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Old July 1st, 2013, 02:24 PM
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My Greek is just very limited, but I could try... (not done in Greek Alphabet) Ya Sas, Me lene Air, shero polee. (Hello, my name is Air, pleased to meet you.)
As for my Croatian, it's a little better. Dobre Večer moji prijatelji, zovem se Air, drago mi je. ja sam dobro, i Dobrodošli na Pokecommunity! (Good Evening my friends, my name is air, nice to meet you. I'm good, and Welcome to Pokecommunity!)

I might have gotten the Croatian a little wrong, but I'm still learning. :D
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 03:13 PM
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I'm also trying to learn Polish :p It's hard to learn when you have no connections to any polish people though :/

So where do you learn your croatian? Website or irl?

الس ايم لرنن ذعربية ابجد

it's really awkward because I don't know any arabic :p
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Old July 7th, 2013, 07:24 AM
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so um. hi! i'd like to join. c:

LANGUAGES?
my native language is Dutch. as EGKangaroo stated before however, English is everywhere in our country, so i'm fluent in English as well. i wouldn't call myself bilingual though; i can't speak English without an accent, unless i talk slower than natural.
apart from that, i've had German, French, Latin and Ancient Greek each for a minimum of 3 year in high school, but none of it really sticked since i graduated 2 years ago. i do plan on picking up German and perhaps French again later, though.

finally, what i consider my third language would be, like many others here, Japanese. i'm confident i can hold my own in (simple) conversation, and since February i've also been actively studying Kanji using Wanikani. i KNEW it was Lightning when i saw 'Cherrim' on WK...

ONLINE TOOLS?
well, since i've only been using the internet to actively study Japanese so far, i have only two sites to really recommend:
WaniKani
WaniKani, like explained before, is a website that teaches you Kanji using radicals. it uses an SRS-system to allow for optimized memory retention and minimal amount of invested study time. it's (still) in closed beta, but when i asked for a place i was admitted within 24 hours. it's not Free, though.

Textfugu
never personally used this, but it's deemed very useful by many people i know.

Visualizing Japanese Grammar
honestly i stumbled upon this site by accident. it's a very useful place for getting more insight in some key items in Japanese grammar, explained in simple, straightforward videos. even the most abstract of concepts are explained understandably. to me, at least c:
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Old July 7th, 2013, 05:59 PM
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hi!

how come everyone i know on here lives in a different country :p makes me feel …;;

so what were all the selection of languages in your high school system?
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WaniKani
WaniKani, like explained before, is a website that teaches you Kanji using radicals. it uses an SRS-system to allow for optimized memory retention and minimal amount of invested study time. it's (still) in closed beta, but when i asked for a place i was admitted within 24 hours. it's not Free, though.
YOU KNOW WHAT'S ANNOYING?

THEY SHOULD JUST TELL US UP FRONT THAT IT'S NOT FREE

BECAUSE I FOUND THAT OUT TOO LATE

AND I HAVE NO MONEY

AT LEAST NONE THAT I CAN WASTE
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Old July 8th, 2013, 03:44 AM
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isn't it way more fun to meet lots of people from different countries? i think so, anyway. c: as of next year i'll be doing an International Bachelor in my home country, and there'll be lots of international students; i'm super excited! but also a little intimidated.

in my high school - at my level of education, at least - you'd get Dutch, English, German, French, Latin and Ancient Greek throughout the first three years (equivalent of Middle School in the States i suppose), and in the latter three years (High School equivalent) you would still have English and Dutch mandatory, and had to choose at least one or two of the other languages (depending on whether your other subjects were science or history/economy-oriented).
... it's a bit confusing.

but yeah, WaniKani nor Textfugu are free, but both at least give you a trial period so you can get used to the mechanics. i don't have a lot of money to spare, which is why i don't use Textfugu, but WK seemed useful to me, 'cause i don't think i could stick to studying kanji without it...
there's also another program that uses the SRS system though; Anki. it's technically a flashcard system, but if you put in your own kanji flashcards it works similar to WaniKani, i suppose. and it's free. XD;
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Old July 8th, 2013, 08:30 AM
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so speaking of japanese

do you find it annoying when people go "genki desu kaaaa~~~" online instead of just using kana and saying "げんきですか〜。" I don't know why, but it annoys me endlessly :p
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Old July 8th, 2013, 11:02 AM
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well, truth be told, i used to be one of them! back when i was 11-12, that is. 'GENKI DESU KAAA~? UWAAH, KAWAII NEKO DESU NE! BAKABAKABAKA' ...
i never posted that stuff anywhere though, but i did talk to my (few) anime-loving friends that way. one of those friends even managed to save some of our conversations from back then, and when we read them back now they caused nothing but CRINGE.
'MY GOD. WE WERE LIKE THAT?...'

there's a term for em, too; wannabe-japanese, or wapanese, which eventually evolved into weeaboo. other characteristics include excessive love for everything japanese. i think it's a phase though. at some point you 'graduate' from it.. or at least most people do? i guess some people never learn!
they don't annoy me right away when i notice them, but i tend to just ignore them. simple and effective!
do you see them a lot though? i only see them on youtube (vocaloid songs/AMVs etc...)
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Old July 8th, 2013, 04:07 PM
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Lol anywhere I step into the realm of Japanese entertainment (including Pokémon :p) I see weeaboos everywhere.

But then again there's probably wannabe Americans in Japan too (specifically the Yankii lol) so I really think it's a teenager thing around the world to want to be something different for when they have all the deep voices, big boobs, and chest hair they want :p

Now tbh my friends and I do this all the time but it's always out of the "street talk" book which always inexplicably tells you how to have sex in that language and then do drugs :p
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Old July 9th, 2013, 03:31 AM
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yeah, you're probably right. there's people who idolize America here too - like my younger brother... teens usually want to identify themselves with a certain group of people, and i guess Japanese entertainment is one of those

you use 'street talk' with your friends all the time? XD; i agree that there always seems to be some sort of reference to anything 'badass'; sex, drugs, alcohol... crime? i'm not really a part of that world. never really have been...

also, i forgot to mention another online language studying tool:
Lang-8
Lang-8 is a website on which you can write blogs in the language you want to study, and then native speakers of that language will correct it for you. this way you can learn correct writing in your language of choice, and come into contact with native speakers of that language easily c:
of course, other than writing blogs, you can also correct others' blogs that they have written in your native language.
personally so far i've only corrected others' blogs... i should really get to writing at some point ah well.
now i should be getting to my WaniKani Reviews!
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Old July 10th, 2013, 10:15 AM
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you use 'street talk' with your friends all the time? XD; i agree that there always seems to be some sort of reference to anything 'badass'; sex, drugs, alcohol... crime? i'm not really a part of that world. never really have been...
oh whoops I should mention also that we do it jokingly :p we don't get that culture either lol
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Old July 10th, 2013, 10:53 AM
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oh i see. that. makes more sense

say, i've been meaning to ask; what's that language you have in your signature?

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Tha yr thaerieag vi. Erei tha yr menitheder sze-eu thaelieag scui.
woah, i put it into Google Translate just to try it out, but it seems to have no idea what it is either!
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Old July 15th, 2013, 12:38 PM
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it's something I made up :p if you want to know i'll break it down for you

tha - just "placeholder" pronoun. Similar to how we say "it was cool!" instead of "toy story 2 was cool!"

yr - indicates that the verb (at the very end) is transitive.

thaer-i-ea-g - tree-(plural)-[(adverb ending)-(adverb)]

vi - to be, or to exist, or to live, or to reside in. Pretty much just you're "around" something a lot of the time, or it exist.

Erei - with (preposition)

meni-thede-r - (to)hunt-tha(possessive)-(direct object form of definite article, "eu") "the hunted"

sze-eu - (to)do-(noun) i.e. "doing", "being hunted [as the direct object implies]"
(the e-e is separated because it's not clear whether eu is part of the word or "the" otherwise.)

thae[r]-l-[ieag] - tree-(diminuitive)-[plural-adverb] i.e. "tree branch"

scui - (to)go
("en" is the proper marker, but it's not needed as the subject is implied.)

Basically,

"It lives tree-ly. With the hunting of its prey happens, it jumps branchedly."
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Old July 15th, 2013, 04:26 PM
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Wait, droomph, you mean you made that up yourself? Do you have a name for it? It looks very interesting.

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Languages: English- Native language
Spanish- Took 2 years in high school. I probably have the vocabulary of a fourth grader, but I can understand most of the language.
Japanese- I've only been self-teaching myself for about a month now, so I can only form very basic sentences.

Online Tools: -WaniKani - Extremely helpful with kanji memorization and vocab. (And yes, droomph, only the first 2 levels are free )
-TextFugu - I used the free chapters of it, but I really don't want to pay the $20 monthly or $120 lifetime fees. It was helpful while it lasted, though.
-Memrise - Useful in that you can choose your own mnemonics to build vocab.
-Lang-8 - I can tell it's very useful, but I'm not confident in my skills enough to post an entry of any sort. I help a lot of people with their English, though.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 05:14 PM
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I'm sorry to say that I'll only be able to add you once I feel safe exiting my room, but welcome regardless! :)

And no, I don't have a name for it. All I have right now is L1, which is the codename for it…Though I'm still working on it so you guys can probably help me with ideas for the name :p

It's more a hobby than a real thing I'm working on, so don't expect much development lol
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Old July 21st, 2013, 02:38 PM
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I CAN'T HOLD IT IN ANYMORE

IS ANYBODY INTERESTED IN OKINAWAN

BECAUSE I AM

BUT THE INTERNET DOESN'T

SO I'M SCREWED

BECAUSE I KNOW NEITHER *FLUENT* JAPANESE NOR OKINAWAN

AND I CAN'T AFFORD A TICKET TO JAPAN
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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:51 AM
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こんにちわ! Sign me up please.

What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?

I speak English, I'm kind of bummed that my school didn't offer any languages other than the standard ones which I was fairly bored with (due to bad teachers, probably). So, my additional languages are:

GCSE French (learnt up until I was 16)
German (learnt for two years in school, remember very little).
Japanese (self-teaching myself at the moment, I have katakana and hirigana down and I am working on my vocab, particles and sentence structure.


Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?

I used apps for learning my japanese syllables, and it helped for some words, however now I am using online websites as well as books.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 08:28 AM
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こんにちわ! Sign me up please.

What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?

I speak English, I'm kind of bummed that my school didn't offer any languages other than the standard ones which I was fairly bored with (due to bad teachers, probably). So, my additional languages are:

GCSE French (learnt up until I was 16)
German (learnt for two years in school, remember very little).
Japanese (self-teaching myself at the moment, I have katakana and hirigana down and I am working on my vocab, particles and sentence structure.


Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?

I used apps for learning my japanese syllables, and it helped for some words, however now I am using online websites as well as books. :)
じゃねー

なにをならった?

Well, I mean you're in college so you can take some courses while you're there! Well, wish you luck, and welcome to the club!
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Old July 25th, 2013, 08:37 AM
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I've actually graduated, I'm now a full time worker huzzah. Does mean I'm kind of juggling everything :L, not much free time to learn.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 09:03 AM
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I've actually graduated, I'm now a full time worker huzzah. Does mean I'm kind of juggling everything :L, not much free time to learn.
wut

well even on the way home from work (if you take the subway or something) if you can squeeze in a couple minutes of learning that'll be more than enough to take something out of it.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 01:34 PM
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こんにちは、SwiftSignさん!
I have absolutely nothing to do for another few weeks now, so I can study all I want. My only problem is that I get distracted really easily. I can be studying one minute and watching videos of cats the next.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 10:30 PM
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안녕하세요! 저는 멜린다 입니다.
こんにちわ! わたし は メリンダ です。
您好!我梅林达。

I don't remember seeing this club before, but I'd really like to join. :D
Love languages.

What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?
English - It is my second language, but as I've almost forgotten my first language, Khmer, I just tell people it's my first language. :)
Khmer - My speaking skills are decent, but I can't read it worth anything. :/ I plan to relearn everything I've forgotten.
Japanese - I took 2 years in high school. It's been a while so I'm refreshing my memory on it right now and taking more classes in college soon.
Korean - Teaching myself. :B Kind of obsessive really.
Mandarin - Currently learning this as well! It will be help in communicating with family members. I've just started learning Mandarin so I'm not very good at it. >~< I will take classes for Mandarin in college as well.

Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?
For Korean I use this site. It's really amazing and I recommend it for anyone interested in Korean. I also learn from watching Korean dramas and things like that.
For Mandarin I'm mostly using apps on my phone like "Mindsnacks: Mandarin".
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Old July 28th, 2013, 10:56 PM
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こんにちわ! わたし は メリンダ です。
您好!我梅林达。

I don't remember seeing this club before, but I'd really like to join. :D
Love languages.

What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?
English - It is my second language, but as I've almost forgotten my first language, Khmer, I just tell people it's my first language. :)
Khmer - My speaking skills are decent, but I can't read it worth anything. :/ I plan to relearn everything I've forgotten.
Japanese - I took 2 years in high school. It's been a while so I'm refreshing my memory on it right now and taking more classes in college soon.
Korean - Teaching myself. :B Kind of obsessive really.
Mandarin - Currently learning this as well! It will be help in communicating with family members. I've just started learning Mandarin so I'm not very good at it. >~< I will take classes for Mandarin in college as well.

Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?
For Korean I use this site. It's really amazing and I recommend it for anyone interested in Korean. I also learn from watching Korean dramas and things like that.
For Mandarin I'm mostly using apps on my phone like "Mindsnacks: Mandarin".
I've been meaning to learn korean, that should help :p

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khmer is related to thai and such right? I think I could use that, though the learning the writing is awful. (what do you mean the a goes before the letter it's after i will travel back in time and murder you)

ehhhh mandarin. I speak like a 4th grader in terms of vocabulary. I speak it very well, but I literally can't stand the r sound that pops up so I try to not speak it when I can. But when I do people say I speak it well for a person who hasn't been in China for 14 years :p (I want to learn Cantonese, because it sounds a lot less rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr………what else do you want to learn?)
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Old July 28th, 2013, 11:05 PM
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I've been meaning to learn korean, that should help :p

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khmer is related to thai and such right? I think I could use that, though the learning the writing is awful. (what do you mean the a goes before the letter it's after i will travel back in time and murder you)

ehhhh mandarin. I speak like a 4th grader in terms of vocabulary. I speak it very well, but I literally can't stand the r sound that pops up so I try to not speak it when I can. But when I do people say I speak it well for a person who hasn't been in China for 14 years :p (I want to learn Cantonese, because it sounds a lot less rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr………what else do you want to learn?)
I love learning Korean! Once you start we can converse in Korean to help each other learn. <3

To be honest I can't even tell Thai and Khmer apart letters. xD It's so sad. People make fun of me for not being able to tell the difference. Because of that I tend to pretend I just don't know Khmer all together.

I love Mandarin so far. I want to learn Cantonese as well, but I want to be able to speak Mandarin well first. Other languages I want to learn are Vietnamese, Thai, French, and Spanish. I think I'm addicted to languages.
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What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?

I speak both English and French. I'm French-Canadian, who actually learned English first (My mother is Anglophone so it's ridiculous to assume that I would learn in French at home). I ended up taking my schooling in French though, and since I have a lot of French speaking relatives I'm pretty conversational in each language. I consider myself fully bilingual because I can read, write and speak both.

My new language of choice is German. We'll see how it turns out.

Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?

I don't use any online resources actually. I've learnt my very minuscule German from friends who speak it.
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Old July 29th, 2013, 12:52 PM
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You guys are all just blowing me out the water! We've got a huge variety of languages :o.
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