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Why is it always easier to translate foreign words into your own language than vice-versa?

New to this subreddit, hope this is alright.

From learning English, German and Japanese (while being a native Czech speaker), I always found it way way easier to remember a meaning of a word, than to translate a czech word into a different language.

Example: If someone asked me how to say "insurance company" in German, I'd be lost. But if someone asked "what does Versicherungsgesellschaft mean?" I'd 99% know it means "insurance company".

(Alright, "Versicherungsgesellschaft" might not be the best example because it's a really complicated word. But the same goes to the simpler words.)

In most cases, when someone goes through vocab flashcards, they go from native language to the foreign language. (I do the same.)

Why is it like that? Or is there someone who has it the opposite way?

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Start my accent training but with a British (Received Pronunciation) instead of the American.

I'll hire a tutor this week to improve my pronunciation which, up till now, is rather American. Do you think this is a good idea? How do you think this would be considered in the UK?

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Learning A language with a lisp

So basically I have a speech impediment, or lisp if that’s what you know it as, that makes me unable to pronounce certain sounds. When I was younger I took special classes to fix it but haven’t gone since I was about 10 (I’m 18 now). It’s not awful but it’s still very much there. My speech just sounds slurred or...mushy and I don’t have any certain sounds that are really bad except maybe my R’s. This never bothered me to much but now I’m wanting to learn Italian and I’m scared that because of my lisp I won’t be able to pronounce things right and no one will understand me. Any tips or advice? Should I try a different language or should I scrap learning a new language altogether?

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Choosing between Russian or French as a third language

I currently speak English and Swedish and am deciding whether to learn Russian or French next. The difficulty level is a bit of a factor, I know French is significantly easier but I feel more motivated to learn because I am fascinated by Russian history, especially the Romanov dynasty. Is Russian difficult enough to justify learning French instead and which language would be more advantageous to learn?

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Choosing Japanese or Arabic as the Third Language

Hi! I'm a native Bahasa Indonesia speaker with fairly advanced level of English as second language. I'd like to learn a third (preferably an Asian) language and it seems that my choices are Arabic and Japanese. Some considerations:

Arabic

Pros:

  • I studied the Qur'an and a bit of Islamic studies at my primary and junior high school, so able to read Arabic script (not without diacritics though).

  • Able to recognize some words due to its loanwords in Indonesian/Malay

Cons (mostly subjective):

  • Not really interested in its culture (I prefer Persian, definitely will learn Persian if it was more widely used globally).

  • Don't like the pronounciations sound-wise.

Japanese

Pros:

  • Learn it during high school, able to read Hiragana.

  • I like the pronounciation sound-wise.

  • I kinda like the culture (but not manga or anime because there is so much of them :p)

Cons:

  • Kanjis to be memorized.

  • Not being used internationally (unlike Arabic which has widespread use and getting more and more popular around Muslim-majority countries for my academic studies).

  • Lots of words are unfamiliar to me.

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Want to learn mauritian creol?

Hey! I was figuring since I now live far from home that I could teach people about the basics of my language. Like how to speak in Mauritian Creole. Granted, it won't be useful to you except in you go to Mauritius or happen to live where a lot of Mauritians live abroad, but it can be funny.

Anyway, if you are interested send me a PM

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Advice on learning German

Hi,

Unfortunately there are no evening classes near me so I have looked into other options - there is a CD set that seems highly recommended which I will get. However, I assume audio only wouldn't help me with writing and reading the language - should I get a book to use alongside, or will that just confuse me? Should I start with audio first and then move on to books? Any advice would be much appreciated. I'm a beginner btw.

Thank you.

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What keys do I press on my keyboard to type 蔵? (Japanese)

I'm trying to figure out what keys to type 蔵 . I thought since it's kanji, I should be able to type it using a Chinese keyboard, but the character produced (藏) is traditional in Chinese (including using simplified chinese keyboard) and the one in the title is simplified in Japanese, and I haven't the slightest clue what to keys to press to make that character.

I also need to be able to type it, as I won't be able to copy and paste for this thing I need it for. Thanks!

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I want to get better at Hindi, but I’m not really a fan of Bollywood or pop songs. What are some other fun ways to improve your conversational Hindi and your ability to handle yourself in different situations?

For example, I was wondering if anyone knew of any Indian Youtubers who don’t speak too fast and/or have English subtitles.

I know there are some interesting Youtube show series where they speak in Hindi and have English subs, but I’d like to know if there are any Indian Youtubers who do short comic videos (like Cyprien or Norman, for those of you who are learning French) or like to talk about film, video games, and just pop culture in general. I also enjoy watching Youtubers who talk about cultural differences between countries.

I am full-Indian but, because my mom grew up in the US, we didn’t speak Hindi that often at home and so I only know a few basic words/phrases. For the past few years I kept saying to myself that I was going to improve my Hindi, but now I plan to make that dream a reality, especially since I’ve gotten back into learning languages.

I was also planning on using apps like Hellotalk and Memrise. Do you guys have any other study resources to recommend me? What’s the best English-Hindi dictionary, in your opinion?

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Immersion

So I have been trying to learn German, but recently my friend(from turkey) told me he learned fluent english in 4 years only by watching english movies. Is it actualy true that I don't need to learn on an app like duo lingo etc...

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Why you need to watch Nicos Weg (German)

You really need to watch Nicos Weg. I know you've heard of it, but have you been ignoring it? If so, stop.

Reasons:

  1. The scenarios are fairly realistic.
  2. It is spoken at a normal speed for German. I find getting 'addicted' to slow speech is not helpful.
  3. It's great for beginners. It will be challenging for a total beginner but don't be upset if you don't understand everything. Embrace the discomfort.
  4. It's great for more advanced learners. I've found I get a lot out of it even as someone at a ~b2 level. I didn't bother with the exercises, but just went through the videos.
  5. All the actors and actresses are ridiculously attractive.
  6. It's humorous.
  7. It's addictive.

Are there resources you really think people NEED to use in the language you are studying? Post them as well.

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Learning Iraqi Arabic - looking for movies/native speakers

Hey guys,

So I've been trying to learn Iraqi Arabic for few weeks already. There are some websites that I have found really helpful but for the pronunciation it's pretty tricky.

I only know Arabic speakers that speak Palestinian/Jordanian Arabic.

Does anyone have any movies, music or any source of spoken Iraqi Arabic that could help me improving?

Even better if a native would like some language exchange :)

Thanks!

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Having trouble pronouncing Turkish words

I speak English and German fluently. However, English is my native language. One of my best friends is from turkey, and I’ve been doing some Duolingo courses for the past few days. I taught myself German, in less than two years with Duolingo, Memrise and native friends.

But these Turkish words are just sounding so crazy and I am not sure what to do to help myself because I just cannot make the sound I am hearing.

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Do you think Kazakh should be written in the Latin alphabet?

Why is the government changing the alphabet?

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Dual Language Immersion Program

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Are there any online/free fluency tests?

I want to see if I’m A2 or B1 in Italian. How can I find this out?

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An in-depth study of the basis of all language and communication. [Question]

Hello all! I've been a lurker for a few months and I was hoping to get some direction from you all. I've scoured over the resources provided in this sub, but most of what I have seen tends to be language specific.

I am currently learning Spanish, which will be my second language. In doing so, I have realized, maybe like many of you, how much I don't actually understand about my native language. In many wonderful ways, I have been forced to look at my native language differently and to begin understanding its structure rather than just knowing what sounds right through exposure.

One of my current hang ups with Spanish is in regards to DOs and IOs, especially with Spanish utilizing the reflexive form in many more instances than English. However, I am realizing that this problem has less to do with the Spanish language and more to do with my lack of an intuitive understanding of DOs and IOs. This just happens to be where I am currently, but I am sure there are many other fundamental areas where I also lack that deep intuitive understanding.

I would like to start dedicating some time to understanding the fundamentals of language itself, rather than just on one particular implementation of it. Some of you may have already gone down this path or already have a great fundamental understanding of language and I was hoping you could pass along some tips and/or resources.

This may be a specific field of study that already exists, Language Arts maybe, but I haven't had much luck finding what I am looking for when searching for that key word.

Thank you all for your time and thoughts. :)

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What does "do" contribute to a negated command in English?

Im a native US English speaker and I am learning German. Negating a phrase in German only requires the negation word "nicht" and this got me thinking about how in English we tend to negate with "do not."

For example:
German Sentence: Leg die Zeitung nicht immer auf die couch!
Direct Translation: Lay the Newspaper not always on the couch!
Actual Translation: Do not always lay the newspaper on the couch.

The "do" has to be used to make the sentence work in English, unless I am missing something. What is it "do" doing (lol) here?

A secondary question: In German I mostly ignore the word "doch" because its meaning is so contextual and hard to understand, but I know it usually negates a statement or adds past context to it. In this example the way I read it was "Leg doch die Zeitung nicht immer auf die Couch!"

In this case, what id doch adding? It seems to be nothing, since there's no prior statement or knowledge to negate.

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What is your opinion on learning trough games in courses?

By games I mean educational (role play, board etc.) games with a specific key topic (tenses, vocabulary, etc.) in language courses with the teacher’s guidance.

I myself found it to be super entertaining but there would always be people who disagreed, so now I’m asking all language learners.

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Please take this 10 minute survey studying the effects of knowing multiple languages!

Hello r/languagelearning! I am a senior psychology major, and for my senior project I have chosen to create a study examining the effect of knowing one, two, or multiple languages on problem-solving and critical thinking skills. If you could take 10 minutes to complete this survey, it would be greatly appreciated!! You can also pass along the link to anyone that you know who would be willing to take it.

Thank you!!!

https://manhattan.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cvbMMlqjBaq1cH3

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