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21. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Each of you has your own view...thanks. However, Learning the language through real environment - I like the learning approach through 'thematic approach' plus 'multi-sensorial approach': online doesn't meet my demand, to be honest.

Although there are many e-courses available, I prefer face-to-face conversation as I learn fast in this way. (This is the way I learn Borneo's Malay in university before which it enables me to switch smoothly my accents when talking to Malay from Peninsular and from Borneo at the same time!)

I will start from phonetics first and will learn conversation as well as grammaire (thematically) simultaneouly; body language and intonation would be on my attention...I start be able to pick up certain accents in French films and that encourages me to learn further!

I'll switch to the thread mentioning languages that each TP can master...I'll list down one by one later on...from that, we can learn better and eficiently.

Lee

22. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

At first I thought..."How can you learn a language by reading it?" If they didn't have the sound..so you could hear it, I think the online lessons would be pretty useless...but I have been pleasantly surprised:)
Also it is great not having to have someone else teach you one hour here and there...if your in the mood, you can do it for 10 hours. Or 10 minutes! I really would recommend it to anyone thinking about it!

Really, CC? They have audio? I am so lazy to do online lessons, I kinda prefer a classroom environment where I know I'll do better work if the teacher is there to push me (and also correct my pronunciation, I had a horrible time with French pronunciation). I'm also lousy at listening comprehension, awk. I don't know how to improve for that.

I find that I'm better at grasping the grammatical aspect of the language, and not very good at speaking it (but I guess that's because I haven't had a lot of opportunities to actually converse with native speakers).

23. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

http://www.donquijote.org This is the one I am using...I love it! :)

24. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

http://www.donquijote.org This is the one I am using...I love it! :)

Took a quick look, it seems pretty good! Thanks so much! :)

25. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

and also correct my pronunciation, I had a horrible time with French pronunciation

Maybe some day we can try Skype and practise our french, do you think is that a good idea?

Lee

26. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

and also correct my pronunciation, I had a horrible time with French pronunciation

Maybe some day we can try Skype and practise our french, do you think is that a good idea?

What's Skype??

27. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting summer910

What's Skype??

http://www.skype.com/
:)

28. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

So, CC, you are self-learning Spanish at the moment?

29. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I am trying Lee...I lived in Arizona before and am moving back there this week. I think it would be a good thing to know living there:)

I am also of the opinion that it is much easier for somepeople to learn languages..that for some reason they can pick it up much faster. Have you seen this to be true?

30. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

I am also of the opinion that it is much easier for somepeople to learn languages..that for some reason they can pick it up much faster. Have you seen this to be true?

Some people definitely have a talent for learning languages. My dad is a lecturer of Chinese literature at University College of London. One of his colleagues is an American who speaks FLUENT Mandarin with absolutely no accent what-so-ever, which almost never happens. I was already very impressed with his Mandarin, and then one day he started talking to me in Shanghainese, which is a language so unlike other Chinese dialects that it's gibberish to the rest of the Chinese population. I was FLOORED! Furthermore, he only started learning Chinese when he was 21! I thought that he was incredible when I first met him when I was a teenager. Now that I have learned all about language acquisition as a speech pathologist, I find it even more incredible. As if that's not enough, he also speaks a number of other languages, I don't remember which ones though.