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Re: How do YOU Learn a Foreign Language. by tucsonmike on 18 June 2007 8:52pm
 
LOL! My hovercraft is full of eels! I reckon that is why Alliance Francaise exists. To keep those awful Yanks from mangling la Belle Langue.
 
Re: How do YOU Learn a Foreign Language. by peripatetically on 19 June 2007 2:02am
 
Whew. Hungarian is difficult alright. I knew greetings and toasts, but that was a long time ago. Can anybody refresh my memory?
 
Re: How do YOU Learn a Foreign Language. by pandab on 19 June 2007 3:15am
 
Repetition, repetition, repetition. I have to write the words over and over. Listening to it spoken helps, but for some reason, I can't seem to truly learn anything unless I write it down.

Officially, I don't speak any language other than English. I have a little smattering of French, and I do mean little. Just enough to make the French laugh at me. I know five words/phrases in Greek ... Please, Thank You, Yes, No and I Do Not Understand. Or at least I knew them while there on vacation last year.

Oddly enough, my best foreign language is Japanese. I know more of that than anything else. Provided the discussion is on a Kindergarden level, I can even converse in it.

I'm getting better at it, though. Believe it or not, I believe I'm improving because I watch anime DVDs in the original Japanese while I study it. Though most of the dialog is beyond me, I'm getting better at picking out words and phrases.

Speaking of which ...

I'm heading back to Japan for vacation this year, and I'm concentrating on learning more of the language. I've got books and some CDs to help, but I would love to get my hands on a computer translator. Nothing fancy, mind you, but it needs to translate English into Romanji. It also needs to translate sentences as well as just individual words.

I've looking online with no success so far. Can anyone recommend something?

Pandab
 
Re: How do YOU Learn a Foreign Language. by kazzzz on 19 June 2007 3:54am
 
I learnt French at high school which was handy when we went to Europe when I was a teenager and when my parents forced me to do the shopping in France haha, not much use since although I;ve retained a fair bit of it suprisingly. I also studied Indonesian a few years ago, a remarlably easy lanh=guage to learn and a lot more relevant when you live on this side of the globe. Wouldn't mind learning Japanese, it'd be incredibly useful as the japanese are so prominent in Australia now.
 
Re: How do YOU Learn a Foreign Language. by tucsonmike on 19 June 2007 5:52am
 
Well the person @ the Alliance Francaise got back to me, so that will keep me busy. Also, someone may want me to do Chinese translating. I tell you, when it rains, it pours.
 
Re: How do YOU Learn a Foreign Language. by Chris14 on 19 June 2007 11:47am
 
Peripatetically, do you want to refresh your memory with some Hungarian bad/rude words? ;-)

Chris
 
Re: How do YOU Learn a Foreign Language. by Ellerd on 19 June 2007 3:30pm
 
We learned French in primary school, which isn't really of much practical use to your average Australian primary school student. In high school, it was Japanese all the way. I didn't find it too bad, until we started learning all the Kanji stuff.

Speaking of rude words, I remember thumbing through a German-language phrase book at the local bookstore when I was in high school. I was rather surprised/delighted (high school, remember?) to find a whole section on sex. After all, every German-bound traveller must know phrases such as "Was that good for you?" ;-)
 
Re: How do YOU Learn a Foreign Language. by kazzzz on 19 June 2007 4:08pm
 
I just remembered in year 9 Geman we used to play rude scrabble as opposed to German scrabble, ah happy days!
 
Re: How do YOU Learn a Foreign Language. by tucsonmike on 19 June 2007 8:04pm
 
Well, one of the denizens of Jimmy's is going to tutor me in Spanish tomorrow. Elizabeth is a cleaning lady who helps Gina out there sometimes.

I received more things from the Alliance Francaise. They have all sorts of events. Mostly when I am @ work! (Boo Hiss). I will get off Saturdays, one of these days.;-)

Great Ellerd, now I have to learn "Was it good for you?" in French and Spanish, LOL! Although that may get me in in all sorts of trouble.

 
Re: How do YOU Learn a Foreign Language. by peripatetically on 20 June 2007 4:31pm
 
No, thanks!
 
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