Hey there, Amin!
I'm extremely sorry that I haven't replied to your message from... November. Haha, time really does fly.
Until Christmas, I had a lot to study, in the holidays, I went back home, and since the holidays ended, I've been studying a lot AGAIN. Next week, I'll have a couple of exams and after that, my semester holidays are starting Really looking forward to that. Maybe, I'll get round to replying then after all... I hope so.
Anyways, how have you been? Enjoyed Christmas and New Year?
Hey, no time limit on this sort of thing! You just respond whenever you'd like. I hope you've been able to resolve whatever you were busy with!
Congrats on beating the game! What did you think of the ending? I really liked that old king, wish they featured him a bit more though. If you ever want to battle sometime, let me know! And wooooo shinies! You know, alomomola is a palindrome -- I hadn't realised it until recently. I myself haven't successfully found any shinies through searching, just through breeding :/
Ho-Oh is so awesome, I cannot wait to move it over to Y! I've always used at least the main legendary in every game, I wouldn't feel embarrassed using it competitively just because of how cool he is. Apparently he's considered really good, too.
Definitely have to get over my fear sometime. I had added some native Japanese speakers for a language exchange on Skype, but I ended up never being able to speak to them because of screwing up haha. At least I don't get shy, I think it'd be twice as hard if I had that problem too...do you have any practise partners?
The feeling is mutual Céline (really nice name, is it French or does it exist in German too?)
Yeah, my mother was born in India but moved to America when she was 10. She's lived here most of her life -- it's where she met my father, too Spoken Urdu is somewhat similar to spoken Hindi, which is the language mostly used in Indian films and TV. It borrows from many different languages (Arabic, Turkish, Persian, etc.) It appeals to me for that reason too haha.
Are there a lot of exchange students that come over there? I envy you, unfortunately I don't have too many international friends. And that sounds really nice, I hope you get to meet up with her, and can travel in general. The world has so many beautiful places to see, I can't understand people who are happy with never traveling!
Aachen is such a cool name haha, especially Bad Aachen! Looks like a really interesting place to visit, perhaps I'll stop by there during my Europe tour (hopefully). You went to Vienna for your boyfriend? Haha aw, that's a sweet reason. Did he live in Aachen before, or had you met him by chance? I'm sorry if that question is too personal. I've heard of transcultural communication before, it's a really interesting major to go for. It's great you've taken your passion for languages into university, sometimes I wonder if I should have done the same haha.
If and when I do come to Vienna, I'll take you up on that offer Thanks Céline!
Not a silly question at all, it's not a name you see in Germanic languages. It's pronounced "uh-meen" (exactly like the chemistry term "Amine" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amine ). Is your name pronounced the same way as Celine Dion?
Alright, I think I have some time to reply now. Again, sorry this took so long!
Wow, only 20 minutes to fully max out a Pokémon's EV? That's awesome. When I think about how long it took in previous generations...
I beat the Pokémon League in Y a few days ago. Boy, that was easy. XD I also tried shiny fishing and I caught a nice Shiny Corsola and a Shiny Alomomola. Alomomola, what a name XD
Yeah, I'm also a big fan of the first 2 generations. My most favorite Pokémon of all time is Ho-Oh. It's one of those legendaries that I always use in-game, although I normally don't like battling with legendaries that much. I also love Raichu, Umbreon, Espeon, Charmander etc. etc. The list goes on forever
And I know what you mean, being afraid of making mistakes in a foreign language. I get that in French and Spanish too sometimes.(English is not foreign for me. lol) But one of my professors said that if you really want to learn a language, you have to overcome that fear sometime. She's originally from London and when she first came to Vienna, she was so afraid to speak German because she was making mistakes all the time. Now, she speaks German like a native and even holds lectures in German. I think that's really inspiring.
By the way, I'm also very happy to have found a person like you who's really open-minded and interested in languages too! In general, it's a lot of fun talking to you!
Wow, your mother is from India! I'd love to go there someday. I bet you can learn a lot from the people there. Urdo, huh? I know that the language exists but I've never heard anybody speak it.
Yeah, I definitely want to visit New York someday. And thanks for offering a tour around! (:
If I ever stop by, I'll tell you! Unfortunately, as a student, I don't have a lot of money. Right now, I'm saving up money so I can visit a good friend of mine who lives in Texas (: She was in Germany as an exchange student for a year and we became great pals.
I've never traveled anywhere outside of Europe. I'd like to study abroad sometime during university as well.
Before Vienna, I lived close to Aachen in Germany. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aachen )
What I like a lot about Aachen is that it's very close to the Netherlands and Belgium. (Luxembourg is not that far away either.) It has a very international feeling to it.
My main reason for coming to Vienna was my boyfriend. The second reason was university. I study "Transcultural Communication". It's similar to Translation and Interpreting, but it's more than that. Generally speaking, it deals a lot with all kinds of different cultures. (My languages are German, English and French, so I mostly learn about English and French speaking countries.)
If you ever come to Vienna, I'd love to meet up with you! I could also show you the nicest places and major sights.
I didn't know the song "Vienna" you mentioned but I listened to it on Youtube and it's very nice! You're right, it has a great message to it. I wonder why the artist chose Vienna out of all places though haha.
Nice to meet you too, Amin! My name is Céline. It's great to talk to you! And excuse me my silly question, but how do you pronounce "Amin"? Is it something like Ey-min?
I just wanted to drop by to say that I'm really sorry that I haven't gotten round to replying to your message! There's a lot going on those last few days but I will get back to your message in the next few days :3
(sorry for breaking up the messages, I hit post by accident)
If you like French enough, you should definitely do it!
My mother used to speak Urdu to me, which is a language from India. She's a big mix of races but that's what her family primarily speaks. She knows Spanish and French too, and is really good at English despite it not being her first language, so seeing that drive made me get into languages along with coming from different racial backgrounds.
That's pretty crazy, traveling to learn -- your mother is pretty admirable. It's something I wish I did in school. Have you ever considered it?
New York is pretty cool because there are all kinds here, and that's something I really like: seeing people from every background and position just sharing a city and living their lives as best as they can. Something about it is inspiring to me. If you ever do stop by, let me know and I could give you a tour if you'd like! And I know what you mean about not wanting to be around the crowded city life so much. A lot of natural beauty gets sacrificed to make busy places likes this, I definitely like to take a break from it every now and then.
You are really lucky, I've always wanted to visit Vienna. I haven't visited Europe yet but that's definitely on my list of places to go. There's even a song I really like by Billy Joel (I'm not sure if you've heard of him) called "Vienna", it's got a great message to it and for some reason makes me want to visit it even more :p If you don't mind me asking, where were you before you moved there?
And hey, thanks a lot for the compliment, you flatter me! I just like to either make people think or have them make me think, always more interested in learning more as opposed to "winning" an argument. I could even say I love being wrong because it means that I've walked away with something new.
Have you ever traveled overseas? And hey...you know it just hit me that I never asked for your name haha. My name is Amin by the way, nice to meet you!
(really sorry for the wall of text myself, I know I'm clogging your visitor messages!)
Oh yeah, Super Training is loads easier. Some people say slower, but it only takes me about 20 minutes to max out a Pokemon so I don't think it takes that long. I can give you the rundown if you want! Oh and would you like to swap Friend Codes?
I like a lot of the older Pokemon better, specifically from Gen I/II. Big fan of Scyther, Umbreon, Ho-Oh, Nidoking, Charizard...I could go on for awhile haha. Right now my team is a mix of old and new. Pangoro is my favourite from this gen! Aside from Chatot (poor guy), how about you?
I know that feeling, best to focus on what you need to now. You'll definitely find time after university, or at least that's been my experience I've graduated already and am working now. Somehow I have a lot more time now than I ever did in school haha. What are you studying, if you don't mind me asking?
I'm really glad what I said means something to you! It's just really nice to make a friend who appreciates languages so much, I feel like it's an important part of making this world feel more unified. You inspire me to try harder myself!
Your approach is spot on, that's something I've always been afraid of doing -- talking to someone in the language. I'm always afraid of making mistakes and looking silly; it's cool you don't seem to worry about that, or if you do you're very good at not showing it haha. And you're right, classrooms seem like a bad place to learn anything practical, especially languages. There are so many things to it than just words and grammar, seeing how someone speaks, when they use certain words in which instances, their body language, how the mouth moves on certain words...it's not something you can get from a textbook.
Ah right, so you only got into competitive battling recently (: I haven't figured out how to use Super Training but I bet it's a whole lot easier to do EV training these days.
By the way, I know exactly what you mean by wanting to play with your favorites. I'm the same. One of my favorite Pokémon is Chatot and I'll always use it in game although I gotta say that it's pretty weak. (When will it get an evolution anyways? )
When it comes to competitive battling, I try to use Pokémon that I like as well. Which ones have you been using so far?
Oh, I didn't know you could actually choose whether you want to have Kanji or Hiragana in Pokémon games. That's really nice. If I should ever have a lot of free time, I might try to study Japanese for myself. But right now, I'm really busy with university, so I don't have much time for other things, unfortunately. What are you doing? Do you still go to school or do you attend college?
You know, when I received your visitor messages and saw what you replied about the English thing, I had to read it multiple times because it was so nice and heartwarming :D Thank you so much!
Anyways, my key to fluency is... speak the language as often as you can and try to talk to people who have it as a native language. Do something fun in the language, like watch a movie or play a video game. Because if something isn't fun, then how should you learn it? I've always felt that language classes in school are not that useful. I mean for the basics, they're good enough but if you really want to become fluent, using the langauge outside of class is much more efficient. At least in my opinion :D I've also tried to read books in French but it's a lot harder and I lose motivation after some time. I once played Pokémon FireRed in French which was pretty cool actually. I should do this again sometime xD
By the way, what language did your mother speak to you when you were a child?
Well, my mother learned the basics in school and spent some months on Malta afterwards. She also studied English and French in university. I guess, that's where my passion for languages comes from haha.
Oh wow, New York! That's awesome! I badly want to visit that place someday. It must be really cool to live there. (Although, to be honest, I'm more of a nature lover, so I probably wouldn't live there longer than a few years haha.)
I live in Vienna, Austria's capital. I guess, it's a lot smaller than New York, but since I lived most of my life in the country, I'm still not accustomed to it :D
Well thank you! I think that your comments are very thought-provoking as well. Some of the best on the entire forums.
(And sorry for so much text xD)
I should tell you that I don't compliment if I don't mean it, so whatever you've done to get your fluency this high, keep that up! I'm sure you could master any language with that sort of effort. Did you mother learn English abroad, or did she attend an English classes like you do and just took an interest in it? That's pretty crazy you picked it up so well, I have problems sometimes with my mother's language despite her talking to me as a child in it too.
It's really cool you have a personal connection with a language, too...I think that's necessary for true mastery. Hard to be a pro at something you don't really like, right? You should try watching/reading things in French sometime, see if you can apply that skill there! Currently I'm in Manhattan, New York. It's on the East Coast. Only place in the US I really like haha. How about you?
I only just started trying at playing competitively since EV training and breeding is way easier. I enjoy battling so I figured it's worth giving it a go. Super Training simplifies EVs a lot too. I don't think I can follow set strategies though...I still like to play with my favourites, you know? Like I don't care too much about having different roles (wall, sweeper, etc.) or following the movesets that everyone else uses. I'll probably lose a lot more because of it, but at least I'll be having fun losing instead of copying everyone else and using a Pokemon I don't like You should give it another shot now!
Pokemon is pretty basic because you can choose to use Kanji (the Chinese characters) or just Hiragana (the syllabaries, there's only 46). I just look up words I don't know, it's mostly a learning experience for me and I don't know too much yet. Trying to prepare myself for games that have never come out in English eventually, haha. I use this textbook called Genki, I have a PDF of it, plus some other resources I got off the net. It's actually not that hard at all, especially for multilingual people like ourselves
Yeah, you're right. I'd like to see some cameos as well. I can't imagine there not being any in X/Y but who knows... Maybe, we'll get some in Pokémon Z, if they ever make one, that is xD
By the way, do you do competitive battling? I used to train EV Pokémon back in Pokémon Diamond and I'd battle lots of people with neat strategies. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to keep up with the more recent games, so I don't know which strategies and Pokémon would be best to use etc. But maybe, I'll get into it again. EV training must have become a lot easier with the hordes.
Wow, I think it's really cool that you play games in Japanese! You must have learned lots of Japanese letters to be able to read it. I used to study Hiragana letters on a nice web site and I knew quite a few of them but by now, I've forgotten most of them.
Which kinds of self-study books do you use?
Haha, what a coincidence that both our mothers are into languages which eventually encouraged us to learn languages as well :3
By the way, you can't believe how happy your compliment about my English makes me! There were some other people who said the same but nontheless, it's still great to hear everytime!
In Germany and Austria, most kids learn English in school starting at the age of 10. Still, I have to say that most Germans and Austrians are not really good at speaking it. Most of my former class mates hated it.
For me, English is like a second native language because my mother and I would speak it when I was little all the time. I usually prefer English over German as well. For example, if a book, game or movie is available in both German and English, I will always choose the English version. I don't know why, though. I guess, to me, English is more emotional, if that makes sense haha.
By the way, where in the US do you live? (I mean as in which state and which major city is close to you.)