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How difficult was it for you to learn English?

 

I ask because, as a native English speaker, I'm learning Russian. And the language in general is kicking my arse. It's so dissimilar to English that it's almost comical. It often scares me away from learning it, but it always draws me back after I hear a Russian song or watch a Russian television show. I adore the language and, despite its difficulty, I'm determined to master it.

call bomber I recognize that English may be a challenging language at times. For starters, the pronunciation is illogical.

Quite difficult, because there are the sounds in English that do not exist in Slovak language, (diphtongs and much more).

Odkaz na příspěvek Příspěvek od fujitora17 vložený před měsícem

I ask because, as a native English speaker, I'm learning Russian. And the language in general is kicking my arse. It's so dissimilar to English that it's almost comical. It often scares me away from learning it, but it always draws me back after I hear a Russian song or watch a Russian television show. I adore the language and, despite its difficulty, I'm determined to master it.

call bomber I recognize that English may be a challenging language at times. For starters, the pronunciation is illogical.

My guess is that learning Russian might be more difficult (for an English speaking person) than learning English (for a Russian/Czech person). It's because Russian (as well as Czech) has declension – a linguistic practice where nouns, pronouns and adjectives are modified based on gender, number and case..... We always say that we are glad that we don't have to learn Czech as a foreign language:):):)­.......... Also – English is everywhere (computers, TV series......) so our ear gets used to it thanks to that........
That doesn't mean that English is easy. I have heard somebody say it but I disagree..... I don't think it's easy… It's very idiomatic and also the spelling vs pronunciation is not easy if you ask me......... :)
I wish you the best! Don't get discouraged:), I am sure you will learn Russian well if you like it so much!:):) I myself love Spanish and as I didn't have the energy to learn it normally, I learned quite a lot through listening to TV shows.......

Odkaz na příspěvek Příspěvek od fujitora17 vložený před měsícem

I ask because, as a native English speaker, I'm learning Russian. And the language in general is kicking my arse. It's so dissimilar to English that it's almost comical. It often scares me away from learning it, but it always draws me back after I hear a Russian song or watch a Russian television show. I adore the language and, despite its difficulty, I'm determined to master it.

call bomber I recognize that English may be a challenging language at times. For starters, the pronunciation is illogical.

Hi!
Eva has said most of what I'd say. :)

I'd like to recommend a community of language learners to you who (I'm quite sure) will welcome you and help you. It's on Facebook and the address is https : / / www . facebook . com / groups / 115702202318672 (delete the spaces).
You can find there e.g. a partner for an English-Russian language tandem.

The community was started by the polyglot Lýdia Machová whose web you're find here: www . languagementoring . com (again delete the spaces).

Good luck! :)

Odkaz na příspěvek Příspěvek od evaoslik vložený před měsícem

My guess is that learning Russian might be more difficult (for an English speaking person) than learning English (for a Russian/Czech person). It's because Russian (as well as Czech) has declension – a linguistic practice where nouns, pronouns and adjectives are modified based on gender, number and case..... We always say that we are glad that we don't have to learn Czech as a foreign language:):):)­.......... Also – English is everywhere (computers, TV series......) so our ear gets used to it thanks to that........
That doesn't mean that English is easy. I have heard somebody say it but I disagree..... I don't think it's easy… It's very idiomatic and also the spelling vs pronunciation is not easy if you ask me......... :)
I wish you the best! Don't get discouraged:), I am sure you will learn Russian well if you like it so much!:):) I myself love Spanish and as I didn't have the energy to learn it normally, I learned quite a lot through listening to TV shows.......

I have to say I don't fully understand your last sentence – learning by listening to TV shows IS the normal learning, isn't it? :D :D

Odkaz na příspěvek Příspěvek od Franta K. Barták vložený před měsícem

I have to say I don't fully understand your last sentence – learning by listening to TV shows IS the normal learning, isn't it? :D :D

Hey, Franta:) Haha:):) I see your point but I am sure you know what I meant......:)
And TBH – I am very grateful for the way I learned Spanish by listening to TV shows, but I have zero knowledge of grammar.. And I am the kind of person that likes to understand the language, understand the structures etc. (that's why I am thinking of getting a Spanich teacher and filling this gap.........)
And as much as I think listening to TV shows (and anything that interests us..) is great and it's very important to surround oneself with as much English (or another language) as possible, I have a lot of respect for the “normal” way of learning. I had a very old English teacher who was pretty strict and I learned so much from her…

Odkaz na příspěvek Příspěvek od evaoslik vložený před měsícem

Hey, Franta:) Haha:):) I see your point but I am sure you know what I meant......:)
And TBH – I am very grateful for the way I learned Spanish by listening to TV shows, but I have zero knowledge of grammar.. And I am the kind of person that likes to understand the language, understand the structures etc. (that's why I am thinking of getting a Spanich teacher and filling this gap.........)
And as much as I think listening to TV shows (and anything that interests us..) is great and it's very important to surround oneself with as much English (or another language) as possible, I have a lot of respect for the “normal” way of learning. I had a very old English teacher who was pretty strict and I learned so much from her…

I took me long to understand that there are not only very effective and quick ways of learning a language but, and that I'd like to emphasize, not everybody has to go the same way to get to accomplish their goal. :)
Therefore, if you feel your way works for you, follow it! ;-)

Odkaz na příspěvek Příspěvek od Franta K. Barták vložený před měsícem

I took me long to understand that there are not only very effective and quick ways of learning a language but, and that I'd like to emphasize, not everybody has to go the same way to get to accomplish their goal. :)
Therefore, if you feel your way works for you, follow it! ;-)

True.. All the best!

 

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