Post # 1
Hi all you lovely bees out there!
This is an update thread of this one: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/anyone-up-to-learn-a-language#axzz2PVUdlZph
Is anyone else keeping up with there language learning? Have you shared the website (duolingo.com) with anyone else, or used anything you learned from it IRL?
I must say, I have found it INCREDIBLY useful now that I have moved to Germany. I can barely say things, but I’ve found that it makes such a huge difference with Germans when I try to learn some of their language and use it with them before speaking in English.
So, an update for my progress with German: I’m on level 11 now and not a moment too soon. I just recently learned words for household items (heater, kitchen, door, room, etc) and we ended up using some of those words when getting ready to rent a new house!
On a side note about learning more words in the real world, my hubby and I have found that most people laugh at our first few attempts at speaking German, but then they become truly helpful.
So I think that we should all recommit to learning languages!
Post # 3
Nobody is out there that wants to do this any more? Sad day…well I’ll most likely not have internet for a few weeks, so I’ll be back to see at that time 🙂
Post # 4
@fvsoccer: I wasn’t part of that but I’ll comment to see if you get more responses. Oh but I am currently using rosetta stone for Italian and it’s going pretty good. Part of the course teaches you how to write and I’m very surprised that I can actually write full sentences in Italian LOL! They are simple sentences like “The girls play in the park” lol but still I’m impressed. I have been learning the house hold items as well and I recently learned how to say I’m American and I live in New York city lol! I don’t live in NY though I live in the West Coast lol!
I like rossetta stone though because it teaches you how to pronounce the words like you have a microphone and you say it and it lets you try again and again until you have the pronounciation right 🙂
I use to use the pinslers course but for Tagalog, bleh didn’t really like that one. I recommend rossetta stone 100% though 🙂
Post # 5
@fvsoccer: Hi ! I wasn’t around on your other post, but I’m glad to see you are still so committed! I’ve just joined, I think I’m JoRich. Initially I’m doign French. I’ve lived in France for two years now, and my husband and I speak exclusively French (his mother tongue) but we are trying to speak more English for his sake.
Anyway, I figured I’d do the advanced shortcut test, to unlock the higher levels…and I’m frustrated to say that I tried to beat it a first time and lost my three hearts…and I’m now on my second time and have made three more mistakes, argh! I really have problems with spelling apparently, so while it’s a blow to my confidence I think it’s a good tool….I’ll keep trying to beat it!!! I’m interested in keeping in touch to share our experiences.
Post # 6
I’m on Lesson 4, of Basics 2 in French. I’ve decided to start at the beginning.
Post # 7
@OliveJuiceHunny: I haven’t tried it, mainly because it costs so much and this program (duolingo) is free! I do like that feature too… the pronunciation part. I had to turn it off though because sometimes my microphone would have trouble picking it up no matter how perfectly I said it.
@FrenchNewlyWed: I tried to skip some of the beginning French to…it kicked my butt. How are you keeping up with it?
Hey everyone else! I’m back at it, and you should be too! I found the last few weeks that I haven’t been speaking German as much, but I did go on a vacation around Benelux, so I guess that can be expected.
I’m ready to really get back at it!
Post # 8
I use Duolingo to refresh my Spanish (learned in school) and I’m using Memrise to learn Korean
Post # 9
I just got Rosetta Stone in Japanese. (I may or may not have pirated it, sshh.) I took some in college but I want to review and learn more, since while FH and I are in Korea right now, we’re planning a longer-term move to Japan fairly soon (we’ve lived there before) and possibly a move to Hawaii in the distant future when we want to return to the US, where higher level Japanese could help us get good jobs.
I have survival Korean as is, and my listening is decent, so we’ve both decided to focus on where we’ll probably be for a longer time.
Hoping to take the JLPT this winter, either level 5 or 4 depending on what I think I can pass.
😀 Studied for a couple hours today, actually!
Post # 10
@fvsoccer: I had the same problem. But I just use the receiver microphone from my FI surround sound system lol! Super ghetto cus it’s not really a microphone but it gets the job done LOL!
Post # 11
Hi all you late night stateside bees!
Back with a progress report: I’m still on level 11 for German, but hopefully not after today! I’ve been practicing the last three days and am excited to get back into it. My goal is to use some of it when I go shopping today.
How is everyone else doing?