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  1. English is the only language I'm fluent in, and it's my native tongue. I've been speaking it all my life, and I still feel that being angry impairs my linguistic ability. Being in an enraged state relocates the body's resources to other functions, so higher thinking processes are lessened. I think this is definitely one of the reasons people constantly advise not to make important decisions while you're angry. I personally tend to stutter all over my words when I'm upset. I find myself struggling to find the right words to say, and this is coming from someone who makes words his main source of income (I'm a writer). Interestingly enough, when I write while angry, the product is usually quite clear and concise. I think writing allows me to filter the anger into drive, whereas speaking doesn't really go through a filter.
  2. I think it really depends on the language you're translating from, as well as the language you're translating it to. Languages with similar origins are more often than not going to be easier to retain meanings when a phrase is translated between (French to Spanish, for example), while languages with vastly different origins (German and Vietnamese, for example) are going to have a much tougher time retaining those meanings. When you start to really examine a language, and break down the way it works, translations are a little bit easier to understand. I also think that certain phrases just translate better because of the idea behind them. If a phrase is a common occurrence in life ("don't hit babies") then there's likely a way to say it in multitudes of languages.
  3. Honestly, I think it's the ease of use and accessibility of the app. Doulingo is extremely easy to get started with, and it eases you in to the language learning process. As with any app, it's not going to be the exact same as learning in a real-world setting, but it's great for vocabulary, phrases, and basics in pronunciation. The way Doulingo teaches is also very much so like a game, which encourages users not only to get started but also to keep coming back! It's easy to start learning a language when you're excited and motivated, but keeping that motivation going can be rough, so the game-like aspect aids in easing that process. Even the user interface looks not unlike a game's interface. Overall, Duolingo isn't perfect, and it's not going to make you completely fluent, but as far as language learning apps go, it's (in my opinion) one of the best apps out there. I just wish there were more languages available!
  4. I'm about to graduate with my Bachelors in about 4 weeks. I'm considering getting a TEFL certification post-graduation and traveling around for a while teaching English. I feel it would be both a great way to impact the lives of others, while at the same time being able to travel and experience other cultures. I'm still very fresh to the concept, though, so I was wondering if I could pick the brains of those who already have/already are working this route. For those who have experience in TEFL, what did you learn that you wish someone would have told you before you started? If you could go back, would you choose this same route all over again? What tips would you give someone like me, who is at the very onset of this path?
  5. Travelling the world has been a lifelong dream of mine, and one of the countries at the top of my list is Tibet. I understand that knowing the language isn't really required to go there and have a great time, but I feel it would enhance my visit if I had a grasp of the language. The search feature here showed me that there hasn't been much discussion on the Tibetan language here. Is anyone here well-versed in the language, or able to point me in the right direction of someone who is? I would be absolutely ecstatic if someone could recommend their favorite book or app that aided them in learning Tibetan as well. Thanks in advance!
  6. Greetings, everyone! My name is Vito and I'm a 25 year old writer living in southern California. I'm about to graduate with my Bachelor's degree in Communications with a focus in Visual communications, and I'm considering getting a TEFL certification after that! I've always wanted to travel the world, whether it be as a travel writer or an English teacher, so I'm here on this forum to pick up some useful knowledge, tips, and tricks on the languages I plan on learning.
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