Languages (rolling/polls)

I’m kind of interested in taking up another language even though I should be concentrating on getting my Spanish to c2 level.

Are you currently learning another language?

  • Yes
  • No

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Have you used those language learning apps? Were they helpful?

  • Very helpful
  • Kinda helpful
  • Not helpful

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Can we vote on which language? Klingon or Esperanto please.

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Have you had sit down language lessons as an adult? Were they helpful?

  • Yes
  • Kinda
  • No

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Did a Spanish night class a few years ago when I’d wanted to do a French qualification but they were full. Did 12 weeks of Spanish then didn’t go to Spain for about 6 years so it was a complete waste of time.

I need to start French on Duolingo

Honestly wouldn’t bother. Been doing it on and off for 18 months and it’s pretty meh

Brutal.

Yep

I would like to learn:

  • A European language
  • Klingon
  • Esperanto
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Farsi
  • South east-asian language
  • An African language
  • Other (soz, no way am I listening any more)

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Best advice, get somewhere where you can regularly speak the language you are learning. Assuming you can’t go to the actual country, find a local language group (found my old German one on meetups.com).

Second best advice, do some activity that regularly gets you engaging with the language - so read the daily news or similar in that language.

Third best advice, when you’re a bit more proficient, watch films in the language with the foreign language subtitles on.

Failing all that, just speak English slowly and loudly to bloody johnny foreigner anyway…

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Stuff like Verbling and meetups from Conversation Exchange mixed with listening to the radio in that language constantly are my main helps for Spanish, learn swedish exclusively with apps as its more a fun thing than a desire to speak it but that language seems to click with me and interestingly it helped my Spanish progress too.

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Not me, I want to vote on what you have to learn.

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too busy learning computer languages mate. Robots are the future as they say. taps nose

This completely lines up with my experience as an English teacher in a foreign country. I honestly think that lessons should be there for finessing a language. The best students I have are the ones that digest media in English, turn their phone settings to English etc.

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Oi mate, no professionals…

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Hablo español porque lo aprendí en colegio y un universidad.

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Aimez-vous le cyclisme? J’aime vraiment faire du vélo!

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Did your Spanish massively improve after living in Spain? (I think you used to?)

I haven’t studied an languages for over twenty years, but somehow whenever I’m abroad it all comes flooding back. If I was regularly going abroad, or dealing with someone in a country that spoke another language I might make a bit more effort, but somehow GCSE level gets me by, even now.

Ich nichten lichten

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