So I was interested in studying Hebrew about five years ago. I tried studying a bit, but quit. A year ago I got interested again, but I was very busy and stressed out. So I just looked at a few duolingo lessons here and there and listened to a bit of Hebrew music. I knew I wouldn’t really make any progress and that was okay. I also casually looked at different language learning methods and gradually increased how much I studied. Right now I do a lot of work on subs2srs and sentences in general. I think if anyone asks how long I’ve been studying I might just say “for a few months” or just tell them that’s a hard question to answer. What do you count as studying a language?
I paid 1$ for the free trial or something a month back and I'm pretty sure I turned off renewal, and today I got an email for a $250 charge by them. I contacted paypal and they immediately blocked them from any future charges and will dispute it with my bank/paypal and I can probably get the money back but I'm pretty sure Lingoda is doing no good.
There are no ways to close the account and I cannot remove my payment method. It's like locked in there. I'm really paranoid about this. I emailed them but I doubt I'll get anything back. Any advice from anyone who had experience with them? Freaking out a bit here.
Next year, around the end of summer/beginning of fall, my best friend and I are planning on taking a two week trip to Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan. We may also add a few days to visit Singapore before heading back to the US. I would like to learn a bit of both Korean and Japanese to prepare for this trip.
Clearly I don't expect to become fluent in a year's time but I would like to be able to hold basic conversation and be able to navigate somewhat easily throughout the cities. Can anyone give me any recommendations on books/web sites I can use to teach myself? I've tried duolingo but the problem with duolingo is that you memorize the letters/symbols for the questions they're asking but I'm not actually memorizing them as an alphabet structure to be able to recognize them alone. If that makes sense.
Any help is appreciated and suggestions are very much welcomed! Thanks so much!
I know that this type of question is asked a lot, but I have a baddd habit of switching interests. I want to stick to one and try to build it up for at least half a year. I know I should add a longer time limit to that, but I suppose it'd help me stay motivated
The languages I'm interested in are:
Korean: I've been interested in Korean music since I was 16 (so 5 years now). I haven't tried to learn it properly, like pen on paper. But I have absorbed some of the basics through listening to it a lot. I have a soft spot for this language, but the fact that I haven't tried anything properly feels like I'm doing a disservice to a language I hear plenty of times (through shows and music)
Spanish: I have attempted Spanish before, though it was a long time ago. I found reading quite easy. It also felt rewarding to be able to write proper sentences. But it didn't feel challenging enough at the time, though I have to admit that... I still really sucked at it. Like sucked at it. I do want to read historical sources in this language though
Russian: I spent a few months trying, but I got disheartened quite easily after I wasn't progressing as much
Dutch: Due to my country of birth, and I do want to learn it before I'm 28 for sure. I also have a friend who speaks it
Italian: I have a friend who speaks it. I think it sounds nice, and I want to perhaps use it for a project