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I have said in many replies throughout the forum that my biggest interest in learning languages is exploring the connections between. Today I found this beautiful illustration

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Charlyn wrote:

Kapikas sa kinabuhi. (Cebuano) - Other half :blush:


What is the literal translation ? 

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En hispani is in Spanish fi al Arabi in arabic

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Ooh thanks i will have a good listen later

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Es Media naranja , soulmate better half other half 

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That's hilarious I am sure the stress is significantly different enough for you all to understand eachother but reads like gibberish

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edz.conde wrote:

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I have just been very busy this year teaching and gigging

I'm curious what gig do you have? Is it related to music?

Yes I did a few charity fundraiser s this month


https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157049939650818&id=716685817 we raised €1280

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A good source ... Heavy reading but I am getting through the first few verb sections http://arabic-grammar.com/lessons.html

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This is awesome you absornb so much through subtitles switching just make sure you don't try to learn a literal word for word manner

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This is one of my favourite Eddie Izzard skits, from dressed to kill I think ?

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I have just been very busy this year teaching and gigging

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I keep forgetting new words I learn because I'm not studying o decided to wrote them down and I thought here was as good a place as any . Sorry of it's completely random to other readers :stuck_out_tongue::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


En hispani

Ajedrez/ chess 

Malabaleres/juggling 


Fi al Arabi

Mosteshfa/hospital

3Trafa/ to admit

Minshar/ saw noun 

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My goals are off target :neutral_face:

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Language swap online? Change the settings on devices to your target language, watch foreign films etc

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Sally.Badashvili wrote:

and when you don't want to learn language but you have to ?? :neutral_face:


Much harder to find you own motivation, the students at our academia who are sent by parents are surpilrsise suprise our lower level students. No matter the ability if you don't reinforce what you are studying or learning once or twice a week it isn't going to stick in the mind as easily

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Since I started my infantil class , my Spanish is improving the children speak much more slowly and simplistically

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Probably many, but I think most willat leastbe more documented than past dead languages , thanks to the internet etc

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Also when American product are described as having knobs instead of dials that's a p#nis

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Oh it worked for me, maybe there are counted restrictions British broadcasting company BBC ? 

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Here is a resource i forgot about, it is a video series on the BBC each video is shot with a non native spanish speaker in spain trying to figure out what has happened and you along with her, they are a little slow for my liking but i remeber using them a few years back and i think they do the same kind of series for several major languages, they have pauses and teach the language in a written structure (you a nmake notes if you like ) and it has paused parts for you to spak the correct line, then listen to what the person said in the scenario to see if you were correct. (i actually found these archived somewhere else and downloaded them instead of watching them on the site (tsk tsk bad I know but pirates PM)


http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/

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Our students do three hours per week and most pass there exams within 2 school years but we offer an intensive 8 months at 3 hours per week which includes a tonne of homework

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Sometimes in English we use the preposition at with a superlative. For example after my son was born I was at my heaviest.  


When I wake up I am usually at my grumpiest 


I am at my happiest reading in the sunshine. 

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That I agree with, but I still found her amazing none the less

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leosmith wrote:

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Yeah that's what I mean it really is down to exposure most people need 100k + views to go viral

It's all about being a child. For example, this video shows a highly accomplished polyglot, who never gets more than a few thousand hits on his videos, hosting a child polyglot. This video has over 1M.

Here's a TV channel that usually only gets a few thousand hits, but this interview with a child polyglot has over 2M.

that is a more engaging video though? The others are difficult to sit through I'm no expert and I only watched a few of them bu kid was interesting a bit obnoxious but it was fun 

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No offense meant but I think maybe it's the sense of accomplishment in just 4 years on the planet, I think maybe people expect a bit more to begin with when you had potty training down several decades ago I think she is pretty impressive myself and I think presentation and engagement are key to a wider audience. 

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dragonsky wrote:

I just thought of this joke

"English is a difficult language. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though."

that's an awesome quote I love it and an stealing it

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Yeah that's what I mean it really is down to exposure most people need 100k + views to go viral

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Nope it's a lady garden:joy::rolling_on_the_floor_laughing::grin:

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I posted the opening video before a while back when the site first began it is actually one of my favourite poems to dissect. The English language is so borrowed from many other languages and this is why we have a lot of vowel sound changes which cannot follow the rules the language dictates are there. In my classes we teach vowel combinations phoenetically but even those are subject to change quite often. Reading and writing in English i therefore considered quite difficult by many foreigners studying it and indeed by some natives it i literally a case of memorizing the ones that go against the grain. 


One of my favourite silly questions (riddles) is how do you spell Fish in english with 5 letters instead of 4 without using an S?


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GHITI... the GH from the end of the word Cough and the TI from words which edn with tion or tian. (like nation, or martian)

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I think age is unimportant it is about exposure and marketing I think if youwent on national television with your talent you could be any age really 

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Fanny is an important one to look out for too in English we use it for slang for a ladies front parts and in America (correct me if i am wrong) but its your behind ?

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Era el cumple de mi hija también :heart_eyes_cat:

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Rose.Angelie wrote:

I've seen this video before and it still amazes me! But what surprised me more is her ability to read really well at 4 years old. She is sooo adorable! :hearts::hearts:


I thought theeactsame thing reading in multiple languages at 4 is outstanding 

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Yeahlonl is dead for me too, but I have tried listening to learning tales whilst sleeping in the past. It didn't help at all but perhaps of you had a good level to begin with it would help get you thinking in the second language instead of your native tongue

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One of the restaurants here latched on to the idea that's hotdog is a sausage ina bread roll and as they serve several tapas ina bread roll the English side of their menu says sharkdog coddog porkdog stuffed pepperdog chickendog. 

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found this beautiful gem today 

i wonder how her language skills are today ? 

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You can use it narratively in English she wetted her forehead but generally we would say wet .

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Oh my goodness yes I was trying to think of a word ending in m slimmed 

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SRS has a lot of benefits especially for gaining large quantities of nouns and the advantages have been proven , however there were lots of tests and without constant renewal, or applying the new words learnt the information is simply not retained for long periods. 


For exaple if you were asked as a child the day after xmas .... to tell someone all the things you got and everything thta happened you would probably list the lot but after a few years of not retrieving the info you probably as an adult can only list what was memorable. Also because they are just translation based and solely visual ( even if you speak the words or hear them said aloud) many people can say a word but can't remember what it is for so it is hit and miss.... 


my advice is to start creating phrases with the new vocab as soon as possible. Writing the words out helps commit them to memory we are programmed to forget most of what we see. Our eyes have to filter out every grain of inute detail as we walk to work each day etc because if we stored it all we would run out of space at a very early age.. If we don't constantly retrieve the memory of something important we saw on that daily journey ( ie placemarkers that help us remember the route to go) then we lose the visual info very quickly. If you learn by looking at flashcards etc without stimulating other senses you will not store the visual info in the part of your brain that keeps permennt records

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In past simple tense regular verbs generally have +ed added to the end, some consonants double up first and of course there are plenty of irregular verbs to throw you off! But despite the ending being the same there are 3 distinct pronunciations, one o the tools we use in class is the following;


FreD

BerT  

DavID


~Words that end with the following consonants.... B G L M N RV or Z are pronounced with like the end of FreD... 


eg: beggeD swimmeD RibbeD


~ words that end with the following consonants ..... F ( includes some Ph and GH sounds) K P S SH CH or TH are pronounced with a shorter clipped sound more like the T at the end of the name BerT


eg:

Liked (likT) skipped (skipT) watched (watchT) Laughed (laughT)


~ words which end in the following consonants T and D are pronounced with an ID sound 


eg: 

wetted (wettID) fitted (fittID) wedded (weddID) 


Hope that helps some of you out :)

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I think languages get a little easier the more you learn , I think learning language structure and how you learn best is the hard part  

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Here in Spain they have 3 ways to say farmhouse casa de campo, la alcaría, el cortijo

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Maybe they don't see all their notifications? 

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Did you meet a fangirl that you're a fan of ? :wink:

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I did read your links but it makes zero sense to me 

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Jeremi.Kress wrote:

I suggest you start with this to develop a base


this is a great video link thanks for sharing, not to judge on first appearances but I think a transition between Brazilian and Spanish will be relatively stress free we have a lot of products in the shop here written in Spanish then Portuguese below I am making a snap judgement on food and movie subtitles but I don't feel like two different as greatly as some languages do. good luck with the Spanish buen suerte 

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Could you explain it to me Leo ? In Arabic they use past prent and future only but again the aren't really tenses as we catagorize them is contemplated similar to if (this). Then I would that ? Or am I completely off the mark

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This is a useful link to a site I would have loved to have bookmarked when I was learning 

https://www.lebanesearabicinstitute.com/arabic-alphabet/


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In English we have 12 tenses and they tend to follow the rules

In Spanish there are 14 (some argue 15)

I was curious how many there are in the languages you are learning?



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Don't know if this exactly helps but it did make me chuckle...Enjoy!


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Typing on my phone with a cracked screen 

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Sometimes grammar can beat about the bush and sound more complex than it is. Something my students struggle with...Maybe we can practice them here.There are lots of transitive verbs which can be used as intransitive in future or clausal sentences and stay the same others change.


My examples


OPEN the door Transitive

the shop will not OPEN on sunday Intransitive


she tried to STOP the baby crying Transitive

If we STOP now we can have lunch Intransitive


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Jimmy RUNS to catch the bus Transitive

I am going to try to RUN twice a week.


She LEFT slamming the door behind her

The train LEAVES at 3.30pm

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My young learners like silly ideas to help remember things I think something like this is beneficial if only to peak interests ... It can be daunting to learn foreign characters

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Oh wow I actually remember seeing this on imagur before totally forgot about it though

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I had a listen to you discussing Finnish good luck with your channel your on demand method is clearly working for you

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I haven't used them but there are a tonne of online language flashcard sets , the memrise site has an extensive amount 

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i just noticed i have posted my 400th post today so in honour here is a list of the word 400 in some of the languages i know i have grouped those which i think share similar roots as this is my favourite thing to see in language evolution and structure please feel free to add your translations i don't speak any languages with other writing systems except for arabic 


Spanish cuatrocientos

Italian quattrocento

Latin quadringenti 

French quatre cents 


English four hundred

German vierhundert


Greek tetrakosia 


Arabic arba ma3ya اَرْبَعمِائة

Hebrew arba meot 

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I think only those you are around and yourself would consider it fluent, it's too incorrect to be accurate

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It is difficult to express that without sounding arrogant. I will say that a large number of beautiful young women are employed in retail, and they do have to be smiling and helpful and paying attention to customers. It's also fair to say we live in a world where even the advertising aimed at children is sexual because sex sells. 


I think many women think this is how society wants them tobehave and thatdeep down it also speaks to a primal part of us(which is why sex subconsciously sells) this reinforces that thenehthe behaviour is ok. Apologies for typos am on a phone which I hate

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I think so, there are native English speakers butchering the language but for the most part they are understood


However... If a foreigner who spoke no English went to that part of England and hung around those groups of people they would become fluent in chattin like dat bruv innit they would have fluent comprehension but not of English

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Punctuation can be tricky (for some) to master, even for natives in their own languages! This is a useful online site, full of information which lists, explains, and demonstrates English punctuation characters in an easy-to-follow manner.


https://grammar.yourdictionary.com/punctuation/what/Fourteen-Punctuation-Marks.html


If anyone wants to chat about comma usage, i would be happy to help! It is something i go over a lot with my B1 class and of course there is always the controversial (but correct!) Oxford comma to discuss too.  

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If you have never heard of FANBOYS and i don't mean the film i mean the acronym this might be a useful breakdown and tool for you.


In English we typically form a sentence using the subject + verb then the object if there is one S+V+O this makes a short sentence 


This is a simple phrase with an idea and many beginners can do this. In order to link 2 ideas we can use a certain set of conjunctives ... there are many conjunctives which can make one idea longer or more detailed but only a few which can link 2 ideas that are related. 


They are called coordinating conjunctions and they can be remembered using the mnemonic FANBOYS 


FOR

AND

NOR

BECAUSE

OR 

YET 

SO


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Really great quote and definitely applicable to speaking a second language

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I completely agree with the first step, i have so many adult students that will not sit and learn the alphabet, i guess for prides sake perhaps?but i cannot stress the importance of learning how the letters are pronounced in a language it really gives you the building blocks to explore the language on your own in an independent fashion. Listening and repeating is key and important for pronunciation but you will never get an audio file of every sentence you want to form yourself to communicate your own ideas , it is therefore imperative to be able to read in your target language and i think the earlier the better. 

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To have an extended conversation in your target language you need a good vocabulary which goes beyond basic conversation. One excersize i do with my students is we always make a ord tree for each new subject.


We start by placing the word in the centre of the trunk for example food... then we draw branches fruit veg meats, dairy.drink etc then smaller branches for other foods, we do this in depth until we have associated words like which get further away expanding the subject matter until your have a range of things your can express.... taste,expensive,shopping list,vegetarianism, bitterness, recipe etc


being able to do this means that when you discuss a subject you can recall much more about it rather than saying i like meat, my favourite is beef, you can eventually talk about the farming industry, or how you prefer your teak cooked down to culinary perfection which gives you a better level and allows for more natural conversation flow. 


Today i found this great word association site ( i am taking part in a songwriting challenge (for 100 days) and it is a tool that was recommended for song lyric writing practice) i think it might be a useful tool for those with a good general English level to extend their vocabulary use and link different topics which they can already express.  

https://wordassociations.net/en?fbclid=IwAR3XOh6KEQup3m37CnZ6umTR2tzi86BsjOyT6wLHvSSrRocUodFfoT_9fMo

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Conversation is a toughie I talk with people all the time and I call them my friends but deep down I feel like we may never chat in the same way I can with my close native friends 

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Clara

Cambodia

Crab


New H

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Get better soon edz 

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Rose.Angelie wrote:

The ability to put my kids to sleep when it's time for bed and get them to eat whatever is served on the table. That would be super awesomeeeeee! Hahaha

If only

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If I listed them aloud

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I am always amazed at the capabilities of some, they make me feel like I don't live up to my potential but the first polyglot is right it is totally dedication which I don't have the time for in this lifetime

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I finished an article this morning and caught up with old friends it wasn't a bad day flipping windy though oh and I just started a 100 day songwriting challenge and wrote and uploaded my first idea of the year 

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Welcome Maayong,:grinning::grin:

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Fernando

France

Flamingo


New W

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Bienvenidos Carmen a language tools. 

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Crazy , though I have to say the more I learn the easier they seem to accumulate

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These are great guys another of like is without a goal you can't score

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leosmith wrote:

I prefer English, but the one exception would be French. If there were a French book that I really wanted to read, I'd do it in the original French because it's easy for me and I hate what translations do to a story.

Couldn't agree more so much is lost in translation

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I would prefer to capable of choosing which language tor read in but in not there yet

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Quintin

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Cool, you find some really awesome resources the self assessment tool is useful I'm going to give it a go, I consider my Spanish pretty rubbish but I did parents evening last night and spoke to all my students mums very well and didn't struggle do maybe I am hard on my self. 

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That's a good visual 

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I'm sure a lot gets lost in translation the way we narrate in literature is very different to how we speak publicly

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Rocks are stronger than raindrops but with perserverance a river can carve a path through the mountains

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I always start with basic conversation and then I like to learn large chunks of themed vocab like food so I can shop or cook a recipe or eat in a restaurant etc 

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I'm pretty sure a lot of the confusion is because many women don't understand theirselves, walking through life trying to figure out what they want versus what society dictates they confirm or indeed rebel against... 


How can anyone else understand them when they are so flippant with what they project as an identity?

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Greedy

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This is a cool resource if anyone finds something similar in Spanish thsywouldbe awesome

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I do think understanding the culture plays a big part in certain languages. How to speak to elders differs quite often. Also I wouldn't speak in the same manner to a Bedouin chief as I do with winen in Egypt and I don't just mean the words changing from masculine to Feminine

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If it your own individual planyoucan probably adjust it however you like

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I write my own lesson plans fory classes based on hesykkanus for their exams but I stumbled on this site with lesson plan ideas for teaching yourself and language

http://www.language-learning-advisor.com/language-lesson-plans.html


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Has anyone else used learning not an app a site I think ? 

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Puede practicar conmigo edz

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Welcome Hanna, love your ambition I can't read adult books yet in my second languages , and I am so preoccupied with speaking to my new Spanish friends without sounding like a moron i doubt my reading will get much better anytime soon but I too have a love of books,:notebook_with_decorative_cover::closed_book::green_book::book::blue_book::orange_book:

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