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that site looks positively beast! thank you
for pronnunciation reasons apparently.
So yeah, i think that makes it pretty hard, because it means that it's got completely different grammar etc.
and it didn't seem too difficult in terms of words and pronunciation but I didn't get as far as grammar, sentence structure etc. More just learning phrases.
I signed up and chose to learn French, but it was saying it was £9 for the course
of materials and stuff should you choose to teach yourself.
portuguese is really really fun but i wouldn't want to learn it without knowing spanish first or without a good teacher.
I'm thinking swedish right now
You've got to be ready for the war, man.
if any current war computer games are to go by
As such I assume he's just waiting for the time when the might of US Hegemony takes on the evils of the Muslim world.
theo, this is not a plolitics thread
But you just throw my bi-partisan crossing of the floor back in my face. :'(
Using cds by Michael Thomas, and watching French cartoons. I'm looking to move to France so hopefully I will be able to get by and improve there.
is hugely helpful, you make progress so fast.
The one I heard was pure cack, a friend found one on itunes which is free and seems much better on first listen; can't recall the name of it though, sorry.
There is him, a guy and a woman, she struggles & is a little annoying. Maybe it is because I already knew some French before I started but he makes it seem simple and natural, pretty much saying we don't really use that many words and the ones we do come from French & it is just how we pronounce them.
Or he will say the word allez is the same in English, an alley is a passage to GO through.
Or where that doesn't work he will say for example "it is 'faire to work"
Just seems to work for me
Will be for the next four years. Cause I like some stuff relating to Japan, and stuff, so yeah...
i'm going to get on with attempting french
You should learn German as you can understand spoken German much quicker than French because they don't tend to speak it all "bububububububBUH! ahhh- bububububbubbbadyBUH" like the Frenchies.
I can heartily recommend dailyfrenchpod.com
Just an article every day, in French...Then he describes what it means, line by line but he describes in French too but nice and slow.
And the narrator sounds like a friendly French cartoon grasshopper or something
I am soooo slutty.
Because its good not to be ignorant of other languages.
Which means I can understand quite a bit of Swedish and Danish too.
and a little knowledge of the basics of Arabic from when I was in Bahrain.
I started learning Japanese a few years ago as I was planning on going over there to work, but there weren’t enough people wanting to study it in Newcastle and the class got shut down. I haven’t re-started since I came down to London and have subsequently forgotten almost everything bar the kana, numbers and basic greetings. I’d like to get back into it.
And Swedish isn't all too dissimilar, as far as I know.
In my head I've mapped out to learn Danish/Norwegian when I move back to Glasgow, and considering taking a course in basic German(?) at the college in my home town beforehand, to help me get me back into education again, it's been a while...
but have aspirations to finding french harder
i can't decide if it's worth taking a course - probably not worth the money as there's so much free material available, but i don't know if i will ever motivate myself to do it without deadlines to force me
tempted to try learning swedish because i might want to spend more time in sweden at some point, but it feels a bit pointless since literally everyone in sweden speaks perfect english
it IS true that almost everyone in Sweden speaks English
but I have yet to meet a Swede who speaks English perfectly
and there are very, very few Swedes that can write English well
the same can almost be said for native speakers of english.
that is true
almost every single swede i have met speaks better english than most native english speakers. although to be fair, that might be because most of them went to an english-speaking high school
but not very deep
so it's easy to get the impression that everyone is a whiz at Angleterrian but it simply isn't the case
also, there are heinous crimes against the English language emanating from the offices of marketing and advertising agencies in Sweden - it's really appalling
We're doing this trip in August by bike, can't wait:
that's quite a trip
how long are you expecting it to take ? 2 weeks?
2/3 days each way, depending on how we get on. Aiming for around 300 miles a day.
It's 10 years(nearly) since I lived in England and I can tell you that my English is terrible compared to then
...min Svenska är dock en miljard gånger bättre naturligtvis
Oh, motorbike rather than bicycle. That should help.
I don't think I could cycle more than 3 miles without collapsing in a pile due to being the least fit person in the world.
that changes everything
How come you moved to Sweden?
German, French, a bit of dutch, a bit of spanish, a bit of serbian, a bit of spanish.
Good job seeing as I have lived in europe for the last 2 years
coz if you dont speak any other language, you are a parochial moron :-P
that's basically it yeah, it took a lot of work :-D
and my aim over the summer is to learn it a lot more. One of my best mate's Mum wrote the teach yourself Dutch book so gave me a free copy of the book and CD.