I just got back from Mexico with a new desire to learn new languages, after meeting with fantastic people from around the world. There are sure some hot girls out there, but if you don’t speak the language, it’s tough eh? So, i found busuu.com after a recommendation by a friend, and it seems like a really good free or cheap way to learn languages. Any other recommendations?
Btw, What languages do you speak? Any interesting experiences with other languages?
Another thing that I found strange was how in Belgium they have to take four languages in school, but at my school in Canada we’re only required one.. Any thoughts, how many languages do you/did you take in school?
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I speak English, but I’ve learned basic Spanish, I guess. I really would love to learn more languages. I’d love to be fluent in Spanish, German, French, Japanese, and maybe even Italian.
I find languages so interesting. Words and sounds, such arbitrary little bits of nonsense, filled with so much feeling, emotion, and thought. How they help us understand each other, merely by hearing sounds in the air. It’s like art and/or music. I find it fascinating.
I speak English, have a little Spanish, and am currently learning Italian using Rosetta Stone – not cheap but so far so good. I also have Rosetta Stone for French but have yet to begin this.
I remember learning some French when going to school but that was only until grade 6 so can’t say I learned and retained much. I’m Canadian and I think given that we have 2 official languages – English and French – that everyone should learn both in school but this is not the case.
It’s a lot of fun to learn a new language. And its fun when you can understand things people are saying when they don’t expect you to – can create some embarrassing moments for the speakers.
I’d definitely recommend learning German. It’s fairly easy to pick up, because there are numerous “cognites” with the English language. I’ve been learning for 3 years in school, but unfortunately the lessons have left quite a bit to be desired. Hopefully in college I’ll have the opportunity to engage more with some higher quality teaching.
I live in Canada as well, where we study french from grades 4 and up. it is quite a joke. I have some friends who attend schools where french is the primary language. They say that our grade 8 french is equivalent to their grade 1 french.. Anyways I visited Peru recently. I was able to communicate with people using simple words, phrases and hand gestures. It was amazing to speak to another human from a different continent. We are all so similar. I hope to learn the language, return, and immerse myself fully in the culture.
ha actually realized how awesome it would be to learn another language acouple days ago, came to the conclusion that learning spanish would be awesome but yes same w leon I’m trying to stick to the free websites.
@leon thanks for the site recommendation gonna look into it : )
Ha General Tits I don’t think they do :) I don’t know for sure.. but I was in London with my mom when I was 19,.. and I remember flirting with the bartenders, and trying to immitate their accent. They thought I did an ok job, so I asked them to immitate me. And to my surprise.. they immitated a southern like carolina/Texan twang accent. I was almost even offended, “I don’t sound like that!” Apparently to at least some of the British accented people–Americans all sound like cowboys..even if they’re from the north. That was my experience :)
Born Swedish speaker, studied German in school, now I give classes in English in Brazil, so I speak Portuguese too, however still learning that one…
the key to any language learning is to use the language… My German is gone as I haven’t used it for 11 years. Something you use, you don’t forget!
languages are very interesting, and the more you know, the more you can draw parallels etc.
I second that mattias. Born and raised in America, but spent much of my childhood with my Mother’s side of the family, most of which speak a lot of Italian. I took a lot of trips to Italy when I was young and was very good at speaking the language. However, last summer I went to Italy for the first time in 7 years, and I could barely remember any of it.
I am on the honors track for Spanish at my school, and it was the Spanish grammar that actually helped me understand much of the Italian that I heard last summer. I’ll be fluent by the time I graduate high school, which is great if I want to work in Miami, which is where I was born and want to return to for my “adult life.”
Hopefully I’ll get good at Italian again soon :)