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Otávio Banffy posted a topic in Translating & freelancingHello everyone, The Lingua File has published yet another set of practices for people to learn more and better their favorite languages, and they are good suggestions. Without further ado, here are their suggestions: I believe Brandon (the author) nailed down a few concepts. Reading does help in remembering things, but writing them down is an even stronger way of doing so. I'm not certain about the technicalities of it, but I believe it is due to you associating movement, with visuals, muscle memory and having to make a creative effort (to generate something new). Personal examples are something I never thought about before, but they are right to say that personal history when associated with something makes it easier to remember it. The "new way of storing information" is also an interesting idea. You see, people have different senses that they connect with better than others. By far the most common affinity is with sight, second being hearing I believe... But there are affinities for all senses, a combination of them, and even no senses at all (sometimes it's about emotions). Knowing your own affinity can help you work better on designing your learning methods. Finally, having fun is one of the greatest ways of storing information, no matter what form it takes. Movies, friends, games, do whatever is best for you, but if you are dreading your next language learning session then it's definitely not gonna be very productive. But be engaged in it, looking forward to the next challenge, and it will be a breeze. Let us know if any of this helped at any moment!
Otávio Banffy posted a topic in Linguistic discussionsExpanding on our previous coverage of language learning, I'm bringing to you today another share on gaining fluency in your non-native languages. Joseph Philipson talks about some of his favorite methods of learning languages outside the classroom, and I'll comment on them. People have different brains, and each brain has different wirings and needs. To some, putting the effort into learning something is all it takes for your brain to make all the connections necessary for a quick absorption. To most, however, both time, distractions and dedications to other affairs would drain you of its effectiveness. "While it's unlikely that you'll become fluent just by using these types of resources" I did. The rest was just bonuses. The best way I know of to learning anything is by having fun with it. Whenever you are having fun with something, your body is telling you that that makes good to you. Everything that is good to you is more naturally taken in. When you like to skate, just for the sake of it, you eventually start making more and more stunts. If you practice every day, because you like it, you'll soon become a pro. The same thing with any other topic. You have a genuine fun with something, it becomes a second nature to you. Gamification is a powerful tool. I know a few websites that use gamification for language learning. In older times, I used Livemocha (no longer exists) - I even met a couple of romantic endeavours there. Today, I know two which seem to be highly effective. They are Duolingo and Babbel. That's the second best way I know of learning something new: getting involved with it. Speaking, as much as strain ourselves in the beginning, is a great way to tell your mind that you need to make something happen. In this case, that something is gaining fluency on another way of thinking. Practicing with a friend is both fun and effective. As far as both have an understanding of what to do and are fare and consistent with it. This one goes hand-in-hand with number 2 and 3. Being within the environment gives you the learning stimuli, all the time. You don't even need to force yourself (bad training process) to learn it, your mind does it for you, naturally. That's it. What are your favorite techniques? If you've used any of those already in your life, what was your experience with it?
It's natural that some of you, if not most of you, has some interest in learning a new language, or mastering the ones you already know. Speaking is a part of the language, and while it's perhaps not essential for you to be good at it in order to communicate well, you may still want to develop proper levels of speech for any reason. Adela Belin shares some of the practices as educator for those wishing to learn on this post at The Lingua File. Reading has been the major reason why I learned another language. Funnily enough, I had to purposefully force myself to read things in Portuguese, because I've always prefered to read them in their original (often English, for me) form. Instead of reading aloud, I like to read in my mind, as most people do, but by voicing. I read something as given my own voice and pace of speech, and as I often find, I'm moving my tongue together with the reading. Works nice. Not the same as reading aloud though, that's for sure. Louise from the other topic also has some ideas on mastering a language fluently, here. I can definitely relate to the vocabulary portion. Ever heard about how your company marks your personality? So does your books with your vocabulary. About a book club... This forum is a book club. We've already started some talk about Dracula, and you can start your own! Not just about the originals, but their translations as well. Learn something in the process. Have fun! What are your techniques for improving your speech? Maybe you just get to practice a lot every day?