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Language Learning: Usage and Frequency

  • Master a few basic phrases using any source to give you something to play around with.
  • Use the language in the setting you care about, or substitute real conversations with mock discussions using a dictionary.
  • Pay attention to any words that come up. Make flashcards to memorize words that you will use in a real situation.
  • Supplement with frequency lists - lists that contain small grammatical words as well as knowing the translation to the most common 1000 English words will enable you to hold engaging conversations.

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  • Breadth-first works by first exploring your surroundings. If that doesn't work, pick one direction and fan out again.

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When learning any new topic efficiently, we need to learn the most useful, basic and broadly applicable ideas first.

After that, we can move onto the obscure, advanced or specialized.

The learning space for an academic subject is composed of papers, books, and courses, linked via citations.

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  • For more specific topics, use literature reviews and meta-analyses

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  • Pick something you'd like to make.
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