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Re: Your language learning adventures

Postby Declan » Sun 17 Jan 2010 12:53 pm

Dillon D wrote:Ich? Es tut mir leid, I forget how to say 'who' I thought it was wi but Google is telling me wir. Could somebody remind me? Danke schön!

Who is Wer, Wen, Wem, nominative, accusative and dative.
So, "Wer hat das gesagt?"
"Wen hasst du?"
"Wem gehoert es?"

Firstly, I speak English as a native speaker. From when I started primary school, around 4 or 5, I started to learn Irish like all other Irish children. This will be my last year of formal study of Irish, and between school and about nine weeks at Irish College, my standard is pretty good. Certainly I can converse with no problem at all, I understand most of what is said to me most of the time (except occasionally the Donegal accent which I'm not used to at all), and I understand a fair amount of what I read. I'm not fluent, but it's certainly my best foreign language.

At secondary school, I started learning the only language offered (and therefore compulsory) German. I've spent time in German immersion, and I like some German music, and I'm getting pretty good. I am making less and less grammatical errors, and learning more and more vocabulary, so I hope to get my standard as good as my Irish at least. I really like German.

My mother is a French teacher, and since I like the language, and am reasonably good at it, I started learning French with her maybe six years ago. I can sort of converse, at least about simple things, but what's holding me back is practice more than anything else. Recently I've started to read more French, and watch a few movies, and speak with my mother more in French, so hopefully I'll be gradually improving.

I'm in my last year of school this year, and next year I hope to study engineering, which means that my formal learning of languages will stop, possibly forever. As I'll be rather busy for the next few months, I've put learning any further language on the long finger, and will focus on the four I speak to varying degrees. It is my intention to continue doing this for as long as possible, and I also hope at some stage to start learning a few more. Possibilities are more Celtic languages to go along with Irish (and when I stop having to use the "official standard", I would like to study the dialects a bit more. The native dialect of my area would be a mix of Conemara and Munster, and at present, I speak a mixture of them and the Caighdeán). I have always been interested in Latin and Greek, for their cultures, for their literature, and from an etymological point of view. So I'd like to learn one or both, perhaps not fluently, but well enough.

And if I ever develop an interest in another language, or happen to get to know someone who speaks it, I hope I will still have the desire to learn Icelandic. One that I might eventually start to learn is Icelandic, especially if I ever have the opportunity to speak it. If not Icelandic, I might at some stage start to study the Germanic branch more, perhaps Old English plus a Nordic language or something like that.
Native: English
Very good: Irish
Reasonable: German, French
Very basic: Latin.

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Re: Your language learning adventures

Postby Monox D. I-Fly » Mon 07 Sep 2015 4:19 am

Sobekhotep wrote:Welcome to the Omniglot forum!
It's good to see people in high school interested in learning languages.

Well, I was interested in learning Japanese ever since I was in Elementary School. due to watching Digimon.

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Re: Your language learning adventures

Postby Yona » Tue 24 Nov 2015 10:16 pm

French : It's my native language. In spite of that, I made a lof a typos when I was young because French orthography is somewhat complicated (even for French people). When I was young, the French education system insisted on writing to learn foreign languages. That's why many of us have poor conversational or pronounciation skills !

English : I don't even remember when I've begun studying it... I've never been in an English-speaking country except a few days in London. I've learned thought the internet (thanks Wikipedia) music and movies. I wouldn't say I'm proficient but I understand and I find ways to express whatever I want, so it's okay.

Latin : studied three years in junior high school. I hardly remember anything but it helped me a lot to understand grammar and language in general.

German : studied for eight years. I was really interested in German and good at it at school but as previously said, the teachers insisted on the written aspects of the language. That's why I'm able to understand a text I read but it's harder for me to speak or to understand people speaking fast. I've studied by myself beside school and I really invested myself into it but I had difficulties to memorize the vocabulary (especially genders), the declensions and it took me a lot of time to be able to make a syntactically correct sentences. I had the opportunity to speak with German people and I learned a lot with them but I stopped taking courses this year and I feel like my level is decreasing since.

Arabic : I drew an interest into Arabic music and culture so I began studying Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine dialect) by myself. I mastered the alphabet (which I find very elegant and graceful) and the pronounciation and learned a few things until I lost my interest in it.

Spanish : At the beginning, I didn't really want to learn Spanish but it was the only second language option (English being mandatory) available in my current degree. The teacher is emphasizing on speaking and pronounciation so my skills are developing really fast, faster than years and years of studying German ! Spanish is easier for me as it's closer to French. The pronounciation is easy and the grammar and the conjugation are very similar to French. It would say that the hardest part of it is learning all the tenses and know when to use which.

Chinese : I have always been interested in other cultures and learning a language very different from my mothertongue appealed to me a lot. Learning Chinese also represented a challenge to me. The pronouncation is hard for me and the vocabulary and the characters difficult to remember but I'm only been studying it for two months and I don't have much time to study it beside my lessons so I will see how it evolves.
French : native
English : advanced
German : intermediate
Spanish and Chinese : beginner

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