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Wanda Kaishin

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  1. Did you try google translate? There is only one word that doesn't translate, and you probably know its meaning already.
  2. Please do so. There are many really good explanations for tenses already available on the internet.
  3. Hi Gumariano, That’s a good question, but it’s hard to answer due to lack of information. What is your current level, and what did you do to get to this level? What are you currently doing? How much time do you want to spend per day? What exactly do you want to improve – just time tenses? If so, did you already google it? If so, why do you think that didn’t help you?
  4. If you are requesting that it be started earlier, it would probably be more natural to say: Let's propose to the others that the show be started a little earlier. If you want to give them the option, you could say: Let's inform the others that the show can be started a little earlier. But having "propose" and "can/could" in the same sentence seems ungrammatical to me.
  5. Hi Devid, Can you clarify that please? If you don't have time to learn the language at home, does that mean you want to learn in a classroom or something?
  6. Hi Nina, I liked your video but was somewhat surprised that you mentioned so little about learning vocabulary in context. I think it's been well established that, regardless of what you do, the vast majority of your vocabulary is acquired through "normal" activities, such as reading, listening, conversing and writing. Imo, doing the things you cover in your video would also be helpful to most people, but it probably is not where the bulk of your vocabulary is acquired, and it is certainly not a substitute for massive input and output. You probably already know that, and I wouldn't expect a whole video on it, but I was expecting a statement or two regarding it. You also failed to mention what is, perhaps, the most cutting edge tool for learning vocabulary these days - reading tools. LingQ pioneered this, but there is an (arguably) better free software version called LWT, and cheaper pay versions OPLingo and Readlang. These are effective for all languages, but much more so for Chinese and Japanese. Anyway, I liked the video overall. Keep up the good work!
  7. That's interesting. I would much rather learn everything on my own, and only use tutors/conversation partners for actual conversation practice. This is because I believe one needs to take responsibility for their own learning - nobody can actually "bestow" knowledge on you. And with languages like Mandarin, there are plenty of excellent free resources available on line. For example, you can learn grammar here, learn reading and listening here, find a really good study plan for the whole language here and find tons of reasonable tutors here (tutors aren't free, of course). But good luck to you, regardless of how you decide to learn.
  8. Next time please post the kanji or it's difficult to translate. 1. 初級 (しょきゅう) elementary level 2. 標準 (ひょうじゅん) level, 問題集 (もんだいしゅう) workbook 3. 文型 (ぶんけい) sentence pattern, 練習帳 (れんしゅうちょう) exercise book 4. 中級 (ちゅうきゅ) intermediate level
  9. It depends very much on one's language background, the target language, and preferred learning style. For reading/listening to Arabic, I recommend the reading tool at languagetools.io. You can post a piece of Arabic text, and it highlights unknown, known and learning words in different colors. It also keeps stats, and allows you to manicure and export your vocabulary. It's free, but you have to join to use it. Membership is free though. (Full disclosure - I am the owner). I believe we handle Arabic better than any other reading tool, free or pay.
  10. Maybe Japanese from Zero: https://www.yesjapan.com/
  11. To clarify, this is a pretty long video with a list of 20+ language learning tips stated with a lot of enthusiasm. It's called 10 tips, but there are many more, and in the summary there are only 5 tips listed. A bit confusing, but ok. Most of the tips are good basic advice, but optional; they are sold as being obligatory, which I found strange. And why on earth would other polyglots not want you to "know" these tips? There was no explanation. To be honest that's the reason I watched it, so I feel click-baited.
  12. Language Tools launched its new reading tool today, it supports 104 languages, and it’s free! It’s in beta, so we are eager to fix any bugs you might find. We are also interested in your suggestions. Here is a short video on Reading Tool Basics. Below is the list of supported languages. Disclaimer: words and phrases should work for all these languages, because they are supported by Google Translate. However, we have only tested about a dozen. Also, as many of you know Google doesn’t work well with some of languages, so we need to add external dictionaries. We’ve only added external dictionaries to about a dozen languages, and are asking people to suggest dictionaries to add here.https://languagetools.io/forum/t/2095 Afrikaans Albanian Amharic Arabic Armenian Azeerbaijani Basque Belarusian Bengali Bosnian Bulgarian Catalan Cebuano Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Croatian Czech Danish Dutch English Esperanto Estonian Finnish French Frisian Galician Georgian German Greek Gujarati Haitian Creole Hausa Hawaiian Hebrew Hindi Hmong Hungarian Icelandic Igbo Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Javanese Kannada Kazakh Khmer Korean Kurdish Kyrgyz Lao Latin Latvian Lithuanian Luxembourgish Macedonian Malagasy Malay Malayalam Maltese Maori Marathi Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Norwegian Nyanja (Chichewa) Pashto Persian Polish Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil) Punjabi Romanian Russian Samoan Scots Gaelic Serbian Sesotho Shona Sindhi Sinhala (Sinhalese) Slovak Slovenian Somali Spanish Sundanese Swahili Swedish Tagalog (Filipino) Tajik Tamil Telugu Thai Turkish Ukrainian Urdu Uzbek Vietnamese Welsh Xhosa Yiddish Yoruba Zul
  13. Language Tools is a new website for learning languages. Right now there are 4 tools: language exchange chat(free), forum(free), essay correction(free) and teaching (pay). Coming soon, multi-language reading tool (pay). Join before we launch the reading tool, and you will be able to use it free for 1 month. https://languagetools.io/
  14. Have you checked out FSI?
  15. I assume you aren't a native speaker. I've heard westerners interpret 你好 as "how are you" before, but never witnessed 2 Chinese mean it that way while talking to each other. I'm sure it happens sometimes, but if you want to get as close to "how are you" while still using a common expression, 你还好吧?is better. As "hello", 你好 is a bit formal, so I could see office workers addressing each other that way if it's a formal workplace. But for people who are already acquainted, if you're not trying to maintain some sort of formal aspect to your relationship then it's pretty rare. 嗨 is probably the most common greeting used in China now. If you live in china, listen to how people greet each other. Watch Chinese TV. Listen to Chinese radio. It's super common, so I'm surprised you haven't heard it. 你吃了吗?isn't antiquated, but you may be in a region where it's not common. 你还好把?你好啊?你去哪儿啊?你好,最近怎么样?Are all good replacements for "how are you" in Chinese, but 你好 isn't.
  16. Kumusta wanderer.girl. Taga saan ka sa Pilipinas? Mabuhay!
  17. But they don't say "你好!" to ask "how are you?", as you seam to imply. Also, "你好!" is usually only used for the first meeting. “嗨” and “你吃饭了吗?” are a lot more common for casual greetings among friends who already know each other.
  18. Here is my opinion as an advanced (C1) speaker of Spanish, an upper intermediate (B2) speaker of Korean, and a speaker of 10 different languages. 30 minutes a day, considering all your additional exposure and the classes you plan to take, is enough to take your Spanish to a decent, useable level in 2-3 years. 30 min/day is also probably enough to get your Turkish to an advanced level in a couple years. 30 min/day in Korean would be a waste of time because there is too much to learn and you would forget most of it with only 30 min/day of reinforcement. You want to be in a situation where you can devote several hours a day to it, especially if you'd like to reach a good level in less than a handful of years.
  19. It is possible to know. You need to memorize and apply this vowel declension rule until it becomes second nature: Vowels ‘а’ and ‘о’ are pronounced [a] either in initial position or 1 syllable before stress. Otherwise they reduce to “schwa” [ə]. The other one you'll eventually need, if you aren't using it yet, is: Unstressed vowels ‘e’ and ‘я’ (and ‘a’ after ‘ч, щ’) are pronounced [ə] in final position and [йи] if word-initial. Otherwise they reduce to [и].
  20. Figure roughly 1000 hrs for a native English speaker with some language learning experience. What is your native language?
  21. It's a Japanese given name, as was answered in this forum.
  22. Sounds like you've already got some pretty good ideas. I started with https://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Russian-Script-Teach-Yourself/dp/0340780142
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