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宇崎ちゃん

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About 宇崎ちゃん

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  • Birthday 12/07/1991

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    Polski, Nederlands (both for family contact, though declining due to lack of usage)
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    English (for foreign friends), 日本語 (for work, life, domestic friends, and everything else)

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  1. Yup, Catalonia. I visited Barcelona a few years ago, beautiful city with a lot of stuff to do. Do your best I'd say, you already know 3 languages, and a commonly agreed minimum to be considered a polyglot is 6 languages (so I'm not one of them sadly). I had a dream of becoming a polyglot in the past too, but I realised that trying to reach that status was at the cost of mastery in the language, so I decided to take the slow path instead, and not move to the next language until I at the very least rival a native speaker of that particular language.
  2. I don't think an extreme children's picturebook would be suitable. Jokes aside, you don't really provide any examples of your book, the title seems rather generic if you ask me both ways. If the question is about with or without "the", I'd say: ・If Nice and Naughty are the names of the characters, no "the". ・If Nice and Naughty are titles to describe the characters, with "the".
  3. Not a native speaker, but I believe that a semicolon is used kind of in between a comma and a colon. So you'd list stuff like with a colon, but don't separate a sentence like with a comma so to say. I have apple, orange, and banana. (Regular sentence) I have 3 fruits: ・Apple ・Orange ・Banana (Sentence followed by a list) I have 3 fruits; apple, orange, and banana. (List within a sentence)
  4. English is a very irregular language when it comes to letters. Once you become fluent in English, you'll understand that in English, writing doesn't matter so much. For example, the "K" in "knife" is silent, while in "kitchen" it's clearly pronounced. Likewise, the "E" in "axe" is silent, but in "recipe" each "E" sound is pronounced completely different. For such reasons I prefer to use Japanese writing system for phonetics, because Japanese syllables are almost always consistant. With latin that's not the case, because in each language it uses the pronunciation is different, a
  5. Immigrante Chapter 6.5: How to use free online and offline materials to learn a language? As a follow up chapter, I'll now explain how you can use free online materials to learn a language as promised. But since this is Immigrante, I'll add offline to the mix too, as this is an essential acceleration. Without paying anything, what do you already have online? YouTube (or any other video platform like Niconico, Billibilli, LBRY/Odysee, Bitchute, just to name a few). Blogs. Company websites or personal portfolios. SNS (Twitter, Fakebook, Parler, Mastodon (my
  6. Immigrante Chapter 6: Socialist lockdown or not, you have one advantage other learners don't. Use it! Depending on the country you live in, you might be back in yet another socialist lockdown, a half lockdown, no lockdown with propaganda, or no lockdown at all. Those are no "covid lockdowns", lockdowns have proven to be more dangerous to your health than freedom of movement. It's not a pandemic if nobody is dying from it, and the only way of knowing you even have it is by using PCR test kits, the original developer of it even warned to not use it because it doesn't work. Facts of
  7. Grammar is the same in all types of English, the biggest difference is in pronunciation. And American spelling + British spelling. And in 1 case Australian spelling in the case of "ise" or "ize", American English is always "ize" and "yze", Australian English is always "ise" and "yse", and British English is either of them depending on the word.
  8. Content designed for native speakers is always the best learning material, beats actual learning material all the time. It's harder to start off since you won't be in your comfort zone, but in the end you'll learn better and faster. The reason is, learning material will teach you what means what, so you'll end up speaking Russian or Japanese using English as a translation tool, which will make you sound rather awkward at the very least. With content designed for native speakers on the other hand, your brain will be trying to adapt itself to the language, and you'll end up speaking Rus
  9. よろしくお願いします(よろしく おねがいします) Welcome. 日本語を喋れます(にほんごを しゃべれます) I can speak Japanese. ロシア語を読めますが、あまりわかりません(ろしあごを よめますが、あまり わかりません) I can read Russian, but I don't understand it.
  10. I don't speak Spanish, but in general children's books are the best way to start in any language. However, it's best to start with audio first if you're an absolute beginner. Listen to Spanish YouTubers who make videos for a Spanish speaking audience, keep listening to them all day long for let's say 3 months, even if you don't understand anything. Once your brain starts to rewire itself to understand Spanish, then you can move on to books.
  11. Depends on what you mean by "fluent", since there's no universally accepted guideline for that. As I'm concerned: if you can speak the language with a native speaker, the native speaker understands you, doesn't need to correct you, doesn't get confused, and you don't need to look up words while listening and/or reading, that's what I consider "fluent".
  12. Immigrante Chapter 5: Regrets of moving to a different country, what to do about it? No country is perfect. Moving to a different country is a huge decission, and so is moving back to your own country. People around the world have the habit of travelling to different countries and exploring all they have to offer, if you have this habit, awesome! But there comes a time when you visit a country which you end up loving so much, you want to come back again and again, until you finally decide to stay. Sometimes you come for the 2nd time with the purpose of applying for residency st
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