Introduce yourself here

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naim
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby naim » Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:03 am

Hi,
My name is Naim. I'm from Lebanon. I'm working on an app to _____

I'm blanking on what to call it or how to describe it yet. But I want to force myself to start writing, PUBLICLY.
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cadomniel
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby cadomniel » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:42 pm

sirgregory wrote:Greetings. My name is Gregory and I like languages. In early adulthood I spent some time in Latin America where I learned Spanish. I stumbled upon the HTLAL site around 2006. Francois's material inspired me to try to learn French through self study. I spent a few months studying it with Pimsleur and a few books. I was learning it quickly but I was never able to get much practical experience with it or get much beyond a very basic level. Since then, I have been on a bit of a break, shall we say. About 13 years thanks to school and professional distractions. But just within the last few months my interest in languages has made a comeback. I've decided to restart with German. I'm finding it somewhat more of a challenge than French (I felt like I was getting a enormous discount there) but still very enjoyable. I'm really loving the similarities to Old English.

As this site seems to be the successor to HTLAL, it looks like the right place for motivation and self study techniques.


I got really interested in learning languages when I discovered the HTLAL forum around the same time as you in 2005. I found the website when I was trying to decide what language to study in university as my elective. I wanted to study Russian but it didn't fit with my schedule so ended up studying German for a year. First year university level German was really far too easy after using the techniques on the forum. I used Pimsleur, FSI and Assimil to build up a foundation in Spanish, French as well as dabble in Swedish and Russian. After I finished university I stopped spending time learning languages, but my wife is a native Spanish speaker so I have advanced in Spanish the most just by having more exposure. Now I want to start to revive my French and German but first to take my Spanish to C1 level...think I am pretty close
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EmGeeFab
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby EmGeeFab » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:41 am

Hi all,

I've always been interested in languages, and even taught myself a fair bit of French in 3rd grade from tapes I got from the library.

Fast forward many years, I am a homeschooling mom with five kids. I speak English (native) and German (understanding - fluent, production - not quite). I was an exchange student in Germany in high school and refused to speak English to anyone for a year. I'd like to improve my German production over the next year. I've been learning Hebrew intensively for about 9 months now and am trying to figure out how I can back off from intensive to sustainable in order to make room for German improvement. And, finally, I'd like to slowly learn Spanish of the coming decade, but I don't want it to take over my life.

Like many on the board, there are other languages I'd love to learn, but I don't really enjoy dabbling in languages. I'd rather have the end goal as near-fluent, which is why it took me as many years as it did to learn a third language. I kept putting it off as impossible to do well enough.
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Elsa Maria
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Languages: English (N), Danish (intermediate). Various stages of beginner: Dutch, Latin, Spanish, and Polish
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Elsa Maria » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:25 pm

EmGeeFab wrote:Hi all,

I've always been interested in languages, and even taught myself a fair bit of French in 3rd grade from tapes I got from the library.

Fast forward many years, I am a homeschooling mom with five kids. I speak English (native) and German (understanding - fluent, production - not quite). I was an exchange student in Germany in high school and refused to speak English to anyone for a year. I'd like to improve my German production over the next year. I've been learning Hebrew intensively for about 9 months now and am trying to figure out how I can back off from intensive to sustainable in order to make room for German improvement. And, finally, I'd like to slowly learn Spanish of the coming decade, but I don't want it to take over my life.

Like many on the board, there are other languages I'd love to learn, but I don't really enjoy dabbling in languages. I'd rather have the end goal as near-fluent, which is why it took me as many years as it did to learn a third language. I kept putting it off as impossible to do well enough.

Welcome, EmGeeFab. You might want to check out the Homeschoolers United! thread. I was a homeschool mom until my youngest graduated two months ago.
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Cloudberry
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Languages: English (N)
Proficient: Norwegian
Beginner: Northern Sami
In the incubator: Japanese, Middle Egyptian
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Cloudberry » Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:05 pm

Howdy y'all from Texas!

Long-time lurker, first-time poster here, now that I'm ready to devote some time to languages again. I'd like to revive my Norwegian, which used to be decent but has become pretty rusty through disuse, and I've decided to take the plunge and start learning Northern Sámi, which Chung's HTLAL log has given me hope is indeed possible. :lol:

I have also been stuck at an early beginner stage of Japanese and Middle Egyptian for several years now due to lack of coherent effort, so at some point in the next few years, I would like to get both of those off the ground.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Bluepaint » Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:31 am

Welcome Cloudberry! I see you've been lurking for a while but welcome to posting ;) You are studying a very interesting mix of languages, I hope to read your posts about them soon.

Cloudberry wrote:Howdy y'all from Texas!

Long-time lurker, first-time poster here, now that I'm ready to devote some time to languages again. I'd like to revive my Norwegian, which used to be decent but has become pretty rusty through disuse, and I've decided to take the plunge and start learning Northern Sámi, which Chung's HTLAL log has given me hope is indeed possible. :lol:

I have also been stuck at an early beginner stage of Japanese and Middle Egyptian for several years now due to lack of coherent effort, so at some point in the next few years, I would like to get both of those off the ground.
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Bluepaint
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Bluepaint » Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:34 am

Oh Splog! Hi, I remember you, you did indeed teach us so much. I hope you'll start posting here - in moderation of course. Don't want to interfere too much with your learning!

AnthonyLauder wrote:My name is Anthony. I used to be on HTLAL, with the nickname Splog. I haven't posted anything here or on HTLAL for quite some time. Mostly because I realised I was spending more time talking about language learning than actually doing language learning. So, I took a long break from talking to focus on doing. Now I feel ready to do some talking again.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby tungemål » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:13 pm

Hi.
I recently realised that languages is one of my passions. After being inspired by the internet community, youtube videos and so on, and learned valuable techniques, I have been busy working to improve some of my languages, and to start one more. I know I really need to focus on only one language at a time.
I live in Norway and work as a music teacher.
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Monelasa
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C1+: English
C1: French, Spanish, Polish
B2+: Hungarian
B1: Russian, Dutch
A2+: Finnish
A1+: Turkish
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Monelasa » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:30 pm

Hi everyone,
I don't really remember how I became interested in languages, but when I was fifteen I started teaching myself Spanish and found out that it is not even that impossible to learn a language without a teacher. I've been adding languages ever since, some with courses, and others without.
As many people, I hate answering the question how many languages I speak, since the number is what I care least about. I am learning these languages, because I love every single one of them, not because I wanted to add +1 to my list to make it more impressive.
At the moment, I am focusing on Russian and Dutch and I hope to start Amharic soon.
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cjareck
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby cjareck » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:12 pm

Monelasa wrote: I've been adding languages ever since, some with courses, and others without.

Your list of languages is impressive! Polish, Hungarian and Finnish surely are not easy ones!
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