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#1 confidant

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 05:13 PM



>> i hope to someday live outside of the us, and i'm wondering...what are the best tools and/or techniques (cds, books, etc.) that you would recommend to someone teaching themselves a new language?
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 05:16 PM



You can download some mp3s that will teach you phrases in diff languages. I feel this could be the most effective.
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 06:21 PM



besides going there, i've found that television is really important in making the leap from classroom or book learning to real life use. it has made me such a better speaker... it's SO much better than almost anything out there. although people dis tv, it's one of the best ways possible to learn a foreign language!
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 07:42 PM



all of these are good pointers, but i honestly think the best thing to do is to date someone who speaks a given foreign language. there is so much incentive then, plus youre around your teacher 24/7. that's how i got pretty good in portuguese
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 09:54 PM



so true. I'm trying to communicate with this Spanish girl I've started dating. She speaks little English, I barely speak Spanish so we both help each other out.
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 11:33 PM



Agreed. My Japanese drastically improved after dating a Japanese girl. In particular for television, I suggest watching soap opera / dramas; since the dialogue tends to be more realistic. Also, in particular for Asian TV shows, lots of them tend to show sub-titles of what is said. This is great since you can learn how the characters are written. I usually dl my dramas off the net and if I don't understand a phrase, I pause the show and look it up online.
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Posted 15 March 2006 - 02:28 AM



i took japanese in high school, it's a class i truly miss. my teacher was a beatnik type, who had us making our own films, drawing out own mangas, and all sorts of wild activities. you ever been out to Japan?
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Posted 15 March 2006 - 02:46 AM



Live and work in Tokyo. Best intensive class ever.
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Posted 15 March 2006 - 02:52 AM




thats dope man. i loved it when i was there a few summers ago. i wish i had more time there though, we only had 12 days and we wanted to see so many spots in japan.

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 07:53 PM



yeah it helps if your sexy foreign sex object speaker doesn't speak English too well... otherwise you won't learn a thing. that's what happens to me!
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 09:10 AM



can anyone recommend some starting points for japanese? most of the books and CDs i've seen focus mainly on conversational japanese, but i want to learn how to read it as well.

i know this is a totally insane task to take on, but i've wanted to do this for some time and haven't really gotten any solid direction from anyone aside from 'take a class'
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 01:21 PM



Here's a link I found a while ago <a href="http://maktos.jimmyseal.net/jip.html" target="_blank">http://maktos.jimmys...t/jip.html</a>. 11 lessons in total.
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Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:19 AM



nice link
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