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Post here the language(s) you:
-speak.
-are trying to learn.
-tried to learn but was too difficult (or didn't had time for, were too shy for classes, or other reason).
-think it's the most interesting or beautiful.
-thinking it's the most horrible or difficult.

Also:
  1. Why did you learned (or tried to) a second language? Was it too difficult?
  2. Why are you trying to learn another language?
  3. Are you using an app, course or method for learning?
  4. When in school were you ever obligated to learn another language? How was it?
  5. Tips for learning another language.
  6. Are you seeking for people to practice with? (the targeted language). How would you like to do such kind of interchanges? (if so).
  7. Whatever you want to add to this
I know, too many questions, you can reply one, all, a combination or, of course, neither of those question.

Lets talk. This isn't the think in another language thread, however posting in other languages is allowed for the sake of the discussion, like explaining things that you found confusing, cute, complicated etc... *about such language (well, if mods agreed? lol ).

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Post here the language(s) you:
-speak.
-are trying to learn.
-tried to learn but was too difficult (or didn't had time for, were too shy for classes, or other reason).
-think it's the most interesting or beautiful.
-thinking it's the most horrible or difficult.

Also:
  1. Why did you learned (or tried to) a second language? Was it too difficult?
  2. Why are you trying to learn another language?
  3. Are you using an app, course or method for learning?
  4. When in school were you ever obligated to learn another language? How was it?
  5. Tips for learning another language.
  6. Are you seeking for people to practice with? (the targeted language). How would you like to do such kind of interchanges? (if so).
  7. Whatever you want to add to this
I know, too many questions, you can reply one, all, a combination or, of course, neither of those question.

Lets talk. This isn't the think in another language thread, however posting in other languages is allowed for the sake of the discussion, like explaining things that you found confusing, cute, complicated etc... (well, if mods agreed? lol ).
English and the language of love, mon cherie :-)

Also, done well at French and German at school but forgot pretty much all the German. May be able to get by in France with a combination of speaking the odd single word, pointing at stuff and the threat of violence.

What about you Susy ?
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Speak.
Farsi, English

Are trying to learn.
Spanish

Tried to learn but was too difficult (or didn't had time for, were too shy for classes, or other reason).
Arabic: Didn't actually try to learn it. It was part of school schedule. But I didn't continue learning after school.
Japanese: Influenced by anime. Said **** it quickly after starting to learn it.

Think it's the most interesting or beautiful.
Dunno.

Thinking it's the most horrible or difficult.
Spanish?
(Other than tenses you guys have moods for verbs! That's a whole new set of rules to learn. Why??)

Why did you learned (or tried to) a second language? Was it too difficult?
Because everything speaks English. I can't say it was difficult because I just gradually learned it over years, I didn't take serious courses. And comparing it to Spanish and Arabic it's easy AF.

Why are you trying to learn another language?
Because I wanted to do something useful with my time. Also because Spanish is spoken in a lot of countries and I can get to know their people and their societies better. Also I like South America. Also Spanish sounds nice.

Are you using an app, course or method for learning?
Yes Duolingo. Awesome app. It lacks grammar tho. So I use 2 other different websites alongside it. One has great grammar lessons and the other has great online exercises.

When in school were you ever obligated to learn another language? How was it?
English and Arabic. Was very basic. And I was the best in class in both of them

Tips for learning another language.
Be patient. Watch movies and play games and read stuff in that language.

Are you seeking for people to practice with? (the targeted language). How would you like to do such kind of interchanges? (if so).
Not really. Everything tends to become a burden for me so I avoid creating obligations.

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English and the language of love, mon cherie :-)

What about you Susy ?
I need to learn the language of love , there is so much to win with it.

I was forced, basically, to learn English when I was in school, it was horrible, didn't learn anything lol, I have learned the most using forums lol, also I did a two months curse that helped me to speak/write all this gibberish way lol.

I was trying to learn Portuguese for a trip I was planning to do this past December (gor ruined it) , so I kind of lost motivation about it. I can understand about 65% when listening/watching videos, about 45% read, however cannot write it or speak it a single bit, this is because Portuguese as well as Spanish are Romance languages, they have lots of cognates and similarities in general, so given a context it's somewhat easy to predict what people's talking about.

I spent about two months trying to learn Japanese (not so seriously) but quit after having some weird kanji dreams lol, it was like having the Tetris' effect, although I wasn't trying hard maybe my brain didn't saw it the same way? I guess lol.

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I'm learning German from Rammstein songs
That's an interesting way to learn, good for the listening, I still have a hard time picking up lyrics in English, sometimes other audios (such as videos, are difficult, specially if not American English), that's a bit frustrating but I'm willing to work on it.

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Are you using an app, course or method for learning?
Yes Duolingo. Awesome app. It lacks grammar tho. So I use 2 other different websites alongside it. One has great grammar lessons and the other has great online exercises.
Which sites? I'm very curios now!

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Which sites? I'm very curios now!
The four pillars of my Spanish learning:

For general learning: https://www.duolingo.com/
For grammar learning: https://studyspanish.com/grammar
For verb conjugations and dictionary: http://www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/hablar
For exercises: https://www.123teachme.com/spanish_sentence_quiz/list

They are all incredible resources.

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The four pillars of my Spanish learning:

For general learning: https://www.duolingo.com/
For grammar learning: https://studyspanish.com/grammar
For verb conjugations and dictionary: http://www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/hablar
For exercises: https://www.123teachme.com/spanish_sentence_quiz/list

They are all incredible resources.
Oh cool! thanks for the reply.
I also used doulingo for both, Portuguese and Japanese.

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I need to learn the language of love , there is so much to win with it.

I was forced, basically, to learn English when I was in school, it was horrible, didn't learn anything lol, I have learned the most using forums lol, also I did a two months curse that helped me to speak/write all this gibberish way lol.
I`ll teach you but it can be tiring work !! its very much hands on !!
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I`ll teach you but it can be tiring work !! its very much hands on !!
I can try to be a good student, but sometimes I am not

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Was taught/had lessons for:
- French
- German

...But can't remember much of either language.

Actually know/can speak:
- English
- Polish

(I'm half English, half Polish, so learned from my parents and being in the respective countries)

Just goes to show that real world experience > learning to read/write in terms of actually picking up a language. I remember very little French/German unfortunately.

I'd like to learn some new languages at some point. I'd especially like to learn Mandarin and Spanish because of the huge amount of people that use both languages. I feel they'd be useful to know. I also want to give German another go just because I love the language.

To answer your questions:

Why I learned: Because I had family in Poland and so visited the country fairly regularly, and my mum spoke to me in Polish a lot, so I picked it up.

In school I was obligated to learn French and German. It went terribly, I remember very little.

As for tips for learning languages: TALK! As I've said, learning to read/write the language or learning the language theory is a poor way to learn a language. I learned much better from simply being in Poland and attempting to speak with my broken Polish than I did in my French/German classes. Another good thing is to absorb media. A great one is subtitles. Watch movies with English subtitles, or watch movies in English but with subtitles in the language you're trying to learn. Or play video games in that language. Best is just to socialise with people from that country and speak the language though.
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Post here the language(s) you:
-speak.
-are trying to learn.
-tried to learn but was too difficult (or didn't had time for, were too shy for classes, or other reason).
-think it's the most interesting or beautiful.
-thinking it's the most horrible or difficult.

Also:
  1. Why did you learned (or tried to) a second language? Was it too difficult?
  2. Why are you trying to learn another language?
  3. Are you using an app, course or method for learning?
  4. When in school were you ever obligated to learn another language? How was it?
  5. Tips for learning another language.
  6. Are you seeking for people to practice with? (the targeted language). How would you like to do such kind of interchanges? (if so).
  7. Whatever you want to add to this
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- I speak English and Spanish, fluently.
- I am trying to learn Japanese, as well as I possibly can.
- I took french classes in high school, but I didn't have the time to learn it with all the other subjects I wanted to take.

I'm a language teacher, and the only advice I can give is to practice as much as you can. It takes thousands of hours of exposure to learn another language, and repetition is the key. repetition in listening and in speaking. so watch a lot of you tube and read all the stuff that you find interesting and that you wish to communicate with others.

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- speak: Croatian, English
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- studied: Italian and French in school, i didn't continue because i didn't have time, i'll get back into it someday
- the best: Polish, French
- the worst: Portuguese
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- I speak English and Spanish, fluently.
- I am trying to learn Japanese, as well as I possibly can.
- I took french classes in high school, but I didn't have the time to learn it with all the other subjects I wanted to take.

I'm a language teacher, and the only advice I can give is to practice as much as you can. It takes thousands of hours of exposure to learn another language, and repetition is the key. repetition in listening and in speaking. so watch a lot of you tube and read all the stuff that you find interesting and that you wish to communicate with others.
Interesting. Do you teach school, high school or university? Language as grammar/linguistics or language as a second language?

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I'm getting back into Indonesian again because I'll be going up there again soon. I did it at Uni for 4 years and have picked up a lot when I've been there. I just use the books I have from before but I also use Google translate a lot just to look stuff up quickly. If you already know the grammar and pronunciation it's a good way of doing it.

I did French at school but that was a long time ago. I have a friend that lives in Paris now so I might visit her one day and try to practice - it's a lovely language. Would also like to learn a few words of Thai - I can see myself spending more time up there as I get older.
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-speak.
-are trying to learn.
-tried to learn but was too difficult (or didn't had time for, were too shy for classes, or other reason).
-think it's the most interesting or beautiful.
-thinking it's the most horrible or difficult.
I speak English and un tout petit peux de francais
I'm trying to learn bits of Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian. I'd like to add German to that list too. Had a stint in Polish for a while (I only know words, not sentences). And Arabic is cool, again, just words, no sentences.
I tried to learn Arabic but I found the alphabet confusing as well as which dialect to use because everyone has their own slang, it's mind boggling.
Most interesting is all of them in their own unique way.
Most difficult is probably Russian maybe? Then again I found Polish to be easy once I got the hang of it. It's that darned Cyrillic. Pochemu?! It's like alien to me.

Why am I learning languages? It's just cool to know. And maybe I'll travel one day and not struggle in another country.
Tips for learning language: um... just listen. Listen to native speakers. Take an actual intensive class. Intensive classes are a good way to learn. And songs too. Because I'm a nerd, I took both French and Spanish in high school.
Me gustaria, je voudrais, ya kachu aprender, etudier, uchitsya a lot of languages. Even Tamil or Urdu. It's possible and fun. Da, kanyeshna. Sans doute.
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I tried to learn Arabic but I found the alphabet confusing as well as which dialect to use because everyone has their own slang, it's mind boggling.
Most interesting is all of them in their own unique way.
I'm not sure if that's an issue with really old languages or just Arabic, but Arabic isn't actually used in talking, and all the dialects aren't used in (formal) writing. And the dialects can only be loosely considered Arabic because they break most of the Grammar and pronounciation rules.

I think the analog may be people in English speaking countries talking in modern English but having to write everything (that isn't informal) in Old English.

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