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How to Learn a new Alphabet

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We all did it in kindergarten. Singing our ABC's. Fun times I must say. Those days are over (unfortunately) and learning a new alphabet can be more challenging, but with these tips, it will make it much easier. Enjoy! ^ - ^

Tip 1: Study a few letters at a time

Studying the alphabet all at once may be biting off more than you can chew. Try learning in chunks to make it a lot easier. You can do this in different study sessions, or you can learn letters that look similar. Whichever works best for you and the language your learning.

Tip 2: Use mnemonics

Using mnemonics devices makes learning even the toughest alphabet fun and easier. If you don't know what that is, then you can read about it here. For example, the Russian letter ю looks like a fish.

Tip 3: If there is an alphabet song, then memorize it!

We all still remember our ABC's (I sure hope so) since it is catchy and song lyrics tend to get stuck in your head sometimes.

Tip 4: Repeat the alphabet

If you know how to pronounce something, then you are more likely to remember it. You can hum it to yourself anytime (as long as you don't annoy people). Visualizing the letters as you hum through the alphabet helps a lot too.

Tip 5: Write the letters down

We all have heard that writing stuff down is a better way to remember what you are learning, and it's true! Writing it down makes you think about what you are writing, therefore, it's more likely likely to stick in your brain.

I hope these tips help you! They have been helping me with Russian and Greek and I hope they help you!

-FrenchCamille (^ν^)

OG article here

2/9/2018, 1:24:10 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie
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In addition, I always find useful to have these kinds of things that must be known by heart (same applies for conjugation/declension charts, difficult to remember rules, etc) where I see them all the time. So in front of my desk, on the door or the entrance miror, in the kitchen where you stand to prepare food, on my bookmark… The best tip, if not very palatable, being to post them in front of the toilet: since you have to go a number of times a day, if you don't bring any distraction there, you're deamed to read it over and over again, till the day you remember without an effort. The teacher who told me so had the whole class laughing, but those who did never rued it :)

2/9/2018, 11:28:12 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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WoW thanks!

2/9/2018, 1:31:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Vabelie
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It's only natural, Camille. You give quality content, you inspire the will to add to it. (And why on earth did someone downvote you saying thank you on your own post?)

2/9/2018, 4:49:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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I wish I knew why people do that to my every post. It's quite annoying but whatever. If it wasn't for trolls, I would have almost 40 upvotes. Oh well.

And omg thank you so much for your kind words. Makes me smile.

2/9/2018, 9:40:26 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Nuno275251

I wish I knew why people do that to my every post.

They see you complaining so they naturally keep annoying you at every post.

Even so +24 is not too shabby is it? ;)

2/9/2018, 9:47:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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Nope, not shabby at all.

2/9/2018, 10:46:40 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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My tip is to study the letters in context, the Duolingo way. For example, the Russian and Ukrainian courses start off not by presenting to you the individual letters, but rather with simple words like мама and папа.

It is also matters what alphabet you are learning. Cyrillic and Greek are the easiest to learn because there is almost a 1:1 correspondence with the Latin script; in fact, all of these are related and based on the writing system for Ancient Greek. Hangul (the Korean writing system) is also quite logical and easy to learn because it was developed by just one person, a pretty smart guy (King Sejong the Great). Even though the language used to write it (Korean) is not so easy.

Hiragana and Katakana, the Japanese syllabaries, are OK-ish but they will take longer to learn because there's more symbols and some may look quite similar and get confused.

Hebrew and Arabic are a whole different beast; there aren't that many symbols to learn, the tricky part is they are not really alphabets but abjads: they omit short vowels which have to be added in and beginners usually cannot guess them right.

Except for Chinese characters which aren't really an alphabet, the hardest for me is the Thai script, which I am still in the process of learning after almost a year of 5 min/day study. It looks like a real mess, with vowels pronounced after a consonant sometimes even written to the left of (i.e., before) that consonant; many redundant letters and complicated rules for figuring out what tones a syllable has.

2/9/2018, 6:34:13 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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These are great! Thanks!

2/9/2018, 6:42:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Nuno275251

Quality post Camille. The bunny never disappoints.

2/9/2018, 1:40:53 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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You make me smile(⌒▽⌒). Big

Thank you Nuno.

2/9/2018, 1:49:35 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

Fantastic post! Someday, when I move outside of the Romance languages, I'll keep these tips in mind. ;-)

2/9/2018, 4:06:21 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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I'm glad I helped!(⌒▽⌒)

2/9/2018, 4:16:01 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Good one, FrenchCamille!! And best to you on your Russian (and with it....Cyrillic;))

2/9/2018, 1:41:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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Thank you! Russian will be difficult but I'll push through(⌒▽⌒)

2/9/2018, 3:03:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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You have my support for sure! Go get 'em:)

2/9/2018, 3:44:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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Thank you!

2/9/2018, 4:38:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Everdella
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Good post! It can be hard to learn another alphabet, and I know this from my experience of learning the Greek alphabet. :)

2/9/2018, 1:52:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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This is again, another amazing post. :) Thanks for sharing!

2/9/2018, 4:04:25 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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(⌒▽⌒) Thank you so much!

2/9/2018, 4:16:26 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Dreams-on-Fire

Thanks for the tips! I can tell that you put a lot of effort and time into your posts!

2/9/2018, 4:53:18 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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O. M. G. Thank you so much! (⌒▽⌒)

2/9/2018, 4:55:49 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Dreams-on-Fire

Congrats on your fabulous 80 day streak! :D

hands you a chocolate fudge cupcake...

2/9/2018, 5:56:46 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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faints 'cause chocolate is the best gobbles it down

2/9/2018, 1:33:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Joanna137216

Good reminders!

2/9/2018, 8:16:13 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Those alphabet blocks are really cool! Here are some online "games" for alphabet learning--don't know if they are good or not, as a new alphabet will be far in the future for me, but they look good.

2/9/2018, 7:55:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille
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Thank you! (:

2/9/2018, 11:26:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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You're welcome. Have fun w/ Russian, which is really interesting.

2/10/2018, 7:08:54 PM
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