How I Learned 5 Languages (with subtitles)

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  • [ – ] BrianAiya reply I find it really attractive and impressive when people are bilingual or multilingual. I read somewhere that when you learn a new language, it can literally change some things in your brain, which is good for perception and idk something else. Geez, even my English grammar is bad, but atleast i can communicate. I would really love to learn Spanish and Japanese. I know Greek, et peux du Francaise, but i understand my parents language but can't speak. The problem is that i don't have anyone to practice with. You should make a video showing what tools or sites you used to learn these languages. PS. About japanese, my friend @ChadZimmerman has a whole channel dedicated to that.
    • [ – ] Hoshi-Hana parent reply There's many pro's about being multilingual. I got curious and looked it up: Prevents dementia, better multitasking, better memory etc. :D
    • redRomina parent reply About the whole brain thing... idk if it really does anything or not. Sometimes I don't feel like the smartest or very perceptive LOL
    • redRomina parent reply I will check out your friend's channel! And that's a good idea. I will make some videos about that. Maybe even some basics? Like words you should know in Spanish and French? Idk if that's useful. I'm not a good teacher. So it would only be basic things for people to learn. Greek is a cool language!!
  • [ – ] Hoshi-Hana reply I speak 4 languages: Danish (my mother tongue), English, German and Italian. I'm meanwhile studying Japanese, but should probably refresh German and Italian as well. It's again as you said - you don't really have someone to speak with. I have always heard Italian since I got family who lives there (moved from Denmark to Italy before I was born) and at some point I decided to learn the language. I understand and speak small fractions of French and Spanish, while understanding Norwegian and Swedish. I don't need to learn my fellow Scandinavians languages. We can usually speak our own with each other. haha. Sorry for the novel! E molto bellissima! :D
    • [ – ] redRomina parent reply grazie!! That is really cool that you speak so many languages. I want to get better at my French and definitely Italian. But I just love Japanese so much more! There's so many languages I want to learn and be goo at speaking, but it all just takes time and practice!
      • [ – ] Hoshi-Hana parent reply Prego! I guess it is! For me it has been important to learn other languages since I live in a country with only 5m people. We're very isolated if it's Danish alone. I want to communicate and socialise with others. English and either German or French were obligatory at school :) I know what you mean! Japanese is really such an amazing language. So little time, so many languages one wants to learn ;____; Have you heard of Memrise? It's a language app where you get to repeat through listening, writing the words/ sentences yourself and connecting the spoken word with the written one. :D I use it for Japanese :)
        • [ – ] redRomina parent reply Cool! I use Memrise for my Japanese. (: A couple people asked me to make a video talking about the tools I use for language learning and practicing so I think I might do that soon!
    • [ – ] PaperJack parent reply What the frick means "E molto bellissima"? You don't need "molto" when adding that suffix, because it's a "superlativo assoluto". And why that period started with "E"? And why "bellissima" in the first place? Reconsider your knowledge of italian.
      • [ – ] Hoshi-Hana parent reply Hello Paper! Thank you for your concern and interest in how I decided to write in Italian. ^^ I used molto as in 'very'. One can do that. Like thank you very much is "molte grazie" or "grazie mille". In Italian you don't have to add the substantive or personal pronouns. However in this case I should as there could be doubt about what I'm referring to. I should have written: Il Video é molto bellissimo Bellissimo because video is a masculine noun. Not feminine as I first made it to. Bellissimo is used often when I'm around my family in Italy so I guess that's why it first came to my mind. Sure Magnifico could have been a better choice. Have a nice day :)
        • [ – ] PaperJack parent reply Well, no, you cannot write "il video è molto bellissimo" simply because it's incorrect. The correct version is "Il vedio è molto bello" . Period. No "bellissimo" because is wrong AND unnecessary. If you want to use "bellissimo" just use it for people like "Sai, cara? Sei bellissima oggi!" or something like this. Because "bello" is usually an adjective used for people or animals, not for works or something artificial.
      • [ – ] redRomina parent reply It's okay to correct someone with their language. But don't be rude about it man. That's not a good learning environment. Please consider your tone next time.
        • [ – ] PaperJack parent reply I didn't mean to be rude, redRomina, but I'm surely confused of foreigner's usage of "bellissimo" for everything (even though is rarely used in italian).
          • redRomina parent reply I'm sure you didn't mean to be but it came off very rude. Specially when the original commenter said they have family there and grew up listening to Italian. So to say something like "reconsider your knowledge of Italian" is rude. Maybe you did not realize that. But if someone is learning a language or is unsure of their ability to speak a foreign language it can be very scary. And having the right tone when correcting someone is very important so as not to discourage them to continue learning and trying to speak the language.
  • [ – ] TheBigWhiteVan reply I understand the five languages you speak well enough to have not needed the subtitles. I started acquiring languages much later in life than you. When I was in the Marine Corps, I took and got a perfect score on the DLAB (a standardized test to measure aptitude in foreign language acquisition). Perhaps, I really did hit the genetic lottery on language learning; perhaps, being told by the government that am more qualified than 99% of the population at this one task made me plow through the difficult bits that discourage others into quitting. I'm really not sure which is the case. Later, when going to school on the GI Bill, I padded my schedule with foreign language classes (Latin, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and French) as a way to improve my GPA with minimal effort. These days, I study new languages up to around an A2 level (1000-2000 words vocabulary and most basic grammar). The ones that I use improve; the ones that I don't gradually fade.
    • [ – ] redRomina parent reply This is really cool! Thank you for sharing your language journey with us. How old were you when you first started to learn a language other than your own? I'm just curious. I don't figure age has much to do with it... since I am not a toddler anymore and still am interested in learning languages and try and work at it regardless of my age. I think it's great that you speak so many languages and good for you!
      • TheBigWhiteVan parent reply I took three years of French in high school, after which, I could barely stumble my way through the language. Someday, I'll probably make a video or two about how most school textbooks and classroom language courses are worse than useless, in my opinion. In my late 20's, I took three semesters of University level Latin. Latin is the first and only language that I learned to any useful extent in a classroom. The circumstances of Latin as a "dead" language and centuries of pedagogical tradition protect it from the pseudoscience and lazy misconceptions that infect the teaching of most other languages (in the US, anyway, I have no first hand experience of how things are done elsewhere). No Latin course on Earth wastes the first week or so of classes in having the students repeat "Salvē! Nomen meum est..." or similar drivel. Around this time, I learned about applied linguistics techniques such as spaced repetition and sentence mining. Once I had developed a proper toolkit for learning...more languages, I simply started doing so, on my own.
  • [ – ] Roamancing reply Very impressive. I am in awe of your language prowess. I think I most like listening to you speak in Spanish, probably because of your family connection.
  • [ – ] TakenVaullt reply Kon'nichiwa, bonjour, como estas? Hope you're well redRomina and everyone else :D I'm fluent in English but understand a very little of French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, and German.
  • [ – ] ErickAlden reply Mas en espanol por favor!
  • [ – ] DemoseDT reply Yep, having someone to practice with is one of the most important parts of learning a language. I managed to learn 3 months worth of French in a week when my brother was practising with me but I have subsequently forgot it all because he quit.
    • [ – ] redRomina parent reply Aw man that's too bad!! You don't think you'd want to pick it up again?
      • DemoseDT parent reply I probably will eventually. I just moved to city in my region of the US and it'll probably be easier to find someone to practice with here.
  • [ – ] DynastyStar reply How are you learning the language? by that, I mean the ones that are self-taught? I tried downloading a language learning app that was working for a bit but eventually it just stopped with the audio clips on what all of the Kanji sounds like, so it would say "what does this sound like?" and have a symbol and then have three buttons I can click all with Kyo with a different thing above the o and I didn't even get to hear what the sound was where previously it did say what they sounded like.
  • [ – ] hombrelobo reply I speak English and Spanish. Mi canal en Vidme es en español :)
  • [ – ] RetroSegaWondershow reply Well I don't consider myself fluent in anything but English, but I've also studied German and Esperanto, and a little Spanish, and I've looked at Danish but, well, it's Danish.
    • [ – ] redRomina parent reply How was Esperanto? I can't imagine it's easy finding people to practice that with!!
      • RetroSegaWondershow parent reply It's quite enjoyable and fascinating in its own way. It's not common you come across someone else that speaks it, but the Internet is full of all sorts of very active Esperanto communities.
  • [ – ] Flying_Purple_Pizzas reply You have many skills! English is my only language, though I studied Spanish in high school. I don't travel or speak with anyone who knows it, so I lost it. Most days I feel glad to hold on to one language. Thanks for sharing something personal about yourself!
    • [ – ] redRomina parent reply thanks for watching!! glad you liked it! Do you think you'll try going back to Spanish or any other language? It can be relaxing if you don't put too much pressure on yourself.
      • Flying_Purple_Pizzas parent reply I probably won't be doing any language learning in the near future at least. I have enough trouble remembering simple things day to day. I admire your drive to know and learn and experience new things!
  • [ – ] throwboy reply The French was my favorite! I didn't know you were so fluent! :O :D Very inspiring video that makes me want to get back to learning French.
  • [ – ] HereBeBarr reply Your pronunciation in Japanese was impressive. Great vid ;)
    • redRomina parent reply hahah thank you! I actually think my accent and pronunciation in this whole video was awful. even in ENGLISH. no jk... but I was very nervous about putting this video out. I'm glad people like it.
  • [ – ] opaxel1967 reply Hi there.. so how about German ? lol.. I am only asking because I am fluent in that language same as English .. my french , alas , has gone down the drain a bit , as there is very little chance to speak it with anyone .. learned it in Switzerland , so it was swiz-french , not Paris french .. love the Italian language, I worked for years alongside the exuberant Italians and still understand a good bit ..if only I had more time left , mmmhh, I would like to learn Russian , Italian , Chinese and Spanish too .. I do envy you young Lady .. keep at it , it is an absolute Adrenalin rush to surprise visitors and speak to them in their own language ..
    • redRomina parent reply That's true. I get very nervous thinking about approaching someone and talking to them in their native tongue. I don't want to sound like an idiot or offend them by saying something wrong. But I guess it's a risk I have to take. I started to teach myself German once, but only for a couple months. Then I decided I was not really that passionate about it and didn't keep it up after that.
  • [ – ] USUandS reply Damn, that's awesome. I use to know only Spanish as a toddler, but then going to school I learned English and forgot every ounce of Spanish. There's videos of me as a kid speaking Spanish and it blows my mind. I can read and understand Spanish but speaking and writing, forget about it. :P
    • [ – ] redRomina parent reply gotta get back into it!! I'd speak English at school, Spanish at home, and French with my teacher at her house. You have to keep practicing it. That's why I'm not the best at these languages! But I try my best!
      • USUandS parent reply You're still pretty good tho. maybe one day I'll whip out my trusty Rosetta Stone!! That'll show everyone >:-)
  • [ – ] Weirdmusician reply my native language is spanish and i learned english doing various courses throughout the years
  • [ – ] Dos_Gaming reply I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN!!!! Also, nice suggestions I shall try them with my partners language. XD I can't speak it :'(
  • [ – ] WebNoob reply Yay. Un autre Français. Je parle aussi le russe.
  • [ – ] mcstacky reply J'aussi besoin de pratiquer. C'est difficile de trouver quelqu'un qui parles Français!
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