Hi John there is a larger version on mental floss hereJohnBrooke wrote:Hi Jade, will it be possible for you to provide a bigger image so that it can be readable more easier way ?
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edz.conde wrote:Jade.Xuereb wrote:
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
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:
Fi al Arabi
3Trafa/ to admit
Minshar/ saw noun
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
Since I started my infantil class , my Spanish is improving the children speak much more slowly and simplistically
Probably many, but I think most willat leastbe more documented than past dead languages , thanks to the internet etc
Also when American product are described as having knobs instead of dials that's a p#nis
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)
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 funleosmith wrote:Jade.Xuereb wrote:
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.
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.
that's an awesome quote I love it and an stealing itdragonsky wrote:
I just thought of this joke
"English is a difficult language. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though."
Nope it's a lady garden:joy::rolling_on_the_floor_laughing::grin:
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?
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)
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 ?
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
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
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.
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
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;
~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
Liked (likT) skipped (skipT) watched (watchT) Laughed (laughT)
~ words which end in the following consonants T and D are pronounced with an ID sound
wetted (wettID) fitted (fittID) wedded (weddID)
Hope that helps some of you out :)
Here in Spain they have 3 ways to say farmhouse casa de campo, la alcaría, el cortijo
Did you meet a fangirl that you're a fan of ? :wink:
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 suerteJeremi.Kress wrote:
I suggest you start with this to develop a base
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
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.
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
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
I had a listen to you discussing Finnish good luck with your channel your on demand method is clearly working for you
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
French quatre cents
English four hundred
Arabic arba ma3ya اَرْبَعمِائة
Hebrew arba meot
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
If onlyRose.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
These are great guys another of like is without a goal you can't score
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
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.
Rocks are stronger than raindrops but with perserverance a river can carve a path through the mountains
Yes question words are essential
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
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?
This is a cool resource if anyone finds something similar in Spanish thsywouldbe awesome
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
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