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I was travelling in China a while back and can sort of carry a conversation, though people probably find that I sound funny or something lol.
I'm not so sure if learning multiple languages at the same time is such a good idea. For a while I was trying to memorize the pronounication (pinyin) of words in Mandarin and I was mixing up the on yomi of some Japanese kanji, so I pretty much stopped any systematic studying of mandarin now.
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Ex. Why is "boat" feminine (at least in Latin)?
And then I'd make up some reason why that noun got that gender:
Ex: Sailors were always men, and they liked having any female presence around!
Believe it or not, this system never failed me. >shrug< Just another kind of mnemonic, I guess.
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Right now all I'm concerned about hopefully making Japanese my third language, even though it's a whole different creature than any other language I've looked into.
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(I could've sworn that I'd replied to this thread before....hmmm.... )
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I'm also studying Latin here and there -- mostly I just intend to get through Wheelock's Latin -- and I intend to learn Lojban, an artificial language that I find fascinating. In the future I will probably learn some Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and/or maybe even Finnish... I love languages. But I do know I have limits and currently only intend to take Spanish and Japanese to any kind of native-like fluency. I'll only worry about taking other languages to fluency when, indeed if, I ever reach that point.
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I plan to drop German next year (Finally!)
And take my GCSE in French.
I might move on to French A level afterwards, which would bring me up to being able to use the language in a variety of context, conversations ect ect., and would also give me the ability to take a degree at university in it if I so please.
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I'm probably better in Japanese than I am in Spanish. =P That's a fact, actually. ^_^
I don't plan to pick up any other language until I'm satisfied with my Japanese, I might do a little Chinese... who knows.
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I've studied Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese but I it wasn't that.. well.. I don't know.. It was too many languages so to say..
Would like to start the Chinese studies again, and Vietnamese could be interesting.. I have a huge interest in Swahili too..
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