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Everything posted by VNtomboy

  1. yeah, I'm the same. I think it's mainly because I'm not sentimental towards paperback novels. They just clutter up my room more than anything.
  2. Words that have silent letters...man they confuse the heck out of me.
  3. I'm not a *student* per se, but I do use English EVERY SINGLE DAY. I'd actually say reddit.com is an awesome resource, because it's a massive message board and you're bound to find people with similar interests on there, so speaking English doesn't feel like a chore. It's pretty much all in English as well.
  4. Haha, thanks. My sister told me that, and it's made quite a difference with my French learning. So many people overlook it.
  5. That being said or "that said". There's no "that been said".
  6. One thing that's often overlooked is to set your phone to the desired language. That way, it'll force you to look at that language every day, multiple times a day. It helps a lot.
  7. What about "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"?
  8. I'm super glad! They're an awesome app, and I've been heavily recommending them to friends and family. Let's hope the quality level isn't lowered for all the new languages though.
  9. People in here are pretty much correct. "Whether" is between two or more options and "if" is more conditional. However, I wouldn't worry too much about it in colloquial language because native speakers do use the two interchangeably.
  10. Haha yeah I agree that American spelling is more similar to how it's pronounced than British English is.
  11. For me, it's definitely British English. It just sounds classier and more sophisticated to me.
  12. Very cool idea. I think it depends on the person, really. Some people like to have a proper teacher to motivate them, but others prefer a laid back approach. I'm somewhere in between, so while I do enjoy language exchanges, I wouldn't JUST do them in order to learn a language.
  13. How is this any different from google translate? Aside from the fact that it's not free...
  14. I've just started a couple weeks ago with some Spanish so we'll see how that goes. Congrats on getting to the end!
  15. What's the score that they require? Back when my mum went to get her PhD, it was only like 6.5
  16. The basic rule of thumb is to treat the semicolon the same as you would a full stop. They aren't too common in everyday writing though, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.
  17. Try duolingo? It's a great app for beginners and it's free.
  18. You mean AMERICANS pronounce things differently? The Brits were the first to speak English...hence the name, lol
  19. I think the Z pronunciation is the ~original~ way to spell it. American spelling is more based off of how it's pronounced (another example is "color" instead of "colour")
  20. Nice, thanks for the rec. Have you used it yourself?
  21. Interesting...I've personally never heard of it before. Is it a software or an app? More importantly...is it free?
  22. What about "healthy as a horse"? I never understood why the horse is used as an image of good health though.
  23. Oh man I LOVE anki, it helped me learn a ton of vocab for the SATs (which I aced). Also, I'd forget rosetta stone and go with duolingo instead, and another thing I found super helpful is to change the language on your phone to your target language.
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