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what language are you learning and what tools do you use to learn it?
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>Russian to the point where I can read anything and listen to anything with ease.
What's your native language? It's so hard if you're not a Slavic native speaker.


English. It is hard, yes. In some ways I would say it's harder than Japanese or Mandarin. What worked for me after the beginner/intermediate stages was speedrunning through tons of Russian media with English subs to get used to the sounds of speech then forcing myself to go through novels that I knew would have somewhat easier vocabulary like thrillers. Sitcoms, of which there are many Russian ones, without subtitles will also be crucial because they tend to talk clearer and due to the short episode length it's easier to stay engaged.


>German (maybe Japanese one day)
Good for you.


That is a good reason.


If I learnt a new language it would probably be German because I know a bit from school or Japanese because I could start absorbing little bits from anime and get some of the practice without effort.
I guess I should just pick one and stick with it but I couldn't decide which one so instead I did nothing for years.

Another option would be a mediterranean language so I could move to a beautiful place with good weather.
I should have done it when I could be neet, now I don't know if I'll get around to doing it.


The fraction of words you would pick up from anime is like a grain of sand compared to what you actually need to be functional in Japanese. You really need a solid reason to learn a language if you want to be motivated to keep at it.


>You really need a solid reason to learn a language
It's simple.


Of course I'd have to mostly do other kinds of practice but I think I'm significantly better than average at absorbing language skills like that.


I've been improving my Japanese and reading some novels now. One thing I need to start doing more is watching more Japanese films and series to get better listening skills. On another note, I took a kanji test recently. It consisted of knowing the kanji and each reading for which my results were around the 750 kanji. Those are not counting the ones I only recognized and didn't know the readings which would have put my estimated kanji level at around 900. I've still got a long way to go for the joyo.


> Unfortunately Japanese needs Kanji because of the extreme amount of homophones.

Not true at all. Korean has just as many homophones and there was no major issue with phasing out kanji. Japan could do the same if it had the will.


I am going to be taking a German class as an elective at my university. I'm very excited but also very nervous as it's been a long time since I've tried to learn a new language.


Germanfag here, would love to learn Russian.


Also, not him.


Media recomendation in German?


>comfy place
>second language for programming
>refuge from western woke censorship/culture
>sounds cool


Is there any FREE site or app where you can learn to speak english by talking to other people?


Omegle video chat people and ask them if they speak English until you get one


I'm learning sanskrit.


You and the Persian learner are intriguing. Many here generically learn Japanese and Romance languages, because muh anime and muh Rome. Can I ask why Sanskrit?


Began learning it because of Buddhism but I find literature in Sanskrit like Kathasaritsagara and the Hindu epics to be equally worth it and fascinating.


Anyone know any course or website (preferably free or dirt cheap) that I can learn Malay from?


Why Malay?


I've studied Arabic, Farsi, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The reason most people don't advance that much is because the media and materials available in languages like those are not even close to the quantity and quality of those in Western European countries and Japan/Korea


Because my mother's family speaks Malay (They're Javanese Singaporeans) and I also live in a place with a sizeable Malay population


I would love to learn sanskrit at some point, too, and be able to read the Mahabharata.
I've also began reading buddhism but in chinese. Of course chinese buddhism is full of transliterations from sanskrit which look whacky in chinese and makes it nearly unreadable.


not needing to rely on translators for manga or doujins and anime would awesome, but in a way the budren of trsnslation acts as a filter and TYPICALLY only good stuff gets picked up anyways so i am not missing much. at least for manga however, something truly unfortunate happens quite often, groups will just stop translating and drop series and they will never get picked up again and finished. this sucks so fucking much, especially when you're following their releases and they just stop… the agony. knowing japanese i could finally escape that hell. it is a huge commitment though, i don't think i have it in me


Lately learning Russian. I'm not as interested in linguistics as I used to be, but my mother speaks Russian so I gotta improve my skills.


Are you learning from zero?

You could learn hiragana and katakana in a few days then finish a beginner's course within a few months. Getting from nothing to intermediate in Japanese should take maybe six months if you study at least 10 hours a week


English is the language I've been learning. Now I've reached a point where I want to start visiting some English websites on a daily basis, but my English is not good enough to freely converse with native speakers. At the same time I'm fed up with the intellectual level of the online communities in my native language. I'm like an online refugee.


I just decided that I'm going to give up on learning Japanese. I'm not that good at learning languages, to be honest I'm pretty much a brainlet, and I forget kanji really fast. It's a lot of effort, and all of this just for the weeb meme. It's not worth it. I would prefer to learn simple languages ​​related to my mother tongue (Spanish) like Portuguese and Italian and hopefully I will read works by Pessoa, Dante and Leopardi.


Russian and ancient greek. But it seem it will really take a long time before I can achieve my goals of fluently reading in either.


I kinda regret trying to learn japanese, but now I don't know how to give it up for all the effort and time I put on, I feel stuck. I also think that if I had chosen a language that was at least indo-european I might have it learned already.


Learning Spanish, watching a 10 minute spanish video every day, slowly reading a spanish book, playing WoW on a spanish free server.


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You're lucky that there's a huge anime, manga, and VN Spanish-speaking community. They've even translated many VN's that are likely to never get an English translation (or that English-speaking fans have been waiting forever to get translated) like SayoOshi, Sakura no Uta, Tsui no Sora remake. I've also found some manga that have been getting translated very slowly in English, had already been finished in Spanish (Violence Jack, for instance).

I'd recommend to watch and read all your anime, manga and VNs in Spanish. This is all assuming you even like those things, of course.

On the other hand, I don't think I can recommend any Spanish-speaking TV shows or contemporary movies. From what I've seen it's all shitty romcoms, Narco stuff, or just plain annoying normalfag shit. I do highly recommend all movies from the Mexican Golden Age of cinema. They're all really good and you can find many of them on youtube.


>conchas de Bulma
Top lel


i don't know of a latin lexicon so i use google translate as my lexicon while trying to translate newton's philosophae naturalis principia mathematica by hand


You know you can use Whitaker's words, right?


I've been reading "Russian for the mathematician", an old Springer book that looks like it was typeset with an old typewriter. Outside appareances, I find it to be a very good book, at least for me. It streamlines the lessons by restricting the language to that most useful for mathematics, for example, verbs are not described by their full conjugations, only for он/она/оно, мы, они, and the rest are not even mentioned. It ends with a section of readings which I guess (I haven't got there) can be read with just the content of the rest of the book.
The absolutely best feature of the book, though, is the systematic study of russian morphology. It teaches words not by themselves but by their roots and the use of prepositions with verbs to form new words.


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All you people learning Japanese are just weebs who want to watch anime without sub. Fagssss.



i tell everyone i'm learning it because i just like learning stuff, but really my super secret reason for learning japanese is to hopefully one day work on translating japanese games and other media and to combat the mentally ill savages that call themselves "localizers".


I could be doing this right now but as soon as you're able to, you realize casuals do not deserve the effort or the accuracy. Fuck them, I just let them wallow in shit like they deserve and laugh about it. Everyone else will just learn the language themselves.


i don't care about casuals, i care about people like me who actually give a damn.


The point is, people who actually care do learn japanese to overcome the trajslation barrier.
Casuals won't and they get fucked for that.



I'm trying to learn english and some things that i do are for example, change the language to english on my pc and my phone, watch youtube videos in english and make post like this one that help improve my writting and my reading


i have a physical book for learning chinese, haven't touched it in a decade


How long did it take you? Trying to get through Spanish then French. How did your roadmap look like for the romance languages?


Whats up with all the people here trying to learn 2 or more languages at the same time? I thought it was a no-brainer that it's incredibly inefficient to try and learn several languages at the same time.


adhd tards on ritalin get bored and switch activities every 5 minutes. they'll drop both languages in less than a month and watch steven universe (2 episodes then drop it) instead, or whatever garbage catches their fleeting interest.

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