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Languages [Jul. 8th, 2006|06:24 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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My language learning drive is going well. I've bought a couple of French audio CDs and started going to a weekly francophile conversation group. After buying a Spanish phrasebook, TV in español now makes a little bit more sense. I've learnt a few more words of Chinese and set up a weekly schedule with my officemate.

I'm struck by the difference in the difficulty of pronouncing French vs. Spanish. Of all the languages I (have attempted to) speak, French is by far the hardest to pronounce correctly. Chinese is actually easier. German might sound very different but I didn't find it hard to learn. Spanish, at the other end of the spectrum, is a cakewalk. I think even someone who doesn't speak the language at all can, with a little bit of effort, read out a piece of text with virtually no discernible accent. Interesting.

All this reminds me that I have an accent speaking my native language. Sad.
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[User Picture]From: annamaryse
2006-07-09 03:14 am (UTC)
Now see... I find Japanese the most difficult and interestingly find Chinese (Mandarin) easier.

Mais, le langue Francais? C'est tres facile pour moi, j'adore ca. Ce ne pas difficile pour mois, pas de tout!

But I'm too lazy to put the French accents in.
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[User Picture]From: annamaryse
2006-07-09 03:32 pm (UTC)
Oui oui... c'est ça! Vraiment.

Moi, j'a étudié le français à l'école à Toronto - une région anglaise du Canada, et il était toujours difficile pour moi. Aprés ça, j'ai habité à Montréal pendant environ dix années, plus tard. C'était seulement puis que je pense vraiment que j'ai appris la langue. Et maintenant, j'habite à Los Angeles - une vie toutes anglaise!

...and I can tell by writing that how much I'm losing!
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-07-09 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, i'll take a look at some point.
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2006-07-10 05:06 am (UTC)
I started with Spanish, and 'coz it was such a breeze, I wanted to continue with other langs and simultaneously started on French.
The difference was in the approach - Spanish was through books, while French was via Rosetta Stone.
I experimented with Japanese a bit too, but it was too sing-song for my tastes, and I didn't want to go overboard with this language stuff...:p
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-07-10 05:30 am (UTC)
Rosetta Stone? Legally?

Anyways, I'll practice my spanish on you when we meet next time :)
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2006-07-10 07:01 am (UTC)
Rosetta Stone? Legally?

Of course - at the college Language Laboratory (although we've only got French, Deutsche, Japanese and...English!Oh, well!)

Anyways, I'll practice my spanish on you when we meet next time :)
Sure thing! I love the pronunciation/spelling discord- which started with pollo!:p
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[User Picture]From: breathesgelatin
2006-07-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
German is sort of easy because you just pronounce every letter... French is a bitch, I must admit.
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