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Postby Joss1991 » Fri Jul 08, 2005 8:36 pm

hi does anyone else have trouble with languages
i know dyslexsics are meant to have more problems with this than dyspraxic but i was diganosed with verbal dysraxic when i was 4 as well as lots of other problems.
But i had lots of speech theropised to help me.
At junior school i was behide in french so much that when my french teacher decided that who ever got below 50% in the weekly french tests would get detention i ended up being in detetion every week. Although i studed really hard. But part of the problem was the teachers didnt know what dyspraxic was. There was a dyslexic unit that i had a hour tutor from every week but even them knew nothing about dyspraxic. I eventually moved to a dyslexic school with a few other learning difficulty. called the moat where there about 10 in a class. Laptops for every person , LSA (learning support assistent) for each class and no languges. Although i prefer it i would like to know more about languages and was just wondering if anyone else had trouble with languages.
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Postby tujunga » Sat Jul 09, 2005 12:09 pm

I am really bad at written languages but my spoken is better

I am nearly fluent in irish and can speak basic french

but i do have a lot of trouble in the written parts i just can't get the grammar

don't know if this will be any help as i'm also dyslexic
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Postby parnassus » Tue Jul 12, 2005 10:12 am

I have good verbal skills, but the sequencing demanded by foreign grammar often gives me trouble. My homework and test grades oscillated wildly between an E and A* when I took GCSE Latin. I emerged with an A in the end, but it was a tense time - my brain sometimes shuts its gates with a clang, and nothing I can do will get the knowledge out until they decide to open again.

The fact that I grew up in Saudi Arabia helped, as I was pickled in different languages (mainly English, Arabic, and Urdu) from an early age. The best way to learn a foreign language is through immersion. You need to live in a foreign country in order for your brain to soak up the words and grammatical patterns. But this isn't always possible.

There are special needs tutors who specialise in teaching foreign languages to dyslexic/dyspraxic people. If you talk to your teachers at school, perhaps they will be able to help you to find one. It will probably cost quite a lot though.
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Postby Thirteen-thirty-seven » Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:13 pm

I am quite good at languages, I take French and Spanish A-Level and am predicted As. I also plan to do A-Level Latin when I take a gap year.

I agree that immersion in the best way to learn a language. I learned as much French over five days in France as over six years of learning French in an English school.
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Postby fuzzy » Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:57 pm

Im okay at languages- I got a 1 in my standard grade Spanish (thats likean A at GCSE level for all you Southeners) but never carried it on, which I really regret. But Im taking it up this year at uni so I'll hopefully reimmerse myself! Yeah I agree bout immersion for learning a language- I went to Italy for five weeks and learnt more Italian than I would have in the UK coz I had to speak it all the time, especailly in non tourist places!

PS soz Joss 1991 I dunno how much help that is to you :oops:
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Postby Miranda » Mon Sep 05, 2005 6:53 pm

:D Languages are really easy, i am actually quite good at them, at least i can do something, and i am dyspraxic, i guess that is a tendancy that does not manifest itself in everyone.
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Postby fuzzy » Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:31 pm

I did well in Spanish at school and would like to take it up again at uni but I dunno if I actually will.... :?
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Postby Cartouche » Tue Sep 06, 2005 2:34 pm

My language skills vary wildly. I tend to be terribley interested in languages on a whole, and once learnt all the Japanese hiragana in a weekend, although I've forgotten a large part of them now, yet I still have great fun reading Czech, or any other language with interesting sounds.

Acedemically, however, I'm good but not fantastic. I especially fail with speaking, as no matter how much I prepare, I do very badly in comparison with all my other grades. For AS-level German, I got a perfect A for listening & writing, but a low C for my oral, and this didn't improve even when I resat it. The problem stems from having little time to order the words, unlike with the writing where you can check what you have produced, and time is not such an issue. I'm pretty good with interpretation, however, which may stem from having German relations and having been to Germany quite a few times.

I still aspire to learn French, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Czech and Chinese in the future, although I severely doubt I shall be able to. There's no harm in trying, though.
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Postby fuzzy » Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:31 pm

Thats so cool how you like learning unique/ odd sounding languages; its a very unusaul yet fun hobby lol! Its wierd- Im sorta the opposite. I was always good at the speaking exams coz in Spanish we got to prepare them first, speak, thaen get asked questions..... but the questions were often predictable. I always got very good grades for my speaking as I always used loads of vocabulary and was apparantly creative! I wish I hadnt quit it after S4.................... I was always runnish at the listening, tho! It ended up not dragging my grade downso I still got a top standard grade mark! Yay! :D
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Postby carrie » Wed Sep 07, 2005 9:14 am

i l0ve languages i got a b at gcse german and ity was the written paper that was the worst as thats my struggle i like speaking in other languages as i can speak slower and not look stupid
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Postby Cartouche » Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:32 am

fuzzy wrote:Thats so cool how you like learning unique/ odd sounding languages; its a very unusaul yet fun hobby lol! Its wierd- Im sorta the opposite. I was always good at the speaking exams coz in Spanish we got to prepare them first, speak, thaen get asked questions..... but the questions were often predictable. I always got very good grades for my speaking as I always used loads of vocabulary and was apparantly creative! I wish I hadnt quit it after S4.................... I was always runnish at the listening, tho! It ended up not dragging my grade downso I still got a top standard grade mark! Yay! :D

Haha, I've just spent half an hour trying to sing along to Japanese songs, even though I have little idea what I'm actually singing about. Some Japanese sounds are so beautiful, such as 'kokoro wo'.

Our speaking exams were likewise prepared in advance, but I used to forget everything that I'd learnt as soon as I walked in the exam room, and I had no means of getting it back, so I floundered, and I eventually gave up having detailed plans in advance. That didn't help me either, however >_<
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Postby fuzzy » Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:22 pm

See I always learnt my speaking peice off by heart- I can still remember it and it was 4 years ago!!!!!!!!!
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Postby Miranda » Tue Sep 20, 2005 7:22 pm

i luv japanese, ive a whole book of poems even tho i dont understand them
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Postby Cartouche » Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:13 pm

Miranda wrote:i luv japanese, ive a whole book of poems even tho i dont understand them

Haikus? :D
Japanese is great fun to speak though. Having listened to around two hours of it every Tuesday night for the past five years, and also through Japanese songs, I've got used to it's sounds, even if I still know very few words!
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Postby medrich11 » Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:33 am

I absolutely love latin for some reason, I would have stayed on in my old school just for that, but sadly it was a private school and I couldn't keep paying.
I am very good at french and german reading and speaking but I just can't write it.
I find german easier than french
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