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Learning foreign languages

Learning foreign languages

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Vreemde talen leren

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Where did you learn Spanish? W-a---ee-t u------s-----e--? W___ h____ u S_____ g_______ W-a- h-e-t u S-a-n- g-l-e-d- ---------------------------- Waar heeft u Spaans geleerd? 0
Can you also speak Portuguese? Kunt u o-- Portu-e-- -preke-? K___ u o__ P________ s_______ K-n- u o-k P-r-u-e-s s-r-k-n- ----------------------------- Kunt u ook Portugees spreken? 0
Yes, and I also speak some Italian. Ja- ----- k-- -----at -t-liaans. J__ e_ i_ k__ o__ w__ I_________ J-, e- i- k-n o-k w-t I-a-i-a-s- -------------------------------- Ja, en ik kan ook wat Italiaans. 0
I think you speak very well. I--v-n--da--u --e- goed--pre---. I_ v___ d__ u z___ g___ s_______ I- v-n- d-t u z-e- g-e- s-r-e-t- -------------------------------- Ik vind dat u zeer goed spreekt. 0
The languages are quite similar. D----l-n ---ke- ---------. D_ t____ l_____ o_ e______ D- t-l-n l-j-e- o- e-k-a-. -------------------------- De talen lijken op elkaar. 0
I can understand them well. I- ka---e g-ed --r--aan. I_ k__ z_ g___ v________ I- k-n z- g-e- v-r-t-a-. ------------------------ Ik kan ze goed verstaan. 0
But speaking and writing is difficult. Ma-r s--e-e------ch-ijv---is mo-i---k. M___ s______ e_ s________ i_ m________ M-a- s-r-k-n e- s-h-i-v-n i- m-e-l-j-. -------------------------------------- Maar spreken en schrijven is moeilijk. 0
I still make many mistakes. I- -a-k nog---el fo----. I_ m___ n__ v___ f______ I- m-a- n-g v-e- f-u-e-. ------------------------ Ik maak nog veel fouten. 0
Please correct me each time. Wi-- u--i----stu-li-f- c----g-ren? W___ u m__ a__________ c__________ W-l- u m-j a-s-u-l-e-t c-r-i-e-e-? ---------------------------------- Wilt u mij alstublieft corrigeren? 0
Your pronunciation is very good. Uw a----t -- ook --e----ed. U_ a_____ i_ o__ z___ g____ U- a-c-n- i- o-k z-e- g-e-. --------------------------- Uw accent is ook zeer goed. 0
You only have a slight accent. U-h-e-t---- --cht -c-ent. U h____ e__ l____ a______ U h-e-t e-n l-c-t a-c-n-. ------------------------- U heeft een licht accent. 0
One can tell where you come from. M-- -oo-- -aar u va-daa- -o--. M__ h____ w___ u v______ k____ M-n h-o-t w-a- u v-n-a-n k-m-. ------------------------------ Men hoort waar u vandaan komt. 0
What is your mother tongue / native language (am.)? Wat--- -w ---der-aa-? W__ i_ u_ m__________ W-t i- u- m-e-e-t-a-? --------------------- Wat is uw moedertaal? 0
Are you taking a language course? B-n- u e---t-al---s-s---- ------lg--? B___ u e__ t_________ a__ h__ v______ B-n- u e-n t-a-c-r-u- a-n h-t v-l-e-? ------------------------------------- Bent u een taalcursus aan het volgen? 0
Which textbook are you using? Welk l---ateri-al -eb--ikt-u? W___ l___________ g_______ u_ W-l- l-s-a-e-i-a- g-b-u-k- u- ----------------------------- Welk lesmateriaal gebruikt u? 0
I don’t remember the name right now. Ik w----z- di-e-t --e- h-e -et---e-. I_ w___ z_ d_____ n___ h__ h__ h____ I- w-e- z- d-r-c- n-e- h-e h-t h-e-. ------------------------------------ Ik weet zo direct niet hoe het heet. 0
The title is not coming to me. D---itel sc-ie- ----iet -e bin--n. D_ t____ s_____ m_ n___ t_ b______ D- t-t-l s-h-e- m- n-e- t- b-n-e-. ---------------------------------- De titel schiet me niet te binnen. 0
I’ve forgotten it. I- b-- -----e-ge---. I_ b__ h__ v________ I- b-n h-t v-r-e-e-. -------------------- Ik ben het vergeten. 0

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