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Peabody UltimaDork
10/23/20 9:17 p.m.

Some people are good  at learning new languages. I’m not one of them. But when I wanted to learn to speak Spanish, a few of my coworkers were more than happy to help. One said ask me anything, I’ll teach you how to say it. One of the other guys would just say something situation appropriate in Spanish and I would try to figure it out. I was usually wrong, and he would correct me, but the process worked and I learned more from that guy than any of the others combined  

For me it helped When it was forced on me as opposed to me trying to learn it on my terms

stukndapast Reader
10/23/20 10:28 p.m.

My biggest issue with trying to pick up a new language by listening to podcasts or shows is that they speak WAY too fast.  There is no way to follow a conversation when native speakers are talking at their normal pace.  There are a number of podcasts and apps that present everyday material spoken at a slow pace that really helps someone that is trying to learn a new language.  Topics like current news are spoken at a rate that allows you to understand a familiar topic which being carefully spoken word by word instead of a blast of incomprehensible jibberish where you are lucky to pick out a single word or phrase.  Search for "slow language X" and you can find lots of alternatives.

wlkelley3 UberDork
10/24/20 7:31 p.m.
OHSCrifle said:
. I've heard that Korean is pretty easy to pick up.  

Isn't too difficult to learn the basics. History behind the the language was centuries ago one the rulers (king) commissioned his scholars to develop a language that is simple to learn, something the commoners can learn and be able to read/write. That language is what is officially known as Hangul which is what everyone else calls Korean. Although I've never learned to read/write Korean there are only 24 characters in their form of alphabet and the each makes a different sound and combined to form words. The longest word that I'm familiar with uses only 4 characters. Mostly short words combined into phrases.

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