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iCurvaceous November 18, 2013 02:34 PM

Well, I'm from the Caribbean, and since I am living in such a diverse cultural area with many languages spoken, it is hard to not come across learning more than one language. English being my first, Spanish second, French third. My island speaks English and Spanish most fluently and I learned French in college along with our trip to islands that spoke French like St. Martin. It isn't hard, but it takes constant use of any language to maintain being fluent in it.

Esppiral November 25, 2013 06:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Liquinn3 (Post 144880)
I was going to learn Catalan but I think learning Italian, French or something else would be better to learn. Thoughts?

As much as I love the catalan language, I must admit you should learn any other language instead..., French or Italian will allow you to communicate with much more people around the world than catalan will allow you to, those who speak catalan also speaks french, spanish or Italian as well ( the vast majority) so go for one of those.

Villa November 25, 2013 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Esppiral (Post 145133)
As much as I love the catalan language, I must admit you should learn any other language instead..., French or Italian will allow you to communicate with much more people around the world than catalan will allow you to, those who speak catalan also speaks french, spanish or Italian as well ( the vast majority) so go for one of those.

Esppiral,

You're right about people who speak Catalan also speak French, Spanish or Italian.
When I was going to school in Italy I met some people who spoke Catalan and they
understood everything I said in Italian. It's not so much that they speak French
and Italian it's more like they can just understand because Catalan is similar to French
and Italian. Actually contrary to popular belief Catalan is even more similar to Italian
than to French but then again Italian is also similar to French. Italian has the rolled
r sound and Italian vowels are the same as Spanish vowel sounds. Further more Italian
has the ñ sound too.

julia1991 November 27, 2013 03:44 AM

I would like to learn French but have problems with pronunciation...can someone recommend how to improve it?

Premium November 27, 2013 04:30 AM

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Originally Posted by julia1991 (Post 145179)
I would like to learn French but have problems with pronunciation...can someone recommend how to improve it?

https://www.google.at/search?client=...iation&spell=1

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...unciation&sm=3

Liquinn3 November 27, 2013 06:25 AM

I really want to learn Catalan for some reason since they speak in Barcelona.

Villa November 28, 2013 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Liquinn3 (Post 145184)
I really want to learn Catalan for some reason since they speak in Barcelona.

Liquinn,
All the Latin based languages are similar. I learned Italian,
Spanish, Portuguese and French. If you learn to speak Spanish
you can learn all the other Latin based languages including
Catalan. Actually one of the main benefits of learning Spanish
is that it gives you a base to learn one or all of the other Latin
languages.

Liquinn3 November 28, 2013 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Villa (Post 145208)
Liquinn,
All the Latin based languages are similar. I learned Italian,
Spanish, Portuguese and French. If you learn to speak Spanish
you can learn all the other Latin based languages including
Catalan. Actually one of the main benefits of learning Spanish
is that it gives you the base ti learn one or all of the other Latin
languages.

Claro. Tengo un problema. ¿dónde puedo practicar?

Villa November 28, 2013 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Liquinn3 (Post 145209)
Claro. Tengo un problema. ¿dónde puedo practicar?

Lo que tienes que hacer es escuchar el catalan primero.
Busca en el internet ejemplos del catalan hablando.
La clave de aprender un idioma en el principio no es
hablar sino escuchar y entender. No se puede hablar
bien una lengua sin entender.
Compra libros que te enseña el catalan.

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Originally Posted by julia1991 (Post 145179)
I would like to learn French but have problems with pronunciation...can someone recommend how to improve it?

You need books and bilingual French dictionaries that have the
phonetic pronunciation of the French words. Same goes for
Spanish beginners too but even more so for French since French
is more difficult to pronounce.

tetsuo January 09, 2014 06:00 AM

All you need is the will to do so. ;-)
My mother tongue's German, but learned in English right after Elementary School and started learning Spanish and Dutch two years ago. Due to much curiosity I even checked out Turkish and French plus Portuguese / Brazilian Portuguese and Italian. But my learning is fixed on Spanish and sometimes Dutch right now. Spanish is getting bbetter with every day.

I even found a new web-series for Spanish-learning:
Extr@ Español 7
Found in the youtube channel:
It has subtitles for Spanish, Russian and English.


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