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Learning a new language by mj_chamone on 6 January 2009 4:40pm
My resolution for this year is to learn a new language, possibly French or Italian. Does anyone have any advice on the best way to go about it? I've heard Rosetta stone listen and repeat packages are very good. Any advice would be much appreciated!

Re: Learning a new language by bIG bLOGGER on 6 January 2009 5:11pm
I speak fluent French and Spanish.It is very gratifying to master a foreign language,and will do wonders for your confidence and self-esteem.

You need to get familiar with how the foreign language is spoken;this means absorbing regular doses of spoken French or Italian.You'll make quicker progress if you can stay with friends in France or Italy and just listen to their conversations,to try to make out what they are talking about.
Just because at first it seems they 'talk fast' need not discourage you because it will take you awhile to get up to speed. You can combine this regular daily exposure to the spoken language with your home or college studies for best results.Study as much as you can;
read newspapers,books,magazines--anything you can get your hands on.
Re: Learning a new language by orangecat on 7 January 2009 9:18am
I found that, to get started, the Pimsleur CDs are a great way. Once you pick up the basics, you really need to immerse yourself into the language though. That can be a little tough when nobody around you speaks what you're trying to learn.
Re: Learning a new language by Spursfan on 7 January 2009 1:54pm
With Turkish, we learnt the basics from a BBC series, which had tapes and a book. We left the tapes in the car tapedeck (I'm talking late 1980s - early 1990's!) so that we played and heard them repeatedly.

But, we learn Turkish best when we are in Turkey, speaking and listening to our friends. We usually pick up new words every time we go !!

An example is a few years ago when we were on a dolmus (minibus) and were reading the price list above the driver's head. There were prices to various beaches and hotels, but one price said 'Indi-bindi'.

We were intrigued and asked our friend what it meant - minimum fare!! Like the sad people we are, we now often refer to throwing something away as 'putting it indi-bindi'!! ;)

One useful phrase we needed to learn on our travels inland where they do not speak good English, was 'well-done' as in how you like your steak. When we would say please cook it well, or well done please the waiters would say 'oh yes of course we will cook it well'!! The phrase we needed was iyi pismis (sorry no accents) pronounced eee pishmish.

We know more that average tourists to Turkey (and I don't really count myself as a tourist any more) but we have only scratched the surface on this beautiful language.

So to conclude, my point is: learn the basics first and get really familiar with them by playing the cd or tapes in your car or whn jogging or whatever, then visit the country and try to mingle with the locals.

Re: Learning a new language by Blairhoyle on 7 January 2009 6:30pm
I a know a bit of Norwegian but in April I will be taking a more extensive course to learn more. It helps that my wife is Norwegian so it gives me the opportunity to speak it every day.

Providing I know the subject that Norwegians are speaking about I can sometimes follow a conversation, but with all her friends and family living mainly in the North they speak every quick. I can read out Norwegian, but sometime I don't know I'm speaking about. One word can help though.

I have confidence to say certain things, but conversation talking is beyond me at present I'm afraid.

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