A few tips on learning any language
- Don’t be afraid of speaking out loud. This applies to all languages. You don’t even have to have someone to talk to, just speak aloud. When I first started learning Japanese I was scared of messing up so I didn’t speak often, but I then decided, if I can talk to myself out loud, that’s good enough. It improved my speaking skill drastically.
- Try keeping a journal. I know everyone says this, but it seriously helps. Not only with spelling, but even grammar and writing skills. Writing something down is equivalent to saying it aloud seven times so it even helps with memorization.
- Listen to native speakers. Let’s be honest, the Duolingo voices sound robotic and choppy. Look for videos on YouTube that are in your target language. Try watching them without subtitles and listen for any words you understand. Personally, I watch music videos first without subtitles, then replay the video with subtitles. It helps with hearing pronunciation, and makes me recognize any familiar vocab.
- Never be afraid to ask for help. Find some other online sources, preferably people, that you can contact somehow and send them questions when you’re in need of help.
You got this! And whenever you’re stuck or feel like giving up because you’re not making progress, remember, everyone learns at different paces. Someone at level 50 isn’t going to level up at the same pace as someone at level 5.
starting a language club is a good idea to improve
or just eat some more doughnuts
Writing down IS NOT an eqiuvalent of saying it aloud seven times, do not mislead the learners. It activates different areas in one's brain and teaches different skills (what about pronunciation, one of the most important factor?).
I realize what I said might have been wrong from some view points, and I also mentioned that writing it down usually helps with memorizing the spelling of vocabulary and a few other things. Sorry for the mixup
Thank you for this share.
I'm pleased to see that I'm currently implementing all of the points you mentioned. That's reassuring for me to know since I'm now five months into my language learning journey.
I agree with both osomatus and robert. Writing and speaking (as we teach kids in school) go hand in hand if you want to learn a language properly.
Duo is great but there is no way of checking if your pronunciation is right. What may sound right to you internally may not sound quite right to other listeners. So getting together with native speakers can help greatly. So Jack well done for suggesting clubs. There may even be one ion your area already - check and see, then go along.
Different people have different learning styles and if you are dyslexic (like me), yes writing the vocab will definately help but you must say it as you write it to make it stick.
I agree about folks learning at different paces, that's why I don't like tables and the streak system. But it may help others and encourage them. You have to work in the way that suites you. That's why trying out learning ideas from others can help you discover what suits you best.
The secret is to keep practicing and with others or a native speaker to increase fluency. Duo's vocab is pretty limited but it does go a long way to getting you going.
I write a diary every day in my learning language. I have a friend that goes over it with me. That makes my language learning more pertinent and personal. A good learners dictionary helps - but don't be too dependant on it.
Good luck. Pick up as many ideas as you can and personalise them to your style. I'm being generous with lingots today (wow), so osomatsu, jack and robert can have one for stimulating others to learn.
What i would recommend is watching kids TV in your target language, the words used are often basic and you can find loads of videos pretty easily. I found a youtube channel that uploads hour long episodes of peppa pig every 2 days. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRi0sw4PDw-C2C7fS9hrx5Q/videos
Yes, I agree about kids TV. Can't stand "Peppa Pig" but I watch "Sam Tan" - Fireman Sam and other kids programmes on S4C (Welsh language TV).
Children's books can help too. Don't aim too high at the beginning. Kids learning to read books are great to start with and then you can progress to more difficult ones.