Nov 22

Learning Hungarian – How to (re)start!

Okay, just don’t ask me why. Instead let’s get started right away. First let’s do a quick recap. I’m not a total beginner as I already know how to say hello and goodbye, how are you and thank you, and I can count to ten. Szía = hello/goodbye Jo napot kivánok. = Hello (in formal …

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Nov 17

Vocabulary lesson – The colours in Romanian

Today I’ve learned the colours in Romanian: red: roșu yellow: galben blue: albastru green: verde orange: portocaliu mauve: mov pink: roz black: negru white: alb grey: gri brown: maro All easy peasy, and to make it even more fun, let’s have some videos: And two other ones, all very nice to watch and very helpful: …

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Nov 14

Vocabulary lesson: The body parts in Romanian

Hi, today I’m learning the parts of the body, and as always I start by what I find on the internet and on youtube. Nico, as always, explains it best: This is just for fun: And this is so cute: So this is what I learned:  Cap, umeri şi genunchi Deget, pas  Cap, umeri şi …

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Nov 14

Grammar lesson: a avea – to have

Today I’m learning the verb „to have“ in Romanian. Very useful to say all sorts of things – and like in most languages irregular. a avea: eu am tu ai el/ea are noi avem voi aveți ei/ele au The funny thing is that the negative form is being sewn together with the verb. I’ll show …

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Nov 14

Vocabulary lesson: Romanian numbers

Actually I’ve learned the numbers in Romanian pretty much right away, because numbers are so nice and easy to learn and there’s lots of material out there to help you enjoy it. Some of my favourite material I’m going to post – plus a learning sheet I’ve made for you. Have fun! As usual, Nico’s …

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Nov 13

Step 5: How to fight frustration and stay motivated

Learning a new language without taking lessons and without having anyone to pracise it with has its difficulties: Nobody will check how you’re getting along and if you’re making any progress at all, and in fact the most difficult thing in the last days was how to motivate myself to keep going. One of my …

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Nov 09

Step 4: First sentences!

Hi, so I’ve started to learn Romanian, and let me just recall some of the steps I took: I searched youtube for anything Romanian like children’s educational videos (learning how to count), like disney songs in Romanian, like well-known movies in Romanian that I could have a short look at – just to get a …

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Nov 08

Step 3: Words!

I’ve been listening to Romanian audio books and watching some Romanian children educational videos teaching some words and how to count – so I got the sound, but I still don’t understand anything and I can’t even say hello, so the next step is to be able to have a short conversation. Hello. Goodbye. Please. …

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Nov 07

Step 2: Getting used to the sound!

I might be lazy regarding vocabulary lists and grammer, but I still have standards: I want to get the accent right! So the second thing I did after learning the numbers and the alphabet is trying to find something to listen to when doing other things. Cleaning, cooking, the laundry, driving in a car or …

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Nov 07

Step 1 of learning yet another crazy language: How to start?

Okay, let’s admit – the decision to learn Romanian was not sensible at all. Why should I learn Romanian? I’m a German ex-translator of Japanese, living in England teaching French. I’ve never been in Romania, I don’t know anyone from Romania, and to be honest I don’t really know a lot about Romania either – …

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