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Old August 21st, 2013, 11:42 AM
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A language club? So joining! :D


What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?
I'm fluent in English and Quebecois French, with French as my first language. Can read, write, and speak both fluently, living pretty much right on the Ontario-Quebec border in Canada. I'm currently learning Spanish, for work and Russian, as I have somewhat of an obsession with Russian/Soviet history. Spanish is coming along quite nicely, though I,m nowhere near conversational. Russian is harder but fun to learn. I'd also like to learn Mandarin someday, but that's kind of wishful thinking.

Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?
For Spanish (and presumably the other languages they offer) I love Duolingo. For Russian, I've been reading Russian newspapers and websites. Rosetta Stone when I have time. For Mac users, I've also found it quite useful for any language to set OS X (Can be done on Windows too if you have Ultimate version) to whatever you happen to be learning - I use my computer enough that I know where all the menus are by heart, so I can do the translations seeing them in target language.

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About time I join this wonderful club!

What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?
I am fluent in English and Russian (having been born in Russia and lived there up until I was 7). Can read, write, and speak English fluently. I speak Russian fluently as well but my writing level is very poor and I'm pretty slow with reading it. I'd like to learn German and Japanese in the future, if possible, though those are more or less wishful thinking goals. Not sure how much inspiration I have to keep up with studies long-term.. especially since immersion isn't an option. I don't do well with learning through reading.
I didn't know you spoke Russian! We should practice together sometime
  #77    
Old August 21st, 2013, 04:01 PM
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Omg, Russian is such an amazing language, from a listener's pov. ; v; I want to learn it really bad, but I still need to learn more about the languages currently on my plate, so to speak.
I'm curious, what influences you guys' choices on learning the languages you know? I know a lot of the influence on my end is just because I love the sound of them.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 03:57 PM
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Omg, Russian is such an amazing language, from a listener's pov. ; v; I want to learn it really bad, but I still need to learn more about the languages currently on my plate, so to speak.
I'm curious, what influences you guys' choices on learning the languages you know? I know a lot of the influence on my end is just because I love the sound of them.
There were a lot of things that got me into learning the languages that I'm currently studying. Anime is an easy example for Japanese. xD But I mean other than that I love the culture for all the languages I'm learning and I also love they way look when written.

Off Topic:
I started using wanikani and omg....I love it!!! Really helping me. I had a lot of trouble memorizing Kanji on my own.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 01:39 PM
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Omg, Russian is such an amazing language, from a listener's pov. ; v; I want to learn it really bad, but I still need to learn more about the languages currently on my plate, so to speak.
I'm curious, what influences you guys' choices on learning the languages you know? I know a lot of the influence on my end is just because I love the sound of them.
For me, that's Scots/Scottish English :p it makes me feel comfortable when I listen to it.
did u no there r 21 letters in the alphabet
o i forgot 5
uraqt


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Old August 25th, 2013, 03:04 PM
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Hi, new member here **

What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?
Italian is my first language, and I speak it almost flawlessly. I think I'm pretty good with English, but I constantly try to improve my grammar and pronunciation.
I'm currently try to learn some basic Japanese by myself. It is simply awesome, I love kanji and the way it sounds~

I also used to study German at school but now that I'm in High School, I'm studying Latin and Ancient Greek. (Since almost the entire Italian vocabulary comes from these languages, in Italy it's pretty common to study them)

Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?
I don't really know, I usually rely on books and dictionaries rather than web supports.

Hope everything's ok
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Old September 1st, 2013, 03:58 PM
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Hi, new member here **

What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?
Italian is my first language, and I speak it almost flawlessly. I think I'm pretty good with English, but I constantly try to improve my grammar and pronunciation.
I'm currently try to learn some basic Japanese by myself. It is simply awesome, I love kanji and the way it sounds~

I also used to study German at school but now that I'm in High School, I'm studying Latin and Ancient Greek. (Since almost the entire Italian vocabulary comes from these languages, in Italy it's pretty common to study them)

Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?
I don't really know, I usually rely on books and dictionaries rather than web supports.

Hope everything's ok
Welcome to the club! :D I really like listening to people speak Italian. How difficult is it in terms of learning the language?
  #82    
Old September 1st, 2013, 05:06 PM
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Shwmae. [Hello]

I thought i'd post regarding my native language.

I have a sneaky feeling I'm one of a select few, if not the only person on this website who speaks Welsh.

It's a beautiful language, if you don't suffocate trying to pronounce certain sounds.

Unfortunately it's going to die out, currently under 25% of the country actually speak it.

Wyt ti'n siarad Cymraeg?
  #83    
Old September 1st, 2013, 06:21 PM
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Unfortunately, I don't speak Welsh, but goodness, it is a lovely language. <3 It reminds me a lot of Old English, in the way it sounds. Do those two have any connection? I haven't had the time to research the progression of the English language into different branches.
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  #84    
Old September 1st, 2013, 06:58 PM
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Hello everybody! I'd like to join this awesome club.

What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?
Spanish is my first language and I speak it flawlessly. I also speak English, obviously . I'm currently at Cambridge level C2 and consider myself fully bilingual.

I'm learning Portuguese right now, I can speak, read and write but I still need to learn a lot.

Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?
I use busuu.com. I recommend it greatly.


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Old September 7th, 2013, 04:08 AM
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Welcome to the club! :D I really like listening to people speak Italian. How difficult is it in terms of learning the language?
Well, it's not THAT difficult, there isn't much irregular stuff. Singulars and Plurals are always the same, for example (but they're based on the gender name they accompany).

However, in english, for example, the verb "love" can be used for all the subjects (except that you have to add an s to the third person), while in italian there is a specific desinence for every person:

Spoiler:
English:

I love
You love
He/She/It loves
We love
You love
They love


Italian:

Io amo
Tu ami
Egli/Ella/Esso ama
Noi amiamo
Voi amate
Essi amano


And there are so many verbal tenses:

Spoiler:

Name (Ensligh counterpart) - Active Form / Passive Form

Indicativo Presente (Simple Present) - Io amo / Io sono amato
Indicativo Imperfetto - Io amavo / Io ero amato
Indicativo Passato Remoto (Simple Past) - Io amai / Io fui amato
Indicativo Futuro Semplice (Simple Future) - Io amerò / Io sarò amato
Indicativo Passato Remoto (Present Perfect) - Io ho amato / Io sono stato amato
Indicativo Trapassato Prossimo - Io avevo amato / Io ero stato amato
Indicativo Trapassato Remoto (Past Perfect) - Io ebbi amato / Io fui stato amato
Indicativo Futuro Anteriore - Io avrò amato / Io sarò stato amato

Congiuntivo Presente (Simple Present) - Io ami / Io sia amato
Congiuntivo Imperfetto (Simple Past) - Io amassi / Io fossi amato
Congiuntivo Passato (Present Perfect) - Io abbia amato / Io sia stato amato
Congiuntivo Trapassato (Past Perfect) - Io avessi amato / Io fossi stato amato

Condizionale Presente (would+infinite) - Io amerei / Io sarei amato
Condizionale Passato (would+ past participle) - Io avrei amato / Io sarei stato amato

Infinito Presente (Infinite) - Amare / Essere amato
Infinito Passo (be+past participle) - Avere Amato / Essere stato amato

Participio Presente (-er form i suppose, like lover) - Amante
Participio Passato (Past Participle) - Amato

Gerundio Presente (Present Continous) - Amando / Essendo amato
Gerundio Passato (having+Past participle I think) - Avendo amato / Essendo stato amato

Imperativo Presente - (infinite without to) - Ama! / Sii amato!

Yeah, 12 forms for each tense (except for Infinito, Participio and Gerundio)


Like I said, apart from that, it's not really difficult, and it sounds pleasant in my opinion. Hope I explained (I won't deny I wasn't trying to impress you, I'm proud of my language)
Little translation:

Spoiler:
English:
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Italian:
Lorem Ipsum è un testo segnaposto utilizzato nel settore della tipografia e della stampa. Lorem Ipsum è considerato il testo segnaposto standard sin dal sedicesimo secolo, quando un anonimo tipografo prese una cassetta di caratteri e li assemblò per preparare un testo campione. È sopravvissuto non solo a più di cinque secoli, ma anche al passaggio alla videoimpaginazione, pervenendoci sostanzialmente inalterato. Fu reso popolare, negli anni ’60, con la diffusione dei fogli di caratteri trasferibili “Letraset”, che contenevano passaggi del Lorem Ipsum, e più recentemente da software di impaginazione come Aldus PageMaker, che includeva versioni del Lorem Ipsum.
  #86    
Old September 8th, 2013, 03:33 PM
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Hmm, maybe this club needs an IRC. Like Trade Corner has and Pokemon Clubs had has. So we can practice conversation in real time, but with writing instead of Skype. Thoughts?


I may have a small obsession with IRC
  #87    
Old September 11th, 2013, 07:44 PM
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Hmm, maybe this club needs an IRC. Like Trade Corner has and Pokemon Clubs had has. So we can practice conversation in real time, but with writing instead of Skype. Thoughts?


I may have a small obsession with IRC
I'll look into it.

But I personally think Skype is better because you can speak and speaking is about 50% of all language :p
did u no there r 21 letters in the alphabet
o i forgot 5
uraqt


  #88    
Old September 12th, 2013, 04:27 AM
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I'll look into it.

But I personally think Skype is better because you can speak and speaking is about 50% of all language :p
Some people won't have microphones.

I can set an IRC room up myself if you want. I've managed a few before.
  #89    
Old September 14th, 2013, 11:18 PM
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I'm up for both Skype and IRC.
Some people might be too shy to speak over Skype. x] (sounds like me)
But either works for me.
  #90    
Old September 29th, 2013, 02:43 PM
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so anyone up to any of this?
did u no there r 21 letters in the alphabet
o i forgot 5
uraqt


  #91    
Old October 4th, 2013, 11:07 AM
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I can register a channel if you like, not sure the club is really active enough though ):
  #92    
Old October 4th, 2013, 07:58 PM
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I can register a channel if you like, not sure the club is really active enough though ):
Which is a shame because this is one of the best clubs on PC ;P

Does anyone have any tips for learning vocabulary? I'm having trouble remembering words by just going over a list of them and their meanings. Any help would be awesome :D

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  #93    
Old October 4th, 2013, 08:39 PM
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Try going over them in real life. So whenever you encounter a certain word, just say it and think about it and try to say that thought in the language you're learning, so you'll learn how to put it in context better.
Denny Hamlin. ugh so late
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Old October 6th, 2013, 04:02 PM
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So what happened with the IRC channel/Skype group?
It's been a while since I posted here. xD

Anyone else on wanikani?
  #95    
Old October 6th, 2013, 09:26 PM
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Try going over them in real life. So whenever you encounter a certain word, just say it and think about it and try to say that thought in the language you're learning, so you'll learn how to put it in context better.
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind!

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Old October 7th, 2013, 11:16 AM
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What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?

As far as fluency is concerned, the only language I speak is English. However, I have been studying Mandarin Chinese for the past few years and know it decently enough to muster up conversations. Aside from that, I know bits and pieces of Cantonese and a decent bit of Spanish as well.

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

Hmm...I haven't really found any yet. Most of my learning has been either in the classroom or overseas. I'm struggling with finding online materials that work for my level but if you know of any good Mandarin Chinese learning sites feel free to send them my way.
  #97    
Old October 7th, 2013, 12:42 PM
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So what happened with the IRC channel/Skype group?
It's been a while since I posted here. xD

Anyone else on wanikani?
I did it:

irc.systemnet.info #languageclub

Feel free to come and practice or just chat. As for a Skype group, I'm all for it, but I'll have to figure out how to set it up. I'd be great for me, actually, since Ottawa is sadly pretty homogenous, so I have nobody irl to practice with

I've set myself a limit of two languages at a time currently (it seems to work pretty well) so I can't take up anything new atm, but after Spanish is done (Russian is looking to take a lot longer) I'm looking at either Japanese or Dutch - in the event that I choose Japanese, would you recommend WaniKani?
  #98    
Old October 7th, 2013, 02:17 PM
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What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?
My native languages are Dutch and Polish, and I speak UK/AU English fluently.
I can understand German a bit, and I can surprisingly understand a lot of Afrikaans and Czech, without learning them at all.
I'm also into knowing Japanese, although Kanji is my only issue with that language.
If the Japanese only didn't use the Kanji script, it'd be the easiest language to learn, ever made.

I'm also fluent with PHP and C++, and I know some C# Scripting in Unity3D.

Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?
For human languages, I use LiveMocha, which provides free, community-based courses, and it's quite good.
And if you want to be taught by professionals, you can pay a fee.
For Programming languages, I use official Online resources, though I keep avoiding the C# Documentations by Microsoft, as they're terrible to follow.

Simple phrases in my native languages.
Ik ben Yami, een 21 jarige meid, die 3DS en Wii U games programmeert.
Ja jestem Yami, mam 21 lat i jestem kobietą. Ja programuję gierki dla 3DS i Wii U.
~Yami
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Old October 9th, 2013, 12:22 PM
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I did it:

irc.systemnet.info #languageclub

Feel free to come and practice or just chat. As for a Skype group, I'm all for it, but I'll have to figure out how to set it up. I'd be great for me, actually, since Ottawa is sadly pretty homogenous, so I have nobody irl to practice with :(

I've set myself a limit of two languages at a time currently (it seems to work pretty well) so I can't take up anything new atm, but after Spanish is done (Russian is looking to take a lot longer) I'm looking at either Japanese or Dutch - in the event that I choose Japanese, would you recommend WaniKani?
No one is in there. :(

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

As far as fluency is concerned, the only language I speak is English. However, I have been studying Mandarin Chinese for the past few years and know it decently enough to muster up conversations. Aside from that, I know bits and pieces of Cantonese and a decent bit of Spanish as well.

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

Hmm...I haven't really found any yet. Most of my learning has been either in the classroom or overseas. I'm struggling with finding online materials that work for my level but if you know of any good Mandarin Chinese learning sites feel free to send them my way.
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What languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?
My native languages are Dutch and Polish, and I speak UK/AU English fluently.
I can understand German a bit, and I can surprisingly understand a lot of Afrikaans and Czech, without learning them at all.
I'm also into knowing Japanese, although Kanji is my only issue with that language.
If the Japanese only didn't use the Kanji script, it'd be the easiest language to learn, ever made.

I'm also fluent with PHP and C++, and I know some C# Scripting in Unity3D.

Also, what are some online tools that you use to help learn?
For human languages, I use LiveMocha, which provides free, community-based courses, and it's quite good.
And if you want to be taught by professionals, you can pay a fee.
For Programming languages, I use official Online resources, though I keep avoiding the C# Documentations by Microsoft, as they're terrible to follow.

Simple phrases in my native languages.
Ik ben Yami, een 21 jarige meid, die 3DS en Wii U games programmeert.
Ja jestem Yami, mam 21 lat i jestem kobietą. Ja programuję gierki dla 3DS i Wii U.
Welcome to the club guys! :D
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Old October 9th, 2013, 07:32 PM
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No one is in there. :(
Lol I'll try to get in there when I get my **** together :p I do look forward to that fateful day though.

Also, as for something to discuss, how do you use SAT words (meaning "smart-sounding") in everyday speech, writing, etc., or do you just reserve them for formal occasions?
did u no there r 21 letters in the alphabet
o i forgot 5
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