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celebritea

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  1. As we all know, music has so many elements that cause people to relate/connect to it. For example the rhythm, instrumental, melody, harmonies ect. But what I you don't understand the LYRICS. I definetly do get into music in foreign language. What about you?
  2. I'd say Spanish specifically if you live in the Americas. and in general Mandarin, as a huge population of the world speaks that language so it will behoove you to learn sooner than later.
  3. Good question Have: When referring to yourself (singular) (I) When referring to your self AND other people (plural)(we) When referring to other people (plural) (they) Has: When referring to one other PERSON/being/object (singular) (he/she/it/name)
  4. Confidence is probably number one. Communicating in a foreign language can be intimidating/awkward, but little bit by little bit, try to communicate as often as possible! Don't be afraid of looking/sounding stupid. I've found native Spanish-speakers that I've communicated with tend to be very understanding, helpful, and patient. So just go for it! Practice makes perfect.
  5. I used to love these as a kid! "How much wood, can a wood-chuck chuck, if a wood chuck, could chuck wood?" "Shelly picked a seashell from the sea shore" (<~~that one might not be accurate LOL)
  6. Given that we didn't live in an area where the main language spoken was foreign ,so there's "rush": I'd say about 5; an age where they already have a good handle on their first language, so would have more "context" learning a foreign language. What do you think?
  7. I started learning in school and it's something I've always excelled at. Never was great with math/science , but I'm a language arts geek to the core. So it made learning other languages that much easier to me. Conversely, learning a foreign language has also made me stronger in my native language (English)
  8. My parents never implemented this, but that would've been interesting. I took Spanish all throughout high school and had many Hispanic friends, so if anything I was the one always trying to teach my parents Spanish words or have them listen to Latin music with me lol. My mom wasn't terribly interested, but my father appreciated it, as he has many Hispanic patients he needs to communicate with.
  9. I've always found the Spanish term "Muñeca" to be so sweet. Translated literally from English, it means "doll" or "wrist", but is most commonly used a term of endearment like "darling" or sweetie". I remember my favorite Spanish teacher used to call us that. I miss her.
  10. That's interesting that you think it is the easiest. What makes you think that? I'd think it'd be one of the most difficult being that our language is so nuanced, confusing, contradictory, and the etymology of the English language I very derivative of others.
  11. Making commands in Spanish is something ive never quite mastered. But, since graduating HS, I've gotten really rusty in general with my Spanish so it's really frustrating forgetting words I used to know like the back of my hand. Which is why I'm HERE!
  12. No problem. We're all here to learn! There are so many nuances when it comes to learning/speaking foreign languages.
  13. Has anyone tried this? Im not sure if it's necessarily for targeted for foreign speakers it is an AWESOME for both foreign speakers and native English speakers wanting to brush up on communication skills. I know it's helped me. There are tons of drills for speaking, listening, brevity, connotation, spelling, reading, eloquence and many more. All of the games are very enjoyable as well. You can also see your progress in each section. Great for practicing verbal fluency. I recommend it! The app is called Elevate.
  14. I'm kind of middle of the road. I'm relatively proper when texting, but when texting friends, I sometimes text creatively/expressively, spelling words phonetically (how I pronounce them), just for fun. But I'm VERY big on punctuation (commas, periods, ect, in their proper places).
  15. For slang/casual greetings, the most common is probably "what's up?", "what's going on?" Or even "how ya doin'?" And of course "hey/hi" More "street" terms are "what's good?", "what it do", and "yo" and "aye" instead of "hi/hey".
  16. I'm from the south, but I've been told I have "no" accent, somehow. American accents have always been intriguing to me and the history/influence behind them. I recently moved from Georgia (where the basic "southern drawl" is common) to coastal South Carolina. Natives from this area have a very interesting accent, that almost sounds Caribbean. I believe it's called a "Gullah" accent. It's fascinating to me. What's you accent/dialect? Where are you from?
  17. Okay, that's what I thought lol. I thought he was teaching me something new.
  18. That's interesting, I didn't know "romance language" was more of a subjective term. So expressed romantically/lovingly, German could be a romantic language, for example?
  19. It's a goal of time. So many languages are derived from Latin, it would be interesting to see how they interconnect. I actually think Latin should be mandatory for kids to learn in school, lots of English words have Latin roots. It would be behoove students to learn Latin and give them a better understanding of English while they're developing they're communication and literacy skills.
  20. I agree! English is my first language, but it's an EXTREMELY nuanced and nonsensical is certain aspects. I commend people who learn English, especially later in life. I don't think I'd do so well leaning English if it wasn't my first language.
  21. For some reason, I don't do this with foreign accents, but it's a strange habit I do with people who have strong regional AMERICAN accents/dialects. I'd say I have "no" accent, but for example, when I converse with someone who has a strong southern accent, I noticed myself speaking with that "drawl". It's totally unintentional and subtle, but I notice it. It's annoying lol
  22. I find that learning foreign languages helps one to get a better grasp of language/communication/literacy in general. Think about, the process I studying the nuances of any new language really challenges and works your language "muscle" and can help your verbal fluency, even in your native language.
  23. With the increasing Hispanic population in America, it is said to be a helpful skill to have in the workforce today. Has it helped you? Also, what field are you in?
  24. They're all beautiful, but being that I speak some Spanish, I'd have to that's my favorite. They're all very beautiful however, and I'm interested in learning more Romance languages than just Spanish. What's yours?
  25. The majority of my Spanish education came from school, which focused on literacy (reading/writing) as opposed to socially. So in MY experience, reading has been the easiest then writing. Next is speaking and understanding/hearing is probably the most difficult for ME. Sometimes it's difficult for me to process hearing the words. What about you?
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