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  1. #91
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    I’ve spoken Tamil from birth, picked up Gujarati soon after, then learned English, began Hindi, and am learning Mandarin.

    I’m planning to learn Russian and German.

    My school offers German, Spanish, and French, signed up for all, won’t know which one (hopefully two, I don’t want to do PE again) I get until September.
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  2. #92
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    This thread is perfect at the moment haha.

    I am a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English, and learning French. I want to learn Portuguese, Italian and Dutch.

    I'm actually writing a blog post about it and I was wondering, what has worked for you the most when learning a language? (watching TV, memorizing vocab)
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    I'm fluent in both English and French, and I also speak German to a relatively good standard, although I've forgotten a lot of it now (I'm part Austrian, but I haven't needed to use it in years). I can also speak conversational Welsh. I have strong family ties to Hungary, but that's the one language that has defeated me: the Hungarian members of my family always said it wasn't hard (as it's their first language), but it's difficult for a native English speaker to learn because its rules are completely different.

    I'm really making a conscious effort not to forget my French: as I live in the UK, I use it very little on a daily basis, so it would be so easy for it all to slip away, as my German did. I regularly use Duolingo, although it isn't great for the high-end grammatical skills; I read a lot of French books, and I've recently started watching French YouTube, too. I don't know if it will be enough, but I hope so. (As a side note, if anyone wants to practise French with me, feel free to reply on this chat or drop me a private message - I'd love to get some writing practice!)

    In the future, I'd also love to learn Dutch, Italian, and Old English (Anglo-Saxon).
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  4. #94
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    I learnt French for around seven years at school, and now I'm continuing to learn on Duolingo. I'm not sure exactly what level I'm at, but I think I'd be able to hold a conversation about a few different topics. I'm hoping that eventually I'll be able to become fluent.

    I know a few basic things (hello, goodbye, 1-10 etc) in a few other languages too.

    I find it difficult to focus on more than one language at once (I tried learning Swedish alongside French, but gave it up to put all my effort into French) but there are a few languages I'd like to learn. I likely won't pursue them though.
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  5. #95
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    English is my native language but I also speak fluent-ish French and intermediate German. I really need to work on my German, as I want to access a level where I will be able to have natural conversations without making many mistakes and read novels in the language without having to pause to figure out meanings or look up words.

    I can read Latin if I put a lot of effort into it, and I'm also a "false beginner" (i.e. have a few useful phrases, but no real conversational ability) in Spanish, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Welsh. I love the Celtic languages best of all and would love to pursue Welsh to an advanced level - that's definitely my long-term goal. I also mean to learn the Scandinavian languages.

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    I'm actually writing a blog post about it and I was wondering, what has worked for you the most when learning a language? (watching TV, memorizing vocab)
    For me, the most important thing with a language is to be able to get my brain to think in it. To do that, I need to practice the four essential language skills: listen to the language, read the language, write in it and actually speak it. Finding opportunities to actually speak a language is hard if you don't live in the country and aren't attending lessons in a classroom, but I've found it worthwhile to invest in the occasional conversation lesson by video call for German.
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    English is my native tongue but I am quite fluent in German as well since I am of German lineage. I've done ASL for 11 years but haven't done it much since graduating highschool so I have been forgetting a few things. I do still know a lot of it though. I've tried courses for Spanish but it is ridiculously hard for me to get the hang of. I would love to learn Ukrainian since I am also Ukrainian but after attempting to read old notes that my grandparents had wrote in the language, I've sort of lost hope lol.
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  7. #97
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    My first language is technically English, but I haven't been allowed to speak English in school since age 3 so my strongest language is actually Welsh. I learned a bit of French over the past 3 years (again, not by choice) and I'm learning Spanish now. I tried learning Greek and Italian but I can only remember a few words. I really want to learn Russian in the future, but who knows.
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