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  1. Back when I was learning Spanish, when I was sixteen or so, one of the tasks we had to do was learn to read...sorry, I forget the name of the book. It was something to do with a Colonel and a chicken, that's all I remember. We were expected to read it without the use of a dictionary, or the English version, and honestly I ended up just not even getting that far into it because it was so hard.
  2. I thought that Sumerian was so old, that it was impossible to actually speak it, since it's been so long since anyone who spoke it was alive, so we can only read it, and even then only sort of, no?
  3. Well, mostly because I've got nothing better to do. I'll just waste my summer sitting around and playing games and stuff, so I might as well put the time to good use learning a new language, and help my chances of getting employed when I finish, you know?
  4. I'd never really considered it like that. I mean, the internet, at least the most popular sites on the web in general, are English based, so there's going to be a lot of people like yourself, who speak English as a second language, but spend more of their time speaking it than they do their own mother tongue!
  5. It's not always that simple though, is it? Like I said, sometimes you get tired, and your mind slips. Likewise, you might have to be speaking two different languages at the same time, acting as a translator for people. You can't exactly to think in one language while you're doing that sort of work
  6. Honestly, teaching English to adults is very like teaching it to children. The only real difference is that most children are learning it while they're also still trying to get a handle on their native tongue, if English isn't their native tongue that is. So, you're able to actually communicate your ideas and issues with your tutee, and best of all, you can draw upon their knowledge of books and films. One of the tricks I used when I was helping my non-native English speaking friends to improve their language skills was to assign them reading which would entail reading books they had already r
  7. That really does not seem worth it at all. You're being asked to pay someone to read our five words per day to you. You could just as easily open up youtube and get that, and more, for free.
  8. I got introduced to this from one of the professors on my course, since we were studying ways that the internet has been used to help society, and this was one of his examples. It's made by the same team that came up with the captcha system, which acts as a means of verification and helps translate print media to computerized media. So, every time you're entering a captcha, you're helping to digitize all of our old books and such, to ensure that they don't ever disappear from history!
  9. It happens, and it will always happen. I mean, even people who grow up speaking two languages from birth mix up words from time to time. My friend for instance, who speaks Spanish (she's from Uruguay) and English as if she were born to both has been slipping Spanish words into her English talks with me lately because she's so stressed out and tired lately. You just acknowledge that it happened, and move on. It's a bit embarrassing at first when it happens to you, but you get used to it after a while
  10. I get this issue all the time! For example, when I was learning to speak Spanish way back in the day, I couldn't get around the fact that everything I said just sounded very...unnatural and formal even. No matter what I said, it just seemed 'off' somehow.
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