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宇崎ちゃん

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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".
  9. 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
  10. You can find tonnes of books in all sorts of categories in English on Amazon, if that's what you're asking for.
  11. One problem with your questionnaire: the postal code area 1. is required. 2. only allows numbers. The reason I say this is because I'm sure that a lot of people don't want to put in a postal code for privacy reasons (including myself), or you might live in a country where there are no postal codes at all, so I had to fill it up with 0's. And only numbers is a problem for those who want to put in their postal code, but live in a country where postal codes consist of numbers and letters (one of your neighbouring countries is a big example of that). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List
  12. First off, mind to explain what your company is all about? It's hard to give a correction to the name if it turns out that your business provides something entirely different (example: renovations to buildings? inside of ones' house? or electronics?). From what I learnt living in an east Asian country is that as long as English is not the language your country can speak, you can have the most absurd sounding company name you can think of, and people will troll about it on social media, which in turn doubles as free advertising and therefore a raise in revenue. One example is
  13. I have more than 13 years of web development experience, though I have not much free time. You might find some Indian or Vietnamese, these people have the reputation of being very cheap, really good at coding, and very fast working at the same time.
  14. Loading the homepage takes a very long time, let's begin with that. I'd also want you to explain me this rather questionable console logs. Plus the over-over-over-use of both external and embedded Javascript (each of them is far too much for a static webpage). It also seems like your website is fingerprinting browsers and/or devices, which is super scary stuff when it comes to privacy. My browser is in Japanese, but フィンガープリント試行 basically means "attempts at fingerprinting". It's pretty clear that you've never made a website before and this is your first try, e
  15. Reading a language you're no longer used to will be slow. The only way to speed up your reading ability is by reading as much as you can. Maybe you should put your PC or phone interface to Russian to speed it up. Even if you don't need to read the buttons, you eventually will. And if you do, it adds up to your exposure to the language. As for grammar, no need to worry about it. The more you're exposed to Russian whether in reading or listening, the sooner your brain will start to understand the grammar by itself.
  16. To learn and improve I have some very basic tactics that I've explained quite a lot over the past few months. To re-learn is a little bit different. Technically you don't re-learn a language, you remember it. One example is when I had German in middle school, I forgot right about everything about it after I left. But since one of my native languages is very closely related to German and I grew up in the Netherlands, it took me 1 month of practising German over Skype for 3 times a week to remember it all (and forget again due to not using it at all after that). Do you know ho
  17. Might sound a bit weird to new language learners, but if you want to push yourself beyond A2, quit Duolingo! Duolingo (or any other language learning apps) should be seen as a way to obtain some words to prepare yourself for the real learning. Books are the exact same thing, except a bit more boring. Say, language apps or books, or actually every other type of in between resource is a leaf of a tree, listening and reading practise is the tree itself. The park is fluency of the language, and the forest is mastery of the language □■□■□■□■□■□ As for time, devoting time straig
  18. Maybe the use of pictures might be easier to understand instead. Because if you have a class of people speaking different native languages, it might cause some people to not understand. A story that makes perfect sense to an English speaking American might make no sense at all to a Mandarin speaking Chinese for example. And I myself can't really think of stories for all conjugations. But one I recommend you to teach the most of the differences between for example 食べれる and 食べられる, it's pretty easy to say "I was eaten by a raw fish" while you meant to say "I can eat raw fish".
  19. That's indeed the best way to describe it, yes. There is indeed a verb "to supervise", but that doesn't mean that any word that replaces "supervision" automatically makes it a verb. Consider for example "to eat dinner" and "to eat fruit". "Dinner" can become a verb "to dine", but "fruit" can never become a verb, and maybe you have fruit for dinner.
  20. Ah, legal language! Still, "exercise" is the verb, not "overview". In the case, "exercise" is used to write an as detailed report as possible...I assume. Legal language is always vague on purpose so that the slave regular citizen doesn't notice any of the double standards their masters the politicians always tend to employ.
  21. "Overview" is never a verb. The verb in that sentence is "exercises". You can simply add "he" or "she" before "exercises" to see it. Although unless the sentence was used at a gym or something, it does seem pretty weird to me. Overview is usually meant to mean something like a summary, or a bunch of stuff which you can see everything in 1 sight (example: table of contents found at the beginning of most books, or at the top of long Wikipedia articles).
  22. English in a typical doctors' handwriting? It's so common, the whole world has been memeing about it for decades.
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