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Learning a new language by mj_chamone on 6 January 2009 4:43pm
 
Hi,

My resolution for this year is to learn a new language, possibly French or Italian. Do any of you kind folks know the best way to go about this? I've heard Rosetta stone is very good.

Any advice/info would be hugely appreciated!

Julie
 
Re: Learning a new language by Lounge Trekker on 6 January 2009 4:52pm
 
There are a few good on-line dictionaries and/or translating software available on the web. Look for one that will give you pronunciation of all words. A friend of mine suggests using a children's book to do your translating exercises. I'm attempting to learn German. Wish me luck!

Enjoy it. And if you don't enjoy it, pretend you do. If you can't even pretend, do something else.

Erudite Trekker
 
Re: Learning a new language by suzulu on 6 January 2009 6:40pm
 
How about evening classes? You get to meet new people too.
 
Re: Learning a new language by mrsteabag on 6 January 2009 7:13pm
 
Hi MJ...try to find movies or TV that is in the language you're in process of learning. And do check out http://berlitz.com...it's the website for Berlitz, publisher of many fine English to ....dictionaries.

Word of warning: there's a website called UnEncyclopedia. It has some translations, but according to my nephew (who's fluent in German), they're on a par with Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook.

Good luck to you both, Pete and MJ...and may your hovercrafts be free of eels.
 
Re: Learning a new language by tucsonmike on 6 January 2009 8:07pm
 
Resetta Stone is the best I have heard of, Julie.
 
Re: Learning a new language by johnnythemonkey on 6 January 2009 10:34pm
 
If you speak good English why should you learn to speak foreign garbage ?
Just hold your hand up in restaurants and shout " Heh, johnny foreigner, get me two beers rapid ". He will understand but if he pretends not to, just slap the back of his foreign head and remind him of the Great British Empire.
 
Re: Learning a new language by kazzzz on 6 January 2009 11:10pm
 
I studied Indonesian at evening class, I fould it really enjoyable:) Many secondary schools operate an evening class system:)
 
Re: Learning a new language by johnnythemonkey on 6 January 2009 11:15pm
 
Indonesian is an invaluable language.......in Indonesia.
 
Re: Learning a new language by kazzzz on 6 January 2009 11:34pm
 
It's useful here, as we live close by and it's handy if you're in the tourism industry, which I was at the time. Plus I find other languages fascinating. Indonesian is very similar to Malaysian, they go pretty much hand in hand.

Good luck with your studies, Julie:)

 
Re: Learning a new language by mrsthing on 7 January 2009 8:11pm
 
Johnny--go have a beer and a waitress and come back when your attitude has improved.
 
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