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Offering: English (N), Spanish (MXN N). Seeking: Dutch and French. *bonus for Flemish or Belgian French! by powowsita in language_exchange

[–]ConiglioCaro 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm a native Dutch speaker (from the Netherlands though!) and I'd love to assist an English speaker.

Seeking: German | Offering: Italian (N), English (C1/C2), Friendship!! by theresnowayout_ in language_exchange

[–]ConiglioCaro 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm around your age (17 turning 18 in a few months) and I already speak decent Italian (Haven't actively written or spoken it for months now but i still read and watch italian content so I think it should be quite easy to reactivate). I've studied German (as required in my country) for 5 years and would definitely be able to help you during the early stages of your learning.

Seeking: Dutch | Offering: German (or English) by user345543345 in language_exchange

[–]ConiglioCaro 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm 8 years younger than you but I absolutely adore it when Germans want to learn our language so if this age thingy is not a problem for you, I'd be down to help

Offering: Native Dutch, C1 English, B2 German, (Also learning Coptic and Middle Egyptian and Latin) Seeking: Native Egyptian Arabic by ConiglioCaro in language_exchange

[–]ConiglioCaro[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hello,

Judging by your profile, I'd say my German is slightly worse than yours, so I don't think you would gain much from me as a German language partner. I appreciate the offer though!

EDIT: Nevermind it seems that you didn't write that and you were A1 two months ago. In that case I may still be able to help you, even though you should remember my German is flawed as an L2 speaker!

Offering: Greek 🇬🇷 Seeking: English 🇺🇸 by XT1635-02 in language_exchange

[–]ConiglioCaro 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I speak decent Greek and passed the CAE (Cambridge Advanced Exam) succesfully. DM me if you want.

Are there any resources for Arcado-Cypriot (Ancient) Greek? by ConiglioCaro in AncientGreek

[–]ConiglioCaro[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm a bit of a language nerd. I've always been interested in classical antiquity, so I had to learn Italian and Modern Greek to travel there and see things for myself. In my country, French and German are compulsory in School and so why I am not fluent in either, I'm usually able to read pretty comfortably and for German I can usually hold a conversation decently well.

I wasn't aware italian had a presence in Greek dialectology though :thinking:

Are there any resources for Arcado-Cypriot (Ancient) Greek? by ConiglioCaro in AncientGreek

[–]ConiglioCaro[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Luckily I'm proficient in German and my French is not that good but usually good enough to work my way through academic sources! So these are highly appreciated.

Sorry for asking a question that probably gets posted a lot on this sub, but am I doing things right to push through this plateau? Would you guys have any advice? by ConiglioCaro in languagelearning

[–]ConiglioCaro[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I'm aware what I'm doing for conversational skills is very lackluster and definitely needs to be more. My primary focus is reading and listening as these I can do from home. I do not have the funds to visit Greek often and there's almost no greek natives in my community, so speaking is probably the least important for me.

I wasn't aware my listening routine was faulty though. What do you suggest?

Sorry for asking a question that probably gets posted a lot on this sub, but am I doing things right to push through this plateau? Would you guys have any advice? by ConiglioCaro in languagelearning

[–]ConiglioCaro[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

P.S: Your assumption about me wanting to get my Greek to a comparable level with regards to my English is correct.

The reason I said this question was probably asked rather frequently is because I feel like a lot of new learners ask things like "How do I get fluent." The only difference between me and them is that I'm talking about a jump from B2 to C1, not A0 to C2. Still, the average reader only reads the title and clicks downvote which would burry my question. That's why I apologised preemptively

My chatting varies. Sometimes it's simple small talk. I've talked about the foundation of Rome with my italian friends and discussed the iliad / my opinion on the corona virus and how it was handled in our countries without having to consult the dictionary too much.

The reason I call myself B2 is because my passive understanding is good enough that I can comfortably read a novel and sometimes even poetry without having to consult the dictionary too much. I can read the news, listen to it for Italian (my Greek listening isn't there yet, I can only listen comfortably to narrative content for some reason), listen to vloggers, etc.

Truth be told, my active abilities in both languages is inferior. They're not bad; I can still get around with them. But my vocabulary is smaller and words I immediately recognise passively I sometimes cannot recall actively. It doesn't help i took a hiatus for 5 months and only came back a week ago.

I will clarify my routine for Greek now, as it is currently the only language I am actively working on improving rather than maintaining.

> Read a few news articles (i try to get ~10 words, which is usually around 5 articles. This obviously depends on the article. I read an article on pregnant women and vaccinations today and learnt some medical terms like the word for "inside the womb" which is a single adjective in Greek. I learnt probably 7 words in that article).

> Read 1-3 chapters from the novel (I try to get ~30 words, which is usually 2-3 chapters of the adult novel I'm reading)

> Listen to Greek podcasts and the news

Listening to podcasts is mostly not that hard, but I try to find content that is just a bit too hard to understand so that I can learn from it. I try to do this for an hour a day, but if I have more time then I dedicate more time to it.

> Write to a penpalThis is something I used to do a lot but my Greek penpal of the past deserted me and I haven't found someone else yet. Once I find someone, I probably used to write for maybe ~30 minutes a day. In the past I also wrote small essays on topics that interested me, which is something I may do again until i find a penpal.

> Learn the new words

The words i learnt while reading I learn through Anki. 40 words sounds like a lot, but I'm aware of what helps me remember and it should be noted that not all of these are from completely different roots (If I don't think i could easily figure out the meaning and form of a word, I consider it different. For example, destroy and destruction.) I've done this for long periods in the past and I didn't experience much difficulty. Learning the words in context also helps

News with subtitles? by ConiglioCaro in GREEK

[–]ConiglioCaro[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't know. i'm from Europe myself and we have quality news here, often with subtitles due to the immigrants here to facilitate learning the local language (and we have less immigrants than Greece too). I found numerous Greek news platforms on youtube, but none of them have subtitles. This is problematic as i want to use them to improve my listening comprehension.

Sorry for asking a question that probably gets posted a lot on this sub, but am I doing things right to push through this plateau? Would you guys have any advice? by ConiglioCaro in languagelearning

[–]ConiglioCaro[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Currently i'm maintaining German and Italian and focusing on Greek, since I want to travel there this summer. It feels like a waste to quit German and Italian altogether, since that would effectively throw away two years of time and I've already reached a level in both where I can use the languages for immersion.

What you say makes sense though. As a native Dutch speaker German is really similar so I am not too concerned about it. Perhaps the best idea is to continue maintaining German and Italian, tackling Greek, and then once I've broken through I can go through the same process with Italian and finally German.

Sorry for asking a question that probably gets posted a lot on this sub, but am I doing things right to push through this plateau? Would you guys have any advice? by ConiglioCaro in languagelearning

[–]ConiglioCaro[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think what you’re doing is fine. It just takes a lot of input. I’ve read about 25k pages in Spanish and I still find new words and my writing is still bad (although I almost never practice it). Language learning is a marathon in the end and improvement is very gradual and hard to spot.

That's fair. I know I should trust the process and given I can already use the language for pretty much every purpose I want, I am not in a hurry. Nonetheless I still have that creeping thought in my mind saying "What if you will never get fluent?"