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Most efficient way to learn a new language?

I just joined Duolingo yesterday after a random decision to learn French and I absolutely love it! I was just wondering, what is the most efficient way to learn? Should I be repeating the phrases I learn out loud over and over until they are perfect? I'm also making flash cards this afternoon. Thanks! :)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
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Well, I'll share some things I did to learn French:

  1. Dowloand audios: vobabulary lists and basic conversations and listen them everyday while you're traveling, walking, etc. http://ielanguages.com/french1.html

  2. Watch videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6G0wQt0Ct8 This man is wonderful, he has made tons of videos about conjugation: Vincent.

  3. Learn in a funny way:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/french/french.htm http://enfants.stephyprod.com/musique-enfant/au-clair-de-la-lune-musique-gratuite-enfant-chanson-mp3.htm

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ramona-xo

Thank you so much!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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Honestly, there's no "best" way to learn a language. There's just the way that's best for you. :) Whatever keeps your interest in the language will keep you going, so whatever you find the most interesting will help the most. It's also good to use multiple resources. Good luck!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

Consistent practice and the use of various sources and methods of study.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/INDIAN___YOGI

Duoling, Memrise, Quizlet and some good grammar books. When all of these are combined, can give wonderful results. I am following the same pattern.

aprendizaje feliz

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dudly
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How much do you like French? When you love it, it'll go easier. You will look for more reasons (a special movie -- Amélie is always wonderful; some artists and musicians, some great writing, etc) and then your language learning will be this much more pleasant. It's the best thing you can do, fall in love completely with a language.

If you've got this down already, let me suggest you this for your flash-cards: grab a children's book, read through a chapter or two (depends on the length), and note down the words you don't understand. Then look them up. Write on one side of the paper this word, and maybe make up a sentence in a way it could be used; on the other side, write the translation.

Prepare three bowls/glasses/pots/anything in what you could put your slips of paper. Mark them with these three different inscriptions : "Every day", "Every week", "Every month". Maybe you've heard of this before. Everything always start out as "Every day". When you practice the stack, every word you get right can move to "Every week", and the words you stumbled on or plain forget stay in "Every day".The next day, you can do the same thing: study all the words in the "Every day" box, putting the ones you knew in the "Every week" box, and keeping the difficult ones in the "Every day" box -- and you don't need to touch the "Every week" box except to put stuff in it, and this, until it's one week after you began. When it has been one week, you can start with the "Every day" stack (if there are any left, but you can add some as days go by from the new words you've read and learnt), and then go to the "Every week" stack. From this "Every week" stack, if you get the cards right, put them right into --- yeah, you probably understood how it works by now: they go into "Every month".

That way you always keep track of what you've learnt, without getting to sick of repeating the same flash cards all the time! ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

there is a variety of personal learning style and teaching methods, and a large variety of options. The most efficient may not be the most effective, and you need to figure out which works best for you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redneckray

Efficiency isn't a word I would use to describe learning a language since I've been learning my first for more than three-quarters of a century and I ain't done yet.

Proficiency is what yer after.

Purpose and personality will help you decide how proficient you need to be and how best to achieve it. What do you intend to do? Read french poetry? Order in a French restaurant? Flirt with a Canadian? What is yer personality type? Academic? Yahoo? Conservative?

Courses fer horses.

Duolingo is specifically and scientifically designed to teach you to read. It's excellent. However French is one of those languages that require study to pronounce.

So if you want to order in a French restaurant and flirt with a French "Gee" you need to supplement your edumacation with lessons on speaking the language.

Look, music is called a language and it is learned in two ways: Ears and chops. Ears is recognizing the music and chops is ability to play the music. Many the hour I've spent practicing scales, etc. If you intend to listen or talk you will need to supplement Duolingo with audio files that teach that.

Since you don't NEED to study French yer first objective is to find a way to ENJOY learning. If you don't enjoy Duolingo you should consider another hobby.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

I read some newspapers to practice my vocabulary and grammar.

4 years ago