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    Yoshie reacted to Staralfur1999 in Have you ever gave up trying to learn another language before?   
    Ah, well, I just think being hard on ourselves comes naturally when we take on tasks like learning a language. Mainly because it's one of those things that you wish you could learn overnight, then get frustrated that it takes an almost endless amount of time (because language learning is a constant process, even when you're fluent).
    No worries, I hope it helps
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    Yoshie reacted to Victor Leigh in How do you Text?   
    It depends on who I am texting to. If it's someone who is used to texting, then I tend to use abbreviations. If it's someone who is not familiar with textinglish, then I will text in full sentences. In some ways, textinglish or textspeak is useful. Some of the abbreviations are legitimate expressions in their own right. Take, for example, LOL. This is short and precise. Gets the meaning across with the minimum of effort. Definitely beats texting 'ha ha ha'.
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    Yoshie reacted to Staralfur1999 in Have you ever gave up trying to learn another language before?   
    Yeah, man, don't worry too much. One of the keys is not being hard on yourself, I think. Which was a problem I had. I would just constantly berate myself for not doing enough and the standards I was asking of myself where just insane.
    I'm not sure if you know about the flashcard program Anki. You probably do as it's pretty well-known. But it's perfect for casual studying because it uses spacial repetition. So if you want to just casually get back into learning, that's probably a pretty good gate-way if you don't already use it.
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    Yoshie got a reaction from Staralfur1999 in Have you ever gave up trying to learn another language before?   
    Yeah, sometimes overdoing it works against you just the same as not doing enough. Honestly, when I think about re-familiarising myself with languages via a full on refreshers course I feel intimidated. It seems a little daunting to me now as I have tons of other things I want to take care of at the moment. Maybe one day I'll gain the courage and just do it.
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    Yoshie reacted to GaeilgeGirl in How do you correct someone's pronunciation politely?   
    Personally, I'm more than happy to be corrected.  Sure, I'll be a bit embarrassed at first, but I'd rather know so I can say a word right later on.  If this person is a friend and an eager student, chances are he wants to get it right, so he may welcome some gentle correction, and obviously, as his friend, you won't be mean or snarky about it.  Or maybe you can offer a practice session with him, where you say the word and he repeats it back to you.
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    Yoshie reacted to WizardX in How dedicated are you?   
    I am learning Chinese and I do spend more time learning by listening to Chinese songs and poetry. I do attend evening classes to enhance my speech. Sometimes I find it difficult to pronounce some words but I have never given up. I know that it won't take long before I master the language. 
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    Yoshie reacted to Lingua Franca in What is the hardest part for you?   
    I don't think that there is an easier or harder part that for all the languages. I have found that some languages the grammatical part was the hardest while for others the pronunciation. There is still the vocabulary, if the language is very different form any language that you might know it can be a real barrier.
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    Yoshie reacted to lushlala in Hands-on Experience   
    For me, the first time I visited and lived in in Italy for a few months, I knew very little Italian. I'd learnt it all through a text book, because there were no lessons locally. So by the time I got there, I could barely understand anything the locals said to me, making it a little awkward at times. But like someone else said, it does get easier. I made friends with this Italian girl whose English wasn't bad, so between my non-existent Italian and her barely-there English, we worked it out. We'd go out and hang out with her non-English speaking friends, and I really credit all of them with the little Italian I did grasp in my time there  So really in that sort of situation, you just have to soldier on and keep your eye on the big prize at the end of it all
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    Yoshie got a reaction from lushlala in Do you find that being angry or upset affects your linguistic ability?   
    Where I'm from we are taught English in schools as our first language as we were once governed by England. However, we have our own dialect called Patois which is used here a lot. I would agree that when irritated for whatever reason we tend to switch to Patois almost in an instant. It is as if it is much sweeter (more entertaining), and easier to get to the meat of the matter using the dialect. It's so full of flavour and comes across as more direct than using English sometimes. It definitely is funnier and can be brutal and more intense all at the same time than say standard English. I speak English fluently but sometimes it's just easier to get my point across using Patois. I love it!! 
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    Yoshie reacted to rz3300 in Do you find that being angry or upset affects your linguistic ability?   
    I would most certainly say that it does.  I think that we all know that we have the cuss words and the bad words for a reason, to express emphasis, and those are what I and many others resort to.  We also know that they are not the most elaborate or educational or classy or descriptive of language, so that is a negative.  Hopefully there are people out there who handle their anger better than I do, and I know that there are, and surely they are better with their language than I am.
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    Yoshie reacted to takibari in Do you find that being angry or upset affects your linguistic ability?   
    Anything said in anger can truly be detrimental. Sometimes, when we are in the heat of the moment, and truly upset - controlling our language can be quite difficult. It would be better if the tendency is you lose speech temporarily. But when in an argument, the tendency is to hurt. Regrettably, in the heat of the moment, we forget to censor our words and end up saying nasty things. This topic brings to mind passages that I love about being careful with our tongue:
    The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Proverbs 12:18)
    Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.  (Proverbs 16:24)
    I love how the power of words and our language are encapsulated in these two verses.
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    Yoshie reacted to linguaholic in Howdy!   
    Welcome Yoshie! Hope you have fun here and learn lots of new things.
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