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Learning a language – 7 things you need to know

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Hello people, I'd like to share with you some tips when it comes to learn a new language:

1. Make realistic, specific goals

We have decided to learn another language so we have to ask oursellf what do we want to achieve and by when?, we really have a reason to learn this language?, are we willing to work really hard in order to reach fluency?.

2. Remind yourself why you are learning

It might sound obvious, but recognising exactly why you want to learn a language is really important. things like:I'd like to visit this country, It sounds cool, I just picked up this language and I don't know why are superficial reasons and probably you'll give up, you really have to have a strong reason, be passionated and be constant is really important.

3. Read for pleasure

When it comes to read, I do love come here to the English forum to read what natives post, some people have said to me, why don't you go to the Spanish forum and post your stuff there? and guys as you might notice people here (Spanish for English speakers-forum) post In English (big mistake) things such as (I finished my tree, questions etc) are posted in English so I come here and read a lot, so find a way you really enjoy and put in practice what you learned.

4. Ignore the myths: age is just a number

You are a monolingual adult: have you missed the language boat? Ralby argues “a key language myth is that it’s harder as an adult”. Adults and children may learn in different ways but that shouldn’t deter you from committing to learning another language.

5. Learn vocabulary in context

Memorising lists of vocabulary can be challenging, not to mention potentially dull. Why don't you go to a Spanish online magazine and learn some helpful vocabulary by context. My target language is Italian I struggled with the articules, I wrote them down and tryed to memorize them but I failed so I start watching an Italian TV serie and I just in one day understood all the conceps just by the helpful context.

6. Don’t underestimate the importance of translation

Different approaches may be necessary at different stages of the learning process. Once you have reached a certain level of proficiency and can say quite a bit you can go to a traslator and unedrstand a lot of concepts, “Translation,” “is such an important exercise for helping you get over a certain plateau that you will reach as a language learner Translation exercises don’t allow you to paraphrase and force the learner on to the next level.

7. Enjoy the path

Learning a language is amaizing, don't rush the process just enjoy and smile, sooner or later yoy will be able to speak the language, relax and be ready to face the challengues that brings learning a language.

Take care people and thanks for reading my post it means a lot for me.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/FredPishotta

I am trying to learn Spanish from English, but I have found it quite useful to follow the "Learn English from Spanish" course at the same time. The emphasis is inverted but the balance works out really well!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaTwosey

good idea, i may have to try that

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Excellent list. Have some lingots (because I can't upvote more than once.)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Robwith1
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I think that you are a Spanish speaker. I am learning Spanish for three years now. I am very happy to read Spanish but to speak sentences is very difficult. I believe that you have to live in a Spanish country for a few months to learn the language. I do not understand how they use te and se. I am building my vocabulary and learning the conjugation of the verbs. Thanks for sharing. Soy sesenta y ocho.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/larsth
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Object pronouns "Obj. Pron." (te, se, ...), is also difficult for me.

So far i had figured out it is used as a it, and must be the 2nd or 1st word in a sentence even before negating (=no).

I guess there are always a bunch of exceptions, hint: No sé (I don't know), and that hint is probable wrong because of the accent.

I had not redid the Obj. Pron lessons for a long time so I could of course be wrong.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/donjuan209273

Great Post

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaitlyn498937

convincing post!.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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https://www.duolingo.com/Robwith1
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Thank you for the encouragement. I have three good reasons for learning languages.I travel every year to a foreign country.I get to practice my French in Guadeloupe and my Spanish in Puerto Rico. 2.I live in an island where cruise ships dock up every day.I have answered questions from tourists from all over the world.3.My mother had dementia, now my older sister has it.I am using my brain every day to keep dementia away.Feliz ano Nuevo.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl
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Wow, that is a very profound and personal experience that you have shared - thank you, I wish you the best.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robwith1
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I live in Antigua.You will have to Google it.We speak English.We were once owned by the British but we are now Independant.We have people living here from Haiti,Santo Domingo and Cuba, All the schools teach the students French and Spanish.Duolingo is the best.I forgot Venezuela.I started Spanish classes at the Venezuelan Embassy here.They give free lessons. Thanks for your kind words.I would like to know your Nationality.

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