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  1. That's true. Using a standard paper back book doesn't make learning a new language easy. I mean, if you're going to use a book, an audio book is definitely a good idea. The thing is, an audio book actually has someone who pronounces the words for you to hear, which can actually teach you how to pronounce the words that you're trying to learn.
  2. Interesting questionnaire. Maybe I'll take a look at it, just because I'm curious!
  3. To me, learning a language is only if I'm interested in it, or if it's mandatory for something that I want to do in the future. When I mean mandatory, I mean if it's required for a school or something. But for the most part, I'm not really considering learning a new language. I've done it before, and it took some time. But eventually, I got the hang of it.
  4. The language that I learned was French, which isn't much different compared to English. All there is really is just some accents here and there. But for the most part, it uses the English alphabet letters, so I didn't have to practice any strokes and stuff. But if I were to learn a language that requires me to practice strokes and such, I would just get paper and practice writing them down over and over again. Just like in kindergarten, I'd repeat the strokes over and over again until I master it. In kindergarten, you practiced the alphabets (A,B,C.. etc). So you're basically doing the same thing but with a different language
  5. Well, it all depends on you. I feel that in a course, you can make new friends and such at the same time. But with a private tutor, your learning is more concentrated towards you. If it's a one on one tutor, that is with just you and your tutor, then I feel that your learning is much more easy. The tutor only has to worry about you, so you can ask as many questions as you'd like! Personally, I'd rather have a private tutor if I want to be focused on learning the language. But I'd take a course with other people if I want to make new friends.
  6. I haven't quite learned the language that I wanted to learn yet. But I can tell you why I wanted to. When I'm looking to learn a new language, it's simply because of interest. Just like a lot of people, I'd want to learn a new language and speak it because I think it sounds cool. There's some languages out there that have a pretty nice accent. I think that you can develop an accent over time if you keep speaking the language. But the main reason to learn a new language is curiosity of course.
  7. I think that curiosity is the key to learning a new language. Many people choose to learn a new language because they find that language to be interesting and want to be able to speak it. Personally, I learned a new language because I had to. I was required to have a second language in order to enter my post secondary. It wasn't too tough though. I was able to achieve a pretty good mark throughout the courses. I ended up sort of liking the language, but once I finished it, I sort of started to hate it for some reason. By the way, the language that I learned was French. I mean, I don't hate it like crazy, but I hate it because it's so complicated with all the rules and stuff. If you guys know how to speak French, you'll know what I mean.
  8. I don't think that you should be afraid of failing a new language. The thing is, many courses are designed to make it easy for you. In high school, I had a really nice teacher that I had for a couple years in a row. I learned a lot from her, and she taught pretty well. The work was pretty easy, but you can still learn fairly well from it. Personally, I don't think that you can fail a language. Again, many courses are designed to make it easy for you. As long as you put effort into it, you won't fail. I'm sure that if you take the time to study and practice, you'll get it for sure. I've seen people fail a language course because they slack off. Just focus on it and you'll be fine.
  9. Well, when I learn a new language, I sort of rely on the books that I buy. They're usually meant to be easy and teach you the basics of the language, and then you work on it from there. I occasionally use translators if I don't get words, such as Google Translate. Also, reading a dictionary can actually be helpful. You might think that it's silly, but if you think about it, you can really expand your vocabulary by reading a dictionary.
  10. I got 100% on the quiz too! I think that this quiz can be quite useful and helpful for people who are learning English. English is one of my primary languages, so if I didn't get 100% on this quiz, I would be pretty disappointed. But overall, definitely a great quiz for new English learners who want to test out their knowledge of the language.
  11. I continued to learn my native language because I wasn't quite fluent in it. I tried learning how to write in it, but I found that it was pretty hard, so I kind of stopped. I started learning the language itself even more. I eventually finished, and I was quite proud too because I could start speaking to my relatives mor fluently!
  12. Well, just like a lot of people, I learn a new language because of curiosity! I may also find the language that I'm learning to be interesting and appeals to me. I took a language class in high school just so that I could enter post secondary, because they require you to have a second language. That language was French by the way. At first, I didn't find it to be very interesting. But as I went on through the course, I slowly became more and more interested in it. Now, I can speak quite conversationally!
  13. I've tried self learning myself a language. I'll tell you, it's probably one of the harder ways! It's definitely easier to have someone who speaks that language that you're trying to learn because then they'll give you tips and stuff on how the vocabulary and grammar are. I find that self teaching yourself a new language is hard, but you can try it if you want. I personally prefer to have a teacher or a friend to help me out.
  14. You can still stand on four legs. Look at animals, they're standing on four legs! I mean, they can stand on two legs, but they prefer four.
  15. This one is pretty easy, and a lot of people heard of it before, but here it goes: She sells sea shells down by the sea shore. It tries to trick your tongue with the "s" letters!
  16. I can basically use any dictionary. I just feel that as long as it has a meaning and maybe a synonym with the word, then I should be able to understand it. When it comes to learning a new language by using a dictionary, I think that having synonyms and the meaning are the most important things. Also, it should obviously state whether its a verb, adjective, or a noun. But for the most part, I think that a simple dictionary is usually effective enough.
  17. It would be interesting to learn a fictional language if you're in a club or something. But for the most part, I'm not quite interested in it. The thing is, if it's ONLY for a club, then I feel that it's not worth learning unless you're going to stick to that club for a really long time. If you're using your fictional language in the real world, people might think that you're weird. Even if it may be weird, it could be quite cool though! Having a club with a "secret" language can be quite fun.
  18. I really think that it depends on the language. But for the most part, I'm sure that it's quite easy to guess someone's language just by their accent. Some languages have really strong accents. The languages that I feel can be guessed easily through their accents would be languages like Chinese, Indian, French, and Germany. It's a pretty unique way to talking in my opinion!
  19. I took French in high school. I did alright in that class, but the top 5 languages that I'd really like to learn are: 1. Chinese 2, Germany 3. Japanese 4. Korean 5. French Like I said, I already took French. But I wouldn't mind continuing to advance in it!
  20. I took a language class in high school, and I used Google translate a majority of the time for my homework. But I really try not to because the translation isn't quite accurate. I think that using Google translate to translate a couple words is okay. But if you're translating a whole entire sentence or paragraph for an essay or something, then it definitely doesn't work. A friend of mine did this with his homework and he ended up failing the course because the teacher caught him using Google translate. We were specifically told not to use it for SENTENCES and PARAGRAPHS, but were told that a word or two are okay to translate. Just be careful when you use Google translate. They're often inaccurate with full sentences. I know because I tried translating a sentence from English to my own language, and it turned out to be completely wrong.
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