOL" when I'm writing email.  I've been online for years and it is something I never started doing.  I *have* been known to tease people who use it when writing to me by saying things like "Oh, that must mean lots of love... aren't you sweet?!"  :laugh:

    I do have something I shouldn't use so often, though... it's "hehe" when I find something amusing.  Now that I'm thinking about it, that's probably as annoying as "LOL" is to some people!

    Instead of "LOL" I've always just said something like "that made me laugh!"  or "now I'm chuckling."  But I know some people look for shortcuts in everything they do, so typing those words out wouldn't be acceptable to them.  :amazed:

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