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Foreign Language Hobbies?
« on: November 25, 2012, 05:59:01 pm »
Does anyone here like learning languages as a hobby or know how to speak another one?

I love learning languages for some reason.
I've taken 2 years of French so far and I really like it. I also took 1 year of Latin but then I had to swap out since they didn't offer a second year of Latin. I hated Latin though since the teacher was awful. Plus Latin-speakers are all dead, so French is much more practical.

I've also tried to learn a bit of Japanese and some Chinese, but its really hard to teach yourself a language, especially something like Chinese.
I also really want to learn Hindi too since India is one of my favorite countries, but I'm saving that language for later.

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Re: Foreign Language Hobbies?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2012, 06:17:57 pm »
Languages are pretty much my life. I've spent seven years learning French, although due to the lack of French people  in my circle of friends my level of understanding is greater than my ability to produce. I'm studying Mandarin as my degree, and I am learning Cantonese and German on the side. You're right about the difficulty of self-teaching, and I can only really manage languages as a hobby because I have people who speak those languages in my life (My girlfriend, and my step mother, respectively), and because I have a good reason.

My interest in Bollywood has spurred me to try and learn Hindi a few times, but the horrendous paradigms and the lack of situations to practice or use it in has always pushed me back. I keep accidentally starting new languages because it is hard to control, but realistically I know that I need a proper environment to learn languages to the degree I want.
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Re: Foreign Language Hobbies?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2012, 06:23:34 pm »
Yeah... my only exposure to Japanese is through anime. While its somewhat helpful I know that I will probably never be fluent in it unless I find a better way to learn it.
I'm taking a french class now, but the only practice outside of that is just reading tags(like how tags, advertisements, and a bunch of other stuff is printed in english, french, and spanish).
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2012, 06:29:03 pm »
I like taking language classes when I need some extra credits. I've taken two semesters of German, and next semester I'm taking Arabic. I don't expect to learn a whole lot, but it's fun to know a few phrases. Plus the way the classes are set up I always learn lots about the the culture, too, which is half the point for me.

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2012, 07:30:14 pm »
I have studied (and continue to study) Japanese for about 12 or so years now and it was one of my majors in university.  When I find the time, I also study Japanese Sign Language.

Languages are super fun to learn, but I always feel guilty if I can't find time to study them seriously.
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012, 07:43:20 pm »
Plus Latin-speakers are all dead

Does Ecclesiastical Latin count?  :P

I did Classical Latin for a while, but I've forgotten most of it now.  If I weren't so lazy, I'd be keeping up with my Old English too :(

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Re: Foreign Language Hobbies?
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2012, 07:51:02 pm »
I'm really good at languages for whatever reaspn...I llve learning them and studying them. I'm taking Latin and German right now.

I also make constructed languages.

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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2012, 08:24:07 pm »
I really wish I'd been able to learn more language skills as a youngster. I took three years of high school Spanish and aced 'em all. I learned basically nothing.

These days what I really want to learn is Irish.

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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2012, 08:26:13 pm »
I'm really good at languages for whatever reaspn...I llve learning...

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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2012, 08:28:32 pm »
Right now I'm studying Russian (self teaching and im really enjoying it)
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2012, 12:16:20 am »
I'm really good at languages for whatever reaspn...I llve learning...

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« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2012, 01:50:02 am »
Right now I'm studying Russian (self teaching and im really enjoying it)

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Re: Foreign Language Hobbies?
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2012, 02:15:55 am »
I keep meaning to brush up on my French. I have a good understanding of the grammar, can carry out basic conversations and read it pretty well (occasionally having to look up words) but I'm awful with writing in French, and nowhere near fluent on the whole.
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Re: Foreign Language Hobbies?
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2012, 06:50:34 am »
I'm really good at languages for whatever reaspn...I llve learning...

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I'm glad that I'm not the only one who got a giggle from that.

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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2012, 07:27:02 am »

Chiheisen!  And where have you been, young lady?!

I've been quietly lurking, like a good little lurker.
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