do you want to learn a foreign language?
October 25, 2008 9:30pm CST
i've always wanted to learn another language aside from the ones i can already speak. not only for business purposes but also personal growth. when i was in college, i enrolled in french class. from that class, i am able to say "my name is" and "i am studying in" in french. then that's about it. it's true that if you don't use it, then you won't remember the language you're learning. then there was a time after college, that i decided to take spanish lessons, which i also grew tired of. now, my mind is set into reviewing my spanish and learning korean language. LOL what about you?
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• United Arab Emirates
7 Nov 08
I'm obsessed to studying Mandarin. I find the language very essential to my work because we have lots of Chinese guests who really can't speak English that well so I would like to understand and learn their language more. I'm looking forward in getting myself into formal Mandarin lessons this January though. ^^,
• United Kingdom
26 Oct 08
Last month I began learning Spanish at evening classes that I go to once a week. My teacher is from Venezuela and the group of students are friendly. I am very keen on traveling and I hope to go to South America. I would love to go back to Central America as well. I learned French for five years when I was at secondary school and I use it when traveling. My older son is learning French at secondary school so I often speak French with him to assist his studying. I wish that I was talented and had a gift for learning foreign languages. However I am just an ordinary person with a strong interest in traveling. I only get on well learning languages with my mother tongue style alphabet and wouldn't be able to grasp Arabic, Russian or Japanese.
26 Oct 08
i did same thing as you too, but the different thing is that i don't study the french and spanish, i learned japaness and korean,i also try to learn some other languages, but after a few days i was tired of it, i think i am so lazy to do this, then finnally i only can say a little words.
• United States
26 Oct 08
I would like to learn spanish, because I live in the United States Of America, and we border mexico and mexicans always jump the border, and they get jobs at places and they speak little to no english and so if i knew spanish I wouldnt have a problem understanding them and wont raise my blood pressure arguing with them about them not speaking english. haha
26 Oct 08
Hi bubblyapple, I currently am trying to learn the Japanese language, not because I love japanese anime, but because I think that Japanese is a very tough language to learn, me as latin american it's more easy to learn how to pronounce the Japanese vocables and words, it's easier than english.. Right now I know a lot English, Spanish and Guarani and a little of Portuguese, but I want to learn very well how to speak and write in Katakana, Hiragana and Kanji of the Japanese language. And another language that I want to learn in the future is the Russian.. I think that the best software always come from Russia..
• South Africa
26 Oct 08
Hello bubblyapple!!! I am from South Africa,we have 11 official languages,English is of course the main one.I am from a province called Kwa-Zulu Natal,this is where the Zulu people originate from.Apart from the Zulu,almost every other race of people here can speak isiZulu to a lesser or higher degree.Also some can speak Afrikaans the language of the white Afrikaaner who are descended from the early Dutch settlers.South Africa is a country of many races,African,Afrikaaner,British, Chinese,Colored,German,Indian and Italian to name just a few.You can imagine then that people can pick up quite a bit of words and phrases from each others languages and we do.This has also resulted in numerous slang words borrowed from the many different tongues and used in the English language which almost every South African speaks.Just to give you one example,the Zulu word for stones is "Amatshe" (pronounced "Aah maat chair") people have been using it as slang to refer to money like so, "Do you have any 'maat chair" (stones) "Do you have any money"
26 Oct 08
Hi there..:-0 Yes I want to learn foreign language and actually I just did and the first one is English,the second one is German just a little like wei geht es dir,Ich liebe dich,and more..;-0 Learning new language is another exciting things to do..:-0 God bless and have a nice day..;-0
26 Oct 08
Learning another language is really great and can help us a great deal in the future too. As for me, I am really interested in studying Japanese, since I watched anime and hear their songs, I really like learn it more and wanted to speak the language. So when I'm in college, like you, I enrolled to Japanese class, I studied up to level 4 and stop because the Nihonggo class schedule was started to conflict my studies and classes. Anyhow, the class taught us to write Japanese characters, to read and speak basic conversation. Really fun to learn it, but now, unfortunately, I forget some of my lessons and hardly remember some of the conversations, since I rarely practiced it. But someday, I really wanted to master it and able speak it fluently. Who knows, I might use it for business or it may be quite helpful if I got a chance to go to Japan.
26 Oct 08
Even since I was a kid I was always interested in learning the Japanese language. Maybe because I was already watching Japanese anime since I was I can't remember. Also, I have a favorite japanese pop group that I love listening to but can't understand Later on in grade 6, I was able to learn their two basic alphabets, some vocabulary, and some basic sentence patterns. Now, I just graduated college last March and after taking my board exam this November, I'll try to learn more Japanese since I've time while waiting for results. Lately, I've seen and liked some telenovelas and so, I'm interested in the Spanish language as well. Some more languages in my list are Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese), French, and German. If I could learn all the languages in the world, that would be great I think that by learning most languages, that language barrier will be broken. When I travel in the future, I don't want to be worrying of what to say when I visit other countries. Also, I guess I just love languages and how they compare to each other in terms of sentence structures and word forms