Do you speak a Foreign Language?

sweetpea12 sweetpea12
Do you speak another language? How did you learn it? Do you have any tips for someone who is trying to become fluent in another language??
05/04/2013
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Ryuson Ryuson
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Originally posted by sweetpea12
Do you speak another language? How did you learn it? Do you have any tips for someone who is trying to become fluent in another language??
I'm shit at foreign languages, so my goal in school is to only take languages I'll never be asked to speak hahaha. In high school I took 2 credits of Japanese and in college I'm taking Latin.

My friend's super into Japanese. She's the VP of the Japanese club and goes on Japanese twitter and Youtube! I think that a lot of what helps you learn is trying to read things that you're not 'ready' for yet. She's only taken 4 semesters of Japanese, but tries to read complex novels and such anyways.
05/04/2013
kadelette kadelette
I took 4 and a half years of Spanish in middleschool and highschool. I've forgotten most of it because I never practiced after that class, never used it conversationally, and never read/listened to it. So my tips are to indulge in the culture, engage in conversations in that language, and don't give up on it!
05/04/2013
Gdom Gdom
I took four years (?) of Spanish in high school, but I've lost most of it by now. Like kadelette, I'd say that's probably because I rarely used the language outside of class and didn't have a particularly strong interest in Spanish or Latin American culture at the time.

In college, I took a few intensive language courses in German and really got into the language. Being interested in the language, practicing it for fun with friends, and studying abroad in Germany led to me learning far more German in about two years than the amount of Spanish I learned in four years. I'm still a long way from being fully fluent, but I've learned a lot. I'd say I have a working proficiency, but I can definitely get by in an ordinary non-technical conversation and I've been told that my writing is strong for having just picked it up in college (Germans love sentences with tons of clauses and so do I ).
05/04/2013
SourAppleMartini SourAppleMartini
English is my foreign language. I should really start to learn another one, but seriously have no time for that at the moment.
05/07/2013
bratcat bratcat
I wish i knew spanish well, so i could better communicate with family. The best thing to do though is take classes and indulge in the culture and communicate with a person in their native tongue as well as watching more foreign films in that language (subtitles in said language helps a lot too)!
It all comes down to practicing often and making it a habit.
05/07/2013
GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
No, am it's something I'm really disappointed about. I took Spanish for a brief period in grade school, then again in high school and for a semester in college and I still can't speak it. I've kinda lost hope that I can learn.
05/07/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
Go to the country whose language you want to speak and don't be afraid to try to speak it!!

I used to be an advanced Spanish speaker (no one nearby speaks it) I studied for years but what really helped with spending time in Spain
05/07/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Spanish, picked it as my elective in high school and was fascinated by it
05/07/2013
ViVix ViVix
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Originally posted by sweetpea12
Do you speak another language? How did you learn it? Do you have any tips for someone who is trying to become fluent in another language??
3 years of Spanish, and I tested out of it for college, but I still can't speak it. *sigh*
05/07/2013
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