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Everything posted by roger1003

  1. I don't understand why a friend would not teach their friends. I'm thinking it could be because of the level of friendship. If he is your best friend, I would doubt if he would not teach you the language. Teaching a new language is hard so that could be the reason why. I'm sorry for saying this but that's how I really feel. I know you feel bad and that's okay because I would feel bad too if that happened to me.
  2. I went to Australia to visit my aunt for a vacation. I am already fluent with the English language so I did not have a difficulty when it comes to that. However, the accent would be really difficult to understand at first. After about a month, you'll get used to their accent.
  3. The best way to learn that would be through listening to music and watching movies. Your ears would naturally learn how to understand them if you do this consistently. Also, speaking with someone in that language would improve both your speaking and listening skills.
  4. What I would advise them would be to just calm down and feel okay about it. They will learn the language naturally, just like how newborn babies learn a language. They are with a local, so they would be fine.
  5. I don't know what to say. I would be happy if they tell me I'm gifted. However, I would still tell them that if they think they can't do it, then they won't. For me, it's all in the mind.
  6. Motivation is a very important element in learning the language. Learning the language is a long process that requires discipline. We need to want the language and need the language for us to learn it.
  7. Watching TV is indeed a great way to learn the language. I myself made some progress through watching TV. That's what we call learning should be fun!
  8. This is a good information to know. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. This will not only help us with our learning of another language but also for studying other subjects too.
  9. It is easier to write because we have more time to edit the words and check our grammar. With speaking, you have to be fast in composing the sentences. Once you say it, it can never be erased or edited.
  10. The best way to learn the language is to speak it. That's actually the reason why people learn the language fast when they are surrounded with people who speaks that language. Practice is the key. I would advice you to learn the basics, then keep on practicing it.
  11. I think it's difficult to teach another language to someone else, whether through Skype or in person. The expectation of a student from a teacher would depend on the level of the student. If the student is a newbie and knows nothing about the language, you have to know how to speak its native language first. If you add Skype to the equation, plus the culture difference, I can imagine the hardship a teacher has to go through.
  12. Have you had that idea that we should just use one language for everyone here on Earth? In my opinion, it would be best if we just use one language, so it's easier to understand each other. Progress for the whole world will accelerate at a rapid rate if this happens. Language has been a major determinant and a major barrier to progress.
  13. I was taught how to speak English since I was a kid. It was part of our educational programs so there's no reason for me not to learn it. Thinking I have to learn another language is overwhelming, but fun. I am trying to learn how to speak Spanish. The secret in sticking to learning the language, is wanting it, and needing it.
  14. I guess my advice would be to stick to what you want and what you need. It's going to be the best motivation you can have, because learning a new language takes discipline. You need to focus and learn not to stop learning the language.
  15. I hope Spotify would have audio lessons for learning a language. That would be pretty cool, because we can study a specific language wherever we are. However, I think practice in speaking the language is the most important element in learning it.
  16. I am good in both English and Math, although I'm better in Math. My siblings are just good in Math, and they find English hard. I think my Math skills are innate, and English skill was just honed through the years of my work experience where we have to talk in English all the time. In my opinion, English and Math are two skills that even if we're not naturally good at it, we can still practice and hone it. Yes, it's possible that we can be good in both.
  17. I wanted to learn a new language because it's a skill. In a world where changes are abrupt, it's always a must that we keep our skills up to date. In my country, if you know how to speak Spanish, you can get a job that is 4 or 5 times the minimum wage. You will have a salary of a manager right away because the language premium the company pays you is much higher than your basic salary.
  18. I think it will depend on your native language. I know Tagalog and English, and the easiest language for me to learn next is Spanish. We have a lot of Spanish words in our native language as we were colonized by Spaniards for over 300 years. For me, Japanese and Chinese language are very hard languages to learn.
  19. I really wanted to learn Spanish. Do you have any suggestions on what apps I can use to do this? Are there courses in Spanish in Coursera, Udacity, edX, and other similar sites? I've heard about Duolingo and I also watched some Spanish lessons on YouTube.
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