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    AExAVF got a reaction from Jay in Which one is right? [position of adverbs]   
    Both positions are correct, though in the case of the first, it can be followed up by additional words, as in: "What exactly happened last month?" or "What exactly happened yesterday?"  The second is a variation of the first, but you can no longer follow it up with more information without being grammatically awkward, e.g. "What happened exactly on that day?"  In short, you would have to rephrase the sentence to make it grammatically correct. Technically, the second sentence is correct as it is on its own.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from gracerph in Enrolling in a Class or Studying on Your Own   
    I always do both.  Enrolling in a formal language class not only gives me discipline, but also allows me to study in a rigid manner.  Being with a teacher is helpful as he will guide me in areas where I am having some problems.  But outside of class, I always do self-study because I want to train myself to be a better student.  Most of the input will have to come from you, and the teacher is there to help you along the way.  He/she will not teach everything for you; there are things you will have to learn on your own.  Who knows, you may even know more than your teacher.  I still have my Japanese textbook and notes with me, and read them from time to time.
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    AExAVF reacted to pesic87 in Easy vs hard, is it really worth mentioning it?   
    Language learning is either hard or easy for a learner, depending on many factors, mostly on the will, motivation and basic knowledge of at least grammar notions of his or her mother tongue. Moreover, it depends on the initiative, the understanding or the ability to understand differences, sounds, and the ability to make associations, remember, process and eventually use in utterances. Learning a language is a long and very hard process. I know this from many people around me that coped with learning a foreign language. Plus, it also depends on the teacher - teacher influence is somewhat of a big importance (it was for me, at least).
    For me individually, there is no an easy language. They are all hard, and it just depends on the learner - whether it will take longer or shorter period of time for the learner to acquire it.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from anna3101 in Handwriting versus typing   
    I prefer to take down notes manually through handwriting, especially in class.  Through handwriting, I am able to practice my Nihongo skills, especially the kanji.  Whenever I'm at home, I use the PC and type supplemental notes in addition to my handwritten ones.  The problem with using smartphones or tablets is that it has to run on electric or battery power.  Even with the advancement in technology, there will always be drawbacks.  Sometimes you may not expect it, but your laptop may not boot at all, and it will be disastrous if you put all of your notes in one gadget.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from lushlala in Teacher influence   
    Precisely.  Our teacher imparted onto us everything we need to know about the language.  There were some students who dropped from her class because of personal reasons.  Those of us who remained stayed through to the end, though there were others who had to leave for Japan during the middle of the semester.  I wouldn't be too complacent on my Elementary 1 though.  Though I got a high mark, I honestly think I could have done better. 
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    AExAVF got a reaction from Saholy in Cool Idea to thank your language teacher   
    When we completed our Elementary Nihongo 1 class, our professor treated us to some snacks.  My classmates contributed some foodstuffs for us to eat, while I had to purchase two large bottles of soda.  I should have bought just one.  We really enjoyed our class sessions, and this weekend we will be having an Open House.  I miss seeing my teachers too, thanking them for their efforts in teaching me the language.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from pesic87 in Pictorial Teaching   
    Pictorial teaching is very helpful for beginners as well as those who are only starting to learn the language being taught.  Children are taught using various aids and methods to help them.  With repeated usage of pictorial teaching, children will eventually develop their language skills over the years until they move on to the next level where they will be introduced to more complex words as well as reading plain text.  Of course, mentors will still guide their students, but the latter will have to swim or sink on their own.
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    AExAVF reacted to lushlala in Teacher influence   
    @AExAVF....what a fantastic teacher! This is exactly what I mean; a passionate teacher 'radiates' that sort of eagerness onto their students and the whole learning process becomes smoother, in my opinion. Isn't it lovely that she also taught you about the Japanese culture? I bet your Japanese is fantastic, too. I have always said that if the learning process is made fun as well as interesting, the success rate is likely to shoot through the roof. It works like that for me, anyway.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from JasleenKaur in When to put words into italics   
    I have recently began to make use of italics in book titles, e.g. The Terrorist Next Door, The Mossad whenever I make posts such as these.  Prior to learning about italics, I used to type these titles in quotation marks, which is technically wrong.  When you quote somebody, the quotations will automatically be in italics.  Here's some additional information about the use of italics:

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    AExAVF got a reaction from anna3101 in Teacher influence   
    My Japanese language teacher is an inspiration for me.  She has trained many other students before me, and one of those who she trained is also one of my teachers as well.  Our Japanese language class is also fun.   She encourages her students to do their best.  Most of my classmates had fun learning the language.  In addition to learning the language, we were also taught how to make origami.  We also watched videos about Japanese culture.  For that, I'm very grateful for the training she imparted on me and my classmates.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from NATASHA in I before E except after C   
    Most common words always feature the "I before e" rule.  Achieve, belief, chief, and relieve are just some.  Deceive, deceit, conceit, and perceive always fall under the "except after c" rule.  There are words which do not follow the "i before e except after c" rule, such as reinforce, heir, and leisure.  It's pretty easy if you know these rules by heart as well as the words which fall under any of these categories.  If one word falls under one category, it will not be put in any of the others.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from lushlala in Why do most people find it easier to write than speak a language?   
    I think the Quote button was pressed twice.  I never spoke to myself, as I posted in this thread only once.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from Wanda Kaishin in Should Language Apps be your primary tool for learning a language?   
    I never rely on language apps as my primary source for learning languages.  I still prefer to enroll in a traditional language school in order for me to learn the language.  I have quite a number of language apps on my computer right now, but I only use them to supplement my learning.  These apps can help me greatly as additional reference materials, but relying on them alone isn't good enough.  As much as possible, I have to try out various methods of learning languages.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from Mameha in Why Filipinos are so good in singing? Is it correlated with language?   
    Not all Filipinos can sing, and I am one of them.  I never had any inclination to sing with the karaoke, out of my introverted nature.  However, I'm only speaking for myself.  As far as I know, Filipinos are very sociable, just as the other poster mentioned.  It is in their blood and culture to join and take part in merrymaking.  I also agree that Filipino isn't necessarily a melodic language, though I find Filipino translations of famous foreign songs.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from czarina84 in Spelling bees   
    I once participated in a spelling bee in grade school.  The difficult round was very challenging, as I heard the words for the first time.  I learned the importance of correct and accurate spelling to the point that I will always spell out words as far as practicable.  Whenever you see a misspelled word, it just feels like eyesore.  Spelling bees are not only limited to the US, but also prevalent in most English-speaking countries.
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    AExAVF reacted to zurcminister in Yesterday's Nihongo midterm exams was difficult...or was it?   
    Nice one Grammar Cop. So it was not hard after all because you really did well I could see. I guess you came really prepared for the exam you had so keep up the good work. There is nothing like having a great interest in what we truly like and passionate about and trying to pursue it in whichever way we can. Just continue on and you are on your way into mastery of the language before you know. Keep it up and more power to you.
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    AExAVF got a reaction from rilakkumasenpai in NHK - A great start for Japanese culture enthusiasts!   
    I used to watch NHK World before.  Right now I'm at the NHK World site where they have a section on learning Nihongo.  It's pretty interesting and I'm refreshing up on my Nihongo language skills.  I just finished learning Elementary Nihongo 1 and I admit that I have been a bit rusty in my language skills since I haven't had any practice lately. 
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    AExAVF reacted to reveluod in Do you think that active listening is a good way to learn a language?   
    Hey all.

    Well, though I've also not heard of "active listening" throughout my 30+ years as an ESL teacher, I suspect that I know what Trellum experienced in the class; it was actually one of the core activities that I used throughout my career.

    To describe (in just a few words, hard for me! ha) what I did:

    Students will not be able to comprehend strings of sounds (utterances) until they have developed a "sound bank" of their own. This "sound bank" is a set of utterances (usually full sentences) which help the student when trying to recognize sounds that they hear. Just sitting and listening will not contribute to the development of this "sound bank"-- that is a passive activity. Students have to get the muscles moving, and those will be the mouth muscles.

    Now, this will not be simply repeating sentences over and over again. It will be sound manipulation exercise, meant to strengthen articulation muscles as well as to help overcome obstacles when trying to string sounds together. There will be a great deal of substitution involved, so a basic pattern may be worked upon, creating the base and words will be changed. A very simple exercise might be:

    It's a book. (chair) It's a chair. (table) It's a table. (cup) It's a cup.

    The emphasis would be on the rhythm of the utterance, the stringing together of words (it would never be: IT (PAUSE) IS (PAUSE) A (PAUSE) CUP, but rather [IT sa CAP].

    No matter how much you wiggle your ears, you will not improve your listening comprehension through passively listening to speech. You will have to produce that speech as close as you can to the expected pronunciation in order to develop that "sound bank" (and not individual sounds, again, utterances!) that you will use to recognize what you are hearing.

    Perhaps because the student is actively doing something to improve comprehension, the course referred to in the OP was called "active listening", though I find that term kind of misleading and more marketing than descriptive of the process. Kind of like the "Natural Method" which was anything but "natural"....ha.

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