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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by Gordon » Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:05 pm

Yes, they do.

English speakers just pretend they have fewer tenses than they do.
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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by kildare » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:38 pm

Jeez, internet says 12 in English.
Lets show some restraint here and only use the first 3 here for any poor sod that is learning these.

  • Simple Present - I walk
    Simple Past - I walked
    Simple Future - I will [or shall] walk
    Present Perfect - I have walked
    Past Perfect - I had walked
    Future Perfect - I will have walked
    Present Progressive - I am walking
    Past Progressive - I was walking
    Future Progressive - I will be walking
    Present Perfect Progressive - I have been walking
    Past Perfect Progressive - I had been walking
    Future Perfect Progressive - I will have been walking
    In addition there are two emphatic tenses:
    Present emphatic - I do walk.
    Past emphatic - I did walk.

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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by plath » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:10 pm

Verbs in English are absurdly easy. No conjugation = no pain.
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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:31 pm

plath wrote:Verbs in English are absurdly easy. No conjugation = no pain.
My imaginary perfect language is a mixture of Spanish pronunciation and English conjugation...

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Post by Gordon » Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:42 pm

plath wrote:Verbs in English are absurdly easy. No conjugation = no pain.
Japanese is easier. I think English is fairly irregular. I remember a French lodger walking around the house saying things like 'read ride rode?' to herself while trying to remember how to conjugate 'to read'.
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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by graysonscolumn » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:57 am

"I'd rather decline two drinks than one German verb"

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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by Gordon » Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:49 pm

Surely he meant 'conjugate'...
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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by graysonscolumn » Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:21 pm

Aye, he didn't think it through, did he. Silly Mark.

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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:01 pm

I've been using DuoLingo in addition to my other study. They do a bunch of languages but I think it's all in US English which is a little frustrating. Still, it's good for practice on the move. I've got the app on my iPhone but I've never used the proper computery way.
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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:35 pm

That's ace, cheers Ray!

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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:04 pm

lynsosaurus wrote:That's ace, cheers Ray!
We can add each other as friends and COMPETE.
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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by squirrelboutique » Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:08 pm

I'm not competing with Lynsey! She's practically bilingual.

I did start last night though. I'm happy to report that I know how to remember that people are drinking water or milk and eating bread and apples.

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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by islandhopper » Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:14 pm

Fine!I'll attempt to learn Spanish for a 4th time then!

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Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:03 pm

squirrelboutique wrote:I'm not competing with Lynsey! She's practically bilingual.
Hah! You'd be surprised. I've had NO practice for the past few years, so I need to get back into it.

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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by squirrelboutique » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:06 pm

squirrelboutique wrote:
I did start last night though. I'm happy to report that I know how to remember that people are drinking water or milk and eating bread and apples.
just read that last sentence and realized that what I actually need to brush up on is Inglés...

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Re: learning foreign languages

Post by squirrelboutique » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:04 pm

So how can I find people on Duolingo other than facebook?

I've just done pretty well on the food levels, likely a result of living in South Florida and menu/grocery store exposure to Spanish (and perhaps all the high school and college Spanish classes).

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