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    InshaZ Posts: 6, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 25, 2014, 02:48 PM
    How to learn another language independently?
    Hey there. So, I speak at-least 3 languages (which I learnt in my childhood) Urdu, Pothwari & English. However, it seems like when you're younger you have a stronger memory. Is that a myth?

    Here's the thing; I really want to learn Arabic. I know how to read the old Arabic but, I'm not sure what the words mean as they are translated in Shakespearean English.

    At school I've chosen Spanish as a 5 year course and let me tell you I'm having a hard time studying that. My Spanish teacher is originally Moroccan and believes learning a variety of languages will benefit you. My Spanish teacher speaks at-least 6 languages. She is actually quite young and said she moved to Spain in poor conditions when she was a child and it took her at-least months to learn the language (she had teachers support).

    I'm the type of person who plans on giving up, but doesn't end up giving up. I've got a-lot on my plate right now, however I really want to start learning foreign languages, the only problems are that I'm afraid I'll forget the language if I don't have a language partner and I'm on a budget so buying a software or language books aren't an option. I want to learn independently. Any personal stories will be appreciated. :-)

    Thank you.
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    InshaZ Posts: 6, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 25, 2014, 02:50 PM
    Error: at-least '3' months to*
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    smoothy Posts: 25,495, Reputation: 2853
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    Mar 25, 2014, 02:53 PM
    You don't learn them with the expectations of getting a financial return.

    But yes you do have to use them or you will eventually forget them.

    You do HAVE to use something where you hear the words pronounced by someone good at pronouncing them correctly. Learning just from a book you only learn how to read and write them.....and depending on the books might not learn the proper grammar that goes with them. If you don't learn how to pronounce and recognise would not be able to communicate with anyone in that language.
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    Mar 25, 2014, 03:01 PM
    Learning on your own, independently, does not teach you pronunciation--a major component of a language. The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. There are no Arabic speakers in your school?
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    InshaZ Posts: 6, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 25, 2014, 03:05 PM
    I'm a Muslim so for 6 years I studied the Qur'an. That isn't a problem as we read with the correct punctuation. My Spanish teacher speaks Arabic (Moroccan) however, I don't usually understand or learn from her even-though she pushes us.


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