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

Talk to yourself as a practicing method

So I work at a bakery to earn some money next to school and I always talk to myself in Dutch while my co workers and customers aren´t there. I´ve realised it´s a great way to train your language.

Just watch out that there actually is no one hearing you because people might think you´re insane haha

It happened to me a few times that someone suddenly said something like `´ Sorry were you talking to me?´´ I just tell them I talk to myself

Idk if this was helpful but you´re welcome :)

Please tell me other people do this in public places as well beacuse I don´t wanna be the only insane person

September 2, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

I always talk to myself in Italian, at home and while shopping and at Coffee1; it certainly adds light and shade to the day and evidently has entertained a few people. Long chats with the baristas, one from Sicily, the other from Naples. Great fun.

September 2, 2019

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

Linda that chain is owned by a Welsh brewery iirc?

Are you sure they didn't say they came from Swansea and Neath?

September 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Uphill. Lol! Or Barry Island! Now that I would love:-) Ciao e buonanotte. Zzzzz

September 2, 2019

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

That sounds so fun. Sadly I´ve never gotten into a conversation because of that. People probably just think I´m insane talking to myself

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdBaker9

I do this in spanish at home, sort of. Not to myself though. When my son or wife ask me something, I will repeat their English questions/comments in spanish, before I reply in both English and Spanish. It is a great way to get totally random sentences to translate/reply (and drive them nuts! hehe.)

I do this all the time when talking to other people, except I do it in my head. As for being nutty, I do get some strange looks when I am walking my dog and have full on conversations in spanish with him. Just glad he doesn't answer back!

September 3, 2019

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

Great idea to annoy my famaly haha. And please tell me if your dog is ever going to answer back

September 3, 2019

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

At work I'll talk to myself in english, and my manager is under the impression I need a psychiatrist. "One medium fry, 3 Sweet and sours one orange juice, then I need the 6 nuggets, and then the cokes" My manager "Do you always do that?" I am not sure what would happen if I started saying "satu ketang goreng, tiga sambal, saya perlu enam nuggest dan kemudian coke" He would send me to the hospital

September 4, 2019

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

Hahaha maybe we language learners are acutally insane

September 4, 2019

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

@MikeDeRuyter, who knows? We could all be completely out of our minds! Talking to ourselves in different languages! Think about it!

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Antti809377

I do this, but silently in my head. I dont want to reveal to anyone that I am "weird" that way :)

September 4, 2019

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

I did that in the beginning but I felt like saying it out loud was better haha

September 4, 2019

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

I operate a giant printer at work, and many times I've jokingly referred to it as my coworker. As I've begun to focus more on learning Swedish and Finnish, I've found myself talking to the printer in those languages -- morning greetings when I turn it on, telling it good night when I shut it off, sharing my thoughts aloud under the hum of the printer... or creating colorful phrases when the paper jams in every section.

It's been wonderful practice, and speaking both languages feels a bit more natural now. Plus, I feel like if I'm going to get any odd looks from the rest of the staff, it'll be more directed to the fact that I'm speaking to an inanimate object than in another language.

September 5, 2019

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

Great idea haha. Maybe I´ll start talking to the giant dishwasher at the bakery I work at

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n35w101

Ouais, je le fais.

September 2, 2019

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

I have no idea what that means but have a great day :)

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n35w101
  • Ouais = yeah
  • je = I
  • le = it
  • fais = do

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September 3, 2019

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

Oooh thank you :)

September 4, 2019

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

Good idea. Prev. discussion of the same.

Please tell me other people do this in public places as well . . .

Daniel Pettersson (see the links in my comment linked to above), a very successful language learner, says he talks to himself all the time for language practice; the example he gives is riding on the subway, describing people he sees on the train, making up little stories about them. I talk to myself this way, too. You're not alone.

September 3, 2019

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

That´s a great idea. Thank you!

September 3, 2019

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

You're welcome.

September 5, 2019

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

It really is a great (but weird) way to practice. I speak Spanish to myself when at home (alone) or while going shopping etc.

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moira582602

The Newport/Cardiff coffee chain is "Coffee#1" - so not quite the same. Brilliant it is too. Don't think there is a "Coffee#1" in Barry, but could be wrong. It certainly has got as far as Bristol. Must check my card - I think I'm due a free cuppa.

Yes, I talk to myself at home in Welsh. On the bus and going around town, I try to talk (silently - I'm not that daft) in my head. A couple of times I have done it out loud when outside, and once a lady answered me in Welsh!! We did stop and had a laugh and a good conversation.

It really does help. Have a lingot Mike for a great idea, that I know does work - just be careful where you talk out loud!!

I used to do it when I was learning Portuguese, many years ago, and the Hungarian - but that was SO difficult.

September 3, 2019

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

Thank you for your lingot! I´ve been feeling kinda weird about talking out loud but I just keep doing it ow because people probably got used to it haha. Still waiting for someone to reply to me in Dutch

September 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.Luxe

I started doing this with Spanish. I'll come up with phrases based on what I've learned so far.

I've even started to use dry eraser markers to write affirmative messages to myself in Spanish. It helps to see that on a daily basis.

September 4, 2019

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

Nice idea!

September 4, 2019

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

If you plug a headphone or earpiece into your ear, you can merrily talk to yourself and no-one will find it weird. In fact, did you notice that in past couple of years, those weirdos mumbling to themselves have completly disappeared from the streets? they haven't they're just wearing earpieces connected to nothing at all.

September 4, 2019

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

This is craaazyy

Never thought about that. Thank you!

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nakamura-55

I listen to Kikuo's vocaloid and sing it in public and at home, so you're good dude.

September 5, 2019

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

I actually do this alot with my Swedish a lot , my family has no idea what im sayin, but man it is fun

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sherry551095

I do this in my car all the time! I drive 100 miles/day so I do a lot of thinking in the car anyway. Now I talk/think to myself in Spanish as often as I can and note words that I don't know yet, put words together in new ways and I find myself understanding more when I hear Spanish from other people now.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peter.Hroe

put on an in-ear headphones with microphone and you can talk to yourself all day long and nobody will bat an eye

September 5, 2019
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