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Cavesa
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Czech Republic
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Speaks: Czech*, FrenchC2, EnglishC1
Studies: Spanish, German, Italian

 
 Message 3017 of 3740
15 July 2013 at 7:43am | IP Logged 
Well, fortunately I don't live with my family anymore :-) We were getting on each others' nerves a lot. And our relations have been much better since my moving out.

Of course it won't be late. People start learning a foreign language at fifty, so five or six really doesn't make a difference. It might even be better as I think children learn much more once they can comfortably read at least their own language and when they have better trained focus.

But don't hold to unrealistic expectations like "she will speak well very soon because children learn fast." I think the first most important lesson to give to any child in this area is that learning another language is normal and it is fun. Second is getting them used to other sounds and pronunciation. Third comes comprehension because without it, noone can learn to speak and write. Really, I think making her experience success, progress and fun with the new skills, that is the best thing in the long run.
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lewevanhoop
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United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Afrikaans, Modern Hebrew

 
 Message 3018 of 3740
15 July 2013 at 5:20pm | IP Logged 
MarlonX19 wrote:
Cavesa wrote:
When you do your best to transform your little sister into a future language nerd. You help with vocab lists for her English classes, you read simple fairytales in English with her (and buy you some with audio as a present), you ask her to hold your book while you need free hands for something (and it is by chance in French), you promise to teach her a language of her choice as a prize for something etc.

P.S.It looks like it's working.


You're so lucky. My sister is 5 years old currently, I have never lived with her since her birthday and sometimes I imagine how would she be if I had lived with her. I would probably teach her English. She would probably be able to commucicate very well in English by now. By the way, I think next year I'll finally live with her, do you think it's too late for me to try to teach her English?


Definitely not, any time up to about the age of 11 or 12 that part of the brain responsible for the easy acquisition of languages is still active.
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MarlonX19
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Groupie
Brazil
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Speaks: Portuguese*, English
Studies: French

 
 Message 3019 of 3740
16 July 2013 at 1:57am | IP Logged 
Thanks guys... I'm really gonna teach her English then.

... and you know you're a language nerd when you're worried about teaching your 5 year old sister a foreign language while the other guys don't even care wether their little sisters know or doesnt know the native language....
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espejismo
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Studies: Spanish, Greek, Azerbaijani

 
 Message 3020 of 3740
17 July 2013 at 2:55am | IP Logged 
when you turn on your phone, and get startled by this thing staring at you (but then you remember that you
began downloading the Duolingo app...)





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beano
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Speaks: English*, German
Studies: Russian, Serbian, Hungarian

 
 Message 3021 of 3740
17 July 2013 at 12:10pm | IP Logged 
True story....

You are an 12-year-old boy on holiday in North Africa who is browsing a comic stand. The dialogue all seems
to be in French but you've started that language at school and might just be able to understand the odd
sentence.

Then you spot the Arabic versions and purchase one of them because the script looks cool.

Edited by beano on 17 July 2013 at 12:10pm

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vixsta
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Czech, Georgian

 
 Message 3022 of 3740
18 July 2013 at 1:19pm | IP Logged 
... when you're glad you're from Yorkshire (England) because the Yorkshire dialect uses
glottal stops, which will stand you in good stead for your future study of Georgian.

EDIT: ... when you get annoyed at English Southerners not getting the concept of glottal
stops and thinking we say "t'" instead of "the". We in fact "say" "'"
instead of "the" :)


Edited by vixsta on 18 July 2013 at 1:59pm

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magallanes
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 Message 3023 of 3740
18 July 2013 at 3:48pm | IP Logged 
When even the composition of your non English native tongue amazes you
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yuhakko
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Speaks: French*, EnglishB2, EnglishC2, Spanish, Japanese
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 Message 3024 of 3740
18 July 2013 at 3:49pm | IP Logged 
When you are considering starting Indonesian seriously but find a phrasebook with CD for
Italian and end up buying it just for the fun of trying the mass sentence method.


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