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Introduction

Postby arthur1996 » 2013-12-30, 0:34

Hi there!

So I'll introduce me... I'm Arthur and 17 old. I come from Belgium (French side) and I'm learning the English because I plan to make a abroad living in Ireland as exchange student the next year.
It's very important for me to improve my English. Therefore I've decided to join Unilang because one of my passions is the foreign languages, especially the germanic languages.
I already speak Dutch, a little Italian and Spanish, and a tiny of German (at least I understand it).

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Re: Introduction

Postby Dormouse559 » 2013-12-30, 3:43

arthur1996 wrote:Hi there!

So I'll introduce me myself... I'm Arthur and 17 years old. I come from Belgium (French side) and I'm learning the English because I plan to make a abroad living live abroad in Ireland as an exchange student the next year.
It's very important for me to improve my English. Therefore I've decided to join Unilang because one of my passions is the foreign languages, especially the Germanic languages.
I already speak Dutch, a little Italian and Spanish, and a tiny of German (at least I understand it).
Hi Arthur :) It's nice to meet you. What first interested you about languages?
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Re: Introduction

Postby linguoboy » 2013-12-30, 4:27

Your English is not too shabby. Now you just need to learn a little Irish!
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Re: Introduction

Postby arthur1996 » 2013-12-31, 0:12

Dormousse559: It's nice to meet you too :)
I think there are many reasons for my interest about the languages. First, I find it's a "treasure" because we can meet other people and discover others cultures.

Linguoboy: Thank you :) I already know "Failte" and "Slan" :p

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Re: Introduction

Postby Dormouse559 » 2013-12-31, 1:50

arthur1996 wrote:Dormousse559: It's nice to meet you too :)
I think there are many reasons for my interest about the in languages. First, I find it's a "treasure" because we can meet other people and discover others' cultures.
I completely agree, I learned so much about other cultures after becoming interested in languages.

And how long have you studied English? Like linguoboy said, you write well.
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Re: Introduction

Postby linguoboy » 2013-12-31, 3:11

arthur1996 wrote:Linguoboy: Thank you :) I already know "Fáilte" and "Slán" :p
[Vowel length is distinctive in Irish.]

Tá tús maith curtha agat!
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Re: Introduction

Postby arthur1996 » 2014-01-01, 6:11

Dormouse559 wrote:I completely agree, I learned so much about other cultures after becoming interested in languages.

And how long have you studied English? Like linguoboy said, you write well.


I have studied English, since 3 months ago more or less. And I have learned "lonely" (without evening courses for example): series and films watching, penpals, newspapers reading,...
But I still use a dictionary tough for writing ;)

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Re: Introduction

Postby arthur1996 » 2014-01-01, 6:15

linguoboy wrote:
Tá tús maith curtha agat!


Yeah, it's a good start! :) I have learned the most basic words at least :p
But Irish language seems to be more difficult because (nearly) everthing is different!

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Re: Introduction

Postby Dormouse559 » 2014-01-05, 6:36

Oops, I never responded.
arthur1996 wrote:I have studied English, since for 3 months ago more or less. And I have learned "lonely" on my own (without evening courses for example): with/through series and films watching, penpals, newspapers reading,...
But I still use a dictionary though for writing ;)
In the final sentence, I would either delete "but" or "though". I just think it sounds better that way.
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Re: Introduction

Postby arthur1996 » 2014-01-10, 19:19

It doesn't matter.

Thank you for your correcting ;)

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Re: Introduction

Postby Feray » 2014-01-11, 19:14

hi! I am from Turkey. I know a few English language. If I will English chats with friends, I could be feel good. May be I improve English, thanks.

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Re: Introduction

Postby Ciarán12 » 2014-01-13, 21:00

arthur1996 wrote:It doesn't matter.

Thank you for your correcting correction ;)


Hey Arthur, whereabouts in Ireland are you planning to stay?
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Re: Introduction

Postby arthur1996 » 2014-01-18, 22:39

Sorry for my late reply :/

Ferrey: And would you like talking with me? I don't know if I'll can help you in English (I make some mistakes) but I don't mind to pen with you.
Ciaran: I've got none idea! The organization choose the place according the host family and the school. I suppose it's close to an university city tough (I make a college program). Perhaps Cork, Dublin, Drogheda or Galway.
But are you irish? If you are and if you want, I would like to speak with you. It's interesting to meet an irish before my living, I think.

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Re: Introduction

Postby Dormouse559 » 2014-01-21, 6:05

arthur1996 wrote:Ferrey: And would you like to talking with me? I don't know if I'll can be able to help you in English (I make some mistakes) but I don't mind to pen talking with you.
Ciaran: I've got none idea! The organization choose the place according to the host family and the school. I suppose it's close to an university city though (I make am in a college program). Perhaps Cork, Dublin, Drogheda or Galway.
But are you Irish? If you are, and if you want, I would like to speak with you. It's interesting to meet an Irish person before my living there, I think.
When you use "would like" as a synonym for "want", the following verb is normally in the to-infinitive form. So "I would like to talk."

"Can" is a defective verb. Its infinitive is "(to) be able". Then, the following verb appears in to-infinitive form. For example, "I can help you" > "I will be able to help you".

English capitalizes more words than French. Adjectives and nouns referring to a region or language are usually capitalized. (for instance, Irish, the Irish language, an Irish citizen)

When it refers to a person, "Irish" can't be used as a singular noun. With the definite article (the Irish), it can be a plural noun, referring to all Irish people. Basically, if the adjective for a country ends in "-ish" or "-ese", it can't be used as a singular noun. Unless a country of this type has a dedicated noun for an inhabitant (for example, a Spanish person is a Spaniard), you have to use the adjective with "person", "man", "woman", etc. (Irish person, Irish man, Irish woman)

That was a lot. I hope it makes sense. :blush:
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Re: Introduction

Postby Ciarán12 » 2014-01-21, 19:38

Dormouse559 wrote:When it refers to a person, "Irish" can't be used as a singular noun. With the definite article (the Irish), it can be a plural noun, referring to all Irish people. Basically, if the adjective for a country ends in "-ish" or "-ese", it can't be used as a singular noun. Unless a country of this type has a dedicated noun for an inhabitant (for example, a Spanish person is a Spaniard), you have to use the adjective with "person", "man", "woman", etc. (Irish person, Irish man, Irish woman)


I agree with that mostly, except that the generally used singular term for an Irish person is Irishman or Irishwoman (with the vowel as a schwa in the final syllable of former), as is the case with Englishman/Englishwoman, Welshman/Welshwoman (despite not ending in "-ish" but "-sh") and Dutchman (like the flying kind) or Dutchwoman. And there are exceptions: Scotland > Scottish > Scot (also "Scotsman/Scotswoman"), Sweden > Swedish > Swede etc... There are also cases where -ese endings are unchanged, but they are rapidly going out of fashion and now sound kind of racist, e.g. "a Chinese", "a Japanese".

arthur1996 wrote:Ciaran: I've got none idea! The organization choose the place according the host family and the school. I suppose it's close to an university city tough (I make a college program). Perhaps Cork, Dublin, Drogheda or Galway.
But are you irish? If you are and if you want, I would like to speak with you. It's interesting to meet an irish before my living, I think.


Sure, you can send me a private message if you like or you can ask about stuff here and we can all help you with your English while I answer the actual questions :)
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Re: Introduction

Postby Dormouse559 » 2014-01-21, 20:19

Ciarán12 wrote:I agree with that mostly, except that the generally used singular term for an Irish person is Irishman or Irishwoman (with the vowel as a schwa in the final syllable of former), as is the case with Englishman/Englishwoman, Welshman/Welshwoman (despite not ending in "-ish" but "-sh") and Dutchman (like the flying kind) or Dutchwoman.
While those are used, to me they sound rather quaint, like something you hear in a nursery rhyme or a particularly romantic guide book (or a tall tale about a phantom ship). Also, they require you to specify gender, which is vexing from time to time.
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Re: Introduction

Postby linguoboy » 2014-01-21, 20:49

Dormouse559 wrote:While those are used, to me they sound rather quaint, like something you hear in a nursery rhyme or a particularly romantic guide book (or a tall tale about a phantom ship).

Or an old ethnic joke. "An Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman were walking down the road..."
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Re: Introduction

Postby Aisling » 2014-11-01, 11:20

Feray wrote:Hi! I am from Turkey. I know (daha iyisi/better: speak) a few English language a little. If I will English chats chatted with friends in English, I would be feeling good. May be Maybe I improve my English. Thanks.


Kusura bakmayın, ancak kendinize özel bir başlık açsaydınız daha iyi olurdu.
Don't worry, but if you opened a thread special to yourself, it would be better.

"I know a few English language" diye bir cümle olmaz, olamaz. "a few" sayılabilen isimlerin önüne gelir (ör. cookie(s), banana(s) vs.) ve "a little" sayılamayan isimlerin önüne gelir. Ayrıca "language" kelimesini kullanmanıza gerek yoktu, sadece "English" yazabilirdiniz.

(I didn't mean to kill the thread, I meant to write a description to Feray, a Turkish user who wrote on this thread. You can keep speaking in English.)
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