Languages I speak and would like to learn

@ivan88 (193)
Canada
December 28, 2012 6:22pm CST
Ever since I was a kid, I have been able to "absorb" multiple phrases in various ways. Since Grade 1, I have started learning Russian, Ukrainian and English in my elementary school. In Grade 5, German became my linguistic addition. Of course, I have had fun with all those languages, but I don't plan to stop on them. My next goal is to learn Japanese, as I am going to start my practice in ninjutsu soon. The love for the Japanese culture has led me to borrowing a book from my beloved - a textbook from Japanese. It has been going along well, but a textbook is not enough. What I suggest to students in languages, similar to myself, find all audio files that would demonstrate proper pronunciation of any word that you have learned in a new language. Have fun with it. There are many free tools online that may help you complete your learning goals in languages.
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12 responses
@else22 (4319)
• India
29 Dec 12
Hi ivan,I am from India and my mother tongue is Hindi,the national language of my country.I have leared English as third language.I tried to improve my English by reading English newspapers and books.Now it is for you to decide whether I have succeeded in improving my English. I love to learn as many official languages of my country as I can.But first of all I would learn Sanskrit,the classical language of my country and the mother of almost all Indian languages.Thereafter I would start learning other Indian languages one by one. So far as foreign languages are concerned,I would like to learn French and Russian along with Japanese,but it depends on the time I get.
@ivan88 (193)
• Canada
30 Dec 12
Very good endeavours, and my compliments on English. No problem seen so far at all. :D
@else22 (4319)
• India
31 Dec 12
I am grateful to you for encouraging me.Have a nice day and a prosperous New Year,2013 ahead.
• China
29 Dec 12
I speak Chinese, and I majored in English when i was in the university, and now i am trying to learn Franch, it is a little big difficult,but I will keep on this. I hope i can make some achievements if I work hard.
@ivan88 (193)
• Canada
30 Dec 12
You should start learning with fun - listen to some songs, watch some movies. Of course, you can pick the educational videos form youtube (they can help a great deal). I have an instruction-book for the conversational French. I, usually, by reading it, try to refer to as many videos as possible, so that I can see examples of pronunciation.
@spicymary (558)
• Romania
29 Dec 12
I kind of envy those who have a natural gift for learning foreign languages. After years of practice I don't even know English better. But it's improving considerably lately. I think I found out a method that works for me. But it's a lot of work. Latin languages, similar to Romanian, are easier for me. There are a lot of similar words and also a similar grammar. I also want to learn Greek, I have the basics but my progresses are very slow. But it's more like a hobby, because I am fascinated by their culture and I feel it also helps me think faster after. I am so confused because a big part of my generation learned English from cartoons. They watched them without any subtitle, and learned the language as a native one, associating the words with what happened. I also watched cartoons, but I didn't even distinguish the pronounciation. And from all that blend of sounds and words I couldn't find out neither the name of the characters. I don't understand how they could...
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
29 Dec 12
I would have never guessed, based from your writing anyway, that English is not your first language... (=
• China
30 Dec 12
I also like learning languages.I remembering that I ofen do English morning reading loudly in campus's garden when I was in college several years ago,usualy only more than half an hour before classes,and review the content of study of the right day.I have made progresses by keeping it up day and day,even though I have spent not too much time in learning English every day at that time.But when I took part in the work later,the time of learning English was reduced due to the busy work and my laziness and some housework.Up to now,I'm very interested in studying English yet,and it let me feel that it is more meaningful in learning languages than wasting time on other things such as waching TV,do shopping. To learn English or other languages should be pay persistent efforts, my english level needs for a much greater progress. I am confident and I will study hard, beause in here, I believe everyone is my teachter.
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
29 Dec 12
come to mexico city, mexico I will be happy to teach you spanish. If you are a good learner I think you could lean fast. Spanish isnt hard. Come on... happy new years. Feliz ano nuevo.....
@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
29 Dec 12
That is great. I want to learn native dialects of my country so that I could easily relate to my countrymen wherever part of my country I go.
@Jennlee3 (292)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 12
I also have always had an aptitude for languages. I am a native English speaker who can speak Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew fluently. I am proficient in French. I would love to tackle a Slavic language next like Polish or Russia and definitely Japanese at some point. I have a huge (recent) Miyazaki appreciation so my interest in Japanese has increased ten fold!
@lifes97 (885)
• United Arab Emirates
29 Dec 12
its awesome to speak languages if im free i join a course to learn many langaues a sign means you like the world or that country also,yea , though some languages are nothing easy to learn but its still nice to learn and with time all is easy to learn and practice with people from that coutnry
@elsino91 (443)
• Poland
29 Dec 12
I really like languages too. I only know Polish and English fluently at the moment, but I am determined to learn at least one more language fluently and that would be Russian which I am studying at the moment, it's not as hard because I already know Polish which is similar both in grammar and vocabulary. I'm hoping I'll reach a decent level within the next two years and I aim to study Spanish too because I really like that language. I studied for year a long time ago and even went to Spain and really liked it. I'd like to know French and Japanese too.
@BabyCheetah (1913)
• Australia
29 Dec 12
That's lucky that you are able to absorb languages really well. I'm a native English speaker, I also know Italian but I'm not fluent. I did Japanese for a year but I've forgotten a lot of it. Next year I will spend a few months in Austria so hopefully I'll pick up more German. It's a matter of making it stick!
@MandaLee (3699)
• United States
29 Dec 12
What a great discussion question! I am a native English speaker. I think I would like to learn Spanish. I am going to look into learning Spanish online in the New Year. It seems to me that there are increasingly more benefits to being fluent in Spanish.
• China
29 Dec 12
My mother language is Chinese,but I also learn English and Janpanese,however,I don't have too much gift for learning language,I have learnt Arabic,Spanish ever,and now just remember the basic grammar. Since you have the talent for language,I think it is easy for you to learn the Japanese.When you master the fifty tones of Japanese ,and can classify the Katakana and Hiragana well,success is quite near. Go ahead!