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Old 01-12-05, 03:56 PM  
Jacqi A
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Glad to hear from so many VFers! Just communicating is the main thing. My written Hebrew has a strange English quality to it, & some of my Russian born students have copied odd looking words from my lectures only to discover that the words aren't in the dictionary .

I'll be happy to discuss videos in Hebrew. Please visit me! Two Hebrew speaking friends of mine come over for yoga/pilates/stretching once a week & they have trouble with the imagery the instructors use - they take it very literally. Actually these videos would be great in Italian (not that I would understand them).

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...Do you happen to know whether there were any threads on various customs and cultures of exercising in different countries?
There was one & it was interesting, but I'm not sure how to search for it. There was also a discussion of walking in Europe vs. North America.
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Old 01-12-05, 04:16 PM  
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Well, my first language is Russian as well. But I had been living in the US for nearly 17 years and married to an American, therefore it is very easy for me switch back and forth between English and Russian.

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Old 01-12-05, 05:18 PM  
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Hi Everyone,

Actually, discussing a known topic in a foreign language is a great way to improve because you already know the subject in one language so inferences you may make in the foreign language will be easier to understand.

I have a degree in EFL from Israel, actually and now I'm teaching Hebrew in the US. By the way, Jacqi, I think we met. Did you live in Haifa and have a little boy named Ziv and then you gave birth to a daughter? Sorry if this isn't you, but I figure, what are the chances of someone named Jacqi writing from Haifa that isn't the Jacqi that I met.

Before moving and living in Israel for many years I was always so fascinated with people who came from different countries and learned another language. Now I'm one of them and I see now that there are many more here at VF than I ever imagined. Cool! Great thread, Jacqi.

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Old 01-12-05, 05:32 PM  
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I am not a native speaker either, I am from Hungary, currently living in Belgium.
I have never posted before so thank you for the encouragement
Welcome, Kim. Hope to see you posting more.

Someone asked about discussions of fitness practices in different countries. I could only find these two. Hope you enjoy them.

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Old 01-13-05, 12:07 AM  
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Okay, the "but" conversation only arose between me and someone else in the context if two self-professed grammar nerds engaging in friendly debate I really hope it did not offend anyone.
Joanna, I was not pointing you out at all. I'm a grammar person myself, however not in english. The thread was closed for another reason.
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Old 01-13-05, 02:20 AM  
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...By the way, Jacqi, I think we met. Did you live in Haifa and have a little boy named Ziv and then you gave birth to a daughter? Sorry if this isn't you, but I figure, what are the chances of someone named Jacqi writing from Haifa that isn't the Jacqi that I met.
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I've never met another English speaking Jacqi in Haifa. I do have a boy & a girl, but my boy's name isn't Ziv. I think we'll sort this out by pm .
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Old 01-13-05, 04:09 AM  
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My first language is Dutch, spend a year as a foreign exchange student in Missouri (15 years ago) so my (US) English is fairly decent. (I think)
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Old 01-13-05, 09:40 AM  
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Hi all;

English is my third language (I don't know if I can say my third language as my knowledges are very basic -better will use almost my thirs language) and I have posted sometimes but (as said sheepla) when I had nerve to posting and it is not frecuently.

Also when I am typing in English I always think in Spanish or Czech and the results are terribles because I don't understand my English phrases and due to can't pretend that anyone understand me. wow-like now do you understand anyone?

BTW I am happy to can be there with you and can learning so much from you. Thank you.
I read something a while back, about learning another language, that has always stuck in my mind....the idea of communication is not to speak (or write) it perfectly, but to be understood, and I understand everyone on this thread perfectly.
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Old 01-13-05, 09:51 AM  
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English is my first spoken language but I attended French public schools from kindergarten through 11th grade. So there's probably a lot of English/American literature and history etc. that I'm unfamiliar with. I'm sure some French-isms creep into my posts once in a while but I'm not too worried about those (nor the many typos I make either).

I like what you said about the goal being to be understood rather than perfect.
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Old 01-13-05, 09:56 AM  
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I've had this experience in reverse: living in a Spanish speaking country with English as a primary language. It's scary. We're not very adept linguists in the United States and I'm always a little humbled by the skill with which our VFers with other primary languages are able to communicate in English.

I still feel like a toddler in Spanish. Wouldn't dream of trying to post to a Spanish Internet board.
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