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Iversen
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 Message 417 of 3735
10 March 2010 at 9:17pm | IP Logged 
I like the "...would eventually like to learn. " part
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Deshwi
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 Message 418 of 3735
10 March 2010 at 10:01pm | IP Logged 
kyssäkaali wrote:
genini1 wrote:
When what started as a loose collection of books became a language shelf, which became the language two shelves, then the language bookcase and then you need to either buy a bigger bookcase or have two language bookcase's. (I can't resist buying interesting books when there on discount, even if I might never read it 4 dollars for a textbook on hindi wasn't a deal I could pass up)


Lol I'm doing the same, except minus the important part, eg. the discount. Just spent over 100$ on an obscure dictionary the other day. Why? I could use that money for food! Haha. Oh well, true artists suffer for their work.



I just did that over the last 3 days. I've bought a Japanese textbook, a second Korean course (to go with the other one I haven't used yet), and books on Hebrew and Norwegian. (insert sigh here)....I don't know when/if I'll ever even get to them.
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Kugel
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 Message 419 of 3735
10 March 2010 at 11:56pm | IP Logged 
Um, I would've thought that learning languages would hone in on the idea of rationality, particularly distancing
oneself from mass consumerism, avoiding buying stuff on impulse or irrational desires.

Buying low priced used books that could disappear at any moment, on the other hand, is very different. Buying
language programs that cost hundreds of dollars on impulse or irrationality is shameful.   
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kyssäkaali
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 Message 420 of 3735
11 March 2010 at 3:12am | IP Logged 
Kugel wrote:
Um, I would've thought that learning languages would hone in on the idea of rationality


Apples and oranges. All language learners aren't the same. I'll agree with you that those 500$ language programs help you learn jacksquat, but I don't think someone serious about learning a language would spend that much money on what is essentially just a fancy collection of vocabulary flash cards. People have the right to do with their money whatever they feel like, as long as what they buy actually gets used. I'd rather spend all my money on grammar books and dictionaries than follow in my mother's footsteps and spend every paycheck on new furniture and things like that.
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spanishlearner
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 Message 421 of 3735
11 March 2010 at 3:16am | IP Logged 
It isn't irrational to follow your heart, and for many language learners to pick up an old Teach Yourself or Assimil in beautiful condition for a language one may at some point in the distant future have a look at is an act of love.

And for those $600 multimedia programs, while I would never pay that much for them, they can be extremely helpful if correctly employed alongside other, more reasonably priced resources.

Edited by spanishlearner on 11 March 2010 at 3:18am

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BlondGirl
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 Message 422 of 3735
11 March 2010 at 4:54am | IP Logged 
...You get spam in your emails in the language(s) you are studying and you open them just to practice translating the nasty slang words.
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Johntm
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 Message 423 of 3735
11 March 2010 at 5:46am | IP Logged 
spanishlearner wrote:
When you have download 2 TB worth of soaps because they're in languages you're studying or would eventually like to learn.
When you download materials/podcasts for languages you might eventually learn or some that you don't even want to learn.
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Johntm
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 Message 424 of 3735
11 March 2010 at 5:48am | IP Logged 
BlondGirl wrote:
...You get spam in your emails in the language(s) you are studying and you open them just to practice translating the nasty slang words.
When you're now thinking of using this new study technique.


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