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Title: Language learning
Post by: cdw on May 26, 2019, 08:59:51 am
Nothing to do with nudity although you can do it naked! Anybody else into learning languages? I speak a few and I've recently been trying to revive my rusty French - enjoying getting back into it again.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Northman on May 26, 2019, 09:42:19 am
Have you tried Duolingo? It is a website that offers these, sort-of minigames that test and teach you grammar and vocabulary of a series of languages, real and some fictional, like klingon and high valyrian...

It is rather rewarding when there is a farfare when you get successfully through a test series. Also, you earn "lingots" ... they look like rupees from the legend of zelda games.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: blank radar on May 26, 2019, 11:21:59 am
Have you tried Duolingo? It is a website that offers these, sort-of minigames that test and teach you grammar and vocabulary of a series of languages, real and some fictional, like klingon and high valyrian...

It is rather rewarding when there is a farfare when you get successfully through a test series. Also, you earn "lingots" ... they look like rupees from the legend of zelda games.
all of this is well and good... but if memes have taught me anything, make sure to never break your "streak".
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: cdw on May 26, 2019, 12:29:24 pm
Have you tried Duolingo?
How advanced does Duolingo go? I tend to find those sorts of apps are better at the beginner's stage. With French I'm in the awkward position of being 'passively fluent', where I can understand most things, but my active use of the language has got rusty.

but if memes have taught me anything, make sure to never break your "streak".
Something naturists have no problem with is streaking :laugh: . And on the subject of memes, /r/moi_dlvv counts as French study right?
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Cle Leftwrite on May 26, 2019, 01:08:17 pm
I was learning Japanese in Uni for a year. Sadly the work load started to get to be too much and I wound up having to drop around the end of the second semester. I haven't practiced since so I've more or less gone back to square one. I still have the book so if I had the time I could probably do self study and at least get past the elementary level.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: jimr34 on May 27, 2019, 03:04:29 am
I took five years of Spanish in school but have lost it all.....so sad.  I love learning languages though.  I'd really like to learn Italian!!
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: nudistteen400 on May 27, 2019, 03:31:42 am
I'm learning Japanese now, mainly with the help of the lingodeer app. I'm also learning Spanish at school.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: cdw on May 27, 2019, 07:03:32 pm
I was learning Japanese in Uni for a year. Sadly the work load started to get to be too much and I wound up having to drop around the end of the second semester. I haven't practiced since so I've more or less gone back to square one. I still have the book so if I had the time I could probably do self study and at least get past the elementary level.
I'm the same with Japanese. I feel like it's one of those languages that a lot of people take up out of interest but don't have time to maintain.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Northman on May 27, 2019, 08:45:53 pm
Have you tried Duolingo?
How advanced does Duolingo go? I tend to find those sorts of apps are better at the beginner's stage.

I do believe it is a progress tree kinda thing. You start with easy minigames and language structures, there are icons (topic) and under each icon is several aforementioned minigames that need to be passed before you have the whole set under that single icon, and you need to cover more topics before you can enter the next stage with different and advanced grammatical and vocabular contents. I believe the progress tree is quite extensive, I still haven't reached the end of any of the courses I have started, since ... well, life happens... and I opened up too many language courses to keep up progressing in all of them... :sad:

It maps your progress and reminds you to keep practicing - and if you neglect to practice, your progress - your 'fluency level' - will start to grow down, and it will eat away your previous accomplishents; your "Foods - 5/5", will turn into "Foods - 3/5" and so on...
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Alex00 on June 02, 2019, 11:44:51 pm
I love learning languages. My mother tongue is german and in school I learned:
English (enough to understand everything and communicate with somebody in person, mistakes may occur :confused)
French (fluently, enough to communicate in person but I'm forgetting more and more vocabulary because I don't use it very often)
Spanish (only basics, enough to order una cerveza por favor)

I think that you learn languages by speaking them. Find a native speaker and convince him to teach you the basics and talk with you in the language. Or try to find a pen pal (nowadays with the internet it has become very easy to fcommunicate over long distances)
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Hrafn on June 15, 2020, 11:40:17 pm
I'm trying to learn Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Mongolian, but progress tends to be slow when you're learning four and also in uni
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: lintu on June 27, 2020, 09:36:30 pm
I also have a passion for languages.

French: native (learnt in the country I grew up)
Teochew: native (learnt from my parents but very low fluency)
English: fluent (learnt at school)
Swedish: near fluent (currently living in Sweden)
German: intermediate (learnt at school)
Danish: intermediate (lived 1 year in Denmark)

Apart from those languages I am also trying to learn a little bit Italian, Spanish and Finnish when I have the time. But I'm just beginner and I mainly learn for fun (I don't necessarily aim for any kind of fluency).

It's also cool to learn several languages from the same family because you get to see the similarities and it's really rewarding.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Northman on June 28, 2020, 06:40:06 am
@lintu

I believe I heard that Duolingo opened its Finnish course just recently.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: lintu on June 28, 2020, 07:14:53 am
@lintu

I believe I heard that Duolingo opened its Finnish course just recently.
Yeah, true. I didn't know it. That's so cool! Otherwise I also use Mondly. It's not that bad either if you just want to practice basic stuffs a few minutes per day. :)
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: ginkgob on April 16, 2021, 02:55:47 pm
I'm learning various languages, mainly French, Spanish and Portuguese. would be cool to exchange if anyone wants to improve their English.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: A_Realbro on April 18, 2021, 05:56:52 pm
 I know english and arabic and thats all i really need!
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: cdw on April 18, 2021, 07:29:45 pm
I know english and arabic and thats all i really need!


If I had the the time, Arabic would be the next language I would want to learn, as a major language completely different to what I've done before.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: ginkgob on April 18, 2021, 07:48:10 pm
I would love to know Arabic
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Redfrigginriot on April 18, 2021, 08:19:31 pm
I've tried learning italian a little bit.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: NudistMetalHead on April 18, 2021, 08:23:00 pm
Took Spanish in high school.  Italian in college (one course).  Started learning Norwegian on Duolingo, but came to dislike the app itself.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Northman on April 19, 2021, 10:14:13 am
Took Spanish in high school.  Italian in college (one course).  Started learning Norwegian on Duolingo, but came to dislike the app itself.

I prefer using the website rather than the phone app. I can work a lot more efficiently with a keyboard and a mouse.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Leah on April 19, 2021, 12:19:11 pm
Of course English as a native tongue, and the indigenous dialects of English for a for a few places

French - enough to do business and get through the day
German - enough to do business and get through the day
Tokpisin - Conversational but that is the style of language. Never used for business
Spanish - Enough to travel and watch a movie
Malay - Enough to travel and order a meal
Swedish/Danish - Enough to travel and watch a movie. Trying to improve this at the moment
Maori - Introductions, basic sentences
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Maksmarch2 on April 28, 2021, 10:00:18 pm
I know Polish of course. (finally) I know English well enough to comfortably watch/read 99% of the content I want. Unfortunately, my English is not good enough to be completely free to express what I want to say at any given moment. But I'm working on it. Somehow I managed to go through 12 years of German at school and learn almost nothing. Of course, I know some basics. I had a time in my life where I spent a lot of time in the car driving around. Eventually I got bored of the music on the radio and learned some Russian from the audio-course I got from the public library. The funny thing is, I would probably feel more comfortable speaking Russian than German. I guess I just don't like being forced to learn something. I once learned quite a lot of sign language. I could say quite a lot. I was starting to catch individual signs on TV broadcasts with a sign language interpreter. Unfortunately, I had no one to practice with and after some time I forgot practically everything. I also had some contact with Italian, Croatian and Latin. What impresses me the most are artificial languages. Behind each of them is some original idea and tons of creativity. I even tried to build my own a couple of times. Nothing spectacular but I had fun.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Gibby on July 08, 2021, 03:38:43 am
I started Japanese for the hell of it. It's fun, but the grammar and sentence has given me a bit of trouble. I have no idea what practical use I'll have for it as I'll most likely live the rest of my life in the US.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: NudeBoldo on August 13, 2021, 07:45:26 pm
I have studied English and also learned Latin and French.
German is my native language. I also did half a semester of Ancient Greek - I can read it out, that's it XD
I'd love to learn Swedish or Danish.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: teennudist12345 on August 14, 2021, 05:39:45 am
Well I ccan speak Mandarin and English fluently, bit of Malay and that is about it. Thinking of picking up some other languages tho~
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: NakedShadow on August 23, 2021, 02:28:20 am
Of course English as a native tongue, and the indigenous dialects of English for a for a few places

French - enough to do business and get through the day
German - enough to do business and get through the day
Tokpisin - Conversational but that is the style of language. Never used for business
Spanish - Enough to travel and watch a movie
Malay - Enough to travel and order a meal
Swedish/Danish - Enough to travel and watch a movie. Trying to improve this at the moment
Maori - Introductions, basic sentences

You are my hero
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Gusse on August 23, 2021, 02:02:41 pm
I am trying to learn Klingon.
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: JoyousLemons on September 04, 2021, 04:41:04 pm
I'm trying to learn Russian but I haven't practiced in like 10 months  :lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: blank radar on September 04, 2021, 08:10:17 pm
taking latin for school this year, gotta love getting burned out from unsustainable workloads
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: NudeBoldo on September 05, 2021, 08:29:01 am
I'd love to learn Swedish or Danish.

Well, I signed up for Icelandic - yay!
Title: Re: Language learning
Post by: Gaberone on September 28, 2021, 04:20:30 pm
Hey!

I am always keen to learning new languages. In school, I was taught Spanish. Hablo poco en espaƱol. But I forgot most of it haha. However, I am learning German quite intensively and will be starting a in depth German class in Munich next week! It will surely be challenging.

I think learning a new language can connect us and our cultures in so many positive ways!