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John Snort

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    John Snort got a reaction from Ranaa in English Jokes   
    This joke has been told over and over but if you haven't seen it posted somewhere on the net, here goes:

    A man, a turkey in his arms, walks into a confession and says, "Forgive me Father for I have sinned. I stole this turkey to feed my family. Will you take it and forgive my sin?"

    "I'll not take it," the Priest answers, "you must return it to the one you stole it from."

    "I tried," the man says, "but he refused, what shall I do, Father."

    "If what you say is true," the Priest says, "then it is alright to keep if for your family."

    The man thanks the Priest and hurries off.

    When the Priest gets back home after the confession, he walks into the kitchen and finds out that someone stole his turkey!


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    John Snort got a reaction from Mereloshn in Does Spanish borrow some words from Arabic?   
    There was a time when a part of Spain was under Islamic rule. And as many Muslims have to learn Arabic so they can read the Koran, we can make assumption that many of them spoke Arabic. I also assume that the Spaniards and Arabs had some trade relations. This is why some Arabic words ended up being used by Spaniards. According to a Wikipedia article, there are about 4000 Spanish words that are of Arabic origin.

    You'll find a list of some of the words here:

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Arabic_influence_on_Spanish
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    John Snort got a reaction from 17emilyhalko in Traveling to a different country to learn a language   
    Immersion might b the answer to learning a language quickly because you learn by listening and speaking. Pretty much the way kids learn their mother tongue. However you may need to live abroad for about a year so before you leave for Spain try to find out if you can find a temp job because you might need it if you'll be staying there that long. If you can't my advice would be to find language exchange partners and chat with them via Skype.


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    John Snort reacted to lushlala in Always Carry a Dictionary?   
    No, I don't carry a dictionary with me anymore. I used to back carry my French/English one when I was in university, but only when I was going for my lessons. If I were learning now, I doubt very much I would because of advances in modern technology. I've never looked into it, but I remember being in college in England where we had a lot of Chinese students who were there to learn English. They never carried these bog standard dictionaries, and always seemed in  possession of all these sleek, cute, digital devices of all types! -and this was about 7 years ago! So i'd be looking to get my hands on stuff like that.
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    John Snort reacted to hades_leae in Always Carry a Dictionary?   
    I went to the store and bought a dictionary, plus a thesaurus. I thought I was going to need both of them, and I also bought a Spanish translation book, they were all really thick. After a few days, I stopped looking at them and felt it was a waste of money because I have the internet and more to go and look up whatever I need. 
    I prefer using the internet, but it would suck it the internet became unavailable. So in a way I'm happy I still have the book, it's just that you can't get verbal pronunciation with them like you can with phones.
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    John Snort got a reaction from lushlala in Language learning and intelligence   
    I lived abroad for a number of years and what I noticed was that regardless of one's IQ, the people who learned new languages are those who had an interest in learning the local language. If you had little interest in a language then you wouldn't learn it as fast as someone who was actively seeking to learn more from the native speakers of the language. That I believe is what does make a difference.

    p.s If kids can learn any language pretty fast, then anyone can learn any language whether they are intelligent or not. Writing however would be a whole different beast.
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    John Snort got a reaction from hades_leae in Always Carry a Dictionary?   
    In the age of digital books is it even necessary to take a dictionary with you everywhere you go?

    The purpose for having a dictionary with you is looking up news words as and when you come across them. Since dictionaries can be bulky wouldn't a digital version of your preferred dictionary work just as well as a physical one? Or do you think you are more likely to use the latter more often because it's weight at all times reminds you why you have it with you in the first place?
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    John Snort reacted to lushlala in Learning a New Language From Children?   
    This is how I got my job as an au pair in Italy. When I started my search, I knew I really wanted to go to Italy, to experience the culture and learn the language. The father contacted me and put it to me that his family spoke little to no Italian, would I be interested in teaching the kids some English while I learnt some Italian from them and other people around me. I jumped at the opportunity and it worked great. That's why at the end of my 3 months there, I could speak some decent Italian  
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    John Snort reacted to Milanina in Learning a New Language From Children?   
    Learning a language not, but I have learned words and various expressions from my friends children in Spanish, Russian and Portuguese. I guess it might come down to the age of the children - when they're young they repeat same words and simple structures often and it's easy to catch on - whether you intend to learn from them or not. Maybe it's more of a 'learning together' as their parents are teaching them - and they teach me. 
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    John Snort reacted to hades_leae in Will Technology Make Learning New Languages Obsolete?   
    I feel like letting technology in our lives for everything eliminates the culture in things. I don't want to let technology make learning another language obsolete. I want to connect with the culture, sure it's good for basic things and helping out, but I don't want it ti just take over completely. That is if I had the choice.
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    John Snort reacted to lushlala in Choosing A Language   
    I'm totally with you there, John Snort....I could never just learn a language just because it's the most widely spoken. I would have to have another reason other than that. I mean, Chinese is meant to be catching up to English as one of the most spoken languages in the world, but I won't be learning it any time soon because I just have no use for it. I dream of going to the Far East some day, China included, but realistically speaking, I'm not sure I'll ever realise that dream  So until I know I'm definitely going, I won't be taking any Chinese lessons at all.
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    John Snort got a reaction from hades_leae in Will Technology Make Learning New Languages Obsolete?   
    Technology never will render the learning of new languages obsolete. While yes I've heard of these new ear buds which can allegedly translate languages in real time, at the present the best you can hope for is word by word translation provided the speaker enunciates their words clearly. That said, if you want to read something written in a language you don't know machine translations won't do because there'll be something lost in translation. That's why people will still have to learn new languages that interest them.
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    John Snort got a reaction from lushlala in Choosing A Language   
    For me the reason I'd want to learn a language isn't because there are many people who speak the language. I'd learn the language or at the very least enough to permit me to get by asking for directions because I do travel a lot (solo) and getting lost is almost a given as I try to find my way around. So I always choose to learn the language spoken in the country I'll be visiting.
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    John Snort reacted to darkchild in Being Proactive   
    I totally agree with @John Snort there is so much that needs to be learnt from kids.
    Many things we learnt as kids like anthems and prayers are automatically remembered without even thinking about it.
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    John Snort reacted to Lingua Franca in Being Proactive   
    I would still add to this that kids brains are in a phase of development and are like sponges. They don't have that much clutter to go through before being able to remember something. The advantage you have as being a grown up is experience so it can be easy to associate a word to something if you know a similar word.
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    John Snort reacted to lushlala in Ways To Stay Motivated When Learning New Langauges?   
    I suppose the people who give up too easily don't really have a reason for learning a new language in the first place. I mean, like you say, it's absolutely crucial to have a reason for embarking on this journey, otherwise you run the risk of losing interest and stopping altogether. I think one of the things that people could look to for motivation is the prize at the end of it all, which ties in with the reason for learning in the first place. People ought to think what it is they're hoping to achieve and how they'll benefit from it. Also, they have to remember that we all learn at different paces and should refrain from gauging their progress against someone else's as they can very easily become very demotivated otherwise. I've known people to have their confidence knocked by this sort of thing and although I can see why it happens, it's also silly LOL 
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    John Snort reacted to hades_leae in Ways To Stay Motivated When Learning New Langauges?   
    I stay motivated by trying to talk to people in the language, and making myself watch some shows on a foreign network so that I can get it down. When I started watching Telemundo network, I heard many things that I learned, and that made me so excited because I knew I was learning. 
    There have been many shows that I have skipped threw, but was really interested in. Now I know a lot, and can keep up most of the time.
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    John Snort got a reaction from hades_leae in Ways To Stay Motivated When Learning New Langauges?   
    An excuse I often hear why people don't try hard enough to learn new langauges — it's too hard.

    Wrong.

    Nothing is too hard. A positive attitude and a good reason why you need to get something hard would make a huge difference. And actually one great way to stay motivated when learning a new language is having a good reason why you are learning it. For example if someone wants to read the bible in it's original form in Greek or another language then they wouldn't give up that easily [if they thought learning Greek was hard].

    Got more tips? How can one stay motivated when learning a new language that may seem be hard to learn?
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    John Snort got a reaction from Sunny in Being Proactive   
    Many people often wonder why kids learn languages fast? The answer is simple. Children practice what they learn a lot. I was listening to a child who is learning to talk and she'd repeat the same words over and over until she got the pronunciation right. And when kids see something they don't know, they'll ask their parent, sibling or someone to trust to tell them what it is. And when they've heard the word they'll repeat it until the parent, says "yeah, you've got it right."

    To learn a languge well and fast be proactive about learning. Ask questions and practice speaking the words you learn until you get them right. That's how kids do it and you have to admit they certainly do learn new languages really fast.
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    John Snort got a reaction from 宇崎ちゃん in Listening To Native Speakers Converse Is The Easiest Way To Learn a New Language   
    Over the past few months I've had to spend most of my time with a number of people [I've had to work with] who don't speak English that well and for that reason had to use their native tongue.

    And as we worked, they'd always be conversing in their language and was surprised to find out a week later that without even trying to learn the language I was beginning to understand some of the things they said.

    So if you want to learn a language fast, find youtube videos made by native speakers and watch them even if you initially don't understand a thing. After a while you'll get to know what some words mean and as you also learn the language.

    If you are also learning the language chances are that you'll learn it faster than someone who is relying solely on the lessons they get.
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    John Snort got a reaction from Kev Brown in Being Proactive   
    Many people often wonder why kids learn languages fast? The answer is simple. Children practice what they learn a lot. I was listening to a child who is learning to talk and she'd repeat the same words over and over until she got the pronunciation right. And when kids see something they don't know, they'll ask their parent, sibling or someone to trust to tell them what it is. And when they've heard the word they'll repeat it until the parent, says "yeah, you've got it right."

    To learn a languge well and fast be proactive about learning. Ask questions and practice speaking the words you learn until you get them right. That's how kids do it and you have to admit they certainly do learn new languages really fast.
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    John Snort got a reaction from glreese in How do you learn a language best?   
    I prefer to learn from other Native speakers. My goal when I start learning initially is to know how it's spoken then afterwards I could start learning how the words are spelled, etc, etc, because I always learn new language so that I when I travel abroad, communication won't be a problem.

    That said, if I don't have a friend who is a native speaker [of the language I want to learn], free youtube language lessons and online courses is how I prefer to learn a new language.
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    John Snort got a reaction from lushlala in Being Proactive   
    Many people often wonder why kids learn languages fast? The answer is simple. Children practice what they learn a lot. I was listening to a child who is learning to talk and she'd repeat the same words over and over until she got the pronunciation right. And when kids see something they don't know, they'll ask their parent, sibling or someone to trust to tell them what it is. And when they've heard the word they'll repeat it until the parent, says "yeah, you've got it right."

    To learn a languge well and fast be proactive about learning. Ask questions and practice speaking the words you learn until you get them right. That's how kids do it and you have to admit they certainly do learn new languages really fast.
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    John Snort reacted to Lingua Franca in Listening To Native Speakers Converse Is The Easiest Way To Learn a New Language   
    I honestly think that if you really want to be completely proficient in a language you have to hear it spoken by people that use it as their native language. It's all good and well listening to the language in audio books or looking at movies in that language but these two things have been scripted. When people speak nothing is scripted so it sounds more natural.
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    John Snort reacted to lingualbabe in Listening To Native Speakers Converse Is The Easiest Way To Learn a New Language   
    I remember I had Korean and Chinese classmates in college. Hearing them converse in there native languages, it has helped me pick up some words as well. It also helps that I do watch Korean and Chinese series back then. That might also account for the ease of picking up the words that they say or phrases that they converse to. The downside is that you won't really know the true meaning of that word or phrase they say unless you search for it online or pick up a dictionary. The upside is, you can get acquainted to the language, you'd know the intonation, the pronunciation and lots more things. So I don't think listening to them converse in their language is a bad idea at all.
    I suppose that from shows you can also pick up words. That's what happened to me while watching Korean and Chinese series. As time passed by, I learned how to say "thank you," "goodbye" and "I love you" in those languages. It helps that most of them are romance series, lol. So over time, I was able to pick up a few words that are essential to learn in that language. Pretty cool, right?
    If you can find someone to help you, one that speaks that language naturally, that's great as well. If you're friends with someone who speaks the language natively, that's great too. 
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