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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    Yah, I know what you mean. This is my 4th year of french and supposedly "you are mastered" then. So thats it for languages now. Maybe I'll take up German some day.

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    German is a cool language. Plus chicks dig it cause it's gutteral and has a savage/beastial quality. I've tripped many a trigger speaking German, you needn't even make sense. Usually they have no idea what you're saying anyways.

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    Children have such an amazing ability to learn languages that it's a shame they aren't learning multiple languages before elementary school. Many adults have trouble. One neighbor from Peru has great difficulty with English, even though her 11 year old daughter knows English & Spanish perfectly and Italian pretty well. Her estranged father is Italian. I see this a lot around here. Many of the kids around here are fluent in English and also in the languages of their parents. Many of the parents, on the other hand, struggle with English.

    I have little memory of my German-speaking great-grandmother, but what I remember best was her thick accent and not knowing what she was saying. She and my great-grandfather both learned English from my grandfather, who learned it at school. That means they were here for 10+ years before learning English. So taking a long time to gain only minimal English is completely normal. Some do better, some do worse.
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    And it's VERY annoying having an accent. I can understand and write english pretty well but the speaking part is the thing I can't.
    What annoys me is when people laugh at other people because of their accent. I haven't seen anyone laugh at me because of my accent but I just had a substitute teacher with a horrible accent and people were laughing at him. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img]
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    one thing to remember, is that as languages go, english is a convulted mess, we have so many ways of saying things, letters with multiple sounds, it's tough.

    Truthfully, I wish schools would spend more time teaching students propper grammar and pronunciation for ENGLISH rather than worrying about foriegn languages. ( he says in what is most likely a mistake ridden mis-spelling riddled post. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] )
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    Its true Ram, we communicate in English, but who the heck knows what a relative clause is, indirect object, direct object, prepositions, gerunds, verbs, injunctions, interjections, conjunctions, the list goes on and on.

    A quote from my current French teacher and probably my most favorite teacher "In order for one to speak another language one must know his own language first."

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    well, you obviously know...

    More than people speaking different languages, I can not stand intentional mispronunciation of words in my language, butchering words to form a sub dialect for purposes of being cool is just.... hmm not going to finish that.

    of course, one wonders what the brits think of our 'english'.
    \"Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: \"Mankind\". Basically, it\'s made up of two separate words - \"mank\" and \"ind\". What do these words mean ? It\'s a mystery, and that\'s why so is mankind.\" ~ Jack Handey

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