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Describe a thing you did to learn another language

Part 2

This episode's vocabulary

  • Encounter (noun) - a meeting, especially one that happens by chance.
  • Readily (adverb) - quickly, immediately, willingly, or without any problem.
  • Cloistered (adj.) - separated from and communicating little with the outside world.
  • Disparate (adj.) - different in every way.
  • Engaged (adj.) - involved in something.
  • Basis (noun) - the most important facts, ideas, etc. from which something is developed.
  • Obscure (adj.) - not known to many people.


Questions and Answers

M: Rory, are you ready?

R: When I finish yawning. Now I am ready.

M: Off you go.

R: Well, I decided before I moved there about seven years ago now, that I was, well, that I wanted to learn Russian. And I had hired a teacher beforehand. But she was rather expensive when it came to having daily encounters with the language. So I decided on something a bit cheaper, that was more readily available. And I signed up for Duolingo, which is a website that focuses on providing language practice tasks in lots of different languages. It was free and quite flexible to use. And most importantly, it had a Russian option, which many websites don't, because Russian is very difficult. And it's sort of, I don't know, cloistered language in many ways. So that was helpful. It started off quite simple with vocabulary, and then moving to more advanced grammar practice and more disparate topics. It's not the best option, of course, but it does keep me well engaged with the language and practising on a daily basis. I suppose if I spent more time on it, or at least more time on the website, I could use it more effectively too, when it comes to speaking and writing practice. But for the moment, it gives me just enough that I don't forget absolutely everything. At first, it was quite difficult to get into. But after a while, I became quite addicted. And it's now a key part of my morning routine. And I complete at least one set of activities every day. I definitely recommend it for anyone who's always wanted to try out the language, especially one of the more obscure ones, but who never has the time to engage with it in a fun and interactive way. It will do wonders for your reading, listening. But if you put in the effort, it will also help with the speaking and writing skills. You'll still need a teacher though. And so it's important to point out that you shouldn't replace having a teacher with this website. It's just a little bit of help along the way.

M: And do you think you'll learn another foreign language soon?

R: Oh, God, I hope not, I haven't even finished Russian yet.



M: So, what a nice card. Describe a thing you did to learn another language. So another language is not your mother tongue, not your native language. And of course, Rory talked about Russian.

R: Well, what a convenient task.

M: He spent six years in Russia, and still hasn't learned much. Right? Am I right?

R: Hey! I know more Russian than like 95% of the population of my homeland. I think you'll find that's quite impressive.

M: Yeah, it is impressive. Because usually people from Scotland, like speak only their language, special Scottish language, that nobody else understands. Even Americans. I'm very politically correct.

R: Evidently.

M: So yes, it's amazing. Let us talk about the vocabulary and grammar. So first of all, we gonna use past tense forms because something you did to learn another language. So you told us that I wanted to learn Russian, very nice. And Rory hired a teacher.

R: Yes. It's important to point out the tenses as well. I decided, but I had hired a teacher or I'd hired a teacher.

M: So I decided to learn Russian and before that, I'd hired a teacher past perfect. And Rory hired a teacher for daily encounters with the language.

R: And you always have an encounter with something.

M: So it's pretty much Rory wanted practice with the language. So daily encounters, daily practice with the language. And then he signed up for Duolingo.

R: Duolingo, if you're listening, please pay us to advertise.

M: So Rory signed up for Duolingo, which is a learning language app.

R: And if they want us to describe it in more detail, then they can pay us.

M: I used it actually to learn Italian. Yeah, I also used the one with the lion. There was this...

R: STOP! Free advertising.

M: No, no, but I mean, like, language learning applications, so dear listener, you can talk about them and how you used them to learn a language.

R: And if you happen to be someone who has created a language learning app and would like some free advertising, why not get in touch with us. But that's all we're saying.

M: So, um, I signed up for this app or a website, which provides language practice tasks. So again, very specific vocabulary, language practice tasks, or it provided me with language practice tasks. It was free and flexible to use, yeah, or convenient to use, for example.

R: And more topic specific words for talking about language, grammar, and vocabulary.

M: Band nine score. And then you go with, it's not the best option, of course, like it's not the best thing to do. We don't say variants. So Russian learners might be tempted to say variants. We say options. And then Rory spent time on it. Okay? So the preposition is on, we usually spend time on something. So Rory spenе time on practicing on his Russian, surprisingly. I remember you went to the classes, to the group classes. Yeah, I remember you talking about it. That was nice.

R: I know how to swear in Russian. I feel like that's enough.

M: Good, good. And then Rory became quite addicted.

R: Yes, and you can talk about becoming addicted to something. And then it becomes part of your routine. And you don't just have activities, you have a set of activities.

M: And then you can say I'd recommend it to anyone.

R: And I would, I would recommend it to anyone.

M: So if you have always wanted to try out a language, so to learn another language or try out a language, that's a nice one. And then can I say, to engage with a language?

R: Why not? You could talk about engage with language, learn a language, practice a language. I think that's more than enough. And if it's very effective, then it'll do wonders. Jazz hands.

M: Oh, yeah. Oh, it will work wonders. It will work wonders. This IELTS Speaking for Success podcast. And then you should talk about reading, listening, speaking, writing skills or some of the skills because again, we are talking about learning a language. So we talk about skills. And, Rory, here, you talked about several things. So you hired a teacher. And also you signed up for this language learning app. So it's okay, right? Because the card asks you to talk about a thing you did to learn another language. So I can talk about several, right?

R: Yes.

M: Or again, you can only talk about classes with a teacher, like private classes. Or you can only talk about a language learning app that you use. Or you can also talk about Netflix that you watch to learn another language, so you can choose only one thing and then elaborate about this one. Do you speak any Russian now?

R: Yes.

M: Every day?

R: I practice every day. I practice, I practice каждый день. Thank you very much!

M: Yay.

R: And now we have to say goodbye. But join us again next time where we're going to talk about, well, learning new languages in general.

M: Yeah. In general. In speaking part three.

R: Yes.

M: Arrividerci!

R: Poka! Do svidanya!


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