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wolfette

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    wolfette got a reaction from lushlala in Languages and accents   
    Do you find it easier to learn a language from someone that has an accent that matches the language you're trying to learn? For example, if you're learning English do you prefer the person you're learning from to have an English accent? Or would it not make much difference to you? 
    I didn't think it would matter, and when I first began to learn Spanish I was learning from an English person. My accent in Spanish was then difficult to understand to native Spanish speakers. However, when I learned more Spanish from my friend that is Spanish I found my accent became better in Spanish too and therefore it was easier for me to be understood. I also found it easier to understand when Spanish people are talking to me (rather than English people speaking Spanish). 
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    wolfette got a reaction from hades_leae in Languages and accents   
    Do you find it easier to learn a language from someone that has an accent that matches the language you're trying to learn? For example, if you're learning English do you prefer the person you're learning from to have an English accent? Or would it not make much difference to you? 
    I didn't think it would matter, and when I first began to learn Spanish I was learning from an English person. My accent in Spanish was then difficult to understand to native Spanish speakers. However, when I learned more Spanish from my friend that is Spanish I found my accent became better in Spanish too and therefore it was easier for me to be understood. I also found it easier to understand when Spanish people are talking to me (rather than English people speaking Spanish). 
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    wolfette reacted to Mary84 in What's your favourite word in a language that isn't your native one?   
    This is a very interesting topic, I love to learn different words in other languages and I didn't know most of the words posted in the thread. There are several beautiful words in every language, it's very hard to pick only one. My favorite spanish words are:
    -Caricia (it means caress)
    -Alma (it means soul)
    -Sangre (it means blood)
    - Azar (it means chance)
    - Sobremasa (it is the conversation that takes place after dinner, while still seated at the table, it's such an unique word.)
    -Estrella (it means star)
    Spanish is such a passionate language and although it might sound similar to my native tongue, I love the way spanish people pronunce the words.
    I love many english words too, just off the top of my head I'd say my favorite ones are "ethereal", "epiphany", "nefarious", "redundant".
     
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    wolfette reacted to Teira Eri in What's your favourite word in a language that isn't your native one?   
    Though I love a lot of different words from all over the world, one screams, "pick me, pick me."

    It's fernweh, German for wanderlust.  The other that equally rivals fernweh is shimoyake, Japanese for frostbite.
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    wolfette reacted to Zhenni in What's your favourite word in a language that isn't your native one?   
    My favourite word is Ming明 in Chinese, mainly because of the characters it uses.  It is a combination of the character for sun日 and moon 月 (yuè) put together to mean "bright". It is such a beautiful way of explaining bright, it can also mean to understand and for something to become clear for you. 
    I find many Chinese words beautiful but this is my favorite because of the image in my head of the sun and the moon together.
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    wolfette reacted to R34Linguist in Have some patience   
    I agree with you for the most part. However, no matter how good of a teacher you are, the student will not be a good speaker unless they are truly interested in the language that they are leaning. For example, I tried to teach my brother our native tongue, but he still cannot speak it after 5 years, because he refused to practice it.
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    wolfette reacted to NATASHA in Have some patience   
    Teaching a language to people who are not native to it can be difficult and you have to understand that it is not easy even if you are teaching basic language lessons. The students might not be able to speak at all and to have patience to teach and explain is necessary for them to learn and speak back to you but the reward is once they are able to speak after your teaching skills
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    wolfette reacted to Baburra in Mocked by Accent   
    Sorry to hear you were constantly mocked for your accent. You should try visiting as much foreign countries as you can I think because British accents are appreciated in a lot of places and I'm sure having a much more "posh" type of British accent will only endear you more to the foreigners. I have heard french people are very particular about the accent used for their language to the point where many dislike Quebec accent which I guess is a little bit understandable in some ways but I don't think it's right to discourage people from learning a new language just because of it especially since it's a way of showing appreciation for the language and culture. 
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