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About Amelie

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    Slang Poet


  • Currently studying
    Spanish, French
  • Native tongue
  • Fluent in
    English, Tagalog, Kapampangan

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  1. Oh gosh, it's like you're describing me! How has it been going so far? Is the new challenge keeping you interested and engaged? What other coping tools are you using? My problem was so similar - I had it easy until high school, then when I got into a prestigious university, I couldn't keep up with my classmates. I knew they were all working hard to get ahead, but I couldn't follow suit because I didn't know how to. Until then, getting good grades was ridiculously easy. I really struggled for a long time.
  2. My all-time favorite is "how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood". So funny! And so much fun to say. She sells seashells by the seashore is another go-to tongue-twister for me as well. Also the classic Peter Piper. But there are some that give me a hard time, like "Denise sees the fleece, Denise sees the fleas. At least Denise could sneeze and feed and freeze the fleas".
  3. I text the way I write messages here, or anywhere. I spell out the words, I use proper punctuation - the whole shebang. I make shortcuts sometimes, but nothing too crazy, and only when I'm in a hurry. I shudder to think of how I used to text when I was in high school - so embarrassing! Thank God screenshots weren't possible yet back then!
  4. I like to do this too. I choose a dense text with a lot of fancy words and I read several pages of it out loud while I'm alone in my room. It helps me practice enunciating properly, speaking more slowly, and modulating my voice. My problem is I get tongue-tied all the time, and saliva pools in my mouth more quickly, I feel (sorry, TMI!). If anyone has tricks on how to combat the saliva thing, I'd be much obliged.
  5. I agree with a lot of you here - British English sounds better to my ears, but I grew up speaking American English. It's what I'm more comfortable with and more fluent in. That being said, how charming are some British words? Loo for bathroom, lift for elevator, telly for telephone, "at university" instead of "in college". Also, I just recently became a fan of John Oliver, so British English is definitely my preference these days!
  6. I agree with this a hundred percent. I grew up addicted to American sitcoms, so without really meaning to, I just picked the language up easily. I think it was the combination of enjoyment, interest, and repetition. I watched A LOT of TV shows when I was a kid. I used to even look forward to holy week, because there'd be Seventh Heaven marathons on our local TV station (this was before we had internet access, and before the scandal with Papa Camden, obviously). As with anything, the easiest way to learn is to enjoy it while doing it over and over again.
  7. I learned English by watching A LOT of American TV shows (mostly sitcoms) and reading A WHOLE LOT of romance novels. I didn't even consciously set out to be good at the language - I just did what interested me. Of course, it helped that in my country, the language of instruction for most subjects (like Math, Science, even GMRC) is English, so I had a rudimentary understanding of it at a very young age. But being comfortable with it, understanding its grammar rules, and speaking it with ease happened because my interests happened to align with learning it. I guess in some ways I followed the a
  8. Hi, linguaholic. I think Nick may be referring to the flashcards that Nathan showed at the start of the video. You've inspired me to step up my game, Nick. I've signed up for Duolingo months ago, but I've only done it maybe once or twice. For some reason, I'm finding it really hard to focus on this project. But I'd really love to be as fluent in Spanish as you are. That was impressive. I'll give Pimsleur a try. I just signed up for the free lesson. I hope it's not too expensive. Thanks!
  9. I'm affiliated with a company that offers instruction exclusively through Skype. There are challenges, like dropped calls and spotty connections. And of course, it can't beat face-to-face conversations. What I try to do as a teacher is to always be polite and cheerful. Whenever I need to correct something, I always start by praising their efforts and improvements, and then subtly steering them in the right direction. Phrases like, "That's good, but you could also say ..." "You're doing well, but it might be better if you use this word instead ..." If my student and I are having a lively conver
  10. If your friend is sensitive, one good way to phrase a correction would be to say, "Or, you could also say ..." And maybe keep using the correct pronunciation of the words? Just casually slip them into the conversation. I did the same thing with a friend of mine and quinoa. I went on and on about its benefits and how expensive it is. Pretty soon, my friend's saying it the way I prefer, and the whole thing stopped bugging me. Haha, manipulative much?
  11. There's this scene in a book written by Lexi Blake (I hesitate to put the title here because the theme may not be to everyone's taste) that always, ALWAYS gets me. It's about a woman who got in a horrific accident that killed her husband and baby daughter and rendered her unable to walk for a few years. The accident was caused by a teenager who was coming home from a party celebrating her high school graduation. The girl was actually a straight-A student who was looking forward to a bright future as a doctor, and she drank alcohol for the first time that night. In the scene, the heroine was ex
  12. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth. It's one of my most beloved books. Frank and Lillian (the parents) remind me so much of my own parents. I also love the way it was written - sentimental but not maudlin, cheeky and irreverent, but always respectful. I hated the ending, however, but it's not like the authors did it on purpose.
  13. I've never finished a difficult book, in English or in my mother tongue. I just couldn't bring myself to do it no matter how hard I try. I did a book report on Anna Karenina without getting past the third chapter. I couldn't even finish Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Great Expectations - all those much lauded Victorian novels that any self-respecting lover of literature is supposed to have read and loved. I did read Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche, although I can't say I understood it.
  14. I just recently learned this line that's apparently from Jurassic Park (I've never watched it - I like quiet movies with simple plots, haha): "Life finds a way." Simple and terrifying, isn't it?
  15. Guys, remember those tiny dictionaries that were only slightly bigger than key chains? In fact, I think they actually functioned as key chains as well, and they came with magnifying lenses (because how else will you be able to read the definitions?). They were sooo cute (but essentially useless), and my best friends and I were obsessed with them. But yeah, they weren't ideal tools. Like most of you, I couldn't remember the last time I used a paper dictionary, even though there are several lying around the house. The internet is just so much more convenient. I especially love websites that
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