Have you ever tried to learn another language?

September 22, 2010 1:23pm CST
I would love to be able to speak another language. Due to my work, I can speak a little German but I am far from fluent. It takes such a long time and I wouldn't know where to begin. Anyone have any tips please
9 responses
@Cargoleta (726)
• Spain
22 Sep 10
I'm currently trying to learn Swedish now, since it's my boyfriend's native language and I want to be able to understand things properly when I visit him :) Concerning learning German, you can always look up if there are language schools or universities in your area that offer German courses. That, or maybe there are some online ones too... I think some places offer that as well.
23 Sep 10
Thankyou I have found one on line free!
• Spain
23 Sep 10
Really? That's good then! :) Something else that's really helpful in my opinion is to watch movies and listen to music in the language you want to learn, maybe that will help you too.
@nophie (2338)
• Indonesia
22 Sep 10
emmam, how are you,, iam indonesian..and my mother language is indonesia language..now iam trying to learn english..mylot is one of my ways to practise english
22 Sep 10
What a great way to learn. Maybe I should watch films in my chosen language with the subtitles on to get an idea of what is going on
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@nophie (2338)
• Indonesia
22 Sep 10
thats good ideas too
@anthonydt (146)
• United States
23 Sep 10
I am Vietnamese so I learned English as a second language. In highschool, I learned Spanish because it was required. It takes a lot of time but you can start by learning basics online..
23 Sep 10
Yes I think the internet can really help, thank you for your advise.
@oscar6 (1939)
• United States
22 Sep 10
I have had several years of spanish. I can understand it when other people are talking, read, and write it but Im not great at speaking it. I can but its horrible lol. I am currently learning how to speak Japanese since I am moving to Japan in the next couple of months for my husbands job. My tips would be to pratice just a little everyday. See if you can use a free program online to learn. You could also buy software or take a class at a local college. Practice is the best thing to do!
23 Sep 10
Yes I think you are right, little and often. Thank you for your comments
@ruthhazel (213)
• Philippines
22 Sep 10
Yes, I tried before to learn to speak in japanese because I love to watch anime then. :)) But I now I can't remember it. I have a book then, it teach how to speak in japanese. I suggest you to buy some books that will teach you how to learn German.
23 Sep 10
Hello, thank you for your help, I won't give up.
@rastogisw (446)
• India
22 Sep 10
Yes of ocurse I am from northern region from my country but now shifted to south side and here the language is totally different .so i am trying to learn that language though its bit different and difficult to but still I have learn few words ..means like can speak but no fluency .
23 Sep 10
Yes accents can make it harder still to achieve fluency
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
22 Sep 10
guten tag! wie gehts! i have been with my hubby for 25 years and he still speaks to his parents in german. i have attempted to learn french and would like to learn spanish (for work) and am fascinated by Yiddish. i also tried to learn mandarin, but had no one to practice on.
22 Sep 10
mir gehts gut danke (did I spell that right?) You have done well to pick some up. Good to get the old brain matter going. Yiddish, that is definately one I hadn't thought of.
@thebest1 (658)
• Romania
22 Sep 10
Hello,Emma! I learned english by myselk..ok,I know that I don't speak very good,but I know basic words.In my country are more books called "Learn...without teacher",like "Learn english without teacher","Learn german without teacher" and so on. You can search one of this,maybe you can find it.And you can learn at least basic words! I hopt that will help you! A nice evening and all the best!
23 Sep 10
Your English is tons better than my German ; )
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
22 Sep 10
I know a little Spanish but only a little. When I travel in Mexico, I find I know a lot more Spanish than I seem to have in the U.S. Unfortunately, the best way to learn a language is to start speaking it when you are about two years old.
23 Sep 10
Oh dear, I missed the boat then. I suppose persistance pays.