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by tarvos
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Things you wish people would stop saying when you tell them the languages that you're learning
Replies: 65
Views: 6678

Re: Things you wish people would stop saying when you tell them the languages that you're learning

LadyGrey1986 wrote:Someone once said to me that I must be learning Arabic because I want more attention from Arab men. :?
No-one suggested I was learning French, English or German for that reason.


That would be a reason for me to avoid learning Arabic...
by tarvos
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Questions about Dutch sentences
Replies: 94
Views: 1992

Re: Questions about Dutch sentences

"Het bevriest."
"Het vriest."
It freezes. It is freezing.


1. about an object freezing right now, or transitive - freezing a certain object
2. it is freezing outside (of weather)
by tarvos
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Questions about Dutch sentences
Replies: 94
Views: 1992

Re: Questions about Dutch sentences

1. "Ik heb een half pond gehakt vlees nodig." 2. "Ik heb een half pond gemalen vlees nodig." 3. "Ik heb een half pond gehakt rundvlees nodig." 4. "Ik heb een half pond gemalen rundvlees nodig." Gehakt means "hacked", so it's not used together with v...
by tarvos
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 111
Views: 3415

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

s_allard decided to take the thread in other directions.
by tarvos
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Reading first?
Replies: 13
Views: 449

Re: Reading first?

Reading is a good panache for vocabulary problems, but not for understanding phonology. Like with everything, you're not going to hammer in a nail with a pair of scissors, so just don't try doing it. Language learning is all about targeted practice - there has to be an idea behind the thing you're d...
by tarvos
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 111
Views: 3415

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

Very interesting to learn that tarvos spent three years in Canada (and in English) as a little girl. That looks like a form of immersion and early speaking to me. She spoke English before entering a private English immersion school in the Netherlands. The end results look pretty good to me. Maybe t...
by tarvos
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Travel and Culture
Topic: The Polyglot Gathering, Bratislava 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 663

Re: The Polyglot Gathering, Bratislava 2017

Je to skvělé!
by tarvos
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Culture
Topic: The Polyglot Gathering, Bratislava 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 663

Re: The Polyglot Gathering, Bratislava 2017

You don't need to - many people won't be able to speak Slovak - but it won't go amiss obviously. Although I don't think I'm learning Slovak either. I speak Czech though. Well, to a degree.
by tarvos
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 111
Views: 3415

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

Well, hundreds of thousands of Canadian parents disagree. For example, in our nation's capital, Ottawa, the very prestigious French lycée Claudel charges around 14,000 CAD per year for a student in the higher grades. If that's not rich enough, the Toronto French School charges around 34,000 CAD plu...
by tarvos
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: Tarvos' новый лог
Replies: 462
Views: 27742

Re: Tarvos' новый лог

Yesterday I managed to get a little further with Kundera and study some Mandarin, today I've studied some Spanish and more Mandarin. And tomorrow there will be more Spanish, Czech, and Mandarin.

Such study. Much improvement.

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