Introduce yourself here

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viciousvinifera
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Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:14 pm
Languages: English (N), French (B1 but rusty), Mandarin (B2 but rusty), Russian (A2- current focus), Spanish (A1)
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby viciousvinifera » Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:25 pm

Hi, I'm Julia! I'm based in Portland, Oregon, and I am a native English speaker. I studied French through high school and college (B1 but rusty) and Mandarin in college and study abroad (B2 but rusty), and I am currently learning Russian (A2) primarily because it's my boyfriend's native language. Russian takes up most of my time right now but I am exploring the idea of using it to ladder to Spanish because I am traveling to South America in February (and because it's such a useful language).

Eventually I hope to be functionally fluent in Russian, Mandarin, French, and Spanish, using the ladder method if I can find enough good resources. I look forward to meeting people here and learning together!
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Twyelyghte
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Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:50 am
Languages: English (native), Spanish (a1), German (a0)
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Postby Twyelyghte » Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:00 am

Hello, my name is Twyelyghte (middle English spelling of Twilight).
My current goal is to be bilingual. My endgoal is to be trilingual.

I am currently studying German with the hopes of being able to read some children's novels by the end of the year. I've studied Spanish 10 years ago in high school and I'm also reviewing it with the hopes of being able to bounce back to the level I was back when I was strongest in it.

Other than foreign languages, I've also began learning web development with the Odin Project a few days ago, so I guess you could say I'm learning both human and machine languages :P
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ForgeJohn
Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:53 pm
Languages: English (N)
Spanish (N)
Studying: Japanese
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Postby ForgeJohn » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:09 pm

Hi all!

My name is John and I'm a native English and Spanish speaker who's trying to get into Japanese for a second time. I have my hopes on tackling Italian and French in the next year or so, and I'm working with a buddy of mine on a language-learning app called Forge :)

Excited to join!
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revy
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:50 am
Languages: English (N), French (beginner), German (beginner), Spanish (prior formal study)
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Postby revy » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:28 pm

I'm revy, and I'm a self-learner in my 20s. I haven't made much progress yet for a variety of (bad) reasons, but I've recently made something of a breakthrough in my understanding of how this all works.

I have some hobbyist-level interest in linguistics, and I've finally familiarized myself with some small subset of SLA theory. I'm hoping to develop my theoretical understanding further, and more importantly to develop my amateur theories into practice that accounts for any weaknesses in the theory.

Several people here seem to be doing things that overlap with various aspects of my understanding, and that's really exciting for me!
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Mypolyglotdream
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:57 pm
Languages: Spanish (N), English (B2), German (A1)
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Postby Mypolyglotdream » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:46 pm

Hi everyone!

My name is Diana, I'm 35 years old and I'm from Argentina. My mother tongue is Spanish, and I'm learning English and German on my own. My dream is to become a polyglot =)

I'm also learning digital marketing and web analytics, and developing in the process my own website dedicated to languages =)
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mentecuerpo
Orange Belt
Posts: 174
Joined: Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:15 am
Location: El Salvador, Centroamerica, but lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Languages: Spanish (N) English (C1) Italian (B1) German A1
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Postby mentecuerpo » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:34 pm

Hello, my name is Roberto, my online name mentecuerpo.

I am on my early 50's.
I live and work in Arizona.
I was born in and lived in El Salvador during childhood and young adulthood.

My mother speaks Italian fluently. She lived in Italy for her classical piano education.
My father loved languages.

My father studied ophthalmology in Argentina and was exposed to the flow of European Immigrants that flew WWII to Argentina. His professors were German, French, Italian and Argentinians.
My father discovered the Assimil language Method in Argentina, Buenos Aires, and brought it to El Salvador. My father could read six different languages. Medical Textbooks were in French and German back then. Back then, there were no computer and no internet, so learning a language was basically reading the language not speaking it. In El Salvador the only language spoken is Spanish.

I am married with two children. My children were born in New York.
My wife was born in South America.
We speak Spanish at home.
My children are bilingual, with some broken Spanish.
My daughter is starting her teenage years, she has been studying French since age 4-yo with private tutor teacher. I expose her to French and I try to take her to France every year during her summer break. I try to go to Italy very year but is not realistic.

I love Roma, and Trastevere.

I started learning English at 16-year-old. in an exchange student program. I did one year of High School at BCC High School in Bethesda, Maryland. I was very lucky it is one of the top public school in the USA.
On my late 20's after I graduated from the University of El Salvador. I went to New York for post graduate studies at SUNY Downstate (5 years total).
I started learning Italian on my 40's.
I am learning German since June/2019. (slow progress, no rush).
French is my go-to language to relax, I like it.
I listen to Italian Audiobooks daily and I finish on average one audiobook per week.
I read Italian books on a rate of 5-6 pager per day.
I am working my way slowly in German.
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Ailish
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Joined: Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:06 pm
Languages: Frisian (native), Dutch (native), English (~C2), German (intermediate & actively studying), French (beginner, only used on holidays)
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Postby Ailish » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:23 pm

Hey! I'm Ailish, and I *might* have been registered on the old HTLAL forums but I don't quite remember... In any case, I'm a longtime lurker on both HTLAL and this forum.

I was raised mostly in Frisian, although hearing Dutch all around me growing up and when I went to school. I consider both languages to be my native language although Frisian just a teeny, tiny bit more...

I'm currently trying to improve my German. It's such a beautiful language, but also a frustrating one, because I can understand it so well - reading novels and listening to things is easy - but the minute I open my mouth and try to speak, or write something, for that matter, I come across as a three year old. So, to improve that, I'm doing a distance learning course, but at times finding motivation is hard, even though I enjoy doing the assignments. That might have a lot to do with having a busy job as a programmer, but if I'm honest, I'm also mildly scared of getting the assignments graded.

So, to get myself back in the groove of language learning I decided to finally start keeping a language log here. I hope it'll keep me motivated and maybe I'll find some encouragement along the way.

In the long term, when I'm finished with formally studying German, there are two other frustrating languages that I'm eyeing: Swedish and French. Swedish because whenever I hear it, I feel as if I *should* be able to understand it (but I don't yet), and French because I can read a little bit but I would like to be able to have touristy chats with people on holiday.
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gita
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Joined: Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:01 pm
Languages: - russian (N)
- buryad (N)
- english (B1-B2)
i'm also interested in
- spanish
- norwegian
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby gita » Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:14 am

Hello everyone! My name is Gita. I'm a native Russian and Buryat speaker. I'm learning English (currently active) and also I'm interested in Spanish and Norwegian (I watched TV-series where are these two languages the main and I liked a pronunciation a lot). I'm from Russia, Siberia. My hometown is near from Lake Baikal.

Now I'm a masters student and my major is chemical and biomedical engineering. I have a class in English about spectroscopy and so I need to know English well (but it's not the main reason).

Also, I'm a chess player since I was 7 years old. I played until 12 years old constantly and then I had a big break. When I went to my alma-mater I started to play again. I was a member of university team.
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Catling121
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Joined: Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:03 pm
Languages: English (N), Spanish (Advanced), French (Intermediate), Italian (Intermediate), Portuguese (Intermediate), Romanian (Beginner)
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Postby Catling121 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:06 pm

Hey all, just introducing myself.

My name is Chris and I'm a British native living in Spain. I work as a translator and a musician, so I love to use music to help me learn a language.

Nice to meet you all :)
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lil_pug
White Belt
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:24 am
Location: USA
Languages: English (N)
Thai (A1/A2)
Amharic (beginner)
Spanish (B1)
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby lil_pug » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:40 am

Hello, I’m lil_pug. I’ve recently gotten back into language learning. I’m a Thai native but since I was raised in the USA since I was a toddler, I forgot most of it (plus the fact that I can’t read or write it.) I’m an intermediate level in Spanish, though I’m not exactly sure which level since I never took an official test in it. I’ve recently started learning Amharic because I’m fascinated by African cultures especially the culture of Ethiopia. I might start a log here once I familiarize myself with this website. I also have many other big plans for language learning in the future.
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