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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #75 on: July 29, 2011, 02:07:45 AM »
Hmm, English is my first language but I'm currently working on Spanish. This is just my personal opinion but to my ears other languages besides English just sound so beautiful. Maybe this is just the grass is greener over there effect lol

I have the Rosetta program for it but I don't think that using it alone is the best way to learn. Taking classes with other people and reading books is helpful for me. I also love listening to different songs and watching some televison shows in Spanish.

It is pleasing after studying for a while to hear someone random speaking and completely understand. :)

I only wished that I had developed an interest in learning different languages earlier in life. Maybe one day I will be completely fluent in Spanish so I can move on to Russian or maybe German. 

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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #76 on: July 31, 2011, 07:13:58 PM »
I actually know American Sign Language and I am fluent in it. Won't work here, but it is a language.

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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #77 on: August 02, 2011, 03:48:20 AM »
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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #78 on: August 02, 2011, 10:31:31 AM »
I speak English and German, both as native languages.

I understand a little Spanish by now, some Italian and French, thanks to my boyfriend.

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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #79 on: August 02, 2011, 10:35:21 AM »
I tried to learn Spanish, but it was too hard for me because I have speech impediments that are connected with me being hard of hearing, so I just stuck with American Sign Language. It's easier for me to talk with my hands because I'm able to read the facial expressions and be able to be myself. Speaking in my native language, English, is harder than signing even though I had speech therapy for most of my life.

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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #80 on: August 11, 2011, 02:28:18 PM »
I was so happy these past weeks, I watched a few films in French, with subtitles, and was really sure I understood barely a word. But there were several occasions where I instantly knew the subtitles were wrong. I apparently actually did understand some of it, quite a bit actually, it seems. And, yes, the subtitles really were wrong, the context revealed it a bit later in each case. I thought my French was near as dead and gone as my Latin, but maybe there's hope for a tiny, tiny resurrection, even?

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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #81 on: August 11, 2011, 02:39:22 PM »
I watch the History Channel for WWII documentaries to do the same thing on my German.  I've caught a couple errors there, as well.

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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #82 on: August 11, 2011, 02:50:04 PM »
I once caught something in Russian that the subtitles had overlooked, and I was terribly proud of myself.  :D  I realize that sometimes there isn't enough time to get everything subtitled -- if the characters are speaking quickly, they'd be awfully hard to read -- but really, whatever they do have time to translate should at least be accurate.  It seems like it should be so simple...

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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #83 on: August 11, 2011, 04:43:45 PM »
*shares the bliss of 'I do understand a little' with Oniya and Valerian*  XD

What's at once amusing and bound to make you cringe is when they use your native tongue in some book or film - all the wrong way, and in films, often with the most dreadful pronunciation. *gigglefits* -> 'It seems like it should be so simple...' ;D

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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #84 on: August 11, 2011, 09:36:58 PM »
Okay - I apparently know enough Spanish to be able to laugh hysterically at the commentary from the luchador wrestlers.  Not sure where I picked that up.  O_o

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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #85 on: August 12, 2011, 09:08:52 AM »
I know how you feel, I know enough Spanish to enjoy soccer. ^^ I picked mine up when I worked at McDonalds.

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Re: E-Melting Pot
« Reply #86 on: August 13, 2011, 06:14:41 AM »
Dutch is my first language. Have written + spoken English from the age of 12 (so 10 years now, and still improving).

Then there's German and French: I'm able to read and understand German, but speaking..not so much anymore. French is even rustier, I can't believe that once upon a time I could read Rousseau in French! All that's left from my French knowledge is some basics like "I don't want that", "I need a stamp" (wut?!) and the like.

I'm also slowly getting into Swedish, as boyfriend's first language is Swedish and it's very similar to Dutch (in writing, at least).