Usefulbeauty wrote:My friend was trying to say "Happy Birthday" to him in his native language, but apparently what he ended up saying was "Go die, fat man."
nashie-chan wrote:Ooh, language learning~
English is my native language - I was born and raised in Wisconsin and apparently we sound like Canada's little brother in regards to accents. In middle school, we all had to learn a foreign language and I had signed up for French. Unfortunately the French classes were full which they neglected to tell me until the first day of school. I looked at my schedule and went to the office, going, "I'm not supposed to be in Spanish." That was when they told me the classes were full and I had to take Spanish, which I had NO desire to learn.
I ended up taking five years of Spanish (three years required in middle school, two in high school). The result? I haven't spoken it seriously since then (does Spanglish count?) although I can read it just fine, and instead ventured off into learning French and Japanese.
Lelia wrote:I'm confident enough in my French to know I'd survive if you abandoned me in Paris for a week. I just wouldn't be able to converse with anyone for more than 5 minutes.
At the moment I'm self-teaching myself Japanese. I think it's going rather well. The fact I like manga/anime/the pretty people that make music helps a lot.
I dabble in Swedish quite a bit as well and thus know lots of random phrases that will most likely be of no use to me in the future.
There was a point around when I was fourteen when I could read while listening to music, but only as long as there were no lyrics I could understand.
Suffice to say that when I walked into my first day of high school German class, I could no longer multitask while listening to Rammstein, and I could chatter fluently about fire, death, blood, crosses, churchyards, BDSM, and frozen undead children with music boxes in the place of hearts, but I had no idea how to say "Hello, my name is Marianne."
Ulkis wrote:I grew up speaking some Polish, but I don't know any proper grammar or anything, so it sounds quite horrible, and when I picked up my mom's old grammar book to try to learn, I got so bored because the book starts from scratch. I think I need to pick up a language learning audio and listen to it while I'm on the treadmill, that could help with my concentration, although maybe I should try to learn proper English grammar first!
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