The Answers to Discussion Topics

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PfifltriggPi
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby PfifltriggPi » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:08 pm

Q: How to practice French while travelling?
A: Go to a French speaking country.
Q: Has anyone accidentally learned a foreign language?
A: Yes. I did not choose to be born into an English speaking family.
Q: Article: Can Russia save its minority languages?
A: False. Russian does not have articles.
Q: Celebrities speak Welsh.
A: Really? All of them? Is this some sort of requirement? How do they learn?
Q: How much work is a minor in Russian, and how far will it take me in Russian?
A: It depends. If you already speak Russian, it will be reasonably straightforward. If you don't it will be a bit harder. (If you speak Ukrainian, it will be harder still, because people will call you names.) As for the second question, at my university it could take you all the way to Vladivostok. Your millage will vary, however.
Q: Can taking classes at a university bring someone to a proficient level?
A: Classes in what? It depends.
Q: No-one, noone or no one -- which is right?
A: Nobody.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Iversen » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:38 am

Q: Has anyone accidentally learned a foreign language?

A: Well, to some extent yes. I had brought two parallel booklets plus a Malay dictionary back from Singapore in the belief that one of them was in Bahasa Melayu (the other one was in English). Then I discovered that it was in Bahasa Indonesia, and therefore I ended up studying Bahasa Indonesia instead of Bahasa Melayu.

Q: How much work is a minor in Russian, and how far will it take me in Russian?
A: Somewhere between no Russian a all and a major.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby BalancingAct » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:45 am

- If you had 3 hours a day, could you advance ‘well’ in 6 or 7 languages?

- Depends on how rigid you are.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby tiia » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:21 am

- Yocabulary resources neglecting genders
- Just learn a language without gender.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Serpent » Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:03 am

Q: What are some of the most helpful language logs?
A: Finally, the log I have wanted to start for years!
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PfifltriggPi wrote:Q: Which Latin American Spanish would be best to learn for travelling around Latin America?
A: If going to Argentina, Welsh would be preferable.
Is there a reference I'm missing? :D
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby smallwhite » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:11 am

Cavesa wrote:
PfifltriggPi wrote:Q: Need advice on learning Portuguese.
A: Take Spanish, put in blender. Take French, add to blender. Blend until fully mixed. Chill overnight. Enjoy! (Best served cold)

Didn't work, Catalan fell out of the blender.

Then you need to add more Spanish stems and roots.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Saim » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:00 am

Serpent wrote:---
PfifltriggPi wrote:Q: Which Latin American Spanish would be best to learn for travelling around Latin America?
A: If going to Argentina, Welsh would be preferable.
Is there a reference I'm missing? :D


https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idioma_ ... _en_Chubut

"El idioma galés se habla en la Patagonia Argentina, en América del Sur, principalmente en la Colonia Galesa del Chubut"
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Serpent » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:37 pm

Wow :o :o :o
Do they have football teams there? Sounds like a great destination for Gareth Bale :D
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby rdearman » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:21 pm

Q: What made you wary of language learning?
A: Sharks
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby rdearman » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:15 pm

Q: What to Pair with German Assimil with ease?
A: A South African Merlot or perhaps a nice Chardonnay.
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