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Languages
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Languages

1 Name: Anonymous : 2019-12-29 07:07
What languages are you guys learning?
I think learning new languages is fascinating, since you can get a taste of other cultures, and it enables you to talk to new people and speak in new ways. Currently I'm trying to become fluent in Spanish, and I'd like to someday in the future learn Russian and Japanese (but man is Japanese a fucking mess of a language, so I don't know when I'll do that). What languages are you learning or want to learn?
2 Name: Anonymous : 2019-12-29 07:29
I'm going to give Japanese another try. I first attempted it a few years ago, but yeah, it's a hot mess - I became overwhelmed and gave up. I'm generally not very good at learning languages, so I have no plans to try any others.
3 Name: Anonymous : 2019-12-29 07:58
>>2
I'm doing Japanese as well. I'm making good progress on grammar and vocab, but the kanji is just killing me. (I'm learning vocab in Hiragana for now, and practicing listening through j-asmr and listening to vtubers).
4 Name: Anonymous : 2019-12-29 08:11
I'm going to continue my studies in Japanese and German in hopes to become fluent one day. I also want to learn Russian as well.
5 Name: Anonymous : 2020-01-02 07:27
I've been practising Kazakh with some old friends from when I worked there. It is difficult, though I had a tough time learning Russian too.
6 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-11 23:46
I've *just* started learning Spanish, it's a beautiful language. I'd love to learn Japanese or Itaian in the future too, they both sound lovely and I'm really interested in the cultures that speak these languages.

At first I got really tied up in learning a "useful" language, but now I'm learning to appreciate the language and cultures themselves, regardless of their utilitarian value, if that makes sense.

Learning a language is a big investment of my time, so I figure I should just focus on one that I enjoy and appreciate.
7 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-12 02:13
>>6
Italian is a beautiful language. I learned French first and still find myself occasionally speaking Italian with a French accent when I practice it. I have heard that going from Spanish to Italian is easier than going French to Italian when it comes to pronunciation.
8 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-13 02:27
I'm going to start learning Esperanto this weekend. There's another Esperanto speaker in my town and it would be really great to make a friend in person.
9 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-13 23:05
>>7

I used to study French at school, and that's happened to me starting Spanish too!
The teachers I had really put me off French, unfortunately. But I think that's just in the way they taught it. Learning a language on your own is waaay different to learning one in class, definately better for me.
10 Name: Paperplane : 2020-06-14 08:56
English, as always. I am no native speaker but internet/games/shows are a constant input that familiarize me with the language a little more every day. Unfortunately there's diminishing returns after a while if you don't seek out to actively improve yourself. And the main problem with only learning through media is that you never learn to properly speak.
Fortunately I vistied NZ earlier this year and my hosts were impressed by speaking which stroked my ego quite a bit.

But I really want to get back into spanish. I had 5 years of spanish in school but that's been 8 years already and I don't remember much. Since I never needed to know the language aside from getting good grades I never used it much.
Recently however I had a glimpse into latin American internet culture and I feel like I am missing lots of potential there. If I got my skills back up to a reasonable level to actually participate in spanish speaking online communities, I would learn much faster, like I did with English. Well, as you can tell, that's just me wanting to do it, not me actually doing it. Got too much stuff going on right now for that, I hope I'll get around to it someday.

>>8
Esperanto is wierd man. Too bad it failed though, the idea was nice.
11 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-16 03:23
mi pu la toki pona mi li pona ala lon tenpo suno ni
I'm using the official toki pona book to learn, but my toki pona isn't good currently.

>>8
sina kama sona e toki peranto la sina kama sona lon seme
You're learning Esperanto. How?
12 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-16 10:17
I'm learning Japanese right now, but at a very leisurely pace. My problem is that I discovered I just don't care that what I'm immersing in is raw. I don't strive to understand more. Most shows are really not as deep as you might think they are, and can be immensely enjoyable even if you don't know the half of what they are saying.
13 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-16 20:20
some more chillwave, pretty kino comp
No Limits (Synthwave - Retrowave - Chillwave Mix)
https://youtu.be/ji4939HuZ10
14 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-16 20:21
>>13
whoops meant to post it in the chill music thread
mods pls no bully
15 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-18 13:05
>>1
I want to learn Polish but I don't know where to start.
16 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-18 15:40
>>15
Why would you want to learn Polish? Out of curiosity...
17 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-18 16:39
>>16
Cultural reasons like the art scene, and I like languages in general. But the material available for learning doesn't seem to be that great.
18 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-19 10:26
I don't have experience with learning languages and I think my attempt to learn German is my first ever towards learning a foreign language. I wonder if there are resources out there that introduce you to something e.g., programming in German while teaching you German. I don't know how this process is called.

I noticed that I get more unmotivated when I'm learning/using examples I know aren't very interesting to me such as being a tourist and I'd rather hurry up and read things that interest me however I am still not great enough for that but I'd like a mix of both. Do you know any? How do you think I can get my hands on such content? To teach a language by introducing a concept.
19 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-19 20:16
>>1

I'm very lazily working on my French. I studied it in school, so I already have a bit of a background, but it's been a while. I'm mostly motivated by France's strong intellectual and artistic tradition--for the former, I'm mostly interested in mathematics (and some philosophy), for the latter, literature and film. As such, being able to read it is probably more important to me than being able to hold a conversation.
20 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-19 22:38
>>11
Currently I'm using lernu.net and also (this is very silly, but) the visual novel The Expression Amrilato.
Toki Pona seems really interesting. I might try to learn it some day.
21 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-20 15:30
>>18
I don't know if there are any resources out their to teach you any concepts in a language that is not your native tongue. But you can definitely do something about boring sentences. Look into "sentence mining" and the anki plugin "morphman"

Anki isn't really ideal for learning things, just memorizing them. I think this is might be especially true for something like programming. However maybe something you could do would be take the text of a German programming book and run it through morphman. You should then have a lot of sentences that are comprehensible except one new word each. These sentences would be pertaining to programming, so hopefully interesting as well. I don't know how much it would make sense out of order, and maybe it would even give you examples of things not to do in the book and since it would be out of order it would be bad for learning programming.

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