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Old 11-13-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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I'm from Michigan in America.

I want to learn a second language fluently. Any suggestions of languages and learning materials are welcomed.

I have no interest in spanish or the spanish speaking cultures. although it may be an easy language to learn and America is pushing this language as a must learn.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:44 PM
 
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Do you have any particular interests? Any access to certain ethnic communities where you live? Are you willing to learn a new alphabet/writing system or do you want to stick with Latin alphabet?

I'm learning French (started at 24) and at about an intermediate fluency at 29 (living in Quebec for two years has greatly increased my ability).
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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In sure in the USA an abundance of speakers texts and language schools would exist from any where in the world.

To learn second a language you really need to be surrounded by and regularly communicate with people who speak it IMHO.

I will be heading off to a university in Seoul to brush up on my Korean early next year.

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Old 11-14-2013, 05:08 AM
 
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The best way is to immerse yourself in the language of your choice is by being around native speakers of the target language for many hours of the day besides taking actually classes in the language.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:13 PM
 
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As an adult you have to make it one of your top priorities if you want to get to anykind of fluency. It's almost going to be a lifestyle change if you don't speak a second language already. To learn a language from scratch, I reccommend not only immersing yourself with speakers of the language and studying it, but altering your space and your habits to accommodate this language, for example, music you listen to should now be almost entirely in the language you are trying to learn, this can also be fun because as you learn lyrics you will want to understand what it is you are saying and why, it is a great way to learn and update your playlist. Another thing would be TV and youtube, if you have access to a channel in your chosen language WATCH IT, or at least keep it on in the background. Youtube is great for people giving free lessons and accent help, and also forrandom videos inthe language you're learning. MOVIES...this is like music in that it is an enjoyable way to hear and want to understand. Use subtitles, and expect to rewind and watch particular scenes to hear how a word or phrase is pronounced and used, and also to compare the grammar and idioms to english. Also, attempt to get your news from an online newsnetwork in the language. And then, just talk, talk to yourself snd practice pronunciation, make up hypathetical conversations...and most definitely talk with native speakers of the language, and if applicable visit the country or a country from where the language is native or spoken.

If you really want to speak it you will.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Unless you are already functionally bilingual by the time you are mid-childhood, it is extremely unlikely that you will ever acquire any meaningful fluency in a second language, unless you are factually immersed in it for a prolonged period of time. Immigrants who move as adults eventually acquire fluency, if they spend nearly all their time exposed to their new language. The US Army teaches languages in about a year, to pre-selected recruits who spend 40 hours a week in intensive and systematic immersion drill, so that should give you an idea of the task ahead of you.

It is really hard to get conversational practice at home, because people in America who speak your target language have a greater incentive than yours, to speak English with you and lean their new language themselves.
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Outer Space
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I took a foreign language as nothing more than a degree requirement. I decided it would be best to advertise my interest in speaking to native speakers. I got a good number of responses. One of them I ended up marrying and moving to his country for a few years. Be careful out there, learning a second language is dangerous.

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Old 11-14-2013, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I'm learning Spanish. It's interesting how if I listen to someone say something, it might toally blow over my head, but if I read the exact text, I can understand perfectly. It's important to hear as much as you write and read.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Blighty
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If possible, get yourself a girlfriend or spouse who speaks the language. That often opens up social connections and situations to expose you to the language in a routine basis
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