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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2018, 12:45:23 PM »
Very cool.

... and makes it even harder for me to decide which language to learn! You sure you’re not just biased?!  :sbw:

Learn Spanish.....you live in a bilingual country. Only a matter of time before it becomes an official language.

Kind of a no-brainer living in Colorado, plus it will help you book that Mexican Jauntee tour. Also, it’s pretty easy to pick up, completely phoenetic and you probably already know some conversational phrases from watching Cheech and Chong movies.   :mrgreen:
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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2018, 01:50:26 PM »
Learn Spanish.....you live in a bilingual country. Only a matter of time before it becomes an official language.

Fun fact:  there are no official languages in the US.

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2018, 06:20:06 PM »
Learn Spanish.....you live in a bilingual country. Only a matter of time before it becomes an official language.

Fun fact:  there are no official languages in the US.
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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2018, 08:00:43 PM »
Learn Spanish.....you live in a bilingual country. Only a matter of time before it becomes an official language.

Fun fact:  there are no official languages in the US.
Not for long!

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2018, 06:05:34 PM »
I'm fluent in French from studying in middle school through university and can get by in Spanish from travelling to various countries over the years. Spanish may be the most useful to you, given where you live.
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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2018, 03:23:45 PM »
For utility, as everyone has advised, Spanish is the way to go.

But another good reason to learn a language is because you find a particular culture fascinating. If you want to become truly fluent, you're going to want to spend some time in a country where they speak whatever language you're learning. So if you have little interest in ever going to Korea or in learning about Korean culture, maybe you shouldn't learn Korean (for example). Actually being enthused about a particular culture will make learning the language a lot more interesting.

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2018, 05:09:06 PM »
yeah, Spanish is the obvious choice for utility but, as silly as it sounds, my reasoning for wanting to learn a new language really wasnt that.  I guess I just wanted to do it.... for fun? To see if I could? A challenge I guess.

And furthermore, I think it has to do with a fascination of cultures that I'm so far removed from. I've been rolling with the Mandarin so far and it's been fun. I also started learning some Swahili because..... that just seemed hilarious to me if I were actually able to converse in Swahili some day.
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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2018, 02:21:30 PM »
Have you considered learning Klingon? I hear all the cool kids speak it.

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2018, 02:52:54 PM »
I'm OK at Spanish.  I can get by in most places but sometimes I get stuck.  Not fully conversational by any means.  Started practicing again with Rosetta Stone which is pretty good.  I have all of the language packs and always thought it would be cool to try others but one thing at a time.  There are like 25 in that program.   My kids speak Spanish and Japanese pretty well and getting better every day.  They have both every day at school.  It's crazy to hear my 11 year old start going off in Japanese.
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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2018, 06:13:46 PM »
I'm OK at Spanish.  I can get by in most places but sometimes I get stuck.  Not fully conversational by any means.  Started practicing again with Rosetta Stone which is pretty good.  I have all of the language packs and always thought it would be cool to try others but one thing at a time.  There are like 25 in that program.   My kids speak Spanish and Japanese pretty well and getting better every day.  They have both every day at school.  It's crazy to hear my 11 year old start going off in Japanese.

I have a few SE Portland friends whose kids are going to a school with Japanese language and culture as part of the program. Sounds cool.

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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2018, 06:15:02 PM »
Here's to  hoping the next Jauntee album is totally in Swahili!
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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #26 on: May 31, 2018, 09:22:21 PM »
yeah, Spanish is the obvious choice for utility but, as silly as it sounds, my reasoning for wanting to learn a new language really wasnt that.  I guess I just wanted to do it.... for fun? To see if I could? A challenge I guess.

And furthermore, I think it has to do with a fascination of cultures that I'm so far removed from. I've been rolling with the Mandarin so far and it's been fun. I also started learning some Swahili because..... that just seemed hilarious to me if I were actually able to converse in Swahili some day.


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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2018, 11:34:15 PM »
I'm OK at Spanish.  I can get by in most places but sometimes I get stuck.  Not fully conversational by any means.  Started practicing again with Rosetta Stone which is pretty good.  I have all of the language packs and always thought it would be cool to try others but one thing at a time.  There are like 25 in that program.   My kids speak Spanish and Japanese pretty well and getting better every day.  They have both every day at school.  It's crazy to hear my 11 year old start going off in Japanese.

I have a few SE Portland friends whose kids are going to a school with Japanese language and culture as part of the program. Sounds cool.

Could be my school, if it's a Waldorf school.
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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2018, 05:17:52 PM »
Alright, so pretty much f*ck Mandarin. I threw in the white flag. The tonal pronunciation is insanely difficult to grasp. The difference in vowel pronounciation is so subtle yet so important. Fail.

On the other hand.... I’ve been crushin’ that Swahili! Even have been speaking it in my dreams almost nightly. The grammar is tougher, but the pronounciation is all phonetic so I actually can say the words.

Currently working on ‘smack talk’ to teach Aug so he can yell obscenities at the Kenyans as they pass him by!
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Re: Foreign Languages
« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2018, 06:22:11 PM »

Currently working on ‘smack talk’ to teach Aug so he can yell obscenities at the Kenyans as they pass him by!

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