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Native language - Slovak(fully compatible with Czech).
Second language - English(school, video games, internet, books...)
Third language - German(school mostly)
Fourth language - Russian(internet, tv reports, internet courses)
Fifth language - Japanese(mainly school books and internet)

As a slavic speaker(slovak is considered to be tha slavic esperanto) I understand most slavic languages to some degree.
 

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Indeed, there are no interesting forums in german and french unfortunately. Dutch has 9lives (Belgian gaming forum) or Fok! (Dutch forum), and they're both the two largest in the country. But i don't know German-based or French-based forums unfortunately...

@ entheos ; is there a spanish forum?
@attic ; is there a swedish forum?
Are you planning to learn swedish and spanish? or have already started?

Sure, I don't really use any of them now though, so I can't really tell how good they are. When I google things in swedish I sometimes only get hits from forums (usually if it is something very specific), and it seems Familjeliv(familylife) and Flashback(various topics, has somewhat bad reputations I think) are the biggest ones. Then I googled out of curiosity, and it seems that except exercise and horses and photography, lots of forums seem related to traditionally masculine hobbies, like militarygeeks, cargeeks, build modelairplanesgeeks, hi-fi-geeks, fishinggeeks, saab-geeks, and a lot of games and computer-related stuff.

My impression is that most that used to be on forums have now moved into facebook and twitter etc. Which I find a bit sad. I like forums, forums allow you to be wordy, and you don't have to deal with the rest of the world every time you log in, just the little forumworld.

(oh, and if using those forums I mentioned for learning language, I should warn you they tend to come with a bit of colloquial (everyday/unformal) choice of words, I always imagine the posters being someone from far out in the countryside with a heavy accent)
 

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I am currently still learning Korean but I know how to read their alphabet now and understand some of the words and even phrases. I got interested in the language because of Korean pop. Beyond the catchy tune and aesthetic visuals, their songs actually have deep meanings so for me to be able to understand them (and also to sing along with them), I bought albums and tried to match the letters of their alphabets with the sounds and that's how I learned the Korean language.
 

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I would like to dispute the point of learning other languages 😉. With social media making us global, it only makes sense that the human race will become one language anyway. Why waste time learning now in case you pick the wrong one.

Wasted effort.
 

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I would like to dispute the point of learning other languages ��. With social media making us global, it only makes sense that the human race will become one language anyway. Why waste time learning now in case you pick the wrong one.

Wasted effort.
Learning languages is fun!!!

Not everything has to have a purpose, and besides, the human race will become one language most likely long after we all died.
 

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Learned Spanish mostly from school and trying to participate in spanish-speaking social media. like if I see a popular tweet in Spanish, I'll read through replies and try to reply. Same with youtube comments. My Spanish is pretty rusty, but I have decent pronunciation and comprehension

My mom's side of the family speaks Italian so I'm slowly learning from my grandma. Unfortunately, my bilingual mother decided not to bless me with that skill :dry: so now I have a lot of catching up. But it's similar enough to Spanish that my comprehension is good.

and I'm currently trying to learn Korean mainly by exposure haha. I'm not as far along as I am with Spanish (I think I benefit from the organized nature of the classroom as a learning environment, as I find it hard to structure my own learning and really discipline myself). I can read and write easily, but I really need to expand my vocabulary
 

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Playing video games in English since the age of six, as well as some extra courses.
 

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My first language is English, and my second is French :) I learned French through formal education--repetition and exposure to print, tv media, etc..

It depends on what you want to do with a language: if you want to be able to order du pain at a boulangerie in Paris while on holiday, then you might want to learn--through observation and oral repetition--common phrases and pleasantries in a transactional context, so there's no need to bother with something like French literature or philosophy.
 

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> Listening to music in that language. This is mainly because singing along to the music helps me work on my pronunciation.
> Talking to native speakers of that language, either online or IRL (more often the former).
> If finding people to have conversations with is difficult, watching TV shows in that language is a good alternative, because it helps to listen to people having conversations in that language (and help me to distinguish between different dialects).
> Watching movies with subtitles, and then watching them a second time without the subtitles. This doesn't work of the movie is boring.
> Reading books I've already read in English. This works especially well when learning a language that's written in a different script.
> Journaling. Sometimes, attempting to study in that language.
> Changing the language of my phone to the one I'm learning. This helps me to start thinking in that language.
> Mentally translating what others are saying in a language I already know into the language I'm currently learning (but only when I feel super motivated).
 
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