This is what it looks like to learn a language in one year. from Mickey Mangan on Vimeo.
i have often wondered if people who are fluent in more than one language think in any particular language. I think i think in english.
When you starting thinking in the language you are speaking with out needing to do an internal translate it is so much easier,
Um. .. can anyone translate what he just said?
Lesson one – starts “Kamate kamate” then you now it all.
Why would anyone bother learning a foreign language when you can talk English.
Because we can? Also a neat way to meet nice people, have fun, and not sit looking like an idiot. But best of all I can make money understanding what they talk about and so on and so on.
Mainly so we can snigger at your ignorance without you knowing what we’re saying.
German is not the easiest language to learn, for example there are 16 different ways to say the word “the” depending on the gender (masculine, feminine, plural, neuter) of the object, and the case (nominative, accusative, genitive, dative). Also they at the end of the sentence tend to put the verb, which quite confusing is.
After 3 years of French at High School I added German in the (old) 6th Form and managed to get exactly 50% in School Cert with one year’s fairly intensive tuition. There were only two of us in the class and the other guy was a 7th former who had been learning by correspondence for 4 years already, so was used to being on his own. I had the benefit of almost one-to-one teaching all year, plus I’m fairly sure my marks were scaled upwards. Sehr gut!
Try Japanese – many of them take 20 years from birth to have a reasonable understanding of their own language.
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