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Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time

Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time

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Learning a new language: knowing the most used words

In English, just 300 words make up 65% of all written material. We use those words a lot, and that’s the case in every other language as well.

Use flash cards of the most frequently used words (or words themed for a subject you are more likely to talk about)

Cognates are “true friends” of words you recognize from your native language that mean the same thing in another language.

For instance:

  • Words like Action, nation, precipitation, solution, frustration, and thousands of other -tion words are spelled exactly the...

  • To hear the language consistently spoken, you can check out TuneIn.com for a vast selection of live-streamed radio from your country of choice.
  • To watch the language consistently, see what’s trending on Youtube in that country rig...

You must speak the language right away if your goals in the target language involve speaking it.

  • Learn some basic vocabulary.
  • Do this for a few hours, and then set up an exchange with a native speaker—someone who has spoken that language their whole life.

  • A completely free course that keeps getting better is DuoLingo.
  • The Foreign Service Institutes
  • The Omniglot Intro to languages
  • BBC languages
  • About’s language specific posts
  • The huge database on Forvo
  • Rhinospike
  • Google Translate....

Research has confirmed that adults can be better language learners than kids.

Studies have found that under the right circumstances, adults show an intuition for unexplained grammar rules better than their younger counterparts.

Rote repetition isn’t enough.

Coming up with mnemonics about your target word helps glue the word to your memory way more effectively. Basically, you tell yourself a funny, silly, or otherwise memorable story to associate with a particular word.

You can’t ever truly “learn” a language, you get used to it. It’s not a thing that you know or don’t know; it’s a means of communication between human beings. Languages should not be acquired by rote alone—they need to be used.

One of the best things you can do in the init...

To start developing your SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound) in a language, become familiar with the European Common Framework that defines language levels.

  • Know how well you want to know the language.
  • To...

  • From the start, speak at least an hour a day in the language. Have varied conversations.
  • Ensure that your conversation is improving—not just “general language skills” through some vague list of words.
  • Lots of practice and study to improve those spok...

  • Accent. Time with a native, a good Youtube video explaining the sounds, and practice for a few hours may be all that you need!
  • Intonation. The pitch, rise, fall, and stress of your words. When you repeat sentences, you have to mimic the musicality ...

Focus on one language at a time until you reach at least the intermediate level. Take each language one by one, until you reach a stage where you know you can confidently use it. And then you may just be ready for the next ones!

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