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Tonal languages are tough as rubber!

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I think it would be a good UI/UX improvement if we add a bell notification on the 'Pick a Room' dropdown instead of clicking it just to let you know that you have a pending chat. See attached photo. I tried it on desktop and the bell icon is instantly visible.


Viewed on Android, Samsung S8+

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American English, as I tell my students, is direct. Direct in a way that it's conversational English. Grammar is not really follow, as long as you can convey your thoughts, then it's direct.

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Thailand

Cambodia

Vietnam

Myanmar

Singapore

Malaysia

Japan

South Korea

Taiwan

Nepal

Indonesia


My favorite ones would be Nepal and Japan

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Smartchiny wrote:
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Smartchiny wrote:
Sheena wrote:
Magandang Umaga!
Maganda- (root word) beautiful/good
Umaga- morning

This sounds really nice to pronounce.
Anyway, please what country and culture is this language from. Your location states U.S.A.
I think it will be nice to also know the country.

This one is the Tagalog language from the Philippines. It is Austronesian in nature, we also have Spanish language influence..

OK, I'm lost. What does 'Austronesian' mean? Do you mean Spanish language has an influence on Tagalog?


Austronesian is a family of languages where Tagalog falls under. Together with Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, and others.


Tagalog language also have some loan words from the Spanish as a result of colonization. 

Some examples are

mesa (Tagalog) - la mesa (Spanish) - table (English)

kutsara (Tagalog) - la cuchara (Spanish) - spoon (English)

asul (Tagalog loan word) - azul (Spanish) - blue (English) but in formal Tagalog we call it bughaw

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This is a good resource! I actually know how to do letters with my hands but not as good as this. 

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Sharing you this podcast that I'm listening over the past few months, it's called Coffee Break Spanish

https://radiolingua.com/category/coffee-break-spanish/


They also have a Spotify playlist, so you might want to check them out. 

https://open.spotify.com/show/4WYj81C37trSAv42zwnipj

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Welcome! Enjoy your stay :)

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imran.khalil0000 wrote:
I think French is easier what do you guys say?


the answer depends on what native language you are speaking. For native English speakers, French would be easier to learn but it will take sometime to learn let's say Mandarin. My native language is Tagalog, it would be easier for me to learn Bahasa Indonesia than Dutch.


There are 4 or 5 categories of languages in terms of difficulty in view of a native English speaker.. here's one link to it

http://aboutworldlanguages.com/language-difficulty

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Smartchiny wrote:

Sheena wrote:

Magandang Umaga!

Maganda- (root word) beautiful/good

Umaga- morning

This sounds really nice to pronounce.

Anyway, please what country and culture is this language from. Your location states U.S.A.

I think it will be nice to also know the country.


This one is the Tagalog language from the Philippines. It is Austronesian in nature, we also have Spanish language influence..

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Mai wrote:

I think yes, if you leave the French aside a bit :)))

I know French way better than Spanish, I am currently studying Spanish, French I studied at the faculty


Knowinh both is such a cool thing!

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They both fall under Romance Languages, so they are related. I think there are words that are intelligble to both languages. 

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I think it would be better if we arrange the footer, viewed on a mobile device, in a logical manner. Evenly spaced out and aligned properly. See attached screenshot.


Ps: I uploaded the photo using a mobile device, no available thumbnail option


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Samsung S8+ 

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There are overlapping items on the teacher profile when viewed using mobile. See attached screenshot


Ps: uploaded via mobile, no thumnail prevew option


Android device

Samsung S8+

Google Chrome

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Viva voce


Said as viva voh-see, meaning word of mouth

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Is the Cebuano language intelligible with Visayan language? I mean are they somehow related or totally a different one? I have been to Cebu a dozen times and I have picked up several Cebuano words..

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I'd go with Japanese accent. I think watching animes when I was younger was a great influence of my affinity with the Japanese culture.  

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Found this Youtube video. Very informative!


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I think distinguishing between Catalan vs Castillan is kind of difficult. Any tips on how to spot these?

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They say this one is good too! 


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leosmith wrote:
Aleksys.P wrote:
Yes, it's now hidden. Thanks, Leo :)

How about the hamburger menu - visible now?


Yes, hamburger menu is now visible to both FAQ and About Us pages. Ticket can now be closed as resolved. :)

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Chill wrote:
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I'm currently reading "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E Frankl, I'm into non-fiction, memoirs, and some history.. so far this book is good!



ooooh. we have the same taste in books :grin::grin:


you might want to share some titles?  

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leosmith wrote:
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What I mean the menu bar? The 3 dash lines on the upper right screen.. it can be seen althrough out the other pages but not About Us and FAQ

Hi Aleksys - is it fixed now?
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Also, I don't know if it is mine only, but the inline thumbnail is not working too. What is happening is when I click on Inline thumbnail, it does nothing.. I just recently updated my Chrome, if that helps.
My bad. It turns out we can't make it work on phones, so we will hide that option in the future.

Is the inline thumbnail option now hidden from you on mobile?


Yes, it's now hidden. Thanks, Leo :)

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Christmas! Festive moods, shopping, and food!  

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I'm currently reading "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E Frankl, I'm into non-fiction, memoirs, and some history.. so far this book is good!


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The older I get, the simpler the celebration. Of course, as a kid, we all like to have some surprise parties and what not . But as I grow older, late night dinner, movie, stroll at the park, or even chilling at home would be considered fun.  

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The smell of paper, you can't beat that :rolling_on_the_floor_laughing:

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I chose conversation but then realized it should be listening (add to it, comprehension). I have experienced talking to non english speakers, they can still converse using a few words and body languages, it's really up to you how to understand it..

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To those who are native or masters in English, which is more correct..


1. "I already ate..."

2. "I ate already..."


I know there are many more samples of this kind and the thought doesn't seem to change, but is there an explanation to which one is which? You may want to more! :laughing:

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leosmith wrote:

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Hamburger menu (3-line menu button) is not seen consistently especially in the Misc page - About Us, FAQ

I'm looking at your screen shots, and I don't know what you think is inconsistent. Maybe the video should be smaller in the 2nd screenshot - is that what you mean?


What I mean the menu bar? The 3 dash lines on the upper right screen.. it can be seen althrough out the other pages but not About Us and FAQ

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Also, I don't know if it is mine only, but the inline thumbnail is not working too. What is happening is when I click on Inline thumbnail, it does nothing.. I just recently updated my Chrome, if that helps.

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Hamburger menu (3-line menu button) is not seen consistently especially in the Misc page - About Us, FAQ


Mobile version on Android OS

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Google Chrome



(edit - please use inline/inline thumbnail when attaching screen shots)

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We have different learning styles, especially for those who are self-learning another language. What I usually do is write important words on a notebook, one word for entire page. They say that you learn and remember something faster when write it down.  

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I found this Youtube channel called "It's Ok To Be Smart", you might want to check this particular video on "How Some Words Get Forgetted"



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I see a lot of there vs their, than vs then

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Currently watching season 4 of How To Get Away With Murder. Their story twists always hooks me up

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I think it is ok but don't rely heavily on it. When we depend too much on technology, our basic brain machinery starts to deteriorate. 

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This thread is interesting!  

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To be honest, I'm still confused on some English prepositions: IN, ON, AT  

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Hi,


1. There's a small grammatical error on the Notification Settings description

It should be "Receive AN email and notification if someone..."


2. Radio buttons on the Student section are not clickable. I'm not sure on this because it says "Mandatory" in the description.


See attached screenshot.



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I'd love to visit Morocco because of its night markets, food, and beautiful sand dunes. A little north would be Spain, it would be nice seeing century-old churches, plazas, and of course the experience first hand the Spanish language.  

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I totally agree with the article above! Accents makes us unique and sets a clear distinction of our roots and culture. Though sadly, there are still some that make it as a basis of intelligence aside from speaking perfect English.

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Language is continuously evolving. As long as you have the grasp of your defacto or second language, and you know where and how to use slang words, then that's fine. You don't want to use slang words in business setting right? :smile:

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GonzaloA wrote:

Hi, I would like your feedback on what you think are the characteristics of a good teacher, thanks


A good teacher should have passion and empathy. Passion to serve regardless of status, race, and learning capability. Empathic in a way that a teacher can place him/her self in the shoe of the student.

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leosmith wrote:
Why is this titled "language tennis"?


Maybe it's an idiom? Throwing words one after the other like how tennis balls bounce back and forth.  

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Do you think the avatars are quite enlarged on the Members List page? It gives a cramped feel because the photo touches the text description? 


Details:

Mobile site viewed on Google Chrome

Samsung S8+, Android


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There are other options too like TOEFL and TESOL. But I think IELTS is the most widely accepted standard. 

East Asia like Japan prefers TOEFL, not sure with TESOL though.

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Is it mandatory to take all skills assessment, reading/speaking/writing/listening?, or can I just take 2 out of 4?

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Bex wrote:
Do you just listen? Or do you takes notes?


If I'm on the move, I just listen. Otherwise, I have a small notebook with me and take down important and useful words. 

I read somewhere that information is retained well when you write it down. :)

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I'm a beginner learner and the current language learning method I use are books and reliable Youtube videos. During my spare time, like commuting to and from work, I listen to Spotify podcasts. An hour or two, sometimes three, a day is enough for me. I don't want to have an information overload. 

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