Language Learning Tips

Hey all,

I thought I'd start a discussion as a sort of reference for our language learning tips; below are a list of activities I use to aid my learning and hopefully they help you.

FLASHCARDS: With languages, little and often repetition is key so carrying around flashcards or using an app can definitely help. I tend to use Memrise, Linguascope Vocabulary Trainer and Tinycards for this. You can also make your own flashcards on paper and take them with you.

LISTENING: It's obviously really important to listen to native speakers and this can be done by listening to TuneIn radio and ListenLive eu. Both have a large collection of radio stations for different languages. Listening to music in your target language in general is good, because it's more likely to stick with you. Disney have some of their songs in multiple languages. If you're intermediate or advanced, there are podcasts on the App Store called "News in slow...", where two people talk about current affairs in either French, Spanish, Italian, or German.

READING: There are some magazines designed for people learning some languages which are pretty cool. Reading Young Adult or childrens books that you know well in your target language is good because the story is predictable and/or familiar, and the vocabulary is simple and not too complex. If you're looking for more of a challenge, you can look at articles in your target language on Wikipedia. It's also really good to set your phone and social media to your target language because you will pick stuff up.

ON DUOLINGO: After completing the tree, you could learn another language with your old target language as the base or you could do the reverse of the tree.

Hope that helped you guys! Add anything in the comments, it'd be pretty cool to know what other tips you have.

April 15, 2017


Good tips! I have another. Try to speak with a friend that speaks the language you are learning. I haven't done that but I have heard it helps a lot. If your siblings, parents, children speak the language talk with them every day for 5 to 10 mins. Or talk for 10 minutes in whatever language at mealtimes. My whole family knows quite a bit of Spanish. I hope this helps to whoever. :)

April 15, 2017

Thanks! :D

April 15, 2017

Tinycards has Duolingo vocabulary courses, as well! I've been using that on my phone, and it gives you a reminder to practice every day. This is wonderful advice!

"Reversing the tree" I think means you select a course of your native language and set the "I speak" language to your target language, correct?

April 15, 2017

Yep, you're correct :)

April 16, 2017


April 15, 2017
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