Late-night rambles about languages that I regret every morning so... yay...
Whether you are trying to learn a new language or are already 50% fluent, these are some fun ways to help you- I haven't even started yet and I already sound like a top 10 list Youtuber. Haha.
Note: I can guarantee that I will mess this up somehow and get really awkward. Oh and this is LONG. Completely out of boredom.
- Translate star, heart, diamond, circle. square, whatever you can think of... into the language of the choice. You did it? Great. But you did it in a wrong way- Or did you...? I mean by doing exactly what I told you is almost the very definition of correct... cOUGH... Anyway, you shouldn't translate by word. No no no.
☆ ♡ ◇ ○ □ RENAME symbols and images. ☆ You see this? I- Ok I am getting overconfident whoops...
☆ I am not translating "star" to French. No. I am saying ☆ by its name and its name is étoilé... I think... Don't take my word on that translation um...
Another thing! Study to work on translating an entire song. Maybe start a song with easy and simple lyrics to accurately translate. Or a poem, story, I don't know- Anything. I've been trying this and it honestly helps.
Find a friend that shares your interests in a language. If you connect with a person and learn the language with them, some sentences may even be nostalgic to you and stuck in your memory. "Je suis un oiseau" "I am a bird" was my first actual French sentence while making jokes with a friend, and those words haven't left since.
Make comics in your target language. I do this on Colors.live / Colors! 3D and it really helps. You can even make an English comic with the other language below as a translation, if you want. To not get bored, combine the language with what you love. I worked hours on translating a comic I was just making, about my favourite little fictional world. ^-^
This was mainly to make up for the lack of rambling I could torment my friends with today, so yeah. This discussion arose out of boredom. :p
Au revoir et bonne nuit!
Your third point is something I do when I just want to isolate myself from other people and practice both my drawings and languages. I do this on Colors 3D, too! Though, I primarily just use French, though, I sometimes use Japanese in my comics.
In addition, I like writing short poems in different languages and I try to write them in my target language(s) first instead of from English.
I found this post both interesting and helpful. Thanks for sharing this!