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If you are interested in learning a language, we can help!

I am personally acquainted with German, Italian, Spanish, French, and English. And, we'll soon have people with more language experience (I hope). So, if you want to learn languages, then this is the procedure:

1. If it is German, Italian, Spanish, French, or English, feel free to use me as your Mentor. I will happily converse with you in the language of your choice to help you learn (by writing, and later on, by speaking). So, PM me and ask for a mentorship in language.

2. Go to duolingo.com and begin the language lessons. Once you are through the first level (not the intro, but the first test), then message me your profile, and then we can begin working together.

3. Begin a journal in this subforum in a language you're learning. Feel free to make mistakes! And, use simple sentences at first. Basic like:

"I trained today for an hour at the gym."

If it is a language other than the ones above, I can't help you right now, but let me know and I will work very hard to find somebody with whom you can work. I am hoping that someday soon I can converse in an Asian language like Mandarin or Japanese, but those are going to take years to even hope to work with it. haha.

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Johannes (Yoshio) replied the topic: Language Study Introduction

Hey Connor!
Interesting idea and I would like to offer my help with German. I’m a native Austrian so therefore my German might not be always standard but for getting started it might not make a difference and even might not be noticeable by a beginner! ;)

Furthermore, as I’m still learning Japanese, I would be happy to find someone with whom I can practice this language beside my wife.

Finally I would be very happy and would appreciate it a lot if someone would do me the favour of checking my English as I do know that I’m not perfect. If someone would be so kind, I guess the best start point could be my PTD as there I normally would post nearly every day. But please, for you Americans, please keep in mind that I learned British English and therefore my spelling and some words might sound a bit odd to you. ;)

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:D Fantastic! Yoshio, I'd love to have you help whoever approaches you as a potential mentor. :) When I get my Japanese up to snuff, I'll let you know!

EDIT: Grammar is hard.

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Wish they had Russian. Then I could brush up on my old military language training.

Now, it's either German or Irish or reliving my junior high and high school days of French.

Too bad they don't cover Chinese or Japanese. :(
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Can you imagine how complex Chinese and Japanese would work on a screen? It's probably not so easy.

When you say Irish, I assume you're referring to Gaelic? A FABULOUS language.

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Johannes (Yoshio) replied the topic: Language Study Introduction

Oh, at the core Japanese is not all that difficult! Actually it is a very logic language. What do make it difficult are all the different forms of politeness and who has to use which from when talking to whom. But Japanese do not expect that a Non-Japanese knows about it or knows how and when to use correctly. This means, at least in the beginning, it is enough when one understands that there is a basic form and a neutral polite form which can be used by everyone when talking to anyone. This neutral polite form is also referred to as “desu / masu form”.
What I found out when I started to learn Japanese is to not try to learn it from a book but find yourself a tandem partner to whom you can speak to. In general I feel that speaking a language makes it much easier to learn it than to try to study it from a book.

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Reminds me of a story told by our neighbor -- who's son learned Japanese long ago.

Seems he was pretty good but kept getting odd responses in his earliest days while living in Japan. According to his parents, it had to do with the fact he had learned / been taught all his language skills by working with and learning from females. Something about there being a female language structure versus male usage component?
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Tzondraa replied the topic: Language Study Introduction

If someone needs help with german, I can help too ;)
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Tzondraa, what experience do you have with the language?

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She is German. ;-)
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