The Answers to Discussion Topics

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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Montmorency » Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:41 am

Q: Tell me, I've read so many conflicting posts on the subject, but what exactly, in your opinion, is wrong with Krashen?
A: Well, at the very least, it will mean a new paint job on the damn car.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:28 pm

Q: Can you write something that would be published in your target language (s)?
A: Yes. I write in my native language and ask someone for a translation.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby PfifltriggPi » Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:41 pm

Q : What resources do you use to learn a language independently?
A : American ones.
A : Emancipated ones.
Q : How to help your significant other, spouse, etc. enjoy language-learning?
A : You people enjoy this? I thought it was just a hopeless addiction which no one could surmount despite the pain it inflicted. Am I alone then in my sleepless nights as visions of declension tables dance in my head?
Q : Using legal substances to enhance learning
A : Such as textbooks, dictionaries, reference grammars etc
Q : "Optimal path" to learn all languages
A : Step one, acquire the Philosopher's Stone.
Q : Bob’s your uncle! And Fanny’s your aunt!
A : I do, infact, have a great-uncle named Robert. I do not, however, have an aunt named Fanny, donc vous vous trompez, cher monsieur.
Q : I can't find romanian books
A : Try looking in Romania.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby tommus » Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:16 pm

Q: How have your languages changed since 1900?
A: Quite a bit. Back then, I couldn't even say Mama or Dada.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Ogrim » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:32 pm

Q: Keep Your Goals a Secret?
A: I cannot answer that, it is a secret.

Q: Decent Persian online dictionaries?
A: If there are any indecent ones I would like to know.

Q: What more does a student really need?
A: I don't know, maybe a car, an OLED TV and a jacuzzi?

Q: What is the simplest way to explain the importance of the "-ing" suffix?
A: Saying something interesting, fascinating, thrilling and inspiring.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby WanSko » Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:39 pm

Q: I am commonly being forced to be logged out.
A: Forestry is a highly secretive profession.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby badger » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:39 am

Q: Can I speak like a native English speaker without reading much?
A: Plenty of the natives seem to mange it.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby smallwhite » Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:13 am

Q: How have your languages changed since 1900?
A: They have been butchered by me since.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Iversen » Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:54 pm

badger wrote:Q: Can I speak like a native English speaker without reading much?
A: Plenty of the natives seem to mange it.

seems so..

Q: How have your languages changed since 1900?
A: I didn't have any languages before the mid 1950s, so anything I may have done to them must have happened later.

Q: pronounciation of ng in english
A: It may be a word in some Asian languages, but definitely not in English

Q: A critical period for second language acquisition: Evidence from 2/3 million English speakers
A: The rest didn't bother to learn a second language

Q: Spanish Tapas log
A: Do the Spaniards really have enough types of tapas for a whole log?
A: Is the idea that you eat tapas while writing about other things?
A: Will it drip if you squeeze it?

Q: Has Benny Lewis discovered the new Spanish verb "recordarse"
A: Or did he invent it, only to discover later that it is considered an error?

Q: Mista's new perpetual log (currently French, Russian, Sami, Icelandic and Arabic + summer project Danish. romance lang.)
A: With such a list - plus whatever comes up along the way - it is bound to be perpetual

Q: How long did it take you to learn Chinese
A: It took a billion* Chinese all their life to learn just some of it, and second language learners probable will probably not even get near the endpoint of that journey

Q: 'Learning Languages with Netflix' Chrome Extension A
A: I didn't know that such languages existed...

Q: One country only, as much as you like, the rest of your life, which one?
A: If you have to stay within one country for the rest of your life then I guess you would have to stay there 100%

Q: Keep Your Goals a Secret?
A: None of your business

Q: Japanese is killing me
A: My sincere commiserations (PS: are you dead or alive now?)

* an American billion - Gott sei dank that it wasn't a European one!
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby kelvin921019 » Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:37 pm

Q: Japanese is killing me
A: My grandparents have a clear memory of such horrible event.
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