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Learning a new language

junglegirl

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So I am thinking of using those cd's that teach you a new language - has anyone ever had any success using these?
 

Silvershadow

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Well, seeing as I took a Gaelic class in university in the mid-90's and we used those books and tapes things as our textbook, and as I now remember all of ONE word of Gaelic, I will have to say... no.

It'll probably get you STARTED, and get you to learn the basics, ("yes", "no", "où est la bibliothèque?"), but if you actually want to seriously be able to speak the language, I would suggest taking an actual class and/or making a friend who speaks that language.
 

jebac

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read those books and listen to the CD's, then go and live in the country for a period of no less than 6 months

-jebac
 

Silvershadow

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If you can find TV programming in that language, you might also want to catch some of that... I basically learned English through going to Brownies and watching Sesame Street.
 
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Silvershadow

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Je n'ai pas trouvé de photos de lapins à la bibliothèque, et qui mangeaient aussi des pamplemousses. On n'a pas le droit de manger à la bibliothèque. :p
 
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Deus

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Originally posted by jebac
read those books and listen to the CD's, then go and live in the country for a period of no less than 6 months

-jebac
Yes. I think to really learn a language you must be in an environment where you are forced to speak the language, without a dictionary. Best way to learn a language is not by translating it into your own but by learning it from others through body language and pointing to objects asking what they're called.
 

Rocky

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Originally posted by Silvershadow
What language did you want to learn?
Yeah?

You should check out the Pimsleur Language Lessons. I've seen all types of different language packs in various places on the net. I'm sure if you look hard enough, you can find them (I've found a bunch on Kazaa and at www.suprnova.org).

I've been listening to the Mandarin Chinese Lessons, and I think it's a very good way to learn a new language on your own. Check them out.
 
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