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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from babelle in Speaking With a Genuine Accent?   
    I think that the primary objective when learning a language is to understand the language and be understood. We all speak with an accent, if you are surrounded by people that use a certain accent and it's the only people you interact with sooner or later you will pick it up, you don't necessarily have to work at it.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from lushlala in Spanish, French or Italian?   
    i think that the only person that can make that decision is you. It's all good and well saying that one language is more important or more useful then another but if you are in a classroom wishing that you had picked another language, it's going to make learning it all that much harder.
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    Lingua Franca reacted to VinayaSpeaks in Enrolling in a Class or Studying on Your Own   
    If you go to a language class, you will learn the language even if your don't find time to learn at home, you are at least learning the language in the class. Unless you have a strict routine, and you stick the the routine, it is very difficult to lean at home.
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    Lingua Franca reacted to gracerph in Language Games   
    Thank you so much for sharing the site @Lingua Franca! I also tried checking it out and I'm actually very happy to find my native language as one of the languages played there. Sad to say that my flash player is not yet updated though so I haven't been able to open any game yet. Just like @lushlala, I'm definitely bookmarking the site.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from gracerph in Enrolling in a Class or Studying on Your Own   
    I think that a bit of both are necessary. I find that you get more done in a class room. Very often there are people that might need something explained to them that you didn't think of yourself. So being in a classroom setting has that benefit, on the other hand watching movies in the language that you are learn can really be an invaluable tool.
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    Lingua Franca reacted to lushlala in Language Games   
    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.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from lushlala in Language Games   
    Here is a site the games are very simple and the graphics aren't out of this world but it will give you an idea of how they function.
     
    http://www.digitaldialects.com/
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    Lingua Franca reacted to gracerph in Language Games   
    I agree. I found this to be true especially for children. I found that my son was able to easily grasp vocabulary learning when I encouraged him to play language games in English. As what @takibari said, I find language games to be helpful when it comes to improving one's vocabulary, especially for beginners.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from gracerph in Language Games   
    I have played some language comes some years back and they really do help. The best way to learn a language is if you are having fun and games do this very well. Movies are another good tool but in the case of games you are interacting with something while with movies you are just listening to a dialogue.
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    Lingua Franca reacted to darkchild in Learning another language to accept a job   
    If the pay is super good, it would highly motivate me to put all things aside to learn a language.
    The key word here is motivation; if you are motivated by a huge trophy at the end of the race, then the race is worth taking.
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    Lingua Franca reacted to VinayaSpeaks in What is the hardest part for you?   
    Yes, I have also observed that for some people learning language easy and for some it is really hard. However, it is also true that most of the people are bilingual if not multi lingual. That's because people learn language looking for earning opportunities. In Asian countries such as China, Japan Korea etc., people learn English as a second language because English creates opportunities for them in the job market.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from Yoshie in What is the hardest part for you?   
    I don't think that there is an easier or harder part that for all the languages. I have found that some languages the grammatical part was the hardest while for others the pronunciation. There is still the vocabulary, if the language is very different form any language that you might know it can be a real barrier.
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    Lingua Franca reacted to kimseokjin in Being Proactive   
    Pretty much stole the words from my mouth. Kids are also better able to differentiate between sounds, while adults might struggle with certain words of a foreign language because their brains tune out sounds that don't fit with their dominant language.
    Not to say you are wrong, though. Being proactive definitely helps in mastering any language. I know because when my mother first immigrated to America, she had to learn Cantonese fast to communicate with her coworkers. She would tell me that she didn't care if she mispronounced a word; she would just speak and get her point across until someone corrected her. I would say that she is pretty fluent now as a result.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from John Snort in Being Proactive   
    I would still add to this that kids brains are in a phase of development and are like sponges. They don't have that much clutter to go through before being able to remember something. The advantage you have as being a grown up is experience so it can be easy to associate a word to something if you know a similar word.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from lushlala in Sign language   
    That was one of the problems they had in the past, I don't know if they have gotten together and straightened things out. There is still slang that is different region to region, that i know.
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    Lingua Franca reacted to lushlala in Sign language   
    OMG really!? That would make it even more difficult to learn. I just get this feeling that in as much as looks easy enough to learn, it will almost certainly be difficult. But it's certainly something  I'd be interested in trying my hand at. I think it's something handy for anyone to be able to do. IDK why, but I get the feeling that  a lot of the signs may be universal. 
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from John Snort in Listening To Native Speakers Converse Is The Easiest Way To Learn a New Language   
    I honestly think that if you really want to be completely proficient in a language you have to hear it spoken by people that use it as their native language. It's all good and well listening to the language in audio books or looking at movies in that language but these two things have been scripted. When people speak nothing is scripted so it sounds more natural.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from lushlala in Do you find that being angry or upset affects your linguistic ability?   
    I think we find the language that best can show our feelings. It's the language that is deep down inside of us and probably the one that we feel can really express our feelings.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from lushlala in For beginners: "What language should I learn"? "What is the easiest one"? (NOT MY QUESTION!)   
    This is true, unless you really want to learn it and not forced to learn it, all languages have their difficulty. Not only that even if you plan to learn a different language that is similar to your mother tongue, doesn't mean that it will simply come to you, you still have to study it. 
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    Lingua Franca reacted to R34Linguist in Languages vs mathematics   
    I'm guessing that the stereotype came from the fact that the two sides of the brain are used for processing different parts of math and language. It is definitely possible to be good in both with sufficient practice. Usually, right handed people work their left-side brain more often and are better at those tasks. Left handed people are generally more creative. This is not to say that they can't be switched. The same thing goes for language and math as well.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from Mameha in Search engines for translations   
    i don't think there is a translation tool that is 100% accurate fortunately. There are some that are better then others but most will make your eyes bleed.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from 宇崎ちゃん in Languages vs mathematics   
    That is a terrible idea, how can you create two groups like this. What if someone is good at the two areas do they cut them in half and put half in each group?
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    Lingua Franca reacted to lushlala in Easiest language to learn as native English speaker?   
    It just goes to show you that sometimes we're inhibited by our own fear! Based on what you're saying, if I were brave enough, I'd have the confidence to take on languages such as German, Afrikaans and Dutch. Perception can be seriously damaging, because in my head, I've always told myself that that set of languages are among the hardest to learn, so I've never even considered learning them. This is definitely food for thought
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from lushlala in Do you find that being angry or upset affects your linguistic ability?   
    I think it doesn't mater how many languages you learn. We will always have that core language that will come out under a extreme situation or when our emotions get the better of us. It's the language that is you don't have to think about, the words come out without you realizing that you said anything.
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    Lingua Franca got a reaction from lushlala in Easiest language to learn as native English speaker?   
    It has great deal to do with language families. The closest language to English is Frisian, this said that doesn't mean that you will understand it, believe me I tried. The language next in line is Dutch, the thing is, because England had been invaded by the French, it had a very strong impact on the language. To try to remove this French influence there were some English scholars that tried to replace the French words with Latin ones. So modern day English has a Germanic base with a great deal of Old French and Latin words and, oh yes,  I nearly forgot the strong Scandinavian influence, not to mention all the loan words.
    I'm glad  you mentioned Afrikaans, I am sure that you have heard this phrase before.
    My hand is in warm water (English)
    My hand is in warm water (Afrikaans - "which means My hand is in hot water" in English) 
    Even though the two languages are written in a similar way the pronunciation is completely different.
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