Sofie's 7 Principles of Language Learning to become fluent in Korean.
Sofie's 7 principles for efficient language learning:
- Focus on the core of the language. Start out with the most common expressions and words and then build from there. There is no need to memorize a lot of vocabulary like “coat hanger” or “dental floss” out of context as you will just wind up forgetting them anyway.
- Never learn anything out of context. When learning a new word, be sure to remember in which context you heard or read it. In that way it is much more likely to stick in your memory for when you actually have to use it.
- Read as much material as you can in your target language, even if you don’t understand it all yet. Especially with Korean this helps you become familiar with the various formations of Hangeul.
- Listen. By listening, even passively, your brain and your subconcious is being exposed to the language. This method is much more powerful than it seems.
- Express yourself. You must speak the language to really learn it. Don’t worry about making mistakes, and just start speaking the few words and sentences you know. If you keep doing this as your vocabulary increases, you will soon be able to speak more freely.
- Learn grouped vocabulary, that is words that are related to each other. For example “theater” can be related to “play, performance, ticket, seat, actor, show”, and so on. By concentrating your energy on learning grouped vocabulary, the words are automatically becoming contextualized in your brain.
- Keep going. Even when you feel you are getting nowhere, this simply isn’t true. Stay motivated, and make an effort to study the language in one way or another every day.
January 19, 2019