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French Exchange « Reply #30 on: January 15, 2006, 11:25 PM »
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I study languages and have to know Dutch, French, German, English and Spanish.  #-o
ONLY 8  shocking Oh my... I admire people who speak so manu languages!
I wonder what's up with England... You can be proud you speak French, Iain, because it's not so obvious I think!
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French Exchange « Reply #31 on: January 15, 2006, 11:29 PM »
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To be honest, i have no idea what is compulsory here in England  Whistle
But what i've done is this - I learnt Latin (for what it's worth) for three years, started in the first year of secondary school, and gave it up (yey!!) at the end of last year.... so that's three years
I started Spanish in the second year of secondary school, and gave it up at the end of last year..... that's two years. (Some people did German instead of Spanish, it was a choice between the two)
I started French in the first year of secondary school, and am going to carry on for two more years..... that's five years altogether....

But this is just my school.....
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French Exchange « Reply #32 on: January 15, 2006, 11:29 PM »
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i found studying another language really helpeed me understand english better as well.i would be amazed enough to speak 5 languages.im in awe of you
in some senses i would say i speak two languages fluently - scottish (dialect) and music, two well- english (proper) and maths, and one badly- french
thats also not counting glaswegaian as another language which it can seem at times.before anyone argues about the maths with me.most mathematicians consider maths a language, science and an art
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Neue Jaffageschmack kuchen schlager Andy?

French Exchange « Reply #33 on: January 16, 2006, 02:43 PM »
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hi again!
i am at their school and it is so confusing! i have a headache because of listening so hard! plus tonight we are going to the cinema so it will all be in french pullhair
i am going to the mountains tomorrow and it started to snow here this afternoon.  we are gettting stared at a lot as we are english but we just laugh!
i will try and speak soon goodjob
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!! « Reply #34 on: January 16, 2006, 02:53 PM »
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Wow sounds crazy Hollie! but yey for snow!!

Back to the languages conversation, I did German for 5 years - year 7 to GCSE (11 - 16), french for 5 - year 9 to A Level (13 - 18) and Welsh for 7 - year 7 to 13 (11-18).
Welsh was by far my favourite and the one i was best at - couldn't stand the other two by the end of the course!!! Helps that Welsh has a better curriculum, as its second language, not foreign language. Most people dont like doing it though - its complusory up to GCSE and then 99.9% drop it.
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French Exchange « Reply #35 on: January 16, 2006, 04:38 PM »
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Waw dentie, five languages, that's a lot! I only speak three (not counting Greek, which is worth even less than Latin!), but a lot of my friends do five as well. I suppose a lot of Flemish youngsters speak 4 or 5 languages, I mean, we already have to do 3 compulsory during our whole secondary school.
But I think that's great, as it means even people like me, who study maths or so at school, will learn at least the basics of some languages.  goodjob
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French Exchange « Reply #36 on: January 16, 2006, 04:51 PM »
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Not yet, at the moment, only 3 but that's only because I'm only 14. I'm very sure I'll learn Spanish at school, most likely also German.
I think we can be proud to be Flemish (not Belgian, because the French people don't speak more than 2 languages) In comparison France and Spain and don't get me started on the Americans. Hurray for us Flemings Wink
Greek and Latin are useless in a way that they are dead, but I think they come in handy learning French. Don't they? I wouldn't know, I never tried to study them, I am more the economics kind of person.
I still think it's  goodjob you studied Greek...!!!
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French Exchange « Reply #37 on: January 16, 2006, 05:05 PM »
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Thank you! And I agree, hurray for us! goodjob  Wink
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French Exchange « Reply #38 on: January 16, 2006, 05:23 PM »
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At my school I have done Spanish for a year and a bit and french for two years and a bit.  we had a choice of Spanish or German at the beginning of my second year.  Will probably give up Spanish at the end of this year and carry on French to GCSE.
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French Exchange « Reply #39 on: January 16, 2006, 06:26 PM »
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IMO Latin is the stupidist, and most pointless thing i have ever done..... such a waste of two hours a week  no

All you do is translate latin passages into English..... you don't even do it the other way round.....it never helped me with French, or English for that matter.....

Plus, it was an incredibly boring lesson..... i think our class spent the intire lesson taking the mick out of our latin teachers and driving them insane (yes, we did somehow manage to get through 5 latin teachers in one year  Whistle) You may call us mean.... but it wasn't our fault Very Happy

In our year, which has about 150 people in.... only 2 people chose to continue it for GCSE..... it was IMO the biggest waste of time.....
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French Exchange « Reply #40 on: January 22, 2006, 10:30 AM »
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bonjour!!!!!!!!! i am back. i can't beleive how much i have missed! how are you all??
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French Exchange « Reply #41 on: January 22, 2006, 11:03 AM »
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IMO Latin is the stupidist, and most pointless thing i have ever done..... such a waste of two hours a week  no

All you do is translate latin passages into English..... you don't even do it the other way round.....it never helped me with French, or English for that matter.....

Plus, it was an incredibly boring lesson..... i think our class spent the intire lesson taking the mick out of our latin teachers and driving them insane (yes, we did somehow manage to get through 5 latin teachers in one year  Whistle) You may call us mean.... but it wasn't our fault Very Happy

In our year, which has about 150 people in.... only 2 people chose to continue it for GCSE..... it was IMO the biggest waste of time.....


I don't think Latin is pointless at all! I did Latin for two years and then chose Greek, and a lot of people say Greek is even more useless than Latin, but that isn't true! It helps you to understand a lot of things in other languages and if you study medicine or so, then Latin would certainely come in handy.
And we don't just translate texts all the time, you (or at least, we do) also learn about the history of the ancient Greeks, the mythology, the way that they lived, their art, philosophy, ... And about half of the people in my year do either Greek or Latin! I think it's great!  goodjob
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French Exchange « Reply #42 on: January 22, 2006, 11:45 AM »
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And we don't just translate texts all the time, you (or at least, we do) also learn about the history of the ancient Greeks, the mythology, the way that they lived, their art, philosophy, ... And about half of the people in my year do either Greek or Latin! I think it's great!  goodjob


They obviously teach it differently there than here...... but in the first few years of Latin at my  school it's just grammer and translating into English Rolling Eyes

And welcome back Hollie  hug  Did you have a great time?
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French Exchange « Reply #43 on: January 22, 2006, 11:54 AM »
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pullhair Yep.. Latin in my school is ****!!
All we do is translate from latin to english and learn endings... bam bas bat bamus batis...  retard Oh dear!

Maybe it's because im generally not that great at languages.. and i was really stupid to take it for 2 years - but i found it absolutely impossible to learn. Frown
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French Exchange « Reply #44 on: January 22, 2006, 11:57 AM »
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bonjour!!!!!!!!! i am back. i can't beleive how much i have missed! how are you all??


You're baaaaack!! wave

How was it with those french people? Ah... i remember when i went to france - they're lovely people but probably more mad than the english. Wink

Good to see you back! Very Happy  hug
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