What's wrong with learning a language for fun?

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    Oct 08, 2009 10:36 AM GMT
    I've recently started to learn Swedish off my own back, can't really afford lessons but have a few swedish friends who are helping me. Whenever I tell someone I'm just learning it out of interest they turn their nose up at me, what's wrong with people who are ignorant enough to say 'I know english why do I need to learn anything else? everyone speaks it'. Anyone taking the time to learn other languages? for work or personal use?
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    Oct 08, 2009 1:32 PM GMT
    Yes....dabbling in other languages is fun and gets the mind challenged.

    I've taught myself Italian and Spanish and can speak both fluently. I'm also pretty damn good at Portugese and know lots of words in Mandarin.

    I use books, online sites and a few dvds.

    Keep up the good work!
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    Oct 08, 2009 1:39 PM GMT
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    Oct 08, 2009 3:27 PM GMT
    RESIZED TEXT GOES HERELines7, You are doing the right thing! Don't let any of these mindless clones around you tell you otherwise. I only regret I didn't study more languages - including Swedish as I am a great lover of Swedish history and culture and love Stockholm. Every day I see the benefit in my career and in social exchanges to having studied and mastered Spanish and French and having a limited additional ability to communicate in Russian. Having fluency in more than one foreign language can also make the difference in a tight competition for a sough after corporate job in the higher income level. Go for it! Good luck!
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    Oct 08, 2009 3:29 PM GMT
    Good for you man I say learn as many as you can. Now if I could only make myself do it lol.
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    Oct 08, 2009 3:29 PM GMT
    Absolutely nothing wrong with it!
    If nothing else, it's exercising your "brain muscle" hahaha.
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    Oct 08, 2009 3:36 PM GMT
    I think it's very great! I love learning languages i began mandarin this year and i also speak german and spanish so i totally agree with you even if it'll not be useful in your professional life!
    Keep learnig...
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    Oct 08, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
    I am learning Portuguese. My roommate is from Brazil and is helping me. I also use RosettaStone - it is a good program, but a bit expensive. I do plan to vist Brazil, but am mostly learning for personal interest. It has always bugged me that ,like most Americans, I only know English. I took French in college and studied some Russian on my own, but forgot the little I knew of both these languages. I studied some basic Dutch pharses before I went to Holland, but once there everyone spoke English so I didn't practice/use any of the little I knew. My grandmother was Swedish and though I learned a few isolated words/phrases from her at the time I really didn't have much of an interest in learning. I wish I could go back and used that opportunity to learn more. I still know how to say "correts" in Swedish thoughicon_smile.gif. I was in Hawaii and met a Swedish family and said "correts" in Swedish. They laughed and told me they could understand, but that my accent was very thick. I dubbled in a few other languages, but I figured learning Portuguese would be the most realistic since I live with a native Portugese speaker.

    Don't let the ignorant people get to you. Learning a language (or anything) has value in itself. Also it will be great when you can speak Swedish with your Swedish friends. Knowing another lanuage also gives you a better understandng of your own language.
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    Oct 08, 2009 3:55 PM GMT
    yesterday before going to bed, i was reading french dictionary to improve the vocabulary. for fun more or less. i live in a largely anglophone city, but have a french housemate. the game goes something like that: open dictionary on a random page, pick a word, read the meaning. if you find the word in description that you don't know, you look up that word, ad infinitum. language whores unite!
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    Oct 08, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    Lines7 saidWhat's wrong with learning a language for fun?


    ... there's something wrong with it?
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    Oct 08, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    LEARNING LANGUAGES IS FUN!!! When I was in High School I was taking Latin and French, and learning Mandarin off of my friends from Taiwan, and Spanish from my friends from Mexico.

    Once you move beyond "This is just shit I have to learn for school" and you really internalize "Wow, I can go to another country, and speak in a completely different way to them and exchange ideas that are common to us both".. then you really start to enjoy learning languages!
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    Oct 08, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    hockeynick79 said...
    Once you move beyond "This is just shit I have to learn for school"... to ... "I can go to another country ... exchange ideas that are common to us both" ...


    leavin' me weak ...
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    Oct 08, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
    Det är bra att du vill prata svenska. ;-) I speak four languages, and I'd really like to learn Icelandic. Granted, won't use that much (every Icelander speaks English better than most Americans), but I think it would be fun to learn. I'd like to learn ASL and Spanish too.

    Keep those brain cells moving and learn something new all the time.
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    Oct 08, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    1.) if anyone ever turns up their nose at you for THAT, they're not worth your time.....

    2.) YAY for learning a new language! it's awesome! I speak fluent Tagalog too, and have a working knowledge of Spanish, although I really could improve my Spanish more
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    Oct 08, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    Ahh buck those guys !
    Your learning a new language for YOU not THEM !

    I'm working on improving my french.

    Lycka Till !
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    Oct 08, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    Rosetta Stone is garbage. ^_^
    Go with Pimsleur, although it is very expensive. I'm not sure about the UK but here in L.A.,CA,USA you can rent them from the library for free.
    -Or you can do *something* illegal........ either way, it will lead you to a great start.
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    Oct 08, 2009 4:57 PM GMT
    Diffident_Sunshine saidRosetta Stone is garbage. ^_^
    Go with Pimsleur, although it is very expensive. I'm not sure about the UK but here in L.A.,CA,USA you can rent them from the library for free.
    -Or you can do *something* illegal........ either way, it will lead you to a great start.


    I've also used Pimsuleur. I am very visual and like the visual aspect of Rosetta Stone as compared to the almost total audio aspect of Pimsleur. I've already went thru level one with both Pimsuler and Rosetta Stone. I am just starting level two on Rosetta Stone. I probably will eventually go thru higher Pimsuleur levels also. The combo approach is good.
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    Oct 08, 2009 5:08 PM GMT
    phemt said
    Diffident_Sunshine saidRosetta Stone is garbage. ^_^
    Go with Pimsleur, although it is very expensive. I'm not sure about the UK but here in L.A.,CA,USA you can rent them from the library for free.
    -Or you can do *something* illegal........ either way, it will lead you to a great start.


    I've also used Pimsuleur. I am very visual and like the visual aspect of Rosetta Stone as compared to the almost total audio aspect of Pimsleur. I've already went thru level one with both Pimsuler and Rosetta Stone. I am just starting level two on Rosetta Stone. I probably will eventually go thru higher Pimsuleur levels also. The combo approach is good.


    Good tips....I am going to start learning German and was interested in the best learning method.

    I'm visual too....Rosetta sounds good
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    Oct 08, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    Living in California, I really should have taken Spanish in high school and college, but I took German because that's where I was born and where my all my family on my mother's side live. I only get there every few years, and always need to refresh some basics before I go because I don't use it enough. Will be going for a visit next year, so need to start brushing up again.

    But I keep giving thought to taking Spanish. I just haven't made it happen yet.

    Personally, I find in embarrassing that kids aren't taught a second language starting in elementary school here, like most other countries. Now more than ever we should be giving our children skills to compete globally, not to mention open them up to other cultures.
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    Oct 08, 2009 6:58 PM GMT
    Definitely study other languages. The world needs people to be in tune with each other. People who say English is enough embody so much of what's wrong with the world, and certainly add to reasons why people don't like Americans.

    I also use Pimsleur, have for many years. I think it is better than Rosetta, because it makes you actually construct your own sentences. Rosetta is interesting, and used in combo, not bad. But Dr. Pimsleur worked out his method based not only on what you say, but the timing and rhythm. It is designed to work with your memory and the timing helps encode it into your brain. And I have discovered that it really works well. I've done Mandarin, German, Italian, Slovene, Croatian and now doing Spanish.

    But different people have different learning styles, so pick what works for you. Just enjoy. And you really need some formal schooling at some point if you want to progress. These home systems are good, but not a substitute for actual classroom teaching. If you use them with classroom, however, you can really soar.
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    Oct 08, 2009 7:15 PM GMT
    Learning a new language is awesome..

    - It's cool to be able to communicate in another language and learn about other cultures. It might even inspire you to visit that country.

    - It makes you evaluate, compare, and better understand your native language.

    - Learning stimulates brain activity, and it improves your memory and thought process.
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    Oct 08, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
    Anyone pick up Japanese? I'm considering that seriously, so what is it like?
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    Oct 08, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    learning languages for fun is almost the best way .. so thumbs up ! icon_smile.gif
    I'm learning Spanish right now, 2nd year now and will be fluent enough by year's end.And it's strictly for the heck of it. Plus it's easier to meet hot latinos..haha.

    This Summer i'm picking up German again which l studied years ago, but forgot so much of it it's pathetic.
    I always told myself i'd speak 5 languages in my life.
    So by next year i'll be pretty much up to 4 , think it'll be Italian afterward .

    French is my mother tongue and English, well, i pretty much grew up with it.
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    Oct 08, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    MuscleLuke saidAnyone pick up Japanese? I'm considering that seriously, so what is it like?

    Japanese isn't too bad. It's not a tonal language like Chinese. Only thing "hard" about Japanese is learning Kanji. But as a beginner, you're not expected to know a lot of Kanji.

    After I completed an intro Japanese class, the instructor told us that we now have the fluency of a 5 year old child native Japanese speaker. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 08, 2009 7:37 PM GMT
    MuscleLuke saidAnyone pick up Japanese? I'm considering that seriously, so what is it like?


    Difficult ! LOL ! But not impossible if your up for the challenge.
    There are fewer words that are used on a daily basis.
    But the conjugation can be a struggle.
    But if you wanna put the time in ? I'd say.. "Go For It ! "