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    foolsgold got a reaction from innovativecat in Mahal Kita: is there something more personal?   
    Mahal kita is straightforward and really brings home the emotions you want to convey. It's the main reason why there aren't a lot of alternatives (the ones mentioned above are too formal). What I can suggest is instead of saying I love you, say why you love that person or mention a specific thing. So instead of "Mahal kita", you can say that you appreciate this person's X (Sobrang pinapahalagahan ko ang X or lubos akong natutuwa or Talagang na-aappreciate ko kapag..")
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    foolsgold got a reaction from JasleenKaur in English-language books that changed your life   
    I've read a lot of books in my lifetime and these two really stood out for me. Both tells of the time during WWII. While I was reading the book it made me reflect on how I am taking the little thing in life for granted. I also realized that no matter the decades/time that have passed since then, I feel like the situation remains the same for the world and we're all just looking to the side, ignoring it.
    - Night by Elie Wiesel
    - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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    foolsgold got a reaction from lushlala in pressure to learn a new language   
    I was in Japan for a couple of months a while back and it's really hard (but entertaining) to communicate given the language barrier. I find that while the Japanese do not speak perfect English, most of those I met were happy to teach me Japanese in exchange with English lessons. Although I've heard from people who have been there longer that there is indeed pressure on learning the language especially if you want to be taken seriously at work. Knowing the Japanese work ethic, it's very important that you know their language.
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    foolsgold got a reaction from anna3101 in Korean Drama   
    I really enjoyed these shows and think you will, too:
    Big (pretty much anything by the Hong sisters)
    To the Beautiful You
    My Love From Another Star
    The Heirs
    Secret Garden
    Playful Kiss
    Reply 1997
    The previous commentor also gave really good suggestions. My ultimate favorite is still To The Beautiful You and it has an amazing soundtrack. I learned some Korean from the songs, too.
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    foolsgold got a reaction from anna3101 in Language "Bucket List"   
    I am a frustrated polygot and would like to learn the below languages. It's a little bit unrealistic as I don't think I have time at all to learn them all within my lifetime 
    1. German
    2. French
    3. Hebrew
    4. Russian
    5. Sanskrit
    Nowhere near fluency in any of them but someday...
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    foolsgold got a reaction from Mameha in Why Filipinos are so good in singing? Is it correlated with language?   
    I wouldn't consider Filipino to be a melodic language. I think it's more related to the culture than our language. Filipinos are very social and always include singing in celebrations so there is more opportunities to practice the skill. We are also more outgoing than others so it looks like more Filipinos are good singers when the truth is, there are a lot of good singers in other countries but they just don't flaunt it a much. And maybe it is in the Filipino blood to be more talented in singing?
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    foolsgold reacted to Wanda Kaishin in When you read a book, how important is its author to you?   
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    I would like to give you a hard time about this, and tell you how illogical it is to let this keep you from enjoying a book, but I have no right to say anything because I do it myself. For example, I found out one of my favorite authors is extremely religious, and now everything he writes seems to reveal this and it bothers me. And with movies for example, I don't watch or enjoy anything I've already seen by Woody Allen because he divorced his wife to marry his adopted daughter. These things really shouldn't affect me, but they do.
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    foolsgold reacted to gegegeno in Why do mostly all japanese people know how to speak english in the USA?   
    I'm not from the US, but we see something kinda similar in Australia where migrants from some countries speak English better than others.

    Broadly speaking, it's people from places like Vietnam, China, the Middle East and Africa who seem to struggle the most, where say European, Japanese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong, Singaporean and so on are generally pretty fluent.

    The main reasons I can see for the difference are socio- and geo-political. The first group are predominantly people who chose to migrate to Australia to improve their life or life expectancy. The second group are from mostly safe, comfortable and wealthy countries and there's not so much to gain from moving here.

    What I'm getting at is that there's a kind of self-selection bias when it comes to people moving countries - if you're not desperate to move and you don't speak English, you're not so likely to trade your safe life in one country for a safe life in another country where you don't speak the local language. When you're "trading up" from a pretty unsafe place to somewhere you perceive to be a lot better for you, language might not be you biggest concern so long as you know enough that you can kinda get by.

    The other factor here though is that there are more people from the first group here than from the second group and there's more of a chance for, say, Chinese or Vietnamese people to form communities of other Chinese or Vietnamese speakers because some 400,000 and 200,000 Australians were born in mainland China and Vietnam respectively. Comparatively, there are only 35,000 Japanese-born Australians (all figures from Wiki).

    I think that being able to form a community of other people who speak your native language means that you have less need to use English, since you can always get by with most things without knowing much at all. I wonder if it's the same in the US for Chinese, Vietnamese and Hispanic migrants.

    I certainly don't think it's because all Japanese people learn English - the very low rate of English fluency in Japan points more, I think, to a self-selection bias in people who leave Japan to live in an English-speaking country.
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    foolsgold got a reaction from lushlala in How has learning a foreign language improved your prospects?   
    I'm not at that level yet of speaking German to involve myself doing business/employment with it. In the future, I totally see myself being open to moving and getting a job there, or possibly a promotion to our company's German office. I can see how this must open doors for a lot of people. Heck, if I knew Korean, Chinese or Japanese I'd totally move there and teach English
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    foolsgold got a reaction from anna3101 in Parasitic words (fillers)   
    That's funny, I've never heard of fillers as "parasites." I have this issue speaking in Filipino (native language) and English. In Filipino we usually say "parang" which is our word for like. What I can suggest is to stop to think of what you're gonna say first or just pause instead of saying the fillers
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    foolsgold got a reaction from anna3101 in Your favourite songs in German?   
    They're an old pop band but I like Wir Sind Helden (Nur Ein Wort, Von Hier an Blind, Denkmal, etc) They're on Spotify so you can try there. Spotify will also recommend similar artists so if you enjoy them then you can go from there.
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    foolsgold reacted to anna3101 in Etymology   
    Etymology is very interesting. When there's something unusual about the word's origin, it really helps me remember the word.
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    foolsgold got a reaction from anna3101 in English-language books that changed your life   
    I've read a lot of books in my lifetime and these two really stood out for me. Both tells of the time during WWII. While I was reading the book it made me reflect on how I am taking the little thing in life for granted. I also realized that no matter the decades/time that have passed since then, I feel like the situation remains the same for the world and we're all just looking to the side, ignoring it.
    - Night by Elie Wiesel
    - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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    foolsgold got a reaction from linguaholic in What language is this audio?   
    I am coming back everyday to this thread as I'm really curious to know what this language is. Posting here to bump so hopefully someone with the answer can see it.
    I have been going on Youtube to check which languages sound similar to it:
    For comparison: Arabic / Persian / Turkish : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXI49Pefqp8
    I think the original post is closely related to one of these.
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