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Hello Linguaholics! My name's Mitchell. I speak US English, Latin American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. In addition to being a fellow linguaholic, I also am very interested in product design and educational solutions. I'm in the process of completing a UX Design and Research Certification and currently am conducting a survey for my capstone project focused on designing a solution to make the foreign language learning experience more engaging and effective. If you have 1-2 minutes to spare, it would be greatly appreciated if you could take the below screener survey that anyone, regardless of how extensive or traditional your foreign language learning experiences, can complete to help guide this project that I'm very passionate about. All of your answers will remain completely confidential and you do not need to participate beyond this survey if you don't want to. Note - Please answer questions based on the foreign language that you've been studying longest, whether or not that is Spanish or another language. Survey: https://forms.gle/a8PXPZYzpk8pcLPT7 Thank you so much for your help! - Mitchell
Sometimes I have to translate a text from English to German and I have an intresting technique that produces good results: I mainly use Google Translate, but also Bing (better for some short texts). I set Google Translate to the source language and the target language, then I get the result and I change the target language and the source language. I will change the initial text, in general to be more explicit and less idiomatic, until the result has the same meaning as the original. I In the end, I just need to know if the translated text has any serious incongruity. Can anyone good in Germany language help me point out some relevant translation problem?
Sharing some techniques on how to learn German or say any other language (vocabulary, accent etc.) fast. 1. Read books – this is my favorite – good for those who love reading and at the same time wanting the benefit of learning the language on the side. You may be slow at first but that is normal because you are reading in different language and not in your mother tongue. My advice, try not to look to every word in the dictionary during your reading, just keep on reading, it would avoid you to get bored. I know it may sound not right but believe me, it works. 2. Listen when the native are talking and then take note – Once in a while, I just keep my mouth shut, not asking question and just let myself listen when people talk around me, and then I take note some words that are new to me and if there is a chance ask some of them to tell me what those words mean or I look it up myself and then use it the next time I have the opportunity to do so 3. Watch film or TV – I think everybody is familiar with this one. I do not have to go further, let us save time J 4. Read simple signs – When I was driving places, I give notice to those signs on the way or around. This is great especially if you are driving in the same direction everyday. Eventually you will memorize these words since you are encountering them often. 5. Play scrabble – Sounds old but this will help. Just play the game and do not be furious of losing it, just think of the advantage side of it. Let them win in a while and learn vocabularies, that way you can win big too and then next time, win both sidesJ 6. Think like a child then converse, converse and converse – I know, there are a lot of factors that are holding us back (esp. new language learners) to talk to people, especially to the native speakers. I know them, because I had that stage in my life. When I was in school, there are a lot of time I wished I would not be on the spot where I have to talk or explain something, I was scared to mess myself, I was shy that I would not say it right. But this is not the right way to learn the language faster. In a study, kids are faster language learner than adults. Factors why is that so are, children do not have any hesitant to converse, they do not hold themselves, they are open, they are not shy and most of all, they are not scared not to speak perfectly. Adults should do the same. Just talk and do not be furious to be imperfect when it comes to language. That way you will practice and get better everyday and learn a lot. I know there are still a lot to mention, feel free to share yours