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Vocabulary/Translations - Your strategies for learning a new language - Language Exchange

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Discussion: Your strategies for learning a new language

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Your strategies for learning a new language
I'm one that believes in independent study when it comes to language learning. But of course, in reality that can't always work. Especially when it comes to pronunciations you're not gonna get that right without help from someone that's fluent in your target language. In my experience, I've relied on language softwares for the human touch but it doesn't always work. Take chines for instance. I tried to learn chinese (failed miserably) but learning the proper use of tones was not possible. The software I used didn't shoe proper uses of it. Not to mention grasping the meaning of individual words or understanding the simplified chines text or traditional. So that aside, I've succeeded in may areas with french where I failed with chinese but, gaining that native level fluency is still a conundrum. I don't live in France nor do I have french friends. So my queston is to all of you, what strategies do you use to learn new languages? Especially the tough ones like chinese, french, japanese, etc.

Language pair: English; - Other -

October 18, 2017

Re:Your strategies for learning a new language
I study French and Chinese. I agree that they are not that easy languages to study but if there is a will, there is a way. Of course learning grammar and vocabulary is very important but to master a language you need speak and listen to it a lot. As for me, I watch short movies, cartoons, listen to songs. Also my French teacher is French and my Chinese teacher is Chinese. So you need to make friends who are natives as well and practice with them the languages you study a lot.

Language pair: English; - Other -
This is a reply to message # 233224
November 4, 2017

Re:Your strategies for learning a new language
i usually study on my own, using a few apps here and there. it is also helpful if you find someone who is studying the same language, and for you two to find time to study together. i have a friend that i know quite well who is studying japanese, and we see eachother almost everyday (we go to the same school), and we both study together during our lunch. otherwise, finding textbooks on how to learn the language you’d like is helpful as well. i haven’t personally done it, burn mt previously mentioned friend has, and it helped them a lot. also, there are a few helpful apps out there that i’ve found that have helped a ton. the most useful one for me personally is called “Memrise”, and i highly suggest it. flash cards help me a lot since memorization is quite easy for me, but there are lots of other studying tips out there, just find one that works best for you.

Language pair: English; Japanese
This is a reply to message # 233224
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November 4, 2017

Re:Your strategies for learning a new language
Finding a study partner does help a lot. I haven't found any but I definitely see the benefit. I do try to speak as much as I can though. I keep a journal where I only write in that target language. I speak to my self and listen and sing songs I listen to aloud.

Language pair: English; Japanese
This is a reply to message # 233327

November 11, 2017

Re:Re:Your strategies for learning a new language
I think that reading a lot helps to improve your cognitive skills. After acquiring a reasonable range of words you may try to do audio listening of dialogues and later start to communicate with someone from the other side of the world via any convenient medium.
Look beyond your horizon and think globally not just glocally.

Have a nice day everyone.

Language pair: English; Japanese
This is a reply to message # 233376
January 16, 2018


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