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The most frustrating thing about learning a language (funny)

Is the fact that no matter how much I study, no matter how much I think I know about a language, no matter how confident I feel, every single time I get into a real life conversation with a native, there is ALWAYS a word that I don't know in the first couple sentences. Most of the time that one word changes the meaning of the whole sentence. I'm not talking about meeting people and saying "what's your name", the people I speak to I've been practicing with for a while now, so our "first conversation" of the day can be about anything, and it NEVER FAILS. I had three straight sentences in a row today where I understood every single word in a conversation I wasn't prepared for and I was so happy and I was talking back, and then she threw one word in there I had never heard before so I had to say "what does that mean" and it kills the flow of the conversation. I'm serious, it NEVER FAILS. The word was "riuscirai".

The grammar isn't the hard part, it's the thousands of vocabulary that sneak in there like parasites, one at a time. Heck, it still happens in English...rarely, but it happens, because let's face it, you'll never know EVERY word in a language. It's the most frustrating part because you have to talk about every possible scenario multiple times in a language in order to get to "fluent" status. I can't wait until tomorrow when I get into a conversation about "I had a nightmare about being in another dimension with magicians". I'm serious, it always happens. Just when I get comfortable talking about things, a brand new word just keeps popping up, over and over again, and it makes me feel like I really don't know the language at all. It's such a buzzkill.

This is why when I hear about polygots speaking like 7 languages...there's no way they are able to pop in and out of random street conversations at any time in those 7 languages and be totally comfortable, there's no way.

January 7, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

That can even happen in one's native language on occasion.

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuoFanAlso

Seems like a Miss Universe host spoke several languages years ago. Able to communicate with various contestants. Youtube has a video somewhere of a child being asked questions by several people and each asking questions in a different language. There are those who can do it. Sure that I won’t be one of them.

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa

I am completely comfortable in 4 languages, and can get by in one more. And even in my native language I hear the occasional new word in conversation. Doesn't bother me at all, I just ask, and get explanation or some synonyms. It is a win-win. Language is a tool for communicating, so it's great to keep improving the skills.

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thatspanis4

''This is why when I hear about polygots speaking like 7 languages...there's no way they are able to pop in and out of random street conversations at any time in those 7 languages and be totally comfortable, there's no way.'' ''practice makes perfect''

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa

here is a whole page of examples with the word "riuscirai". I really like looking words up on linguee.com, then I get to know the word much better than a one-word translation. Enjoy!

https://www.linguee.com/english-italian/search?source=auto&query=riuscirai

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kit845299

Maybe this will help you, I find it very true and encouraging:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU0zagnWeh8

:)

January 7, 2018
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