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What is your easiest way to learn a language?

What is your easiest way to learn a language? Many people learn differently, whether it is done by reading, listening, or speaking it. Duolingo is a website that teaches all three, although it primarily teaches through reading.

If you had a chance to learn a language, would you rather: Read, Listen, or Speak the language?

June 25, 2017



try to read books in that language and watch movies in the language. Some languages like French, Italian, and Spanish are so alike that when you learn one, you pick up the rest easily. Also, try immersion. There are immersion schools where they teach in that language, go to the country and you will pick it up quickly, and try talking to people who speak that language. To truly be fluent in a language, you must be able to think in that language, not have to translate things in your head so there won't be those awkward pauses when speaking. Try talking to a stuffed animal or pet in the language to help think in the language. Thanks for reading


Yes, when you start thinking in that language, you are really getting there. I did that with French, but the verb conjugations just made me stop progressing. I hope to improve on that now I'm not so lazy.


So far I find the pimsleur methid the best. It's the same as learning in the country itself (which I've also done), but with a much better structure and more patient teacher.

Where it wins, imo, is that you get forced to create sentences while listening to others speak, which is how it happens for real, but you then get it repeated to you so that you can see where you went wrong. Very few people have the patience to do that for you unless they are paid.

Having said that, I often get confused as to grammar since pimsleur is audio only, and I therefore started using duolingo, which is much better at that, being mostly written.

I also use a few other training aids, but these two are the most important.


Use an app, take a class, and have real world application.


In the beginning, concentrating on reading works best for me. It gives me a chance to take it slower than listening. Eventually, you will learn to speak and listen and it will be easier if you have some idea of what you're hearing and saying. I had an audio-visual (watching movies and oral exercises) class in high school and it didn't work for me. Listening and then speaking is best for small children but I think most teens and adults learn differently. Duolingo is working for me but I think I would do better with more explanation of grammar. I remember things better if I understand the logic.


I have trouble with word choice at times. Duolingo teaches words more than grammar.


The easiest way for me is to write down every new word that I learn and not move on to the next set until I have memorized those. Once I feel I know my words well enough to hold a very slow conversation, I find someone that speaks the language and begin to chat and talk with them. Then I try to watch movies and listen to music in the language. However, the best way is to practice everyday and encircle yourself around native speakers in that language. Works charms for me!


Also reading books and writing down the words you did not get once you get really good that way you can check what the words mean later and add them to your vocab list


Depends on the language. For "hard" languages, i.e. ones not having large stocks of obvious cognate vocab to ones I already speak, e.g. Russian, reading seems better for me as I benefit from looking up the words I don't know. For easier languages, e.g. Italian as someone who has already learned Spanish, listening is pretty great. For the topics I happen to be most interested in anyway, there are so many cognates I can understand probably 95%+ immediately, which is enough to often let me infer the meanings even of unfamiliar words.

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