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Old 03-04-08, 01:08 AM
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How to learn english?

We yesterday wrote a class test in english about any beginning of a science fiction story (cant remember if it was a short story or a novel) the titel was anything like "the head of state" from anne vogel?? anyways I didnt understand really good and I just hope that I passed the test. :/
The problem is that I cant really learn words that is so boring. Would you say that it helps when I watch movies in english with subtitles? or better try to read a book? Thank you for your help!
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oh and does anyone know this story? I cant find it.
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For the movies, try to watch Juno for learning perfect english.
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Old 03-04-08, 01:57 AM
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yeah I will try to watch all the movies in english now...
Juno... watched the trailer, seems funny.
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i doubt it, but where are you originally from OP? (please don't say US....)
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Originally Posted by Streusel
yeah I will try to watch all the movies in english now...
Juno... watched the trailer, seems funny.
that was my attempt at humor. Since the people that hate the movie, mainly bash it for the hipster dialogue. good luck though.
and someone posted this in the juno thread on movie talk
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I learned what little english I now mostly from two things, watching cartoons as they are repetitive and simple and you've probably have seen in in your native tongue and the news since news people tend to speak clearly and pronounciate words correctly.
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Immersion is the best way. Surround yourself with English speakers. One way to do this is to burst into the American embassy and shout "I need to talk to Jack Bauer. TIME IS RUNNING OUT!"
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Better be careful Groucho, he already took Rypro 525's attempt at humor seriously.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
Immersion is the best way. Surround yourself with English speakers. One way to do this is to burst into the American embassy and shout "I need to talk to Jack Bauer. TIME IS RUNNING OUT!"
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Another excellent strategy for learning English is to read a lot of James Joyce.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
Immersion is the best way. Surround yourself with English speakers.


It's how I learned German all those years ago, in the bars of Berlin.
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If you find words boring, whatever you do, don't read Lovecraft!
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I just downloaded a bunch of ESL podcasts for my chinese girlfriend on itunes. She speaks great English, but needs practice in areas.
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Originally Posted by BuddhaWake
I learned what little english I now mostly from two things, watching cartoons as they are repetitive and simple and you've probably have seen in in your native tongue and the news since news people tend to speak clearly and pronounciate words correctly.
I have a friend who learned basic English by watching cartoons. After a year of that, he could talk with people. Then he started taking English classes at the community college.
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Streusel, I'm in the same boat: my German's not quite as sharp as it used to be. I can watch TV or watch a movie but reading FAZ sometimes takes a bit of time.

I would suggest to post here more often.

Also, check out www.livemocha.com
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Any native Speaker with Xbox live there? ;-) Guess thats the best way to learn english... prefere american slang.
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Originally Posted by Streusel
We yesterday wrote a class test in english about any beginning of a science fiction story (cant remember if it was a short story or a novel) the titel was anything like "the head of state" from anne vogel?? anyways I didnt understand really good and I just hope that I passed the test. :/
The problem is that I cant really learn words that is so boring. Would you say that it helps when I watch movies in english with subtitles? or better try to read a book? Thank you for your help!
wrote a class test

which european country are you from?
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Originally Posted by al_bundy
wrote a class test

which european country are you from?
He wants to speak English... but I'm sure he'll come to you for advice if he ever tries to read English...

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Another excellent strategy for learning English is to read a lot of James Joyce.
Also try the collected wisdom of George Bush.
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whats wrong with it?

yesterday we wrote a class test in english about any beginning...

does that make sense?
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Originally Posted by Streusel
whats wrong with it?

yesterday we wrote a class test in english about any beginning...

does that make sense?
I'm sorry, but not really.

You wrote an essay about... something. That's all I got.
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