@matrix
9 months ago

People who have learned several languages as adults, what are your tips for learning a language?

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  1. Watch tv shows, YouTube videos and movies.

 At first, don't try to watch them without subtitles (stick to your first language’s subtitles). As you progress, you can consider other options. But not when you're just getting started, you'll just get frustrated with so many unfamiliar words.

2.Listen to music. 
And look up the lyrics of the songs! That way, you won't only know how the words are pronounced but how they're written as well.

3.Change the language on your phone. 
It may sound irrelevant but you'll learn a lot of vocabulary, especially the one related to technology.

4.Find conversational partners (there are apps especially designed to help you find one).

By interacting with them on a daily basis, you'll be able to think in that language just as you do in your native one.

5.Read. But read about things thatinterest you. 
You'll subconsciously learn a lot - as you won't feel like you're actually learning.


I believe immersing yourself in the language is way more efficient than doing exercises and memorizing words.

If you focus so much on specifically learning the language (as you'd do when trying to study for a test or exam), you'll start seeing it as a hassle and in a negative context.


Instead, you want to associate the language with positive things- those you enjoy and are passionate about.

  • Keen on video games? Play them in that language.
  • Fancy makeup tutorials? Watch them in that language.
  • Love learning about different cultures and making new friends? Try finding someone that speaks that language and speak to them on a daily basis.
  • Passionate about cooking? Look up recipes in that language.
  • Interested in World History? Learn from books that are in that language.
  • Don't just sit down with a textbook and do exercises. Don't limit yourself to the traditional learning ways, be creative! You'll learn so muchmore that way
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Mingle with the native speakers. That is the fastest way to learn because you hear the language 24/7
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Duolingo is great, especially in the first phases of learning. Make sure to practice grammar as well though, they don't teach you that at all on duolingo, it's mostly phrases, conjugations and words. They also have audio so you can practice your pronunciation.

Also, watch movies series videos etc in the language you want to learn! It vastly improves your pronunciation and vocabulary and will make you understand context easier

MemRise  is also good.
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I give you my tips that i have used it before:

Keep practicing in your head.
Figure out pronunciation patterns
Use audio and online courses
Date someone who speaks the target language
Facebook chat
Google Translate
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First of all practice comes before everything. You should always keep practicing with what you learned. Also you have to study with plan, you should have little long length of study always. For the vocabulary you have to choose 100 popular word first and learn them well and choose another 100 words.Also you can carry pocket dictionary and you can check them everywhere.
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One of best things is to live in a community with the people who speak the language.
In some of the big metropolitan areas there are parts of the city that are exclusive to a certain nationality.

T ravel to a country that speaks the language you interested in . Extended missionary trips or working overseas is a great way.

For teenager doing a gap year before college, they have dozens language school in places like Japan. Some of them are specifically for English speakers to learn Japanese.
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Reading Book
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First you need to understand Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism:

  • Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.
  • You become smarter.
  • You build multitasking skills.
  • You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia : Several studies have been conducted on this topic, and the results are consistent. For monolingual adults, the mean age for the first signs of dementia is 71.4. For adults who speak two or more languages, the mean age for those first signs is 75.5. Studies considered factors such as education level, income level, gender, and physical health, but the results were consistent.
  • You become more perceptive.
  • Your decision-making skills improve.
  • Your memory improves.
  • You improve your English.

Learning a language – following main things you need to keep in mind:

  • Make realistic, specific goals.
  • Remind yourself why you are learning.
  • Focus on exactly what you want to learn.
  • Read for pleasure.
  • Learn vocabulary in context.
  • Ignore the myths: age is just a number.
  • Do some revision of your native language.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of translation.
  • Beware of fluency.
  • Go to where the language is spoken.
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watch television , watch news , read newspapers by learning the alphabets and try to speak it as much as possible its really good if that concerned guy is able to practice it in that particular language speaking environment
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There's many ways, youtube has many videos helping people learn, but the best way is to find a native speaker of the language you want to learn, or even move to the country where they speak the language haha that will force you to learn it very fast.
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