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leosmith wrote:
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Heath Ledger played Joker... genuinely scared me!

He had a really nice smile though. :grin:

Hahaha

I thought it was really smart how the story of how he got the scars kept changing every time he told it. Really added to the mystery and freaked me out!

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Hello and welcome Lily! Love your picture. 

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Not necessarily my favourite songs, but some of the most beautiful to me are Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (cover of Leonard Cohen I believe), Hurt by Johnny Cash (also a cover but I don't remember of whom), and Heartbeats by Jose Gonzales (yet another cover)!





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Emoji button off-screen above and box hiding portion of text.



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This is a minor cosmetic thing.

When I'm writing a post on the desktop site and want to insert an emoji I click on the emoji button and the box pops up. To hide it again I have to click the emoji button again. It's not a big deal having it there but sometimes if the post I'm writing is quite long then I have to actually scroll up my screen to find the button to click to hide the box. This wouldn't be an issue at all except the box sometimes blocks some of the text in my post as you can see in the screenshot below. Perhaps a little 'x' or clicking outside the box could be implemented to hide it?


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Bartosz.Jablonski wrote:
Guys, I stumbled upon this, check it out!
https://www.fluentu.com/blog/english/weird-strange-english-words/
I knew 3, but ragamuffin definitely meant something different for me :)


Ummmmm... I've used all of these in conversation in the last week alone. What does that say about me?! Maybe I'm a blatherskite!!!  


A lot of them seem to me like they'd be relatively common to hear an English person say!

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Dexter... Lol

I just (finally) started watching Dexter! Love it so far... very darkly funny.

yeah its a quite dark show. too much for me idk why :D

Final season sucked though. Final great season was with Trinity then it went down hill in my opinion.


I did hear this too... maybe I should just stop before it starts going downhill. Why do so many good shows "jump the shark" like that?!

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leosmith wrote:
I'm not a fan, but I'll ask to see if an option would be possible.
Here is an interesting article on it.


That is interesting and I'm not hugely surprised that black text on a white background is easiest to read but there must surely be something to be said for not staring at a bright screen in a dark room?! Or is it purely anecdotal that it strains the eyes? 

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Not really a bug, more cosmetic, but at the end of the box in a post it should close the quotation marks.

I used to think this too, but now I'm not sure what I'd like it to change to. We're sort of going with that single quote symbol, and the box the entire width of the screen. It might look strange with the quote at the end of that big empty box.

Has been bugging the hell out of me XD


I understand what you mean, but I think it's grown on me. I don't mind it at all now!

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This is a great idea. I prefer to use night mode on my phone especially because I'm usually in bed! I believe it uses less energy for the screen to display black too so it's environmentally sound! 

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aaronhawk wrote:
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Dexter... Lol

I just (finally) started watching Dexter! Love it so far... very darkly funny.

yeah its a quite dark show. too much for me idk why :D
Same but it's one of those series you have to at least "attempt" to binge watch lol :)

i think i watched the whole thing lol


Haha, I do this too... once I commit to a show I watch the whole thing regardless!

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Some of those words are hilarious, both sounding and meaning! 

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Unfortunately it wasn't visible where I am. I saw some incredible photos though. I love celestial events!  

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aaronhawk wrote:
La casa de papel in spanish! Great show!!! Must watch!

I heard this is excellent, it's on my list for sure.

Game of Thrones is incredible. Definitely recommend it.

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Khadijah.Davis wrote:
Dexter... Lol


I just (finally) started watching Dexter! Love it so far... very darkly funny.

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Yes. It was the second movie of the series with Christian Bale as Batman. Heath Ledger played Joker... genuinely scared me!

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Yep, The Dark Knight was great. I loved Interstellar by Christopher Nolan too, although I didn't think Dunkirk was as good as some of his other stuff. I love Wes Anderson films too, they're so quirky!

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I'm a very slow starter!! The first thing I do is drink a couple of glasses of water. Then I usually shower and make breakfast and read the news. I prefer silence in the morning... so no TV yet! haha.

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leosmith wrote:
I guess the question is how long do you have to stay somewhere for it to be considered living there? Does it have to be consecutive?


Great question! For me I suppose it's down to each person how long it takes to feel like you're living there. I've stayed and worked in dozens of cities and countries but only felt like I was actually at home and living in a few of them.

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I lived in Ireland for most of my life, but I previously lived in the UK for a few years and now I live in the United States. I've been to lots of other countries though... including your home nation Elso! I went there for a wedding last year and it was absolutely beautiful.  

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ikaymoreno wrote:
He has a very distinct style. You'd recognized his movies because of his "signature". Like Tarantino and his use of blood and peppered motha****s. Or Lars Von Trier and your desire to slit your wrists after watching any of his films. Lol.


 

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Hello and welcome Wina! 

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edz.conde wrote:
Mine is learning volleyball, swimming, dancing, singing, playing guitar, and riding a bicycle. I think I was not able to really make the most of my time when I was young.


Apart from maybe the volleyball I don't think age should be a deterrent to learning any of those things!

Playing a musical instrument has certainly been on my list for years and year... I even have the guitar already, just need the motivation to start!

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Very informative post. And as someone who has seen some of those rugby games, I wouldn't dare making fun of the Haka to a New Zealand rugby player!!  

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I'm not even sure if I like it or not! But, like you said, his use of colour and music, the visual feast is irresistible!  

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I hear you, no judgement here. His movie Australia is one of my guilty pleasures!

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Another one this morning when I click on one of my notifications.



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ikaymoreno wrote:
Just in case you need more, here are some movies on my "F**k that was amazing!" list:
1. Moulin Rouge - Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor
2. Best Offer - Geofrrey Rush
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Jim Carrey & Kate Winslet
4. The Countess - Julie Delpy
5. Leon the Professional - Jean Reno
6. Oldboy - Korean version please. The US version is just...ugh.
7. Bang Bang You're Dead - Ben Foster
8. Shawshank Redemption - Morgan Freeman
9. Never Let Me Go - Carey Mulligan
Runner ups
1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Robert Downey Jr
2. Seven - Brad Pitt
If you have Netflix, you should also check out Black Mirror. It's awesome. :D


What a list... from Moulin Rouge to Oldboy! 

 

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Phillip.Laplana wrote:
Cats are evil. Be careful! They will boss you around if you let them.


Lol

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Just got one of these while trying to view an essay.




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The one that sticks in my memory the most was while I was in a wildlife park in Zimbabwe. I just remember the sun looking so much larger and more red than I was used to.

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Khadijah.Davis wrote:
Does sign language count. I wanted to learn sign language too! :)


Yes! Sign language is definitely something I wanted to and still want to learn. But like Olga said, it is hard to decide which one because they're as varied as verbal languages it seems.

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Looks perfect now!



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Oh, and the embed looked fine on my phone by the way. iOS 10 I think. See below.

And it played today on desktop too but the video was tiny!





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Unfortunately wouldn't work for me either! The preview is a bit off too!





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Elso.Martinez wrote:
You've all eaten lots of good stuff yummy, Sabrina I'm impressed by all the dishes you'd tried including some of my country. I couldn't personally list the foods I like most because I love too many dishes ^^


I know... it's almost impossible to decide!

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The Evil Dead series. Horror comedy gold! Although quite old now. 

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No, I haven't seen this problem any more. Much nicer now!



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Field of Dreams! Just watched it the other day, I had forgotten how great it is. But jeez, there's so many. What genres do you like?

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Nope, I haven’t seen it since anyway. :+1::skin-tone-2:

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On the forum home screen it is difficult to see the actual topics of each forum because of screen squeeze. The profile info/wallet takes up a good deal of space. I've attached a screenshot to illustrate but basically I find it hard to know what the topic of each post actually is (and if it's therefore relevant to me) until I click into it - unless the topic is one or two words only.


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Sourabh.Kumar wrote:
What five new words did you learn today?
I learned these words today:
1. Nonversation :- A conversation that seems meaningless or ridiculous.
2. Halcyon :- Peaceful, happy
3. Speculate :- Form a theory on something without a firm knowledge
4. Ornery :- Difficult to deal with
5. Bawl :- Weep or Cry noisily


Today I learned that 'nonversation' is an actual word in my native language! 

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1) French

2) Polish

3) Practice, practice, practice.


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This is great! 


My father is learning Spanish and has taken to using 'normalamente' in place of 'normally' even when speaking English. I figured he just made up a Spanish sounding version but this makes me think there was method to his madness!  

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Oh yeah, a good pizza... wood fired, thin base, yum!

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This is very interesting, thanks for sharing. What is the source? The spelling indicates it's perhaps from the US and some of the pronunciations do too. I grew up learning to pronounce some of these words differently which I've always thought is so fascinating... the nuances in one language across the world.

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We read you Eden! :)


Although I have no idea why that's been happening to you. :(

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As an addition to that, the cursor displayed in the wrong place on the screen when I was typing in that name box. See picture (the blue line is the cursor).



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Yeah, I had the same issue. Only on mobile though and it stopped as soon as I actually changed my display name. 


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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
HHHH .can someone post thrthe link to the video. Can't seem to get it just an emptyempty box


https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=Xv2VIEY9-A8


Here you go Jade! Hilarious from Chris Farley. He's missed.


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I've heard that the Spanish spoken in South America is different from that spoken in Spain. And similarly the French spoken in Canada can differ slightly from that in France. Does anyone have experience with this? Are the differences even noticeable or is just superficial things like slang and parlance? How does one decide what "version" of a language to learn?

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I noticed another really minor bug. When you're viewing someone's profile, under the "Name" and "Friend/Message" lines is the "Learner" line. If someone doesn't fill in their city when filling out their profile info a comma appears where there should be none.

Example: If I didn't specify that I'm from Dublin, my profile would read: Learner. From , Ireland.

Attached some screenshots to illustrate. I assume the code is written to assume all fields were fully filled when the person was signing up.






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Just saw the topic title and new I had to jump in... who doesn't love food?! My favourite cuisine is real Italian food but my guilty pleasure is a really good burger!

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Hello and welcome Aileen!


Mandarin is far too daunting for me so I admire you. It's certainly going to be rewarding. Best of luck. 

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Yeah, refreshing works. I don't actually think it's particularly important to know exact post counts but I noticed the anomaly too.

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I noticed a few things while I was signing up. Not sure you'd call them bugs but possibly just lower functionality/cosmetics.

- When adding tags, some languages are not capitalized. i.e.: drop down menu lists "spanish" and "french" instead of Spanish/French.

- The "Save" button on the Basic Info, Profile, and Language & Communication pages are three different images. Lacks continuity.

- When selecting languages, I hit 's' on my keyboard to jump to Spanish, but it remains on "Afrikaans" because that has an 's' in it. Likewise if I hot the 'f' key to jump to French, it would stop at "Afrikaans" again! 

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I've noticed something similar. I posted last night and my stats said 0 posts, 0 likes. A minute later I returned to read a reply and the stats were correct. See below for images.





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leosmith wrote:
CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Wikipedia summarizes the levels very well, but here's a quick reference:
A1 = lower basic
A2 = upper basic
B1 = lower intermediate
B2 = upper intermediate
C1 = lower advance
C2 = upper advanced
I think most people consider B2 and above to be fluent, but again, it depends on who you talk to.


That's very informative, thanks! It's great that there is such a framework actually.

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Welcome Jessica. It's never too late to jump back into French! :) 

That's why I signed up myself.

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I'd be especially interested in hearing people's perspective on this where they didn't originally share a native language with their partner.


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Communication is VITAL! Especially long distance... I've done it before and it's very hard but clear communication is so important.

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I've heard it suggested that it's also a good idea to read books aimed at young people, like Harry Potter, when learning a new language. I think this is because they use simple language, etc. Plus it's more fun than studying! :)

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Greg.Jones wrote:
I would recommend peppa pig, as it's much closer to my level of understanding


 

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I'm also interested in knowing more about the CEFR scale. Maybe an post which explains it simply for us newbies!

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Ah! I get you. That's really interesting.

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A place to report cosmetic issues or make suggestions.

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While I have absolutely no training in early childhood education my gut tells me that kids must surely have the better capacity for learning languages. 'm sure I've read as much too. It occurs to me that perhaps our knowledge of our native language and its structures and rules can almost act like a barrier to learning. What I mean by that is that we may sometimes try to make the new language conform to our notion of proper grammar, etc. Like a child trying to hammer a square peg into a round hole!  


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Good luck to us all indeed! 

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Honestly I have only ever felt truly fluent in one language other than English and that was Irish. I think the moment I felt fluent was when I was speaking it regularly and then suddenly someone spoke to me in English and the response just came out of my mouth in Irish. It feels fluent to me when you don't have to translate first to your native language in your mind, you just comprehend. I don't know... it is a very difficult concept to describe! Ha

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This is a really interesting approach. When I think about my most recent trip to France I realise I probably used this approach as the listener many times. I could understand enough words from the sentence to be able to figure out what the speaker was saying or asking. I'll have to investigate this more!

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I agree that people should make an effort to learn at least a few phrases in the local language and should always know how to say please, thank you, and sorry. I would always try to learn in the local language how to ask if the person speaks a language I know (English usually). But I also don't agree with anyone who gets angry at people who don't know the local language, I never understood this sentiment.

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I agree with Jade too, I think it's best to ask the learner in advance how they wish to be corrected. If the other participant in the conversation can understand what the learner is saying I think it can be affirming for a learner to continue with the conversation uninterrupted and gain confidence that way. With perhaps just the most important errors pointed out afterwards. 


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This is the first time I've ventured into online learning for languages but I have taken some classroom lessons before and always found correction to be best when it encourages the learner to figure out for themselves what the error was and think about how they could construct the sentence better.

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