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Community Level 5cladach29

cladach29

A bheil sibh airson ionnsachadh Gàidhlig?

AdvantagesMakes great literature accessible, logical phonology, can now pronounce Scottish place names

DisadvantagesHard language to learn, limited usefulness as everyday language

"When was the last time you described something as "smashing?" or took a slug from a bottle of drink, or bought a pair of brogues, or twigged to the meaning of something new? Well without realising it, you've been using words from the Scot's Gaelic (Gàidhlig) language which have been incorporated into English. For example, the word "smashing" comes from the Gaelic " is math sin", meaning "that's good". Gàidhlig is now spoken by fewer than 60,000 native ..." Read review
04.11.2006

Ciao members have rated this review on average: exceptional

♥ Calling all potential linguists!! ♥

AdvantagesRead on my friend!

DisadvantagesThere aren't any!!

"You can't deny the importance of languages - they impact our lives on a daily basis. And despite many preconceptions they're an incredibly useful and worthwhile thing to learn. So how does one best go about learning a language? Well as somewhat of a language enthusiast I hope to be able to help with this casse-tête - of course there's no set answer - it's going to be different for everyone, but I can at least share my experiences of learning languages ..." Read review
31.03.2005

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

A Long Story

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"The less sophisticated of my forbears avoided foreigners at all costs, for the very good reason that, in their circles, speaking in tongues was commonly a prelude to snake handling. The more tolerant among us regarded foreign languages as a kind of speech impediment that could be overcome by willpower. [Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. The Worst Years of Our Lives,“Language Barrier” (1991; first published 1989).] A ..." Read review
07.10.2001

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Community Level 5julietta

julietta

Rules for 'minding your language' ability

AdvantagesGood for the soul, community, CV etc. etc. etc.

DisadvantagesCan be difficult (just like anything can)

"Sorry folks but I’m going to do my standard ‘language teacher op’ thing here within this article (as per!) and try to implicitly convince you/encourage you to learn a language! You have been warned (ok?) but it’s a tough job and somebody’s gotta do it and I suppose I’ll do! My mental framework for trying to persuade you to do all this comes from another typical day in the secondary school ‘language’ ..." Read review
26.09.2001

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Cymru am byth

AdvantagesWelsh is enormous fun to learn...

Disadvantages...but some of the grammar is not at all nice

"I'm absolutely surrounded by linguists in my family. My dad is a French teacher who also speaks Spanish, a little German and Italian and occasionally dabbles in Sanskrit (useful for philology - the study of language - as it's a very early Indo-European tongue). My mum has a degree in zoology, so has to keep up her Latin. My late grandpa picked up a fair smattering of Urdu when in India during the war, and it was from him that I obtained an (unintentionally) ..." Read review
07.08.2001

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Broaden your horizon

AdvantagesYou can communicate with many more people.

DisadvantagesIt often takes longer than you expect to reach fluency.

"English may be considered as the international language, but we travel abroad so frequently and so many Brits are moving to sunnier parts of Europe that language learning would seem to be increasingly important. It doesn't help that it is no longer compulsory for secondary school pupils to study a foreign language for GCSE; many of them don't find languages easy and are glad to drop them at the first opportunity. Paradoxically, language learning ..." Read review
08.10.2006

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Community Level 6Schmutzie

Schmutzie

How to learn a language

AdvantagesCommunication, Added enjoyment, A new skill

DisadvantagesNone.

"Scorpio2 is quite right in all he says about learning another language. The problem is how best to go about it. My hobby is learning languages. I speak five with a good degree of fluency, and three more adequately. I have tried just about every system going. I have also taught French and Spanish at evening classes. It may sound strange, but evening classes I do not really recommend. The class tends to travel at a speed which only suits the average ..." Read review
18.09.2002

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Community Level 8SusanLesley

SusanLesley

Learn a silent language

AdvantagesThe sense of achievement and the chance to help people

DisadvantagesIt's hard work

"I was never much good at languages at school. I got my French ‘O’ Level but failed German and gave up Latin after one year! I was always more interested in the sciences particularly maths. I could probably just about ‘get by’ in French if I had to and, if I went to France, I would certainly have a go, as I think it is extremely rude of us Brits to just expect the Europeans to all speak English for our benefit. I appreciate ..." Read review
01.07.2001

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Community Level 2Scorpio2

Scorpio2

Learn another Language.

AdvantagesWiden your view on life, live with and understand your fellow man.

DisadvantagesNone that I can think of.

"Language is everything - by this I mean that you are nowhere at all without it. If you want to be understood in your own country and even in your own area of that country then you must understand the language, the dialect, the local idiom. In English Schools we do not start learning another language, other than English until about the age of eleven. Far too late: By now the majority of children have learned their own local idioms and their learning ..." Read review
29.06.2001

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Use them or Lose them

Advantagestoo many to list

Disadvantagesthe older you are, the harder it is

"If you are like me and, well, never shut up, learning a foreign language (or 2 or 3) is the best thing you can do. Just think of all the new people in the world you'll be able to bore (sorry 'entertain') with your opinions! My first encounter with foreign languages was early on. My mother was a lecturer at the local university when I was growing up, and German was her main subject. When I was 6 years old I could say the odd thing - and more than ..." Read review
14.08.2001

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Community Level 2kaledrina

kaledrina

Language Learning for Dummies/Intelligent People

AdvantagesImpressive, stimulating, useful

DisadvantagesHard at times

"In my opinion learning a language is one of the most entertaining and worthwhile things someone can do. Even if you think you're useless at learning, or even if you think you're great, I hope this guide will help you decide on a language and get you on a course to fluency. --WHY LEARN A LANGUAGE?-- Well, why not? It's probably the most useful hobby you can have. Apart from being a great addition to a CV, it's a real talking point. If there's anything ..." Read review
08.08.2007

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The Earlier the Better.

AdvantagesMakes travel or working abroad so much more rewarding.

DisadvantagesHard work the later it`s left.

"Just a few comments from personal experience to compliment the excellent remarks about this subject already submitted by members. Although it`s never too late to learn a foreign language,it is easiest and best to start as young as possible.Also think that one is never too young to start as well!It`s remarkable what the mind of a baby can absorb. If you are a couple, with two languages between you,in our case iot was English and Kutchi(an Indian ..." Read review
01.10.2001

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Community Level 2LukeyBoy

LukeyBoy

They Just get Easier As You go On

AdvantagesCommunication Skills, The more you do the easier it gets!

DisadvantagesNone

"I have just been appointed as Head of the Modern languages Department at the school I have been teaching French, German and Spanish at for the past two years, and I have got to this position through hard work! I learnt French since Primary School and as I progressed through to the GCSE standard I gained the GCSE and went through to A level, with assistance from teachers I gained an A. But, for German and Spanish I taught myself, and it was much ..." Read review
08.10.2006

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Community Level 4anthmack

anthmack

A little introduction to arabic for everyone..

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DisadvantagesSee review

"* Initial Note* I have been in the United Arab Emirates for a while now, well 5 years, and have picked up a little bit of arabic on the way.. I will start with a little bit of an introduction, in to what formed the arabic language in the United Arab Emirates (-the country that Dubai is in) The "original" arabic comes from Yemen. Now a lot of th e gulf countries speak this, such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and even Iraq. The thing ..." Read review
15.05.2004

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Community Level 2virhea

virhea

To finn or not to finn

Advantageswiden your knowledge

Disadvantagesnever a disadvantage to learning

"Learning a foreign language as an adult, very hard, i think. After being forced to study 3 years of french at school, i can now only tell you that tere is a monkey in a tree or someone is in the garden. Not very good i say.... Now I have moved to finland and am trying despirately to get to grips with finnish, and not doing very well. Learning any foreign language takes time and dedication to practice. The dificulty of a language often depends ..." Read review
14.08.2001

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