Taking a winter semester of French, planning to take French 2 in spring, and been brushing up on my German after a two year hiatus.
i'm learning japanese for several months now. But for some reason i lost interest to it...
So far not so good. I find myself constantly speaking Spanglish and unable to properly express myself. Textbook sentences do not translate in conversational speech in the slightest and I'm just now coming to grips with the fact that my two year Spanish education was practically useless and only gave me the most elementary knowledge of this language.
It's so fucking hard and Spanish is allegedly one of the easiest languages to learn and I just don't understand it in the slightest.
Finnish but its hard to find materials. If I was serious I would probably go down to the Finnish hall and just chat to old ladies all day who never properly learned English but I am too Autistic for that.
French and Mandarin.
I pretty well already speak French, but you really don't ever stop learning it. There are too many weird rules an irregularities. Inb4 English is like that too--thanks, captain obvious.
Mandarin isn't as hard as it's made out to be. It takes discipline, but it isn't actually that difficult of a language. The learning curve is steep, but it isn't actually hard, just a lot of memorization. Mandarin is a very regularized language. However, besides some grammatical stuff, it has little in common with English.
This mediocre flash card website called Word dive it has nothing but words and some sentences yet seems to think you can get A1 or A2 with a couple hundred words of disconnected vocab. Can't wait for duolingo Finnish though if it ever comes I will do it in a week.
More or less fluent, still trip up every now and then
Picked up quite quickly thanks to French, can hold a decent conversation
Been learning for about a year, at a similar level to my Spanish conversationally (perhaps a little less fluid). Can also read intermediate level stuff.
>I pretty well already speak French, but you really don't ever stop learning it. There are too many weird rules an irregularities.
This, their grammar is so fucking finnicky and precise, yet vague at the same time. It's refreshing speaking Japanese, which comparatively feels like caveman speak, yet is somehow quite poetic. Spanish is somewhere in between the two.
Really nice actually. I had studied a little Japanese before, and got interested in Korean when I found out that they share a few grammatical traits (which I'm still too basic to really know, since now I'm focusing on reading and pronunciation).
It's REALLY nice to be studying an alphabet instead of something like Kanji.
I looked up a little bit of music, and I was surprised to find that their hip hop is actually kind of fun and not 100% shit sounding, which for me, alot of rap that isn't in English sounds pretty cringey.
I'm loving the phonemes, actually. It's weird and difficult, because most of them are in between the usual english sounds (a bunch of stuff like d/t, b/p, k/g are really blended together) but something about it is starting to sound quite beautiful to me and I am really excited to keep working on it, while Japanese always felt a bit like a chore.
It's also nice that there is a whole bunch of decent music and TV in this language.
Cuz it's fun, fampai
Practice vocab and read/watch as much as possible. Grammar is only there to help you make some sense of what you are absorbing, it's not what you're supposed to absorb. Google "Spanish graded reader" or something like that.
gotchu covered mane
Beautiful stuff, been listening to this album for months
yeah the music/shows just adds on to why i want to learn the language, the first being that it's a beautiful and simple sounding language to me.
im afraid of doing japanese or chinese because of the multitude of characters. it's frightening.
You have to be a stubborn asshole to your brain and stay on the same thing for a while, even if it makes you hate yourself. You technically can learn two languages at once, but it will take much longer and with two very difficult languages you're only hurting yourself. Maybe try focusing on one aspect of a language for a while, then switching to another so you don't get bored, and go back and forth like that.
At least this is what I would say to myself but I hop around like crazy too and never get anywhere.
>my patience and attention span is so low when learning languages
you're not cut out for it mate. I'm pretty obsessive and once I get interested in a task I devote all my mental energy towards it for however long it takes to master it, turns out this is great for learning languages.
It's alright, some things are easier (vocabulary, translating Finnish to English and back, pronunciation) and some things are harder (the multitude of cases, especially the Partitiivi still screw me up)
I live here, for 5 months now. Also got a job although I only speak English there and a bit of German
>le butthurt emu sucker
>I looked up a little bit of music, and I was surprised to find that their hip hop is actually kind of fun and not 100% shit sounding, which for me, alot of rap that isn't in English sounds pretty cringey. I'm loving the phonemes, actually. It's weird and difficult, because most of them are in between the usual english sounds (a bunch of stuff like d/t, b/p, k/g are really blended together) but something about it is starting to sound quite beautiful to me and I am really excited to keep working on it, while Japanese always felt a bit like a chore.It's also nice that there is a whole bunch of decent music and TV in this language.
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