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PhillyB

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In Topic: I can go literally anywhere. where should i go

Today, 02:06 PM

not in the least fluent. in fact, picked up very little. I really struggle with the tonal Asian languages. was just there as a tourist. stop #1 on a RTW.

Pimsleur is perfect for commutes. my spanish went from nada to respectable pretty quickly in less than a month's time.

 

nice. i've been to hanoi and saigon on separate occasions, but didn't spend much more than a couple of days in either. i picked up thai pretty well, but i also had a lot longer to study it. tonal languages can be overwhelming at first.

 

luckily my emphasis will be on learning to read it fluently… which aligns with how i best learn.


In Topic: Seahawks players: Russel Wilson "not black enough"

Today, 02:03 PM

either way, the panthers should exploit the fug out of this. let cam code switch to over-emphasized standard american english in the huddle and call out audibles with valley girl cadence and then get olsen to start yelling at cam in african-american english, and when the seahawks defense stands up and starts staring at each other with bewilderment that they're not the only team in league with appropriate code-switching and cultural crises, sneak brandon williams on a loping reverse for an 80-yard touchdown where he celebrates our only points of the afternoon by singing the mexican national anthem.


In Topic: Seahawks players: Russel Wilson "not black enough"

Today, 01:57 PM

fascinating.

 

language is socially charged, and it's inseparable from culture, so it's conceivable players perceived an identity crisis in their leader, perceived as black, and his communicative choice, which seems to be standard english rather than african-american english (unless he switches between them dependent on the situation, which is common.) if the locker room problems are fundamentally communicative in nature, as conflicts often are, this could absolutely play a role.

 

but by itself, as an isolated factor, i can't see half an NFL roster revolting because of it. there has to be something else going on here.


In Topic: We SHOULD win the NFC South

Today, 12:51 PM

Ah. My bad. Thought you were saying it a different way.

 

i've seen the literacy campaign efforts in western louisiana and i sympathize with your plight


In Topic: I can go literally anywhere. where should i go

Today, 11:46 AM

good deal. if they have produced one for Vietnamese give Pimsleur a shot. I'm normally a visual learner but have found the audio-only lessons very effective. Best of luck.


I downloaded pimsleur yesterday... it's pretty good so far. I'm using it on commutes to school and then Rosetta Stone for everything else, plus flash cards at work.

Are you fluent? What were you doing over there?

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