Language Learning Tips from Géraldine
I'm subscribed to Comme une Française on YouTube (a wonderful channel for English learners of French), and this video just popped up in my inbox. In it, Geraldine gives her favorite tips that helped her learn a new language. It's worth a watch - I think some people here might enjoy it.
"My personal 'dumb' tips to learn more French": https://youtu.be/Op2JvhFXUxM
A quick, abbreviated overview:
- Read French aloud to yourself
- Think in French on purpose
- Repeat the French dialogue in movies
- Switch your everyday services to French
- Take notes in French
- Use sequences [short reoccurring daily programs like 'weather']
These tips are really good for all languages. I do most of the stuff you listed above everyday with Japanese, except taking notes (I assume you mean like school notes). Thinking in that language is very important too, whenever I see something I try to think of it in Japanese, it can be a sign or an obejct, anything. Somtimes I find myself saying Japanese phrases for diffirent things I would usually say in English such as "これは何?" Good video and post!
Very true - and I'm glad to hear it's been helping you so much. By "notes" she was referring to everyday notes (like "lists"). To-do lists, grocery lists, etc. I'm not sure how effective school notes would be...I think I'd forget most of what was in the class. =P
Haha, exactly my point. I would never write my school notes in Japanese because that might not work out so well. I do like to write my to do list of homework though in Japanese.