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5 Tricks to Learn a Foreign Language Way Faster

Learning a foreign language faster

  • Intensity of study trumps length of study;
  • Start with the 100 most common words;
  • Keep practicing in your head. You don't need a teacher or even a conversation partner to practice your language skills. 
  • You're going to say a lot of stupid things. Accept it.
  • One-on-one tutoring is the best and most efficient use of time, if you have the money for that.

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5 Tricks to Learn a Foreign Language Way Faster

5 Tricks to Learn a Foreign Language Way Faster

https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/5-tricks-to-learn-a-foreign-language-way-faster.html

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Learning a foreign language faster

  • Intensity of study trumps length of study;
  • Start with the 100 most common words;
  • Keep practicing in your head. You don't need a teacher or even a conversation partner to practice your language skills. 
  • You're going to say a lot of stupid things. Accept it.
  • One-on-one tutoring is the best and most efficient use of time, if you have the money for that.

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The Best Strategy
  • Go to a country that speaks the language.
  • Get a phrasebook and learn a few basic expressions.
  • Commit to only speaking in that language from Day One.
  • Use a ...
  • If You Can’t Travel to Learn

    Pick a friend who also wants to learn the language. Agree to talk in the target language at least once per day or whenever you do talk.

    The friend does not have to be a native speaker. Whenever you are stuck, use a dictionary or Google translate. But, 10% of your time should be speaking with an advanced or native speaker.

    You Can’t Find a Partner

    If you cannot find someone willing to commit to only speaking that language, hire a tutor.

    You can also opt for language exchange with people who want to learn your language.

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    First words to learn

    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.

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    Learn cognates

    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 same in French, and you can quickly get used to the different pronunciation. Change that -tion to a -ción and you have the same words in Spanish. Italian is -zione and Portuguese is -ção.
    • Many languages also have words that share a common (Greek/Latin or other) root.
    • Even languages as different as Japanese can have heaps of very familiar vocabulary. 
    Interact in your language daily
    • 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 right now. 
    • To read the language consistently, you can find cool blogs and other popular sites on Alexa’s ranking of top sites per country.

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    Know your motivation

    If you don’t have a good reason to learn a language, you are less likely to stay motivated over the long-run.

    Once you’ve decided on a language, it’s crucial to commit.

    Find a partner

    Finding some kind of partner on your language adventure will push both of you to always try just a little bit harder and stay with it.

    It’s a really great way of actually going about it. You have someone with whom you can speak, and that’s the idea behind learning a new language.

    Talk to yourself

    When you have no one else to speak to, there’s nothing wrong with talking to yourself in a foreign language.

    This can keep new words and phrases fresh in your mind. It also helps build up your confidence for the next time you speak with someone.

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    Listen

    The more you expose yourself to the new language, the sooner you will become familiar with its sounds and structures. Familiarity, in turn, will speed understanding.

    Copy

    Repeating the sounds (out loud or in your head) will give you a feel for the language. Memorize not just words, but sentences and even songs to get the rhythm and intonation of the language. 

    Read

    Read words, sentences, children’s books, newspaper articles. Read as far and near as you can, whether out loud to an audience or quietly to yourself. 

    Seeing the language in print helps you understand word structures. It also anchors the new sounds, and helps them get imprinted in your mind.

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    According to a new study, the people that can speak two languages frequently, develop cognitive flexibility, due to their brains getting rewired.

    Bilinguals can switch back and for...

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    Different cultures have different perceptions about time. The Mandarin language, for example, places time in a vertical axis, with next week becoming down week, and last week becoming up week.

    These differences in language have a psycho-physical effect in bilinguals and change the way the same person experiences the passage of time, depending on which language the brain is operating in.

    Flexible Brain Shifting

    Studies on Bilinguals prove that language can affect our most basic senses, our time perception, visual perception, and our emotions.

    The flexible brain-shifting of bilinguals also aids in their learning, multitasking abilities, and mental well-being.

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    Richard Feynman understood the difference between:

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    He created a formula for learning that ensured h...

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    2. Review the gaps in your knowledge that you uncovered in step 1. Identifying the boundaries of your understanding limits possible mistakes and increase chances of success.
    3. Organize and Simplify your new set of hand-crafted notes. A good indication that your understanding in that area still needs some work is If the explanation isn’t simple or sounds confusing.
    4. (optional): Transmit.The ultimate test of your knowledge is your capacity to convey it to another.
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    If you want to excel at anything, it’s not enough to fix your weaknesses. You also need to leverage your strengths.

    If you want to recognize your strengths, you need other people to hold up a...

    Choose your sources

    Identify 10-20 people who know you well from a mix of personal and professional contacts, and ask them to write a story about a time when you were at your best. It is best if the sources are specific with concrete examples.

    Spot patterns

    Once the feedback arrives, look for the common themes that appear in multiple stories. Make a list of the themes, the key examples that support each theme, and what they suggest about your strengths.

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    An essay exists at multiple levels:

    • The choice of words
    • The formation of sentences
    • The arrangement of sentences in a paragraph
    • The arrangement of paragraphs in a logical progression, beginning to end
    • The essay as a whole

    A good essay works at every one of those levels simultaneously.

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    From the moment we are born, we are always learning new skills. We see it in formal capacities in school or on the job, and informally, like learning from you buddy how to grill a steak.

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    “One skill you want to master in this day and age we live in, if you want to have an extraordinary life, is the ability to learn rapidly.”

    Select your skill carefully

    Be very selective in the skill you're trying to masker to avoid sabotaging your success:

    • Make sure it's applicable: The perfect skill either solves a problem you have or scratches an itch you have.
    • Be very specific: Specific goals are easier to pursue than vague counterparts. To set yourself up, narrow your skill down as much as possible. Ask what specific problem are you trying to solve, and find out what aspects you find most fascinating.
    • Make sure you love the process, not just the outcome: Pick a skill where the road is as exciting as the outcome. Then plan out celebration points along the way.

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