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Language Learning Hacks

Hey everyone! I haven't seen any posts on here mainly about tips yet, so I'm just sharing my hacks! Now these are my personal hacks that I use, so they might not work for everyone. That being said, here they are!

  • Learn a bit of Latin beforehand Okay, this sounds stupid, but it helps. Especially for the romance languages. Latin is related to English a lot and even more so to the romance languages and it's easy. If you don't think learning Latin words would help much, learn some Latin grammar! It'll help you get familiar with grammar and all of that good stuff.
  • Watch some movies/shows/videos or read books in that language If you know some of the language you should do this to improve your reading and reaction time along with your fluency. It's even better if you read out loud! I personally watch Kurzgesagt since I know German.
  • Study and take notes This is kind of obvious, but I've met so many people who are trying to learn languages and just don't study. Duolingo is very good for studying, so it's made easy here. You should also take some notes on grammar, words, etc if you feel like you could study it in class or if you're not on your phone. I personally made a dictionary in a notebook out of the words I already know in Italian!
  • Get a study-buddy! If you're learning a language, you're motivated enough. If you're friend's learning a language along with you, you're really motivated. Not only will you be practicing with your friend, you'll be speaking to each other in that language later!'
  • Talk to natives* This one I HIGHLY recommend! Firstly, you'll be able to talk to someone in the language you're learning. Secondly, if you make mistakes they can correct you. Thirdly, it's fun! You'll learn new words as your conversations change and you'll probably make some new friends!

So yeah, those are my language learning hacks. Share yours if you want and tell me if you think these would help! :)

1 year ago

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/EmperorIguana42

You should definitely include speaking to natives. I can't exactly remember where but I once heard someone say that "the only way to truly be fluent in a foreign language is to speak and prsctice with natives - there's no other way around it". I completely agree with that statement. But this is definitely a good list! Have a lingot ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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I'm learning Tagalog almost exclusively by speaking to natives. It's a fascinating way to learn and a lot of fun.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/calynca
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Might be different for Tagalog, but for most languages I'd consider that a "dangerous" way since it's tempting to skip on grammar. I know several people who did so with German and to me it's just sad how after years of living in Austria they aren't able to build a single correct sentence. Their writing is hard to understand too. Bad grammar (e.g. articles) is really hard to get rid off later on.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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Thanks for your suggestion. I bought several books a year ago to help me learn Tagalog. I will start using them now.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkylarH39

Updating that right now! Natives are probably one of the best things to do when learning a language! (especially for languages with difficult pronunciation) Thanks for the lingot! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmperorIguana42

No problem ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ken335502
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Kurzgesagt is in English though, if you mean the Youtube channel.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkylarH39

I do mean the Youtube channel, but I found out he has another channel that is his own (official) in German just the other day! So I can learn science and German at the same time. It's called Kurzgesagt Deutsch if you need it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
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Latin is not related to English at all, English just has many loan-words/derivatives.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/patbo
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I think the usefulness of Latin because of similarity and things is completely overrated. If I can learn a word for Latin, I can just as well learn the same word directly for the target language.

The reason why I'm glad that I learned Latin at school is a different one: You learn how to deal with formal grammar and to understand all those concepts and terms like "dative plural" or "predicate of a relative clause". This is something that was never really done systematically in my English classes, for example. Understanding this kind of things enables you to read up and understand rules instead of having to infer them by yourself.

So, I'd change your first point into "learn how to deal with grammar", and Latin may be one of the more suitable tools for this.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkylarH39

Oh, I never thought of that! Grammar is important, after all.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ekleo

Thank you for the tips!! Cool!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PuddleMonster

Good, when I saw "Language Learning Hacks", I thought that you meant hacking poor Duo!

1 year ago