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italiyeah:

I love how in Esperanto, you can make a word the opposite by adding ‘mal’, meaning not, to the beginning of it. So like, ‘granda’ means large, and ‘malgranda’ means small, but directly translates to ‘not large’.

Blue in Esperanto is ‘blua’
Light blue is ‘helblua’
Dark blue is ‘malhelblua’ which pretty much translates to ‘not light blue’

This makes me laugh more than it should okay

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Anonymous asked: Hello! Do you or any of your lovely followed have any good resources for learning Swedish? Thanks in advance :)

prototumblinguist:

Yeah totally! I have Teach Yourself SwedishColloquial Swedish, and Swedish: An Essential Grammar in the form of .pdfs that I can email to you (hit me up prototumblinguist@gmail.com).

Here’s a quick overview of Swedish

I also have some online books

And there are lots of books and corresponding audio files you can download here

Other websites

I could give you more links to things like Duolingo, Memrise, Quizlet, Quia, etc., but I don’t think that’s a good idea. I’m sure you’ll come across those. It’s all about finding your own way of doing things anyways.

That said, I do want to say something: What I’ve given you here is way too much to handle. I know that. So what I suggest you do is for you to assess your own situation and decide why you want to learn the language, how quickly you want to learn it, how long you want to retain it, etc. Based on these things, choose if you want to go to “Basic phrases” sites or take the time to read a grammar and learn the inner workings of the language. My preferred method is to choose a book (like Colloquial or Teach Yourself or something of that nature), pick a dictionary, pick a grammar, and then have things to do for fun. That way my main curriculum has a basis that someone else with experience has chosen, but if I ever get curious, I can always just look things up and if I feel like listening to Swedish music, reading about Swedish news, reading a Swedish book, watching a Swedish movie, etc. I have resources that can help me understand lest I be confused (which I ought to be considering that I am a beginner).

My way isn’t by any means the best way, and I’m sure my followers will be able to add on some more stuff. I hope this helped though!

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attemptingtolearnlanguages:

Okay I’m really confused because:

Duolingo says that the correct answer is “yo hago la misma pregunta” (I ask the same question), and in this case the adjective comes before the noun. But in most other cases, the adjective comes afer the noun like “Tengo un gato blanco”, so why does mismo / misma…

Duolingo is not wrong, it is indeed “yo hago la misma pregunta” and “tengo un gato blanco.” As for why, I… really don’t know. I grew up speaking Spanish, so I never formally learned the grammar. I just know when things sound wrong/right.

I know that French has BAGS adjectives, which stands for Beauty — Age — Goodness — Size. This means that in French, all adjectives come after the noun except for the ones that refer to the object’s beauty, age, goodness, or size. So, French is a lot like Spanish in that, for the most part, adjectives will come after the noun with a few exceptions. I don’t know the specific rule in Spanish, though, but it certainly isn’t BAGS.

Now that I’m trying to think of examples, it seems that perhaps adjectives that refer to order might always come before the noun, so “la primera canción,” “la última clase” and simpler adjectives like colors always come after, “el auto rojo,” “el libro azul,” etc.

Can any of my followers who know how Spanish grammar works explain this?

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student:
can i borrow a pencil
teacher:
i don't know, CAN you?
student:
yes, also colloquial irregularities occur frequently in any language and since you and the rest of our present company understood my intended meaning, being particular about the distinctions between "can" and "may" is purely pedantic and arguably pretentious

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thisisgoingonmyresume:

This is a very basic German learning resource list that I may or may not expand in the future. As a German learner myself, I find these extremely helpful, but I also recommend buying a normal grammar book with exercises. Hueber usually publishes good German textbooks, which are used even in such places as Goethe Institut.
building vocabulary
1000 words of elementary German
Beginner German
Intermediate German
Advanced German
Vocabulary Builder
pronouncing the sounds
German Pronunciation (IPA)
German Alphabet and Pronunciation
tackling that grammar
Beginner’s Grammar Cheat Sheet [PDF]
Extensive Grammar Cheat Sheet in Tabular Form
A Review of German Grammar
A Whole Website on German Grammar [with exercises]
YouTube channels to fool your inner procrastinator
Get Germanised [includes German word of the day, German fairytale readings, everyday blogs about life in Germany, tons of videos about slang, even more videos about German culture, etc.]
Deutsch Für Euch [pretty much similar to the one above, but the focus is on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary]
texts in German, because reading is also important
The Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Short Stories for Beginners [some of them have translations and audio readings]

thisisgoingonmyresume:

This is a very basic German learning resource list that I may or may not expand in the future. As a German learner myself, I find these extremely helpful, but I also recommend buying a normal grammar book with exercises. Hueber usually publishes good German textbooks, which are used even in such places as Goethe Institut.

building vocabulary

pronouncing the sounds

tackling that grammar

YouTube channels to fool your inner procrastinator

  • Get Germanised [includes German word of the day, German fairytale readings, everyday blogs about life in Germany, tons of videos about slang, even more videos about German culture, etc.]
  • Deutsch Für Euch [pretty much similar to the one above, but the focus is on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary]

texts in German, because reading is also important

(via spreadingsassyaroundtheworld)

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Reblog if you’re a language / linguistics blog

yamaharfang:

prototumblinguist:

lingwistiks:

Hello everyone I’ve made a new linguistics blog! Please reblog if you blog about language / linguistics! I’m learning Spanish at the moment but my full language list will be on my blog (soon..). So I’ll check out the blogs of everyone who reblogs and a follow would be appreciated as well uwu

(My main blog is wheatby-products so I will be following you on there.)

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