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English. Learning through online gaming, chatting with people and Forumdiscussion. Reading books in English. Because im interested in IT Knowledge, the main sources for information are English.
 

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My parents say I need to learn Spanish because of my last name since people will assume that I know Spanish. I gotta get started on that since I wasn't able to take it in my previous years of school and I'm going to be a senior next year.
I'm also thinking of taking Japanese. Could be useful for translating games and for the Jap. 3DS I got a little while ago.
I know EXACTLY how you feel. Take the course. Learn it. Own it! I never learned Spanish, but I get spoke to in Spanish often. I look it, I can’t speak it. Its awkward. (you should always) Listen to your parents. Im in my fourties and I really wished I would’ve learned when I was younger, then I wouldn’t feel like that anymore. I should actually try Duolingo. Seems a lot of people has good success with that. I don’t have much time to go to a school. This might be something I can quickly and conveniently work on.
 
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What languages are you learning and what resources do you use?

Feel free to post progress, tips and tricks, resources, or ask for advice

I've been learning Chinese for a few years now, I mostly use duolingo, but I've also used HelloChinese. I have found some helpful anki decks as well. I had a really long streak on duolingo, but it lapsed :'( I'm currently trying to get the year streak

What about you guys?
How goes your Chinese studies? I also studied Mandarin for about three or four years (only learning to read pinyin), having several weekly exchanges with Chinese natives; I'd help them with their English, and vice versa. It was so fulfilling and rewarding -- and made some great friends. Felt like a healthy workout. Stopped a couple of years ago when the first bouts of illness began, but I've been wanting to return to my studies.

I think I remember using both Duolingo and HelloChinese. There was also a book (or PDF, can't remember too clearly) I used that had illustrations of simple interactions, with the pinyin above and the English translation below. It's what I used for my main tool during exchanges. Can't find it, though. :(

But why Chinese? I think it probably, in the back of mind at least, had to do with the obvious importance of China in the world now. Plus, learning about pinyin made it a practical option for me. I had already studied Spanish all throughout grade school, did some French in college, and my interest in Asian culture was growing, in no small part because my wife is Korean.
 
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