Introduce yourself here

General discussion about learning languages
LaMancha
Posts: 7
Joined: Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:49 am
Languages: Spanish (N),
English (daily use, not proficient)
French (rusty intermediate)
Chinese (fluent upper-intermediate)
Korean (on-the-rusty-way basic)
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby LaMancha » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:43 pm

Hello there,

LaMancha, my nickname, comes from the name of my "Autonomous Community" in Spain: Castilla-La Mancha. As some may know, it could be translated in english as "the stain". It is a vaste piece of plain land in the south part of the Iberic Plateau.

After the "bookish" introduction of my land of origin, let me introduce myself and tell you why I'm here and why I want to keep active on this forum.

I'm 22, studying an MBA in Madrid, at a government public program. This sounds cool, but all my life I've hated to study, I'm a much more street and neighborhood person: having fun, seeking some trouble, all this. Now I'm trying to adjust myself at a healthy, no-drugs, learning-focused life. :lol:

My adventure with languages started with english and french. In Spain we start to learn english since we are 6 or so, but honestly I don't know what was worse: my interest to be a good student or my various teacher's motivation. Now that I am 22 I regret this happened, but... whatever. I've hated french all my life. Reached a level in which I could maintain basic conversation fluid, but now it has been 5 years without even thinking about it.
Back to english. When I was 12 or 13 my father and mother sent me to the US alone to a host family to try to make me see other things that were not my neighborhood nor my parent's village. I learned a lot in just two months from the scratch. It was an amazing experience, where I realize you need to live inside the language. Next year, same movement, but I ended up in a black family smoking weed every f day with my new 16 year-old brand new jumped on the roads friend. :lol: Also pretty nice. That is how I learned english. After that I've been in everyday contact with it, even passed a C1 exam, even though my grammar is horrible...

When being a problematic teenager, my father made me choose: work or university. I've been such an idiot all my youth, but my parents has always been working hard and the saved money for my education... how lucky I am?. Now I realise and I'm working on it. So my parents told me that if I wanted to go to uni, it had to be... Chinese studies major. REDACTED

Here comes the chinese adventure: I started uni, pretty slow training and teachers, following a book and all this... and in my group level was pretty low. I had the luck (again) that I was accepted in Peking University with a scholarship to do my third year of uni.
In China I did the same as I did with english: full inmersion, thinking in chinese, mental dialogues, REDACTED with natives (and also foreigners :lol: ) , but this time I started to study!!! This combined made me go way up, reaching an HSK5 in 10 months. It was hard though.

Last year I had to attend to basic Korean classes. Pretty nice to taste a chinese-influenced language. I may retake it on the future!

After telling you my life... (sorry for being tiresome) I've arrived here. I really hope I can make this forum an scape-way from my MBA courses, which are pretty hard for me. I really appreciate the time I could study languages. So I hope we can share our methods, our views, our perspectives... and become better together. Also, I will read some first page threads. If anyone has some suggestions of good threads to have a look, I will appreciate him telling me.

Have a nice day,
LaMancha.
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themethod
White Belt
Posts: 18
Joined: Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:38 pm
Languages: English (N), Russian (A2), Spanish (A1)
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby themethod » Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:06 pm

Привет everyone,

I'm an American, living in Asia, learning Russian.

This forum has been a great resource of both practical and inspirational information for me in my language learning, and I'm hoping to pick everyone's brains even more in the future! :lol:

Cheers
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Mline
Posts: 5
Joined: Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:45 pm
Languages: French (N), English, spanish, italian, German (Beginner)
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Mline » Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:05 pm

Hello

My name is Emeline, I'm french.
I've started learning English and spanish in middle school, and I studied italian for 2 years in college (+ latin, which lead to lose lots of my spanish abilities). I'm starting to learn German on my own, with books, and if it has obvious similarities with english, it's more difficult for a french speaker.. And I've tested some languages apps for fun (dutch, swedish, russian).
I can read and understand english, I can read italian and spanish (but I lack vocabulary). I watch lots of movies in english or in any original language with subtitles, and I also read books in english (my favourite fantasy authors write in english), and some other books in italian.
BUT I never really had opportunities to speak / discuss in any of the languages I learnt... (5 days vacations in Rome, Dublin or London are not enough...). So I would like to improve !

sorry for the typos I may have missed and feel free to correct my sentences if necessary!
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wandrien
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:59 am
Location: Siberia
Languages: Russian (N), English (B2), Slovene (A2~B1), Serbian (A1), Czech, (A1), Spanish (A1)
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby wandrien » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:04 am

Hello everyone! I'm Vadim. I'm a native Russian speaker.

I'm interested in too many languages to have any hope of learning all of them. Those include: virtually all Romance and Slavic, many Turkic, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Japanese, Indonesian, Hawaiian, Tagalog, Quechua... and maybe some more.

The foreign language I speak best, beside English, is Slovene. I really love this language very much!

I've studied Serbian and Bulgarian as well, and I understand these languages relatively well, but haven't had practice for a very long time.

Recently I started studying Czech, and I am still at the very beginning.
I'am able to understand some words and expressions in Czech and Slovak due to their similarity to Russian and Slovenian, but it's very difficult to grasp the meaning of full statements. So I decided to go deeper in Czech to be able to understand more of the spoken language.

I can understand and speak some basic Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, but these languages are now on pause due to lack of time.

Currently, my main focus is learning Czech and further improving of my Slovene. I hope I will also find some time to renew my Serbian and Bulgarian or take a course of some Romance language.
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lingzz_langzz
White Belt
Posts: 33
Joined: Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:57 pm
Location: Barcelona
Languages: Polish (N), EN (C1), ES (C1), HU (C1), CAT (B2/C1), EUS (A1/A2), FR (A2?), ΙΤ (Α2?), λ (A1)
Discovering: OCC
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby lingzz_langzz » Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:00 pm

Hey, people!

My name´s Kuba, I come from Poland but I live in Barcelona.

I speak Polish, English, Spanish, Catalan and Hungarian fluently and on my way for more!
Currently discovering Occitan and in May I am starting with Greek!

I am generally interested in almost any language and also am still trying to figure our my way and style of learning,
my approach and so on.

Hope to have a nice talk with all of you around here, thanks!
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Cezary
Posts: 4
Joined: Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:46 pm
Languages: Polish - native
English - advanced
German - advanced
Spanish, French, Latin - beginner
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Cezary » Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:53 pm

Hello everyone,

I'm Cezary from Poland. I have to admit that I'm a real language enthusiast. I also teach English and German in school - I'm not going to write more, if you love languages, just contact me :)
I speak Polish,English and German fluently.
I would like to learn new languages - I'm looking for a language exchange.

Best wishes from Poland,
Cezary
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CarolineDavis
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:12 pm
Languages: English (N), French (C1), German (B2.2).

Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby CarolineDavis » Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:52 pm

Hi I'm Caroline and I'm looking for top tips on how to keep my French and German skills up to scratch. I am living in the UK due to the pandemic.

I'm currently enrolled in online classes at DAS Akademie (in Berlin) where they teach entirely in German and it's proving to be hugely beneficial as I only speak German for the whole lesson. I really recommend them!

Any other tips to keep up my languages? I'm really worried I'll lose fluency.
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Lord_Phil
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:20 pm
Languages: English C1, French C1, Italian N, Spanish B2, Estonian, A1, Farsi A1, Swedish A1, German A2
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Lord_Phil » Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:21 pm

Hi everyone! I've just joined this forum and looking forward to exploring it and reading all the interesting things you are talking about :)
I'm passionate about languages and travelling, and I hope to find like-minded people here :)
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Cezary
Posts: 4
Joined: Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:46 pm
Languages: Polish - native
English - advanced
German - advanced
Spanish, French, Latin - beginner
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Cezary » Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:30 am

Lord_Phil wrote:Hi everyone! I've just joined this forum and looking forward to exploring it and reading all the interesting things you are talking about :)
I'm passionate about languages and travelling, and I hope to find like-minded people here :)

Hello Phil ! How are you? I noticed you learn many interesting languages. What's more, some of them on a very good level. What's your current language project?
Best,
Cezary
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HerrSignore
White Belt
Posts: 19
Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:07 pm
Languages: English (N)
German (B1/B2)
Italian (A2)
Portuguese (A2)
Spanish (A1)
French (A1)
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby HerrSignore » Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:17 pm

Hello everyone,

I'm pleased to have joined this community! I've been passionate about languages for years now. I started out my journey with Italian ten years ago and since then have studied to varying degrees other languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and also dabbled slightly with Russian. I'm a native English speaker but currently living in Switzerland, hence the need to learn German! I also learn Italian - it is a Swiss language after all!

I'm hoping to discover some good resources to help me in my studies and share ideas with other language learners.
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