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tarvos
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 Message 17 of 37
14 April 2015 at 4:50pm | IP Logged 
I dunno, I was just fine learning French and Romanian in turn before I tackled the others
- but now it seems all the other big Romance languages hover around B1 somewhere being
semi-useful. Which seems pretty good to me.
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 Message 18 of 37
14 April 2015 at 5:01pm | IP Logged 
Is your passive level closer to B2 though?
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 Message 19 of 37
15 April 2015 at 12:33am | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
Is your passive level closer to B2 though?


I can read pretty much everything on Wikipedia written in Romance languages, but
sometimes little words throw me off. But that's no wonder if you've studied pretty much
the entire family and spoken all of the languages reasonably frequently except perhaps
for Spanish (I did one hour of tutoring for Spanish). To speak of one is to speak of all
the others for me.
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 Message 20 of 37
15 April 2015 at 2:43pm | IP Logged 
Is it the same with listening?
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 Message 21 of 37
15 April 2015 at 2:52pm | IP Logged 
No. But I do much less of that. Portuguese listening is meh. Italian seems to be okay
judging from my convos (few problems communicating with my teacher at a normal tempo). I
think Spanish is also okay. But given some practice with any of these three I could get
up to speed fairly fast; but then I'd have to focus on one of them (like I am doing for
Italian).
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 Message 22 of 37
15 April 2015 at 4:04pm | IP Logged 
Well, you don't have to focus on one at a time to get to B2 in listening ;)
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 Message 23 of 37
15 April 2015 at 5:15pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
@Luso, yeah it was clear that you don't advocate focusing on one language per decade (especially as you also learn non-Romance languages). Did you always want to learn all three?

Actually, no. Up to a point, it all happened by chance: French being mandatory at school, high exposure to Spanish... only Italian was a premeditated choice.

I only started learning languages as a hobby recently, due to a conjugation of factors:
1. I like the classroom setting.
2. At the time it was a good change of pace from work.
3. The languages I wanted were available and affordable.
4. Last but not least, I enjoy it.
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 Message 24 of 37
15 April 2015 at 10:07pm | IP Logged 
Stelingo DOES advise to learn Portuguese, while most of you advise against. If my goal,
in the near future, is just to be able to have a basic conversation, and the other things
needing B1, can I then thus just work a bit on all at the same time, but taking my time,
and letting the language sink in?
For now I'm having kind of a burn-out, and only use English and Dutch as foreign
languages, because of my studies (but I don't mind using strong foreign language. As far
as Spanish and Italian are concerned, I haven't used them for a big week, and don't know
when I will find the motivation again to dive into them. Still, when my motivation comes
back, I'll want to know what to do with the roman languages ^^


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