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Anyone here learning or have learned a new language?

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  • 21-03-2014 6:39pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 20,944 ✭✭✭✭Links234


    So, AH! Thought it might be interesting to know if you good folks have, or are picking up, a new language? If so, what are you learning or have you learned, how hard do you find it, and what was your inspiration or reasons for learning?

    I'm learning Japanese :D

    It's been something I've wanted to do for years, because I picked up a little when I was heading to Japan for a trip, enough to get by over there, and took some classes after that but didn't really keep up with it. I'd been wanting to start learning again properly for ages, and I finally kicked myself up the bum this year, got some new books and started visiting a lot of very cool sites that have helped hugely. Instead of just trying for some spoken Japanese, I'm going full on and learning the Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana! These were huge stumbling blocks before and I never had a good grasp on them at all, but there's an awful lot more resources out there now for helping you learn them than there was years ago.

    It's mega difficult, but I do seem to be managing pretty well and I'm sticking with it, even though it does seem to be taking ages. One trouble I'm having that I didn't quite expect was when trying to speak it, I get a bit shy and feel worried about saying the right thing, etc. So getting confident speaking Japanese is another thing I'll be trying to work on, but I'm really happy with myself so far :D

    How about you AH?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,533 ✭✭✭Donkey Oaty


    がんばってください!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,720 ✭✭✭Sir Arthur Daley


    Im contemplating learning Latin as things are so backwards, in the height of remoteness and the people are mad where i am working at the moment and the accent is so hard to understand it just might work.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 27,944 ✭✭✭✭4zn76tysfajdxp


    WikiHow wrote: »
    Im contemplating learning Latin as things are so backwards, in the height of remoteness and the people are mad where i am working at the moment and the accent is so hard to understand it just might work.

    Where are you working? Ancient Athens?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,137 ✭✭✭mosstin


    Links234 wrote: »
    So, AH! Thought it might be interesting to know if you good folks have, or are picking up, a new language? If so, what are you learning or have you learned, how hard do you find it, and what was your inspiration or reasons for learning?

    I'm learning Japanese :D

    It's been something I've wanted to do for years, because I picked up a little when I was heading to Japan for a trip, enough to get by over there, and took some classes after that but didn't really keep up with it. I'd been wanting to start learning again properly for ages, and I finally kicked myself up the bum this year, got some new books and started visiting a lot of very cool sites that have helped hugely. Instead of just trying for some spoken Japanese, I'm going full on and learning the Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana! These were huge stumbling blocks before and I never had a good grasp on them at all, but there's an awful lot more resources out there now for helping you learn them than there was years ago.

    It's mega difficult, but I do seem to be managing pretty well and I'm sticking with it, even though it does seem to be taking ages. One trouble I'm having that I didn't quite expect was when trying to speak it, I get a bit shy and feel worried about saying the right thing, etc. So getting confident speaking Japanese is another thing I'll be trying to work on, but I'm really happy with myself so far :D

    How about you AH?

    Bless. You just wanted to tell us how good you are at Japanese, didn't you?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,944 ✭✭✭✭Links234


    がんばってください!

    ありがと ^_^


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,872 ✭✭✭strobe


    Seems like an awful lot of effort for something that isn't gonna get me drunk or stoned or sexed up. But best of luck with it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,944 ✭✭✭✭Links234


    mosstin wrote: »
    Bless. You just wanted to tell us how good you are at Japanese, didn't you?

    But I'm not very good :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,137 ✭✭✭mosstin


    Where are you working? Ancient Athens?

    Well Latin would have been dick all use there either.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 24,878 ✭✭✭✭arybvtcw0eolkf


    German here, I've only started in the last few weeks and to be honest I'm struggling but I'll stick it out.

    I'm finding the hardest part is to have the confidence in speaking it with my German friends, but they're very good and very patient, and I feel like I'm getting there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 356 ✭✭Mr. Nice


    Where are you working? Ancient Athens?

    Yes, Athens where the Athenians spoke Latin - anything but damned Greek, damn those Athenians to hell.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭wazky


    German, so I can effectively communicate with Der Fuhrer.. I mean Enda


  • Registered Users Posts: 567 ✭✭✭.Henry Sellers.


    I'm fluent in talking bollocks, does that count?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,212 ✭✭✭✭MadYaker


    French. Did it in school and college. I'm not quite fluent but I can get by in day to day conversations no problem.


  • Registered Users Posts: 44,080 ✭✭✭✭Micky Dolenz


    Learning Italian, about 6 months now and can just about have a conversation, albeit very basic. It helps that I live here so it's kinda forced upon me. Know some French too so that helps, when I am done learning Italian, I'm so going back and learning French properly. Such a beautiful spoken language.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭sopretty


    I loves languages. :D

    The one I'd be interested in learning (for some curious reason that I can't explain) is Russian. It just sounds ominous or something lol.

    I don't think I'd have the head for Japanese. Too much of a learning curve.

    The latin languages are easy to build on once you're proficient in one.

    I'd actually also like to study Latin! The origin of so many words is Latin. It'd be pretty cool.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,720 ✭✭✭Sir Arthur Daley


    Where are you working? Ancient Athens?

    West coast of Ireland, I can see what puts the wild in The Wild Atlantic Way route now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,091 ✭✭✭Antar Bolaeisk


    السلام عليكم

    Learning a bit of Arabic, may as well when I'm out here. Focusing on being able to speak some first and then will try tackling the writing.

    Also brushing up on my Python.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,944 ✭✭✭✭Links234


    I'm finding the hardest part is to have the confidence in speaking it with my German friends, but they're very good and very patient, and I feel like I'm getting there.

    Yup! That's what I find as well, trying to hold conversations with any Japanese friends and I just kinda clam up :o Worried I'm gonna butcher whatever it is I'm trying to say, or just come out saying something really stupid. I'm really terrible for it, and it's quite a hurdle to get confident speaking another language.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 27,944 ✭✭✭✭4zn76tysfajdxp


    mosstin wrote: »
    Well Latin would have been dick all use there either.
    Mr. Nice wrote: »
    Yes, Athens where the Athenians spoke Latin - anything but damned Greek, damn those Athenians to hell.

    Nobody spoke Latin in Greece after the Romans came then, did they?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭sopretty


    Links234 wrote: »
    Yup! That's what I find as well, trying to hold conversations with any Japanese friends and I just kinda clam up :o Worried I'm gonna butcher whatever it is I'm trying to say, or just come out saying something really stupid. I'm really terrible for it, and it's quite a hurdle to get confident speaking another language.

    I've come out with some accidental bloopers in my time...... I don't let it phase me... Well not in a casual situation anyway!

    I remember once in Italian class and the teacher asked whether any of us knew what the verb for undressing was.
    Genius that I was, I had some experience of hearing this from my boyfriend. So I go, ye, I know - It's 'Spogliati!' That literally means 'Get undressed' or 'Get your kit off' hahaha. While the teacher was impressed with my knowledge, she wasn't impressed when she asked how I knew lol.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,636 ✭✭✭feargale


    mosstin wrote: »
    Bless. You just wanted to tell us how good you are at Japanese, didn't you?

    Gawd there's always one! I'd hate to tell you anything about myself on boards. If I said I was out last Sunday catching rabbits with the ferret, somebody would probably post that I was trying to identify with the hunting set out of sheer snobbery.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,341 ✭✭✭czechlin


    WikiHow wrote: »
    Im contemplating learning Latin as things are so backwards, in the height of remoteness and the people are mad where i am working at the moment and the accent is so hard to understand it just might work.

    I did Latin for 2 years at school, it was interesting. I've started to learn Spanish recently and find it a bit handy.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 445 ✭✭rwg


    Heads up, dont learn php, predicted to be obselete within 5 years


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,341 ✭✭✭czechlin


    I'm always amazed by people, who learn Japanese, Chinese, Korean etc. I never got into those languages, they seem so hard, so fair play to you all.
    I've started Spanish a few weeks ago and it's going well. I want to improve my German too as it's gotten very rusty. I'm ok with English at the moment. Would love to learn French and few other languages but don't have the time for it now :(


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,301 ✭✭✭The One Who Knocks


    Learning Italian, about 6 months now and can just about have a conversation, albeit very basic. It helps that I live here so it's kinda forced upon me. Know some French too so that helps, when I am done learning Italian, I'm so going back and learning French properly. Such a beautiful spoken language.

    Buona fortuna!

    Ho cominciato a imparare l'italiano 3 anni fa, secondo me che è una bella lingua. Dove si vive in Italia? Quale parte? ;)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 24,878 ✭✭✭✭arybvtcw0eolkf


    Links234 wrote: »
    Yup! That's what I find as well, trying to hold conversations with any Japanese friends and I just kinda clam up :o Worried I'm gonna butcher whatever it is I'm trying to say, or just come out saying something really stupid. I'm really terrible for it, and it's quite a hurdle to get confident speaking another language.

    I really don't mind making a balls of something, and I'm always thanks for corrections, my fear is an answer I don't understand and I'm left looking like a clown!.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,636 ✭✭✭feargale


    I'm fluent in talking bollocks, does that count?

    Only when talking to another bollocks :pac:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭sopretty


    Buona fortuna!

    Ho cominciato a imparare l'italiano 3 anni fa, secondo me che è una bella lingua. Dove si vive in Italia? Quale parte? ;)

    Vivevo a Perugia è dopo ad Assissi.
    è una lingua bellissima e un paese bellissimo.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 445 ✭✭rwg


    Buona fortuna!

    Ho cominciato a imparare l'italiano 3 anni fa, secondo me che è una bella lingua. Dove si vive in Italia? Quale parte? ;)

    Si


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,724 ✭✭✭mixery


    learning Italian atm. such a sexy language.


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