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  #51 Old 11-05-2009 Default Re: Studying a foreign language

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To me, I think visiting the country would probably be the best to learn/improve one's foreign language as one gets the chance to speak with the ppl of that particular language everyday...hehe

However, for those who can't afford to travel, I would suggest to listen and understand that particular foreign language. With advance science and technology, one can even find the meaning and pronounciation in the internet. You can also join language clubs or societies to improve your fluency of a foreign language...
yeah, visiting the country is probably the best way.but to those who cant afford, there's plenty of free podcasts teaching foreign languages (ie chinesepod, frenchpod,spanishpod. all you have to do is find them. and listen to songs and watch movies, dramas in the said language.

last but not least, motivate yourself.
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  #52 Old 11-05-2009 Default Re: Studying a foreign language

jst luv animes n manga(though its in eng),
embolden my courage to learn japanese,i've been into it 4 almost 2 months, n yeay, japanese is much easier tht ones could expect,indeed,
am goin to give a profoundly fascination to learn som other languanges, arabic n korean..yern to be native speaker(albeit its hard to achieve, yet perseverance really is somthn, it would drives us to success as though we put zeal into everything)
lol, its turning to long-winded motivational talks somehow..
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  #53 Old 11-05-2009 Default Re: Studying a foreign language

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As for German, here's what I know for now:
Z - pronunciation is switched with "S", vice versa
A - pronounced "ah" or "aa"
Actually, a lot of the letters can be pronounced like Bahasa Melayu
EU - pronounced "oi"
J - pronunciation is switched with "Y", not vice versa

That's all I can come up with.....


Oh, yeah. I sat for a couple of hours in front of the TV just to see that....

ah(A) bei(b) sei(c) dei(D) ae(E) ef(F) gay(G) ha(H) yot(j) ka(K) el(L) em(M) en(N) o(O)pi(P) qu(Q) err(R) es(S) tei(T) uu(U) fau(v) vei(w) upsilon(y) set(z)

and a o u got another letters with umlaut(double dot on top) which requires diff pronunciation)

the pronunciation is kinda like that....
hehehehe ignore the capital and small letter...

Volkswagen should be prnounced as Folksvagen
it is made for the folks there(and once was very cheap)

Wein is pronounced as wain or wine(meaning wine)
and Wien is prononouced as wiin(long i)

so you can actually pronounced it after learning the letters.....
hehehehehe
and all nouns in german must be in capital letter for the first letter
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  #54 Old 12-05-2009 Default Re: Studying a foreign language

guten tag! Ich bin nickvl.... LOL (trans: Good day! i am nickvl)

so looking forward to it...
p/s : u can learn a new language at Livemocha! Just go to www.livemocha.com...its cool u can listen to the audio and learn how to pronounce the words...
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  #55 Old 12-05-2009 Default Re: Studying a foreign language

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guten tag! Ich bin nickvl.... LOL (trans: Good day! i am nickvl)

so looking forward to it...
p/s : u can learn a new language at Livemocha! Just go to www.livemocha.com...its cool u can listen to the audio and learn how to pronounce the words...


i thought guten tag is good afternoon.....
guten morgen=good morning
guten abend=good nite
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  #56 Old 12-05-2009 Default Re: Studying a foreign language

really? whoops....hehe...
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  #57 Old 12-05-2009 Default Re: Studying a foreign language

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really? whoops....hehe...

that was what my lehrerin(frau hamidah now a lecturer in institut bahasa antarabangsa) taught me
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that was what my lehrerin(frau hamidah now a lecturer in institut bahasa antarabangsa) taught me
but i Google-ed, and the meaning of guten tag is good day. maybe good afternoon is the formal meaning? but good day is the colloquial meaning?
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but i Google-ed, and the meaning of guten tag is good day. maybe good afternoon is the formal meaning? but good day is the colloquial meaning?

maybe so
haish
my german is rusting
my last german class was end of form 4
even last year my lehrer suddenly asked me to gave a german speech,i was stuttered....
and please.....i just know basic deutsch.....
hehehehe
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  #60 Old 02-06-2009 Default Re: Studying a foreign language

As Malaysians, we have a real edge in learning languages because most of us start off already knowing three very different languages. Often we have an inferiority complex because we are always worse than the native speakers of all the languages we are taught at school, but the truth is that just by knowing the languages we do know to the extent that we know them gives us some entry into many other languages in the world.

I've been learning French recently and have been pleasantly surprised to find how close it is to English, which is not even a Romance language.

Just as an example, in school, one is always told not to translate word for word from Malay to English because that results in very funny things on your exam script but rather to think in English. Transliterating from English to French, one is right 90% of the time. It's quite amazing.

Also amazing was that the supposedly very bright students at the well-known uni I'm at (where I took the French classes) are on the whole poorer language learners than your average Malaysian in secondary school. They make all the same mistakes - and more.
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