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#1 2011-08-30 22:19:22

Ben
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Language in High School

So my school only offers Spanish, French, and German. I always thought Spanish was way too overated, and French didn't seem that interesting, so I decided to take German (nothing to do with ROM-Hacking) and it's fun! In the class my name is  and I know how to count to fluently to twenty. One of my friends Tommy (his name is Jörgen) is in the class also. Wie geht's! Ich heiße Günther. Ich bin vierzehn Jahre alt. Wo kommst aus du? -is that right?

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#2 2011-08-30 22:36:00

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Re: Language in High School

Well, if I'm not wrong Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world (after Chinese and English), so this could be a good reason for it to be taught in school.
Where I live you normally only study Italian (literature, since you're supposed to be done with grammar since the age of 13) and English (but curiously enough in Middle school (11-14 years old kids) I studied Italian, English and German). I went to "Classic High School" (I have no idea how it's called in English, I'm just guessing it translates like that :P), where you study Latin and Ancient Greek too; but I don't know if they count in this thread, since they're "dead" languages.
There's also the "Linguistic High School" where you can study at least three languages (English + 2 choices among French/German/Spanish).

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#3 2011-08-31 02:12:21

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Re: Language in High School

I was homeschooled and got my GED at 16, so I never learned a foreign language. My university requires a semester of any language, which I have yet to take; I have no real preference (if I had the time I would learn them all!). But since I am from a largely Hispanic part of the US, Spanish might be a good choice.

Sawakita wrote:

I went to "Classic High School" (I have no idea how it's called in English, I'm just guessing it translates like that :P), where you study Latin and Ancient Greek too

Assuming I understand this right, it’s perhaps better translated as “Classics High School,” as in a school where you study the Classics.

#4 2011-08-31 03:35:03

Ben
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Re: Language in High School

Sawakita wrote:

Well, if I'm not wrong Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world (after Chinese and English), so this could be a good reason for it to be taught in school.

I know some Chinese too!
你好。我叫本杰明。你呢?懂不懂?

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#5 2011-09-03 09:53:21

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IIMarckus wrote:

Assuming I understand this right, it’s perhaps better translated as “Classics High School,” as in a school where you study the Classics.

Curiously enough English translation is much more similar to Italian than I thought : Classical Lyceum :P

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#6 2011-09-03 10:39:22

~Red
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Re: Language in High School

I've studied German at school for my GCSEs (General Certificate for Secondary Education). I got my results the other day and luckily I passed with an A grade :)

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#7 2011-09-03 10:54:25

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Re: Language in High School

I've studied german as well but left it like 5 years ago, didn't have time to study it anymore in high school.
Can remember a few sentences and probably understand some of it too but speaking or writing it myself wouldn't go that well :D

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#8 2011-09-06 01:46:22

Ben
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Re: Language in High School

Wow, it seems many of of you guys study german.

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#9 2011-09-06 23:56:09

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Re: Language in High School

Well, German is the most studied language as a second language.

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#10 2011-09-08 02:58:56

Ben
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Re: Language in High School

agentgeo wrote:

Well, German is the most studied language as a second language.

Really? Well here, over 2/3 of my school takes Spanish.

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#11 2011-09-13 21:48:05

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Re: Language in High School

I'm from Spain and the most studied second language is, obviously, English. English gramatic is easier than the Spanish one and usually there is no problem with reading or writing, but pronunciation is very different and there are few Spanish people who speaks English decently. Don't believe there are so many foreigners that speaks Spanish in a good way, but we don't give such importance to the pronunciation of people of other countries. Indeed, in the south and the islands it's hard to understand the Spanish they speak.

Spanish has a basic pronunciation in which one letter has one sound (or two in "c" and "g" and none in "h"). The sounds that may be hard for a foreign speaker are:
- "c" (followed by "e" and "i") and "z" are pronounced like English "th", but the south of Spain, South America and the foreign speakers pronounce it like a "s".
- "g" (followed by "e" and "i") and "j" are pronounced like a hard English "h".
- "r" is a harder sound that the English "r". I have never seen any foreigner that achieved to pronounce it.
- "b" and "v" sounds the same, but foreigners may pronounce the English "v".

We usually have difficulties with the vowels of other languages (our "a", "e", "i", "o", "u" always are pronounced in the same way, so we only have five vowel sounds in contrast to many other languages).

In High School some people study French or German, but it is not the common rule. Romance languages such as Italian, French and Portuguese are easy to understand for us, but no so many people study them.

There are other official languages in Spain (Catalan, Galician and Basque) and they are taught in their own regions.

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#12 2011-10-24 23:55:13

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Re: Language in High School

I have been learning Chinese since last year.
你好!我的中文名字是褚瑞豪。你呢?
我家在美国的新泽西州的斯巴达。这学期我学数学,英文,中文,科学,历史,等等。


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