Learning a New Language

Learning a new language can be difficult because it requires time, effort and dedication. However, this is useful if one will work, study, migrate or travel abroad. Students in some countries are also required to learn a foreign language.

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Learning a New Language
Spanish to English

What is wedos pendejo pinche hota?

Part of this quotation, at least is Spanish. "Pendejo" is an insulting word more or less meaning "dummy" (but stronger as an insult) like Dumb butt only using a stronger word than butt. To call someone "pinche" is also an insult, but I don't know an exact translation. Here let me help "Pinche"s rough translation is F***(and im not saying the actual word cause its not appropriate to. But i think you know what i mean.)

Not sure about "hota," (which would have a silent H, but you could mean "jota," in which the J sounds like English H. "Jota," depending on the context, is either the letter J or a lesbian. As for the first word "wedos," whatever you heard would not be spelled that way in Spanish, because that language does not use the letter W (except in borrowed words). This word is a rough translation of a swear word H*** or it can be B****

Wedos (juedos, guerros, etc) are White people.

all these words together mean "stupid f***ing white b****" more or less.

Mexican curses sound lame to English speakers because they aren't vulgar sounding, but they are VERY offensive. Yes, a grown man will get mad if you call him a goat or a opossum. *lol*

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Learning Tips and Study Habits
Learning a New Language

How can you improve your English language skills?

Use it! And one good start is to read and participate in forums such as this on the internet. Find a group of people that are interested in something you are interested in, say martial arts or the works of Tolkien or Bollywood. Find forums on the internet on that topic and join in! You will learn a great deal, get more comfortable with the language and make new friends. And most of them will be very understanding if they know that English is not your native language. Comment This reminds me of an old joke:

A fellow with a ticket to a concert at Carnegie Hall was visiting New York City for the first time. He was unsure of his directions, but soon saw an elderly gentleman who was carrying a violin case.

"That elderly gentleman must be a musician," he said to himself. "Surely he must know the way to Carnegie Hall."

So the fellow approached the elderly gentleman and asked, "Sir, how can I get to Carnegie Hall?"

The elderly gentleman stopped, smiled, and answered, "Practise, practise, practise."

The moral (if I may use that word) is that there are no shortcuts, no quick and easy ways, to improve one's skills in anything, from athletics to nuclear medicine. You just have to work at it -- all the time.

I am 64 years of age. I often write two or three business letters and make a handful of business telephone calls in the course of a day. I try to read at least one newspaper every day. There is always at least one book that I am reading, often two or three. I still use a dictionary several times a week.

Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved without some effort. I do notice, however, that you already have the ability to spell properly and compose a coherent and meaningful sentence. That, in itself, is a very good start.

Let me offer you a few tips.

  • Once you have written something, put it aside and leave it alone for a while. Return to it later and try to improve it. Ask yourself the following questions: What was the purpose of my writing and did I achieve that purpose? Can I improve the wording of what I have just written? Does my writing flow smoothly from one issue to the next? How can I express myself more clearly? Finally, read any book written on the subject of writing. Doing so will improve your writing significantly. They're all fairly thin and most are available in paperback. You might even find one in your local library.
  • Any language skills can be improved by several means. First, speak as much as you can: find someone to practice with, and speak only English with them. Also, read as much as you can: find English books and newspapers, and use a dictionary when you find a word you do not understand. Television and radio are also useful: find an English channel and start paying attention. The internet can help you practice your language skills as well, and you can find "penpals" in chat rooms and message boards.
  • Read good quality literature, books and newspapers etc
  • Get someone who you consider has good English language to review your written work and hold sensible conversations with people.
  • You could join a debating society or similar group.
  • If English isn't your native language then look to join a group of other like minded people e.g. an English as a foreign language (EFL) class or social group.
  • Read it, listen to it and have conversations with other students about it. At all other times, think in it
  • One of the better ways is to spend a lot of time with people who speak excellent English, and let them know that you would like feed-back from them about your speaking skills. These people may also be willing to guide you toward reading materials suitable to your level.
  • Many wise men have said the best way to learn something is to teach it. If you search carefully, you will be able to find English as a Second Language (ESL) classes near you. Volunteer to help with practicing, and I personally will bet you a cookie your own English will improve as you help another.
  • The best way is to first practice SPEAKING English, and read a lot of story books. If there are some words you don't understand, a dictionary, big or small, is a great friend! Sometimes, the internet is useful for that, too!
  • In my experience there are a lot of web tools to help you learn English. EnglishCentral, LiveMocha are just some of the best. Classes...too expensive, if you want to get free (or very cheap education), the internet is a wonderful place for learning this language.
  • The best way to hone your skill in any language is to use it.
  • The French have a proverb that says the best way to learn French is to have a French girlfriend (or boyfriend).
  • Other good ways are to read newspapers in the target language, to follow cartoons (either on paper or on the tv), to visit the country and chat with people, and to try out some of the famous poems or jokes in the language you are learning.
  • Poems and jokes are a good way to learn a language because they are short and full of meaning.
  • Go to evening classes with a sympathetic teacher.
  • The best way to learn English by yourself is to use Rosetta Stone.
  • The most important way to improve your spoken English is by listening to correct pronunciation and then practicing out loud. Watching American TV shows can be helpful, but only if you try to imitate what you hear them say. Your spoken English simply will not improve just by listening.
  • You want to be able to hear the difference between the way you pronounce words and the way native speakers do. If you cannot hear the difference, you may want to work with an accent reduction specialist who can help train your ear to hear the differences, and then teach you the new ways to hold your mouth and tongue to change your pronunciation.
  • With some time and effort invested, you can improve your spoken English. Practice is the best way. Also to improve your spoken English listen to correct pronunciation ( a skilled speaker) and then practice out loud. Watching TV shows can be helpful, but listening only, is not as good as then following up by practice. Also, it may seem strange, but listening to popular music and then singing the songs helps.

More from our WikiReaders: 1. You mustn't be afraid of making mistakes but once you make them you have to rectify them with the help of a grammar book or a dictionary

2. The best way to improve your fluency is to not just speak in English, but think in English, because if you are thinking in your mother-tongue and you try to translate your message to English before actually saying it, you will not only speak in a slow way, but you will spoil that day's English advantage and learning. Just try to speak inside of your mind (think) in English, and it will come out in a more natural way

3. Also, when you're out and about, or even at home, think, and also SPEAK OUT LOUD, the things you are doing, the things you see. And speak to other people! Always remember it's good to make mistakes, because you can learn from them and improve by remembering what you did wrong and improve that.

4.Its a good idea to speak loudly.

5.Listen to English songs as much as possible and try to sing along.

6.Read English articles, books and reviews as much as possible.

7.Whenever you come across a new word write it down somewhere and find out the meaning.

8.BE CONFIDENT. Give your self auto suggestions that you have a good English trust me it really works.

Read books with a larger vocabulary than you are used to with a dictionary by your side to help you understand new words.

Reading a lot is a good way of improving one`s grammar and learning new vocabulary and language structures.

Read english newspaper regularly and also by watching English movie.

Aside from that you should check out some online learning sites (there's a link to a good one below). Another good idea is to find someone who talks English as a first language. Talk with them on MSN or Skype or something and just talk a lot.
What can you do to improve your English, not How can you do............

To improve you must practice. The best practice is to talk, talk, talk, talk to as many native English speakers as you can.

When you are learning a foreign language the greatest resource you have is the people who speak the language so make use of that resource and practice practice practice.

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Education
Learning a New Language

What are the language macro skills?

Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
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Learning a New Language

How do people learn a new language?

Some people like to take language classes, which work well for most if the class is kept to a small group. Because language learning is such an individual process, classes with more than about 10 people generally aren't as effective. Others may enjoy the challenge and experience of learning languages on their own, with assistance only from reference materials and any friends or family they might have who speak the language they wish to learn.

Either way, it's important to take a real interest in what you're learning. Probably the two biggest reasons for people forgetting the languages they're made to learn at school are one, the classes are too big and inflexible; and two, most of the people in the classes are learning a language because they were told they have to, not because they actually want to.

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English to Latin

How do you translate In God We Trust to Latin?

In Deo speramus

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What is CHULBULI?

Somebody with a bubbly personality

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Parenting and Children
Languages and Cultures
Learning a New Language

Is it much easier for children to learn a second language than it is for adults?

It’s common to hear adults lament that they didn’t start learning a second language earlier since it’s much easier when you’re younger, but this is somewhat of a misconception.

Children and adults learn languages differently, and yes, children have the edge when it comes to achieving native-like mastery. That’s partly because children use the “deep motor area” of their brains to learn new languages—this is the same part of the brain that controls actions that come second nature to us, like tying a shoe. As you age, the window for learning in the deep motor area narrows, so adults learn languages with other parts of the brain—and thus, they’re often less natural speakers of their second language.

But it’s important to keep in mind the different situations in which adults and children learn languages. Most children who pick up a second language are exposed to it constantly and pick it up the same way they pick up their native language, even learning them simultaneously. Adults, however, may take on a second language in college or later, while having additional responsibilities, expectations, and stressors. Unlike adults, children are allowed to make mistakes and learn at a much slower pace without having to worry about failing in an academic, social, or professional sense.

Furthermore, according to a paper published in the journal Cognition, “studies that compare children and adults exposed to comparable material in the lab or during the initial months of an immersion program show that adults perform better, not worse, than children ... perhaps because they deploy conscious strategies and transfer what they know about their first language.”

So in a nutshell, adults aren’t drastically worse than children at learning a second language—they even outperform children when learning under the same conditions—but they do have some disadvantages. In most cases, though, they simply don’t receive the same exposure and opportunity.

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Languages and Cultures
Learning a New Language

What is Ate-u-Tiv?

"Ate" (round, open hut) which serves as a reception point for "vanya" (guests) and allows "mbamaren, onev man angbianev" (family members) to "tema imionge" (chat), sharing ideas and telling stories. The "Orya" (family head) receives guests and attend to family issues (discussions) from the "Ate". Ate-u-Tiv simply refers to the "Ate" as used by the Tiv People..

On the internet, "Ate-u-Tiv" is a free social network for the Tiv people around the world. See related links for the website. It is the first interactive social network for the Tiv Language speaking and writing people on the web!

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How do you describe what food you like to eat and drink in french?

You would start off with J'aime or J'adore ,

then stick the verb manger (to eat) or boire (to drink)

then the food.

Example:

J'aime manger les frites- I like to eat fries.

J'aime boire l'eau. - I like to drink water.

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Spanish Language and Culture

Does más always need an accent?

Yes, it does. Except, when used as a conjunction, mas means pero (but) and is written without the accent.

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Grammar
Wales
Learning a New Language

What are the basics of Welsh grammar?

Welsh Grammar is far from simple, and the rules are somewhat intricate, and confuse even hardened Welsh speakers. A few very brief basics are:

There Is No Indefinite article (a/an):

for example "A dog" would just be "Ci"

There are Three ways to spell and say "The"

When in front of a consonant, We use "Y"

However:

If the noun is feminine Soft Mutation will take place.

So, "Cat" for example is a feminine noun which begins with a consonant. so "The Cat" is "Y Cath" before mutation. After mutation takes place, the noun becomes "Y Gath."

The Second is "Yr"

"yr" is used in front of a vowel and in front of h. Remember that "w" and "y" are vowels in Welsh.

So "Apple" Begins with a vowel in welsh, therefore, "The Apple" becomes "Yr Afal"

The Third is "'r"

is used after a word ending in a vowel - no matter whether the word which follows begins with a vowel or with a consonant. For example, The phrase "The Children Are" Becomes "Mae'rPlant"

Mutation occurs in these eight letters:

Soft:

P is Written and pronounced as B

T as D

C as G

B as F

D as Dd (Th)

M as F

Ll as L

and Rh as R.

Nasal:

P is Written and pronounced as Mh

T as Nh

C as Ngh

B as M

D as N

G as Ng

Aspirate:

P as Ph

T as Th

C as Ch.

It Is Useful to remember that in welsh the Adjective follows the Noun.

So, "The red Car" Would become " Y Car Coch." which translates directly as "The Car Red."

There Are Three exceptions, however the words are not overly common.

Hen (meaning Old)

Hoff (Favourite)

Prif (Main/Cheif)

So, "The Old car" Become "Y Car Hen." Which translates at the same.

As with French, Words are either Masculine or Feminine, as there is no way to distinguish, When learning the words, it is important to learn whether it is masculine or feminine, so you do not make a mistake when mutating.

These are brief basics, but some of the most important rules.

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English to Arabic
Arabic Language and Culture
Learning a New Language

Does khara have different meanings in Arabic?

No not really , it only means sh**.

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Yes, it does; however, khiara means "a cucumber"! If someone wanted to insult you they'd tell you "kol / kele khara" (eat sh**), but lately young people tend to say "kol/kele khiara" (eat a cucumner).

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Rosetta Stone - Artifact
Learning a New Language

Does Rosetta Stone offer Romanian?

Not at the moment. I called Rosetta Stone and was told that they are not giving out information right now about when Romanian will be available, but to keep an eye on their web sight, and when they have a date it will be posted there. Sorry this is not much help. Also, I spoke with a guy selling Rosetta Stone software in an airport a year or two ago and he told me that Romanian is one of the languages that Rosetta Stone will be offering in the future. I am very interested in getting this software when it comes out. Hopefully it will be sooner than later.

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How many words can you learn in a day in a foreign language?

That would depend on a number of factors. If the language is similar or relates in some way to yours, like English to German to Dutch (they have more in common than you might think), or Italian to Spanish to Portuguese to French, it helps immensely in remembering newly learned vocabulary. The amount of time spent studying (self study, evening classes, immersion course etc.) and the location (do you study at home, at school or are you abroad learning it) would be as important as your memory capabilities. While you might be able to remember ten, twenty or fifty words at the end of the day, you have not truly "learned" them, until you remember and use them later on. Even then, one has to constantly "re-learn" words in her/his vocabulary, in order to maintain a fluent speech. Basically, how many foreign words you can learn per day is different for each individual.

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Learning a New Language

What are the best books for the JLPT N3?

I have nihongo so-matome N3 all of them, but i feel as if others could be better. ASK other books and I don't know if they better or worse. ALC "ARUKU" also has books and so does JResearch. I cant decide.

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Translations
Non-English Names Pronunciation
Learning a New Language

How do you say fat in different languages?

haha, i like your thinking, well if it helps in french it is gros (pronounce "Grow") for males and grosse (pronounce "Gross") for females

Spanish or Portuguese: gordo (m) or gorda (f)

German: dick

Italian: grasso, grassa

Russian:то́лстый

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Grammar
Learning a New Language

Why do you use the article an before European?

a

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What does Saigo ni mean?

It's Japanese. It means "lastly", or "finally". It refers to something that goes at the end.

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Learning a New Language

What does Na mean in what language?

Na, more commonly seen as NA or N/A, is an English abbreviation used for the term "non-applicable", meaning that something doesn't apply to an item or subject.

Na (נא) is a formal Hebrew word for "please".

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Eastern Orthodoxy
Languages and Cultures
Learning a New Language

How do you speak Coptic?

There used to be 5 main dialects of Coptic by currently one one is used which is bohairic. There are two ways of pronouncing bohairic:

1- the authentic traditional one that was being used throughout Egypt up until 1858 when the church decided to adopt the Greek pronunciation of the common letters between the Coptic and the Greek languages.

2- the modified pronunciation or Greco-Bohairic which primarily used in liturgical church services.

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English Spelling and Pronunciation
Learning a New Language

Is cheeseball one word or two?

It is actually two words; Cheese ball.

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Languages and Cultures
Names and Name Meanings
Learning a New Language

How do you say silver in eskimo?

There is no such language as Eskimo. Eskimo is a culture that speaks many languages of the Yupik, Inuit, and Aleut language families.

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How do you write ten thousand two hundred in number form?

10,200

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Definitions
Learning a New Language

Which word suits a person with strange ideas?

a good word for some one whom has Strange ideas would be Unconventional or atypical would be the right kind of words for some one with these ideas.

i hope this has answered your question to a relevant degree

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Spanish to English
Learning a New Language

What type of word follows voy a?

The term "voy a", or more generally "ir a", would be followed by a vowell. Example: "Voy a ir al resturante", "I am going to go to the restaurant". You could leave out the verb and just say "Voy al restaurante", or "I go to the restaurant". The first implies future action in the near term. The second is for present condition.

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