So I’m going to practice my written Thai now, that I’ve been reminded to do it (as it is on my goal list).
I’ll practice the writing part of it. 4 years ago
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How I did it: I've tried to listen to the media of my chosen language, and I've tried to read as much material as I can, to get reading and writing practice. Learning a new alphabet can take time, but with practice every day, you can do anything. I also listened to several MP3 lessons, along with history lessons about the country in mind, and I also sometimes talked with people from the country of the originated language. I would say that computer programs are useful, but only if you use them often, and try to increase your vocabulary and grammatic comprehension. Read how I did it… 4 years ago
So I’m going to practice my written Thai now, that I’ve been reminded to do it (as it is on my goal list).
I’ll practice the writing part of it. 4 years ago
I can feel my Thai improving daily as I concentrate on this one language at a time. I’m coming to recognise things more, and I am quiteI know that when I have finished learning the alphabet, and the basics of it’s grammatical structure, then I will feel more able to continue with other languages. I already speak German rather well, so I think I’ll do that, because it’s something I know already, or I could do French, as I’m au fait with that – but until then, Thai gets my concentration. I’m doing this because I also have to study English Literature and Language, and I’m sitting exams for those subjects in January and May. 4 years ago
I will concentrate on two languages only, as doing a lot at once only confuses me and my puny brain.
I can speak Thai fluently almost, but there is the matter of writing it that concerns me. When I am proficient enough to read books and understand most things, then I’ll move onto another language.
However, I do not want to abandon my dreams of being polylingual. I’ll concentrate on my German, and I’ll find a way to get a qualification for it in Germany. 4 years ago
Whilst I iron, I’m going to listen to my Finnish tape. I have a great program to learn Finnish with, but the only problem is that it is incompatible with Vista, so I have to use a crappy computer that I don’t really like. There is another lap top that I have, but it needs a new battery, and I don’t have the money for it at the moment.
Afterwards, I should work on my Thai writing. I am getting along with it pretty well, and when I am good enough to read basic childrens books, I’ll go to lessons and I will read difficult books with them.
I need a better Thai dictionary which is completely devoted to Thai-English, instead of the one that I have at the moment. There are so many books that I want to get, and I know that I should be saving money! I should work through what I have now, and resolve not to spend anymore money on books. 4 years ago
In the morning, whilst doing my housework, I practiced my Norweigan and Japanese.
I hope to do this sort of thing every morning. I’ll be enriching my mind while I actually do housework. 4 years ago
I’ve been practicing my Thai language (the writing and the reading, which is coming along slowly but surely), and I’m going to work on my Latin in a bit. I didn’t get any ink for my computer, so I’ll have to do things from the screen.
On another note, I got the English dictionary today, and I’m going to be doing the work off the computer. It is a shame that I am cordened off from everyone else, because I would like to practice around my friends, but they distract me anyhow. 4 years ago
I practiced several languages today. I spoke a lot of Thai this morning while I was at church. Also, I practiced my Polish, Danish, French anD I would have done Spanish, but I was awfully tired by the time I got through all of those. I enjoy listening to them around the house.
I should try harder and devote more time to this goal. I’d like a qualification to show my Thai skills. I want to get several qualifications, in my German also.
I have no idea what else I am meant to do with my life, but I have to do something. I want to have a future with sprinklings of the past; the past that I enjoy. 4 years ago
I went to Tuscany for a week about a month ago, and I had a great time. Although I know my Italin wasn’t fantastic, i think that I did a good job.
I spoke the best Italian out of my close group of friends. The only person that spoke it better than me was someone who specialises in Spanish, and he speaks many European languages reasonably well. He’s also a pig and wouldn’t let me speak anything because he loves to show off, so I didn’t really learn anything. At least I know that I speak better Thai than he does,but I know that my age, my ability, and etc. make me more of a linguist than he is. He’s in his late 60s, so he’s bound to know more than I am, but at least I’m young enough to be young and mistaken for an Italian. It was worth the study.
I have to concentrate on my written Thai, and I should work on my spoken Thai colloquialisms. 4 years ago
I’ve been working through my Burmese, Vietnamese and Thai. I’ve been doing my Italian, but not as much as I should.
As far as the English studies – my own language – of that, I am completely ignorant. However, that has nothing to do with my linguistics.
I have been working on my Ancient Greek and Latin too. i’ve surprised myself with how persistant I am. 4 years ago
I can actually go into places and read newpaper headlines! I know this is a silly thing to be proud about, but when you’re a complete foreigner, it’s nice to feel like you can do something!
I missed my lesson this week because I was ill, but I have worked through the work…
I’m working on learning more about the rules, and then applying them to my skills. 4 years ago
I had a great lesson. If it’s even possible – learning about grammar makes things make a lot more sense. I am actually enjoying learning more about Thai and I can’t wait till I can read and write perfect Thai. I think i’ll be able to read it easier than I’ll be able to write it. I have to work very hard.
I don’t see why I can’t study Latin when I come back from England along with my Thai and English Literature and Langauge. 4 years ago
I have my lesson today ===eeek=== I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been so long since I’ve had a proper tutor, and it’s the first time that I am going there by myself. It’s great that i have this new freedom that I never had before.
In a years time, I’ll be completely fluent. I’ll make sure of it. 4 years ago
I haven’t studied the alphabet like I should have, but I will (ASAP) beacuse I want to master it.
I hope the tutor will understand that I want to do these things and that i don’t want to do their curriculum. I don’t care if I do not understand the words. If I can just read them, I can look it up in the dictionary.
When this is mastered, I’ll get a qualification for sure, and then I can do my other languages to a better degree. I think I’ll do Latin anyway, even if I am doing my A Level in English Literature and Language. 4 years ago
I’ve made an appointment with a tutor in the nearby town. I am determined on learning my letters properly in Thai. I can speak it fluently. I might not understand everything that someone is saying, but it will be very rewarding to be able to read things, even if i do not understand it.
Also, it is something I have to do before I can really move forward with the language.
I should be talking with my friends in Moscow and practising my Russian more, but alas, I’m just lazy.
I also haven’t been doing all the Italian that I should be doing, but I’ll remedy that now. I’m going to buckle down and actually do it. I have three lessons I need to work through. That’s about an hour and a half, and then I have to make sure that I do other work, which is slightly more pleasureable. 4 years ago
I haven’t been practicing daily with as much fervour as I should do. I was a little taken back by a tape that I did that was supposed to be easy, but it was not easy. I thought it was very hard.
I have decided to tkae things slowly, and not give up. I want to impress the people that I come in contact with when I come abroad to Italy in August.
I have done the 3rd pimsleur lesson for Italian, and I am also doing the Michel Thomas lessons too. The Pimsleur is not difficult. The Michel thomas needs a little more work.
I will try to do a good hours practice every day. I am also going to download Italian movies and watch them (in Italian) with the English subtitles.
I am determined that I will go to England educated in Italian to at least a level that is good enough to have a conversation with people (in front of my friends!) that are Italian. I will learn about Italy and its history. I will go to Italy and get the most out of it. 5 years ago
I’ve been doing as much as I can really. I was listening to a tape, which although for beginners, is really hard to follow. The pace requires constant attention, and for me to be able to understand is very hard, but it means I am learning more about Italian, which is the principal language I want to improve in, as I am in Italy for a week in August. What better opportunity to practice my Italian?
I’ll be in Tuscany, so I’m going to research the area. I’ve not been as good [this weekend] because I need to take some time off from my learning. I’ve been so preoccupied, but next week, I’ll spend an hour a day doing it, along with my A Level, and other languages.
I’m concentrating on Italin, English and thai at the moment, but when I am back from England in September, I want to earnestly begin with my Latin, and get a tutor online with that. I have a language DVD for it, so I can hear how things are supposed to sound. It is similar to Italin in a lot of ways. I want it to be accredited. 5 years ago
I’ve been going through my chinese the previous evening and I did some of my Thai as well. it’s easier now that my notes are on the computer, but I have a long way to go before I feel like i am fluent. 5 years ago
I am learning Burmese, including the script, along with my Thai, and I’ll also make an attempt to learn Vietnamese and some Cambodian. They are both countries in the vicinity to where I live, and I feel like it would be an asset to have basic knowledge of their languages and culture. It will be an asset to my Thai language skills. I do not plan on leaving the country for as long as I can help it.
I am scanning the sheets that my Chinese tutor in Cardiff gave me all those years ago. After all these years, I barely have any of the things that she gave me. It is such a shame. I had to get rid of them because I had to leave a place I was living very quickly, and it ended up costing me so much money… I lost a watch I quite liked, among a few other things, but the most annoying thing about leaving that place was that I had meant to be there to save money! What a load of… Well you know, I can’t say it out loud.
I wish I’d stayed on and studied my language more. I could have been quite proficient. I will make up for lost time now. I can do more than one thing at once. I will become fit, learn new languages, study my examinations, and become a better person, all within moments. 5 years ago
I was admonished for my knowledge of Thai swear words today, but it’s not my fault if people speak badly and I do not understand what I am repeating. 5 years ago
I am going to spend an hour working on my Thai alphabet today, as well as spending an hour on my Russian alphabet, though that is not as important as my Thai alphabet, since I live in Thailand, and I do not live in Russia. 5 years ago
I’ll work on my French and Russian today. I will try and work more on the Russian alphabet, as I want to committ the alphabet to my memory. 5 years ago
I really wish I had more heart in it, because I know that I’m being lazy. I’ll try and work on my Russian for an hour. I have a good DVD and I should work on my alphabet.
Practiced my welsh and french. tons of fun 5 years ago
English is my first language, and I am fluent in Thai, though my writing is elss than desirable. Nothing that a good thorough application of myself would not fix though.
I can speak reasonably decent German, French, Welsh and Russian.
I’d like to be able to speak Latin, and I’d like to be more proficient in Russian, as I have a deep seated admiration for Russian culture. 5 years ago
when talking about people behind their back…haha joking.
It’s really fun being able to compare different expressions and figures of speech in two languages (English and Cantonese) and also notice the similarites.
Trying to translate things is also fun e.g.
When you say someone is crazy, in Cantonese, the phrase directly translates to “wires stuck together”. My mother explained that it originated from the days when telephone lines often tangled, so your conversation became jumbled up with another pair’s conversation.
I wonder what term they used before telephones existed? 5 years ago
My friend Adam is making learning Japanese his summer project and wants me to do it with him. He’ll definitely have a head start, having studied Chinese for several years and me with only Romance languages. Eh, whatever. Pourquoi pas? Why not? 7 years ago
I’m fluent in English, Spanish, and French. My Italian is not too shabby, either. I understand Portuguese, and I can speak a bit of Norweigian and Greek, besides knowing common phrases in Japanese, Arabic, Mandarin, and Romanian. 7 years ago
1) Not forget Italian – maybe even try to improve it.
2) Relearn French.
3) Decide what language comes next. 7 years ago
...and I still can’t roll my Rs.
I’m almost conversationally competent in Italian. I can ask for directions, order food in a restaurant, all the sort of basic things – not perfectly, mind you, I falter and search for words and it’s pretty obvious that I’m not fluent, but I can get by. I can have simple conversations about random things with Italians; the instances of conversations where I have no idea what the hell is being said are getting fewer. A few of the times I’ve talked with Italians I’ve been told that I speak really well, that I don’t have an American accent (which I couldn’t recognize if I heard it anyways), so I know that when I know what I’m talking about I sound fine…my biggest problem is that I just don’t know very much so I slip pretty quickly into the “uhh”s and the “umm”s and searching for words that I don’t know. I know several of the verb tenses, probably the most important ones, and it wouldn’t be hard for me to teach myself most of the others. Not sure how I’m going to keep up my Italian skills at home. Maybe I’ll try to teach my sister some Italian (she takes Latin in school) and in that way I can keep mine up.
For the next few weeks before I have to leave here (tear), I’m gonna try to have at least one conversation with a random Italian a day, so I can improve my speaking abilities as much as possible before I leave. Also, I want to go back to that bookstore up the street with the friendly clerks and pick out a book to read in Italian. I saw a couple Nicholas Sparks books translated, those might be simple enough for me to handle in Italian, and he’s a guilty pleasure of mine anyways. 7 years ago
Besides latin, ancient greek and biblical greek and my mother language turkish, I speak english, german, portuguese, modern greek.
I still learn western armenian.
Years ago I learned some russian, but now I forgot it.(I can still read it)
I read and understand french and italian, but never wanted to learn this two languages.
Maybe it’s too late now to learn arabic and persian, but why not? 7 years ago