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radooqu

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About radooqu

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    German, English, French, Hungarian
  • Native tongue
    Romanian
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    English
  1. Just do it with a smile on your face, not the kind of smile that would make him feel like you're making fun of him, but rather one that will give him the right impression, that you simply want to help him out to improve his pronunciation so that people can understand him easier. Don't over-do it though, one might not like being corrected too often. It all depends on how he is as a person.
  2. Here's mine version, I think correct but I'm of course subjective . First, talk to Mr. Johnson, then see the supervisor for the next meeting. I don't think a comma after "supervisor" is required..
  3. It actually can be fun comparing languages that way, but I'm referring to languages which are so different from one another. I used to do that with English and Hungarian, two languages that are entirely different with no link whatsoever. I used to work in a restaurant, and I was telling English native speakers (my co-workers) how bus (like bussing a table) is actually the "f word" in Hungarian. Because the languages are so far different these alike words in terms of form are in fact so different in terms of meaning.
  4. I think the ability to speak multiple languages, especially if you're able to do so at a fluent or even semi-fluent level is the one of the greatest assets one could possess and also a great sense of personal satisfaction. No reason to wait to learn a language only when it is required by your job, it is so much more than that.
  5. I don't wanna be negative or anything, but I don't believe in any method and promotes the idea of the possibility of learning a language without any effort. I don't think there's such thing. You'll have to put your mind to work and actually make effort in order to learn something. I'd rather use a book or a course than this, but it's just my opinion.
  6. I think reading is still the best way to expand your vocabulary, but read something on a subject you have some sort a passion for, something that you enjoy. It is important to like what you read otherwise it'll be ten times harder to be consistent and do it every day. If it is something uninteresting most likely you'll just quit, I know I would/did.
  7. Hey, My name is Radu, I'm Romanian, and I love languages. I speak Hungarian as well, also a bit of French. Right now my greatest ambition is to learn German, especially since I have family there and travel there a lot. If anyone has any good suggestions on good online resources to study German let me know, it would be well appreciated. Thanks, and see you around.
  8. I think testing someone's language skills by having them translate a text from their native language to the language in question is a great method and quite accurate as well. The text can be of different levels in terms of complexity, so it can determine one's limit in terms as language skills as well. Of course, not to say it is the only way, plenty other ways.
  9. I think it all comes down on how motivated you really are to learn. But even so, to become confident speaking a language, which would mean some degree of fluency in my opinion, it takes years to develop without question, especially in case of German, which is a tough language to learn. But I'm talking about someone normal, with no extraordinary talent or capacity to learn languages.
  10. I must say, and I've learned English a lot, and I mean a lot, from watching Seinfeld, over and over again, plus movies and other TV shows. I think this is extremely effective when you watch something over and over again. I personally watched Seinfeld between 50 to 100 times (not one episode but the entire series .. I know.. crazy..), and not necessarily because I wanted to learn English from it, but mostly because I've enjoyed it, well, a bit too much.
  11. I think because its geographically somewhat, more or less isolated from the rest of the world, except Mexico of course, but truth be said, plenty of Americans speak Spanish, or is that just my personal feeling. Canada doesn't count as it is mostly a English speaking nation as well (correct me if I'm wrong), and French, well, for native English speakers it's just difficult to learn.
  12. Interesting question. Actually I fell in-love with someone who's native language is English (foreign to me as I'm Romanian), but I don't think the language was the crucial element of this crush.. .. although I do find as many other people, french speakers as quite charming especially when spoken by a woman.
  13. I think music can be a great way to as part of your ambition and process of learning a language, especially when you re-listen and re-listen the same songs. Not to say its a replacement of other elements, reading, memorizing words/phrases/expressions, but it is one piece of the puzzle, and I think a very useful one.
  14. Latin has also given us Romanian, which is actually my native language. Not only that, Romanian is the the closest language to Latin today. Not to say it is somehow "easier" so to speak for Romanian speakers to learn it, it just resembles Latin the most, more than any other of Latin origin language.
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