Learning a foreign language is hard for you or not

@mjanne (251)
China
February 6, 2009 12:25pm CST
I used to learn Japanese and I found it is really hard for me. So after several monthes, I quit. Now I am learning French now,it is not so difficult as Janpanese. But you also have to work hard on it if you want to make progress. Would you like to tell me some tips about foreign language study. Is it difficult for you? How many language you can speak?
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@jshekhar (1562)
• India
6 Feb 09
Hello mjanne! My elder brother has taken language courses in French and Spanish and he cleared both of them with flying coulours, even though he was not too sound at school academically. Yes, Japanese and Chinese are considered to be the toughest languages to learn and you really have to work hard in order to learn them. However, French should not be too difficult. My brother went to the French classes organised by the French Embassy here in Delhi and he was advised to converse with his classmates in the same language and they used to show him some French t.v. shows/movies on French channels, like TV5, etc. Wishing you all the luck and success :)
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• Philippines
6 Feb 09
i used to study french, too. then, i was already capable of expressing myself enough in spanish. i have found though that, if we learn a language just for the sake of it, there is no use pursuing it. it will just be good as totally forgotten after some years because, it is not put to use. that was what has happened to this skill which i had laboured on so much. these days, learning a new language will be much easier. it will be easy to tune in to programs and shows in the net which are presented in the language that you are currently learning to be adept at in both its spoken and written forms. also, there are tutorials which you can avail of through the internet, also. so, just go ahead pursue your interest, mjanne. good luck in this undertaking of yours.
@mjanne (251)
• China
7 Feb 09
Thank you. I will continue pursue my interesting on it.
• Canada
7 Feb 09
I am from Canada, so I have taken French since the 4the grade! I even went to france for a month between 10th and 11th grade. In grade 11 my French teacher considered me fluent. But, I did go to Mexico on exchange in 1992, and learned Spanish in about 3 months (well, it was 3 months before I could have a half decent conversation with someone), and I speak fluently to this day. My French sure took a hit, but I can still perfectly understand and most of the time convey what I am trying to say. I would like to learn Italian and cover the latin languages. My grandfather was a polyglot who spoke 5 languages and my Grandmother could sepak a couple as well. Guess I got it from them!
• China
9 Feb 09
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@maximax8 (31053)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 09
I learned French when I was at school. I am currently learning Spanish and enjoying that. Some of the words are long and a challenge to say. I am working hard to make progress. English is my mother tongue and I like to stay with that same sort of alphabet. Unless born into that some of language then I believe for most people a language like Russian, Japanese or Arabic would be very challenging. Having a vocabulary book that spellings are written in helps and lists of the verbs. Speaking the language to a mother tongue person in that language helps. It might be fun to get a French pen friend.
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@mjanne (251)
• China
7 Feb 09
I am sure you must be a excellent language learner. I also it is very useful to talk to a mother tongue person with his language. Pen friend is also a good way. Thank you so much for your advises, I will try too.
@Pistas (95)
• Portugal
6 Feb 09
learning languages isn't that hard for me and i also have a great ear too!which helps....a lot!I'm portuguese so i can speak it normally, but all the english i know is from watching cartoons.A normal portuguese kid would only learn english at 6 years old of age,when he entered our 1st grade.But me at that time i knew how to count to 10 and speak short basic senteces like "how are you","what's this colour" and what not.I learn basic french at school, but i probably suck at it now,because i finished my french 3 years ago,so since then i haven't spoken any french.I do understand it,but it must be rusty as hell.I have some italian uncles, so it took me 2 years of hearing them speak and ask them to translate for me some stuff to actually learn how to speak italian.I also know some japanese(again from cartoon), but i can't talk japanese, i only understand some words, but would love to have japanese classes, that must be fun!In conclusion i know portuguese,french,english and italian fluently(and spanish as well since it's very similar to portuguese) Tips:Translate a lot of stuff...music,subtitles from shows,movies,etc.Also read a lot of books and translate...this doesn't just increase your vocabulary of words and expressions but will also help you understand and memorize a lot of stuff.Other tip is talk with other people and practice the language.Talking with someone that knows your and the language in question will help you with translation and explain stuff to you, and you get to practice your accent for example.Just don't be shy and the key to sucess in these kind of things is always the same...practice,practice,practice!!!Good luck and remember...watch your language!
@Obsidian (70)
7 Feb 09
English is what i am learning. My 1st language is Chinese, i v learned few Japanese when watching cartoon. And i used to teach Chinese in our university as a volunteer. My students took 2 classes of Chinese, he told me it was easy to study other language when you use it. so do I. i am using English now even not good enough, lots spelling and grammar errors, but helpful. LOL
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@mjanne (251)
• China
7 Feb 09
Learning foreign language without more practise is not useful. I also think using them is the best way to learn them. But how can we find opportunity to speak them out with native people?
8 Feb 09
um, i think there are lots different ways to "use" it, not only speak with native speaker. For me, i watched the movies without subtitle of Chinese but English, and followed some American TV series with both subtitle. they are useful for me. in addition, read books in English. do you know the movie called twilight? i was interested with it ,so i went to the cinema and bought the books. now i finished the First 3 books, and prepare to the last one. :)
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• China
9 Feb 09
yes,japanese is hard for learning.I can speak english only.From long ago,i am disgusted with studay english,but now, i should be used english to work,if i want earn emolument.For your feeling,i very sympathize with you!
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@mjanne (251)
• China
10 Feb 09
Yes, Japanese is hard for me too, that is why I quit in the end. And I don't want to study it any more in the future. I also think master an excellent second language can helps.
• Canada
7 Feb 09
for some reason i am one of those people who new languages comes easy to. I actually taught myself german by listening to childrens tapes as i fell asleep. All of the sudden i could follow the plot and story line and after a while of that i am now fluent in german, italian, spanish, english and am now learning russian.
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@youless (112263)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 09
foreign language - learning a foreign language is always hard
I think learning a foreign language is always hard. But English seems to be easier compare to other foreign language for me. I learned some French before and I found it's quite difficult. And of course Japanese is also a difficult language and this is why I don't study it:) If you want to master a foreign language, I think it's better for you to know such a foreign friend. You will have a great improvement after that. I love China
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• China
24 Feb 09
Hi youless,glad to hear you love China.O(n_n)Oi'm come from China!I try to make progress in english.I think it's good for us if you correspondence frequently!
• United States
7 Feb 09
I am one who has always struggled with foreign languages. I took a German class in High School and a Spanish class in College. I still remember a few things from these classes, but not much and certainly not enough to use while talking to someone who speaks that language.
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• China
9 Feb 09
Until now, learning foreign language only means learning English for me. Though it seems not so hard, it is also not an easy thing. As we all know, listening, speaking, reading, writing are the four skills we have to master when learning a foreign language, and for most people including me, speaking and writing are often big problems, which partly because of the lack of chances to use foreign language, partly the lack of courage to use it. To be honest, I am afraid of making mistakes.
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@kguru1979 (381)
• India
9 Feb 09
I can speak Tamil, English, Hindi and Kannada. I am an Indian and since India is a country of integrity, here learning of more languages is possible. Learning a foreign language outside India may be little difficult... I agree. But learning a language and making it a master depends on the interest we are keeping on that language and not on the difficulty of that language.
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• Philippines
8 Feb 09
yes. Its very difficult. :( but you know its part of the perseverance and my determination delaing with foreign languages. Im studying japanese language now, and also their penmanship.
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@joehunt (45)
• Indonesia
6 Feb 09
I think the hardest part of learning foreign language are grammar and writing part. especially if they hv special character like japanese, chinese or rusian, or arabic letter.hehehe. I've once learn how to write in chinese. hahaa I can resist only for 2 month. It's so difficult. I think if we just learn how to speak, it's not too difficult to learn. The most important is how much words u able to remember. it's all about vocabulary.
• China
5 Mar 09
i all agree with you. in my opinion,the most important and difficult is just the vocabulary! it troubles me so much. the oral language can be improved by practicing,but if you want to really manage a language ,you have to know the history,the culture,the accustomed usage. these only can be accumulated from the time.
• United States
8 Feb 09
Learining foreign language is really hard for me! I started taking spanish in middle school and I got the lowest grade in spanish than I have ever gotten in my whole life! I'm also bad at literature and English clases! I have found that I am a lit more logic based. I am much better at math and science.
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• Canada
7 Feb 09
Learning new lanuage is difficult but it will give you more job opportunities as compared to other person. French is largest speaking language in the world and i hope you will get good job in other country also but you have to keep hardwork and always try to improve your language. Try to watch free Language TV, now a days it is free and you can watch lots of free TV channels online, take advantage of this and improve your language. I have seen that in Japan as peoples are getting old and new peoples are required to undertake the job as if you know language you can take advantage of this opportunity. You can also take advantage of youtube and watch movie clips in different languages. All the best. I hope to learn french or spanish too but don't have money to pay for my fees. i am woking hard online to earn for my fees. you can see my website in my profiles if some programmes matches your interest.
@krissy32 (205)
• United States
7 Feb 09
For tips and help in learning a foreign language, can't go wrong with LiveMocha.com. For languages that I know a few basic words of: German, French, Russian, Arabic and Spanish, and my Spanish is much better than the rest. I can still read it with my daughter's books that she brings home from school.
@sweetyethot (1737)
• China
7 Feb 09
I believe nothing is difficult if you put your heart into it.Nothing comes easy.lol. My second language is English.I never stop learning English.Its not difficult for me,but it takes pains to master a language.
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@dieorfly (763)
• Slovak Republic
7 Feb 09
I was trying for about 10 years to learn German language but with no success it is so hard for me, because of hard grammar and so long word which were so difficult to remember. When I finish high school I stop learning German. I am glad I was able to learn at least English language which was much easier for me to learn. I think the best way how to get use to the foreign language is watching television in that language and also to visit that foreign country. When you are forced to use the language while your stay in the foreign country you can learn it much faster I think.
• India
7 Feb 09
well i tried to learn japanese but could not learn it i felt it difficult, but some small words i learned , some of the japanese came to out country so from them i just learned small small words and i have written then in book and kept it
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@mermaidivy (15395)
• United States
7 Feb 09
I like to learn more foreign language, I can speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese and a little bit of Japanese. I can pick up the lanugage pretty well so it's not hard for me.
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