I am currently learning Russian and German on Duolingo

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    Chinese from HelloChinese app is my main one that I consider important, that I want to eventually reach fluency on. But I am also at a point with learning through the app alone where I’m past the “leaps and bounds” phase, I’ve completed the course both with Pinyin visible and with only 汉字, and so a lot of it is just steadily continuing to learn through the stories and “immersive lessons”, and trying to eke out gains in comprehension and memorization and such.

    So in order to handle that freshness wearing off, I also mix in learning other languages here and there. The main source of that has been Japanese and Korean through YuSpeak. I also spent some time learning the Cyrillic alphabet; I recommend the app “3 hour Cyrillic by ‘Russian Made Easy’” for this, it’s both free and it puts the letters in context of words they’d be used in. Then I’ve made some effort to learn the Arabic alphabet too, but haven’t really found an app that clicks well for doing so.

    I wanted to get back into French, cause that was my original main attempt at learning a second language before I got into Chinese, but again, haven’t found an app that clicks well for it. I originally was learning French through Duolingo but quit it a while back when they pushed the “health system” that penalizes mistakes. Then I tried to get into it through Busuu, both in the past and more recently, but their course design is annoyingly inconsistent at this point, in both content and the length of a lesson.

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      Also the Cyrillic alphabet was one of the first things I learned when I decided to start learning Russian

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        Sorry, that was me being a bit cute and showoffy with referencing it that way. 😅 汉字 translates to “Chinese character”, so I was using the Chinese for it to say I went through the course with Pinyin visible (the Romanization system for Chinese) and with only Chinese characters (Pinyin hidden).

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    I was trying to learn Russian on my own but I realised that I really need a teacher with me to get anywhere . I still remember and can understand french even though I only use it to read the odd news article here and there while the two years or so of duolingo russian is basically forgotten.

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    I speak a few languages, it’s like the one thing I seem to have a knack for.

    I have been working on my Mandarin again, I studied it some in university but have not used it actively for years. There’s potential I could transfer to my company’s head asian office, which is based in China. My position wouldn’t require it, but living there I would want to improve my Chinese level. I should probably learn Cantonese too on that note.

    It’s a pretty fun language to study, because after you are comfortable with the pronunciations it is all just vocab and idioms. The grammatical structure is like my favourite thing.

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        我有大学时的旧教科书 (汉语与文化读本 and Tuttle books),还收看当地的中文新闻广播。

        您有什么建议吗?

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          没有什么建议。我大部分只用句子Anki卡。比如Spoonfed Chinese等。

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      Nice! How/where do you get the best practice there?

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        Currently I’m at the trying to communicate my intentions stage, so a lot of it is simply talking to shopkeepers and that kind of thing. However I do get to have a lot of fun banter at restaurants as people love too strike up a conversation in English, to which I respond in Chinese, which always goes down well. I’ve been bought a lot of beers already and given a lot of cigarettes (Chinese cigarettes are great).

        I’ve just had a conversation with a mother and daughter on the bus which was really cute. The little girl’s English was really good.

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      没有区别啊!你是想说“韩”语吗?

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    I mainly study French, I’ve just cleared the CEFR A2 ☺️

    I study a lot of other languages more casually, mostly Mandarin but also Russian, German, Arabic, and Spanish

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    Spanish. But it’s the fun part now as I can just read/watch/listen. I miss the odd word and I have to pick my materials carefully but otherwise I can just sit back and enjoy. It doesn’t feel so much like studying/learning anymore. Although I do need to brush up on my grammar, especially tenses, and practise speaking. Unfortunately, I’m not too near any Spanish-speaking places to get that practice in.

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    Trying to learn Indonesian Bahasa but it’s not going well. I’m thankful the language uses Latin characters though. Terima kasih.

    I kinda want to learn Dutch because it sounds funny

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      Is it that different from Dutch? Personally can’t quite differentiate, sounds more like an accent, and at best a dialect.

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        Yeah it’s not a real language lol. More of a dialect. I just find it funny to be able to switch between sounding Dutch and sounding Flemish.

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    I’m focusing on Japanese, but recent shake-ups in my life have knocked me out of my habits.

    I should probably be working more actively to cultivate my Russian, I feel it’s getting rusty.

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        いまゆうは、アニメとまんほんやくしたいのです。いまは、ノルウェーには、アニメとまんの99%はえいやくだけから、えいはなせないひとはこれをたのしめなくて、アニメヲタクのみんはこれでノルウェーべんきょうできません。このシチュエーションはちょっとざんねんおもうからほんやくしゃになりたいです。