The Answers to Discussion Topics

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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Iversen » Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:52 pm

Q: Advice sought from anyone knowledgeable about English translations of Don Quixote
A: Don't mess with green energy (windmills)
A: Don't read old books about chivalry - like Don Quixote (especially Don Quixote!)
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby IronMike » Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:44 am

Q: Rare language courses.
A: DLI's Basic Klingon

Q: Learning only one language.
A: I already did that, after I was born.

Q: How would you construct a language learning textbook?
A: First, plant a tree...

Q: how do you learn an amerindian language?
A: The best way? Be born 800 years ago in the Americas.

Q: Did the Listening-Reading method work for you?
A: Yes.

Q: Where to start with learning Spanish?
A: Spain? Mexico?

Q: How many sentence patterns do non-English languages have?
A: A lot.

Q: DLI Courses vs FSI.
A: Next Saturday night, at the Coliseum. Ringside tickets start at $100!

Q: Japanese is killing me.
A: Here's an idea. Stop.

Q: Can I learn 2 languages one after the other?
A: No. One, yes. Three, yes. Never even numbers.

Q: What does it mean for a language to have a lot of language learning resources?
A: It means there's always something else I want to buy.

Q: How to help your significant other, spouse, etc. enjoy language-learning?
A: First, date a linguist...
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Cavesa » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:58 pm

Q: Having a hard time getting started with platforms
A:Just wear normal shoes then.

Q: Where to start with learning Spanish?
A:On the page 1 of the coursebook.
A:On a comfortable chair by a table.

Q: Japanese is killing me.
A:If they saw you eating sushi in two bites or blowing your nose in public, you had it coming.

Q: What does it mean for a language to have a lot of language learning resources?
A:Hmm, I never imagined a language itself to have feelings on the matter and appreciate such a comfort for the learners. Perhaps Pixar should make a move about that!
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Agorima » Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:25 pm

Q: How to attain native fluency in Russian?
A: By drinking vodka
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Iversen » Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:06 pm

Q: Any way of turning passive vocabulary into passive vocabulary?
A: Do multiple choice tests

Q: Russian language learning difficulties
A: Primarily the Russian language itself

Q: Refining Portuguese
A: The Portuguese have been trying in vain to do that for centuries, and they know it better than you do

Q: AICI SE VORBEȘTE ROMÂNEȘTE!
A: Apparently not much and not very often

Q: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??
A: English - it just came sneaking into my life without permission

Q: Native language fails?
A: I still don't understand our Danish tax laws

Q: How to help your significant other, spouse, etc. enjoy language-learning?
A: OK, you have a significant other, a spouse and one or more ceteras .. maybe they just don't like each other?

Q: I read old books - Pfifltrigg Pi
A: Methinks at least that book is too old - it has started to crumble

Q: Obsolete sections of old language courses?
A: the aspirations and two out of three accents in my Greek Mystakidis and my light blue YT
B: half of the verbal forms in my TY Irish (unless you really want to focus on the dialect of Munster)

Q: Reading - co-evolution of face/object recognition
A: So you actually tell me that my online texts read ME ???
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby PfifltriggPi » Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:21 pm

Iversen wrote:Q: I read old books - Pfifltrigg Pi
A: Methinks at least that book is too old - it has started to crumble


I am afraid I have not the slightest idea what you mean here.
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Re: The Answers to Discussion Topics

Postby Iversen » Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:19 pm

I took the words "Pfifltrigg Pi" as the name of a book whose last two letters had been detached from the rest (like a lost wagon after a train). OK, I know it's your name here (without the extra space), so sorry if this idea is too provocative.
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