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  1. Yes, of course. One of the biggest achievements when learning a new language is thinking in it. When it happens spontaneously you know your brain is trained enough to do so, so that's a big win. A natural extension to thinking in your target language would be to talk to yourself using it. Beyond the silly part, it can be a good way to practice your skills without fearing social embarrassment. On the other hand, you better have at least intermediate level since you won't be able to spot all of your errors so it helps to monitor yourself and -perhaps- checking your with learning resources w
  2. Yep, that's more likely it. Personally, I've "learned" from children by listening from their basic errors and then being motivated to find the actual correct way so I can suggest a correction for their improvement. The Internet does wonders in this regard. For instance, I'm currently in touch with a bilingual kid who makes me look for the right way to say things as I'm inclined to assist him... this happens with both languages, so that's a double benefit to me
  3. Please take this as a generic comment ...More in line with what you mentioned here: Hey! Nice to see an app developer around BTW. Good on you!
  4. I agree with the majority here. Software for mobile devices should be based on the same features as the PC version, only adapting it to the appropriate display format. It is a pity that many software developers do not see this as something users expect. In fact, mobile applications can even enjoy more features by default since hardware such as camera and GPS are very common, unlike the limited set of default peripherals on the PC. This is definitely something to have in mind when developing a multi-platform application.
  5. This is true. I guess it's just like with any other facet of life. You start from the basics and then advance on solid grounds. In the case of language and accents, I guess it depends largely on the environment in which one is forced to learn. If you live in a community along with people with a certain accent, you have no other choice but to adapt. If -on the other hand- you have the opportunity to choose your own learning environment and tools, I completely agree with you since interacting with those who have a "cleaner" accent can be a great help in the beginning. Absolutely! I'
  6. English Spanish Russian Chinese German I'd like to add Italian, French and possibly others, but we're talking about 5
  7. Your reason is pretty good! I like it because it has a practical application and direct gratification for your efforts. Learning a language only as an abstract concept just because of the possibility it may be useful later in life does not seem very motivating to me. The main reason should always be something more practical that touches our lives such as achieving a better working position thanks speaking the new language. This direct motivation has much more advantages than something perceived as merely abstract or as "possible". I commend you for your clarity regarding your goals.
  8. If you're going to learn a new language, it is best to learn the accent mostly accepted as the standard, and then to specialize in others. It is better for your training to begin with a solid foundation in the most common one and then train your hearing to identify the subtleties of the other accents, gradually. Pretty good advice friend.
  9. I like the methodology of learning a language by doing something that one would be interested in advance already. For example, if you like computers, you can learn an operating system in the desired language to learn by using programs displaying all the menus and dialog boxes in it. If you like other subjects like music, you can try to learn to play an instrument reading manuals in the language you want to master. This combines what interests you and what you wish to achieve, gracefully; a combination that is usually successful for maintaining motivation.
  10. I would have liked learning it, my high school education was focused in English (no surprise there), although some careers in the humanities do see French, and even notions of Latin. I was a science student in high school so for me English was the only foreign language in sight, but I would have liked very much to have had the opportunity to learn French in my high school years. Very much indeed.
  11. Historically, I have had problems adapting to different accents. I have had to interact with people from various English-speaking countries; I found I can understand American English really easily but often U have to pay a lot of attention to understand dialects such as those of Australian folks. Some European friends also give me headaches. For instance, an Italian fellow who learned in the United Kingdom speaks UK English with an Italian accent. It makes me sharpen my hearing every time to grasp his particular pronunciation conjugating both of his accents simultaneously, but it is a ve
  12. Definitely! When I listen to music in English, I tend to like pop and rock mostly. On the other hand, I don't really like rock in Spanish, also, I do not like pop music in Spanish because -while their rhythms could be similar to songs in English- I feel them as being forced and unnatural. It is as if the singers were trying to imitate the foreign style, not being genuine (or at least I perceive it this way). In my opinion, every culture has its "natural rhythms" and more often than not the delicious and meaningful form of them are not transferred well to other languages.
  13. Excellent advice! What I've done in the past is reading manuals for beginner learners in my target second language (not necessarily for children). I can only say it has been effective. Another thing that helped me when learning being using books for tourists. Usually they list the most popular and useful phrases for everyday life, which can be invaluable when interacting with native speakers for the first time. e.g. Greetings, how to ask for directions, asking for common meals at the restaurants and the like. This has been my personal experience. I can only agree with what you mentio
  14. Great way to learn another language @brooklyn218. You are passionate about the subject and are familiar with it, which can greatly improve your understanding. Now, with a good online dictionary and a community just like the one you have here at linguaholic the only thing left to do is learning Congratulations on using this way to achieve it.!
  15. Totally agree @Jbarbermd. Spanish is becoming increasingly important by the day. As the Spanish-speaking population increases, the need to interact with them in their language is increasing exponentially too. Good to know you're a doctor serving Spanish-speaking patients in their mother tongue. Your action is very comendable. By the way, if you were at the "pretty good" level in the past, you can surely come back to it and upgrade to "excellent" with practice. Congratulations! By all means do continue to persevere in your study and learning. Best regards.
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