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Everything posted by lushlala

  1. Ooh too many to mention! I like word in Italian with the 'zz' sound, as in ragazzi- boys ragazze- girls Piazza- public square Pizza- pizza canzonetta- small musical piece I also like the diminutive derivatives like for piccolo- little/ piccolino- little one
  2. @clair02....you make a very good point! When I was doing my Linguistics degree, I learnt that young kids have the capacity to learn various languages simultaneously without the struggles or hurdles that hinder grown ups. Which is why I always laugh when people maintain that it's too much pressure for children to be taught more than one language at a go. I wish my parents had exposed me to more languages at a much younger age. I hope to have 1 or 2 kids of my own in the future, and really hope I'll be able to afford them this opportunity With the world now being a global village, I think it's
  3. @GaeilgeGirl.....I can totally relate to how you're feeling because that's me all over! I don't know why, but I too feel a little intimidated to speak my target language with the native speakers, yet it's naturally the best learning tool IMHO. I believe it's important to know the culture, but different people learn languages for different reasons and may not see this as a plus. I love Italian and French because I'm interested not only in the languages, but the people, history and culture. If I could afford it, I'd travel to France and Italy and spend maybe a year in each country, immersing
  4. Hmm...that's pretty WEIRD! The guy on the video clip you've attached sounds creepy too, LOL Almost like he's trying to subliminally brainwash people hehe Clearly, whoever came up with that theory must have a one track mind. I'm not even sure where the rationale has come from. But hey, if he believes it, then he'll find a justification for it. It'd be interesting to see what other members here think. Maybe I'm just not able to get my head around it
  5. Wow, that's an eye opener @Countryhalli! I never would have thought German was easier than Spanish at all. I've always had it in my head that German was one of the most difficult languages out there, mainly because of the pronunciation. Even with that belief, I've always heard that German is quite similar to English because they come from the same family of languages, even though I can quite honestly say I can't fathom that one out. Having said that, I think I'd also struggle with pronouncing Spanish words. There's a certain sound the Spanish make that sounds very much like a lisp to me, and t
  6. I'm probably in the minority here, but another frustrating problem I struggle with is the confidence to speak the language, especially with the native speakers. IDK, I just come over all shy and timid and feel too intimidated to speak in their presence. I mean, this is how silly it is, even back at university when it was just me, our lecturer and my peers, I remember dreading the speaking lessons. I was one of the top performers, but then I'd clam up when it got to my turn to stand up and speak or present something in French. It's a problem I certainly wish I didn't have because it will only h
  7. I think it was last year or maybe the year before that I asked a similar question, which provoked very interesting responses. In my opinion, it's always good to try to learn the language as it's spoken. Obviously, this is not always easy because your mother tongue will influence how you speak any subsequent language you learn. I think it's especially difficult for those with heavy accents to adapt them to different languages, but the least you can do is try. Not only does that allow you to articulate your words better, it also makes it easier for others including the native speakers, to unders
  8. @clair02.....you make a very valid point there, actually LOL You could be carrying on and on and all the while not actually learning the correct thing. Now, that combined with the loopiness of the whole thing=not a very good combination!! I guess like you say, different things do work for different people, and if it's working for them then why not, right? Like Rooks57, I can relate to practicing out loud, that makes more sense to me. So I doubt I could full carry on a one-way conversation as practice hehe.
  9. I agree with those who say there's benefits to both, so that combining the two would probably be the best route to go down. The thing I like about the classroom setup is the fact that you have structure and guidance from the teacher. Plus if there are others in your class who are as equally driven, it can really spur you on to push yourself harder and do better. You can gauge your progress against theirs and the class presents a great platform through which to learn from each other. I definitely couldn't rely solely on learning on my own. It probably works for some, but being the sort of perso
  10. You're most welcome, Cyrup.....I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say we were all more than happy to chip in I do hope it goes some way to helping you with your decision. Something tells me whatever you do, you'll be just fine. I totally agree with carrying on with French for a while, seeing as you've already started with that. But in all honesty, you should be fine because I've heard French and Spanish have some similarities. I can't say to what degree that's true because I've never tried to learn Spanish. I have to say someone told me Italian and French were similar, but I still not that
  11. These are very interesting responses, thanks for that everyone! I think we all agree dedication, hard work, persistence and interest in the language definitely count more over the level of intelligence. I noticed in the past that some of my more intelligent friends weren't so interested in learning foreign languages, and were more about the Sciences and Maths. It was so weird at the time, because you could literally tell who would excel at languages, mainly based on what they were studying at the time. It could have been partly coincidental, but the students who did the arts seemed more keen t
  12. I have never thought to try learning Russian simply because I doubt I'll ever set foot in the country and also because I get the feeling it's one of the most difficult languages to learn. Of course, I could very well be wrong. But growing up, a friend of mine had this Russian female friend, and listening to her speak it sounded like music to my ears LOL I don't know if it was partly because she was drop dead gorgeous hehe -and BTW, I don't bat for the other team! Plus I just love accents and to hear a Russian speaking English is something I enjoy. Anyway, once in a while we'd ask her to teach
  13. The thing I enjoy the most is being able to gauge the level and speed at which I progress through the different stages of the learning process. I love it when I add to my vocabulary, learning new phrases and words. Knowing that I could go to these countries and be able to comfortably hold my own in a conversation in my target language is very rewarding to me. I'm not going to lie, I also like being complimented on how far I've come. It's especially rewarding when it's coming from native speakers.
  14. No, I don't carry a dictionary with me anymore. I used to back carry my French/English one when I was in university, but only when I was going for my lessons. If I were learning now, I doubt very much I would because of advances in modern technology. I've never looked into it, but I remember being in college in England where we had a lot of Chinese students who were there to learn English. They never carried these bog standard dictionaries, and always seemed in possession of all these sleek, cute, digital devices of all types! -and this was about 7 years ago! So i'd be looking to get my hands
  15. @Lingua Franca.....Thanks so much for your response It was just a quick visit to get a feel of how the site works. My audio is always on, so that wasn't a problem. I don't know if it could have been my Java, everything gets updated automatically. Or should I say everything is up to date, and if anything needs updating, the system sends notifications. I wouldn't be surprised if it was internet playing up, though. It's very temperamental and I find speed can be an issue, which obviously thows everything else off. But it's such a neat site, I'll persevere with it :)
  16. I used to think that someone being highly intelligent meant they could learn and master foreign languages much easier than most. However, when I was studying French at university I realised that this wasn't necessarily true because some of the brighter student didn't necessarily top the class. This is probably further supported by the fact that passion, interest and determination (among others) are qualities that count more when it comes to learning a foreign language. So I'd like to know from all of you, what you've observed in your own personal experience; to what degree do you feel a person
  17. Well, you seem to have some concrete reasons for learning both languages, so that's a good start. If it were my choice to make, I'd go with Spanish, being one of the more broadly spoken languages. I'm not speaking from experience, and may well be wrong, but I would imagine Spanish would be the easier language to learn. I'm not at all familiar with Arabic, but I have many Muslim friends who speak it, and out of curiosity have asked them just how easy it is to learn, and the answer I keep getting is that it's HARD. Based on that, I don't think you'd have much luck learning Arabic without any for
  18. Wow, @Cyrup you have quite a decision on your hands! The poll is also very neck and neck, so that presents you with quite the dilemma. Julian sums it up how I would have addressed it, he really took the words out of my mouth. For me personally, Italian is the most beautiful language of the lot. But of course, that's subjective and the next person may think differently. In terms of userbility and the language that's likely to advance you in the work place, then definitely Spanish would be my number choice, followed by French. I'm sure you'll receive many varying answers based on each person's o
  19. I grew up speaking English and because English is the official language of Botswana, it's very widely spoken here. But I absolutely agree with what you're saying. While English may be relatively easy for native speakers and those who speak it fluently, I don't believe it would be very easy to learn from scratch as an adult for the very reasons that you cited, such as the rules not always applying and the pronunciation of words not always making phonetic sense. Even having spoken English all my life, I found I was always picking about new things when I went to live in England, always unlearning
  20. Wow, thanks a lot for that, Lingua Franca.....this looks like a neat little site! I just had a quick look and they cover 80 languages, including French and Italian, which are the two I'd be interested in. I also like that they cover so many different areas. I'm definitely bookmarking this one. I tried to sample the Italian fruit and veg game, but for some reason, it didn't work But I'll keep trying, for sure.
  21. You know, this could be a very good learning tool! Yet I've never given it any thought at all. Maybe it's because I'm not really big into games, IDK. However, there's stuff like Scrabble that I really like, and I wonder if I could maybe find Italian and French version. If they do exist, I'd be over the moon and wouldn't hesitate to buy them both! I have always said that I prefer a little light heartedness involved in my learning process and I feel strongly that word association games would be a fantastic way to grow your vocabulary. I think it'd be a little....shall we say ambitious? Yes, that
  22. This is not something I've ever considered, but some members here have previously mentioned they listen to music and sing along as part of their learning and it seems to work for them. Looking at the argument that the author of the article puts across, it does make sense. I'm a huge fan of having fun while you learn because it keeps you going. I think the only challenge I'd be faced with would be the quality of the music itself. I'd want to seriously enjoy the music. I love my French and Italian, but have never really indulged in any music from those countries. So if any of you know of any goo
  23. @gracer....I find I like the traditional classroom setup as my main way of learning, and then using other bits and bobs on the side to enhance my learning process. I like learning with others and having the guidance of a teacher. The interaction with other learners is also important to me because it spurs me on. I like to gauge my progress against my classmates, but don't necessarily let it pile the pressure on. It's just nice to have some sort of reference point, a gauge and a support network through which to speed up my learning process. For me, having a teacher is also good because they can
  24. Well, I wouldn't say they should because it sounds rather prescriptive LOL Different people have different strengths and weakness, and we all prefer to learn through different methods that work for us. I have personally never tried to learn a language through the medium of song, but I've heard some people say it's worked for them. -and I say if it works for you, whatever method you employ, go for it and good luck. We don't all have to use the same universal methods in order to succeed. What suits me may not necessarily be the most popular method.
  25. I like Enersto have always heard that English is closely linked to German, but because I'm not very familiar with the latter, I couldn't really say how accurate that is. On the face of it, I wouldn't have thought so, but it would definitely be interesting to hear from German speakers who speak English fluently. There's also the school of thought that English is related to French, and that I can believe because the English language has over the years borrowed from French. It has so many words that are French in origin.
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