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#1 Atom

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:16 PM

Have you ever learned anything by yourself? What tips and techniques you use and can give?

 

I learned English by my own and now I am trying to learn German and playing guitar.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:24 PM

I've learned quite a few things on my own.

Coming to mind right now is driving, cooking, rolling my r's, and cussing in French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 08:59 PM

I've learned quite a few things on my own.

Coming to mind right now is driving, cooking, rolling my r's, and cussing in French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese.

 

One of the first things I learn in any language is profanity.

 

I learned English by my own

 

Did you really? That's pretty impressive. The more I learn about other languages, especially those that evolved from Latin, the more I realized how overtly complicated English really is. Miracle language indeed.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:32 PM

Generally i just read a book and write a summary about it..
Though for languages i would say its much easier if xou find yourself a native speaker and just practice...

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:38 PM

I taught myself comp sci stuffs. 

 

I'm teaching myself guitar and filmmaking knowledge. 


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:49 PM

I potty trained myself. I also taught myself to walk. :)

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 03:56 AM

I taught myself gardening and history, I partially self-taught myself guitar as well.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 04:22 AM

Self taught at cooking/baking, sewing, and various other day-to-day things.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 11:52 AM

Did you really? That's pretty impressive. The more I learn about other languages, especially those that evolved from Latin, the more I realized how overtly complicated English really is. Miracle language indeed.

I think English is an easy language, since it has a simply grammar and doesn´t have gender difference. English is present in my life everyday on the internet, with books, movies, games, so this turned it simply.

 

I think the secret to learn a language by yourself is turning all thing you use in your day-to-day in that language, like your PC and smartphone.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 12:03 PM

Some things I tought myself were kind of unplanned. If you know what I mean . (:



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 12:03 PM

All my coding and computing knowledges.

I can 'stammer' a bit of Russian too. Looking for some classes 'doe >_>. 

Learned english by browsing forums, coding and playing. 

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:00 PM

I taught myself how to withstand physical pain, do wood carvings (which inadvertently helped with the pain tolerance thing when I slipped), survive in the wilderness (which was a mix of reading various texts as well as just going out there and figuring it out first hand), rug hooking, machine embroidery digitizing (as well as all other aspects of running a small embroidery business), various small machine repairs, my fairly robust vocabulary, cooking, writing, nearly all computer related skills that I have picked up along the way, reading people, and the nack for saying the right thing at the right time.

 

Basically you either need an innate talent for something, or enough willpower to negate any lack of said talent in order to add it to your repertoire.

Effort=results.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 06:52 AM

I taught myself how to withstand physical pain, do wood carvings (which inadvertently helped with the pain tolerance thing when I slipped), survive in the wilderness (which was a mix of reading various texts as well as just going out there and figuring it out first hand), rug hooking, machine embroidery digitizing (as well as all other aspects of running a small embroidery business), various small machine repairs, my fairly robust vocabulary, cooking, writing, nearly all computer related skills that I have picked up along the way, reading people, and the nack for saying the right thing at the right time.

 

Basically you either need an innate talent for something, or enough willpower to negate any lack of said talent in order to add it to your repertoire.

Effort=results.

With every post you just become more and more cool in my eyes.

 

I learned most of my computer skills, aside from programming, on my own. I taught myself how to play ocarina, although it didn't get very far because my parents couldn't stand both children playing loud instruments. When I was 14 I taught myself how to write a draw, those were my hobbies, and I was pretty awesome at both, although I haven't done either in years.

 

Something that really inspired me the other week was during a talk for the coding community of our town, the presenter said "turn your interests into projects". This was coming from a woman who's creative projects in high school and university that she did for fun landed her a temporary job with Adobe's development team in only her second year of her degree. That really spoke to me. If you're willing to learn things on your own, teach and improve yourself, and have fun doing it, you can go anywhere.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:09 AM

That's really fucking true, especially in creative industries I think. I think right now there's so much emphasis on getting a degree (at least in England), it's always a shock to see someone make something of themselves with sheer hard grind as well. That's not to say that having a degree shouldn't be sniffed at, especially if it's something in engineering or the sciences, important things. What annoys me though, is when people see it as a green light into any job regardless of experience. Show me a post-grad student with a BSc in hotel management that can do warehouse work or writing better than me just because he has a degree...

 

Another thing I guess I taught myself (mostly, I got into the interest in the first place from my father), is what to look for when buying suits. I think there's a general assumption that Italian or 'Saville Row inspired' = top quality and that any suit will fit any occasion. I've seen people wear waist coats to work (why?) and people who've obviously bought a suit off the rack and haven't made the effort to get it taken in at a tailor's. There's a difference between a man in a suit and a man wearing a suit. If a nineteen year old can manage it so should a 20 something business banker in the square mile.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:50 AM

I've been trying to teach myself advanced immunohematology so that I can sit for the SBB (Specialist in Blood Bank) exam.... but that is proving to be more difficult than I thought so I may have to abandon the project.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

I taught myself all of my computer skills. 

I've been learning a lot of mechanic stuff lately, some self taught, some not.

All the metalworking knowledge I have.

There's probably more, but I'm drawing a blank. 


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 11:42 AM

How to shoot a fuck off massive gun?  :lol:


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:02 PM

Well my dad taught me that when I was little. >.>


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:55 PM

Taught myself HTML, Japanese ages ago, and I'm trying to relearn how to human. I forgot and now I'm bad at it.


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