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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U got a reaction from Saholy in This post has been removed.   
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U got a reaction from Saholy in English grammar question   
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to Imad in Are you interested in learning Arabic?   
    I am very interested in developing my English speaking skills. I have a proposal in which I teach you Arabic and you teach me English. I do not want to learn grammar and other things,  I just need to assign few hours a week for practicing speaking. 
    Only native or high-level speakers of English are warmly welcomed to contact me. 
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to Cori in Could you help me translate it into all the languages you know? (3 words only!)   
    I don't think it matters one year later, but for the fun of it, in Romanian it's: minciuni și calomnii 
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to JasleenKaur in 'he or she' vs 'they'   
    Yup, i agree with your comment. 
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to 宇崎ちゃん in This post has been removed.   
    My own attempt to create Blafundo: http://www.blafundo.com/
    It's a mix of Dutch, German and English vocabulary and Hiragana (Japanese) script.
    I actually believe every language has been constructed at some point in time, so it shouldn't be strange everyone knows at least 1.
    After all, speaking languages is something only humans can do (and perhaps parrots too, but let's put that one aside).
    If it would have been a natural thing, then why animals can't speak any language (except for parrots)?
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to 宇崎ちゃん in This post has been removed.   
    It differs on every forum actually.
    As far as I can tell, there's no restriction to that here, but it would be nice if you could keep stuff in 1 post instead of 2+, that saves a lot on pagination (page numbers).
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to Bloomsie in Similarities in Hebrew and Arabic learning material   
    Both being Semitic languages is the key as to why they are similar. Though most words are different from each other. I've seen most people who are studying Hebrew would often study Arabic because of the similar structures from each other and with what's going on in the world today, they are able to understand/becoming a part of it all efficiently.

    That's a great observation though. As someone of Jewish descent who is trying to learn Hebrew, I never think about what Hebrew can be relatively like.
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to Hedonologist in Similarities in Hebrew and Arabic learning material   
    Has anyone else noticed that in so many courses for Hebrew and Arabic there seems to be a familiar structure. I've noticed that the word for House 'bait', which is the same in both languages is usually the first noun taught.

    I know they are both Semitic languages so maybe that has something to do with it.
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to Wanda Kaishin in Thinking in a foreign language forces you to make better decisions do you agree?   
    Hahaha - Sir, your honesty is refreshing!
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to OmniHead in Using hypen in words   
    Yes, Spanish has some words with triphthongs, including personal names such as Cuauhtémoc (last Aztec emperor) or Guaicaipuro (An Indian native Venezuelan leader); also in the name of places such as Cuautitlán or Cuautepec, as well as in verb conjugation for  "vosotros", second-person singular pronoun still in use in both Spain and Argentina, as in example "vosotros actuais" (you act)
    Here is an interesting reading about different vowel combinations (in Spanish) http://www.wikilengua.org/index.php/Lista_de_combinaciones_de_vocales#Tres_vocales
    And this list offer 103 examples of triphthongs, http://www.ejemplode.com/12-clases_de_espanol/48-ejemplo_de_triptongo.html
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to aleshc in Latin For Beginners   
    I always found Latin to be an interesting language, since one of my native languages (Italian) is directly related to it. It's too bad that it's a dead language and you can't really actively use it with someone, unless that person teaches Latin or something. I know it's used in Law, the human anatomy and church..but that's about it. I used an app on my android phone that translated English phrases into Latin and sometimes I could understand a couple of words, since Italian derives from it.
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to Chris_A in Latin For Beginners   
    I do not think Latin is used day to day anywhere in world anymore, but I think it would be really cool to learn and master this language and then having a conversation with someone of the same skill level on the street. I think it would definitely be a had turner.
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to AureliaeLacrimae in Latin For Beginners   
    As I have already mentioned elsewhere, I have started to ''liven up'' the Latin section from the other languages subforum. I won't repeat myself much - I'll only say that I'm working on providing you with all the necessary material for successful language learning.

    I strongly believe that if you wish to learn, all the obstacles become easy to deal with. You just have to be inspired enough to keep going on. That's one of the reasons why many of us who start learning a foreign language fail at an early stage - we don't have someone who's learning with us or guiding us through the process.

    I hope you'll find both at our little section. There's not much now, but I'm working on improving it every day. At the moment, there's enough to get you started.

    So, my dear potential students, do join us in Latin reading!
    You're all welcome!

    Feel free do ask questions and comment on all the lessons, regardless of when they were posted. Language learning is a complex process and it is natural that you will have questions. I will try to answer each and every one of them.

    Updated 02/12/2014
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to majateaches in English Teacher   
    Dear students and fellow teachers, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the language learning community.
    I have been teaching for 15 years, from Art, to Math, Social Sciences, and of course English.
    I taught English in South Korea for two years from little kindergartners all the way to business men, students, even housewives! It was a wonderful time of travel and cultural immersion.
    I'm happy to answer questions, share experiences and help students and teachers in any way I can.
    Happy Learning 
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to OmniHead in Which is more effective in your language learning; learning the rules of the language vs. learning by immersing in the language   
    I grew up learning rules first, and I believe learning them is still valid.
    Immersing in languages is a good idea and might be more helpful and a more closer approach for live speaking/writing a different language than ours.
    However I believe that it depends on the sources make such immersion a good way of learning. If you get immersed in wrong pronunciation, rules or sentence structure, this will not only affect your learning but they way you used such language.
    With grammar and spelling rules, there is never mistake
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to takibari in Which is more effective in your language learning; learning the rules of the language vs. learning by immersing in the language   
    I was reading an article on what happens in the brain when learning a language, and came across a study conducted by Kara Morgan-Short of the University of Chicago. Basically, their study tried to compare the inner workings of the brain with regards to methods of language learning.
    Anyway, in their research, they have two sets of groups; one studying language by way of explanation of the rules of the language, while the other group is learning the language by way of immersing in the language. Their study revealed that studying by immersion is more effective than the former. For all of you, I'm wondering if it's the same.
    Do you learn better when you immersed in the target language or when you study and know the rules of the language?
    Reference: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/sep/04/what-happens-to-the-brain-language-learning
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to OmniHead in In which countries english is officially the second language?   
    Once a Spanish speaking nation, today Philippines is a country in which Filipino and English are official languages.
    Not sure if India is another of those countries with two official languages too, one of them English, of course.
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U got a reaction from OmniHead in Using hypen in words   
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to OmniHead in Using hypen in words   
    Yes, in Spanish hyphen only goes if a consonant and vowel are adjacent, and when the syllable includes a diphthong  (two consecutive vowels) or a triphthong  (3 consecutive vowels, hyphen must fall after them.
    An example of a word containing a diphthong would be, "we would wait" which translate as "nosotros esperaríamos"
    If the word "esperaríamos" has to be separated by an hyphen at the diphthong syllabe, correct way to do is this; espera- ríamos or esperaría-mos
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to aliangel3499 in When to put words into italics   
    This is the first time I've heard of this as well. I had only been taught to put the titles of books, magazines, newspapers, and musical albums in italics. Other subjects such as articles or song titles would be between quotation marks. Would you mind explaining what you mean by "brackets"?
    Is anyone else having trouble reaching the link provided above?
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to OmniHead in Using hypen in words   
    Problem that most non-English speakers (and many times native speakers too) face is when it comes to use hyphens at the end of a line where a word doesn't fit and it's necessary to break it with a carriage return (in typing) but yet merged by the hyphen.
    When hyphen is used to combine two words, it's not so hard to understand the how to, or when it should or shouldn't be done.
    I don't know about other languages, but in Spanish a word an hyphen can only be place between full syllables when in need to separate the word. In example the word ESPERAR (to wait) which can be separated either as "es-perar" or "espe-rar"  but never as "esp-era"
    Hyphen must not break a contiguous vowel and vocal, and neither a diphthong or triphthong, which are made with extra vowels but sounding like a unique syllable.
    As per my understanding, in English we can break the word at any point, but being honest, I remember to have learned about rules to do this, which I cannot remember, so I have to read the reference that @Trellum provided, LOL
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    KIO5NN8C7DEB15AYGM0U reacted to kurdapia in The right tense of verb when using "If"   
    Thank you guys for providing these links. I quickly had a browse and I know I need some focused reading to do to better understand the rules. From the looks of it I think it would be a bit of a challenge but I can do it. 
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