March 05, 2015 01:21 PM
初心者/ Shoshinsha / Beginner
Best startegies or ways in which to efficiently & successfully learn a new language to fluency
Please share the strategies that you use, or have used in the past, that helped you in efficient & successful language-learning. We can all learn from the successes of one another! Let's start and maintain a rich discussion!
March 05, 2015 03:04 PM
伝説メンバー / Densetsu / Legendary Member
Re: Best startegies or ways in which to efficiently & successfully learn a new language to fluency
Well, my first language is Spanish and my second english... I picked up english basically by watching TV as a baby. In that regard I don't really remember learning or not knowing it honestly (although when I speak I do have an accent, mostly because I got to listen the language a lot more than speak it). However the thing there is that I simply used the language and the rest came by itself. I don't think there are any secrets to this. I know people who have learned 3 or even 4 languages and the ones who are competent at them simply got the chance or made the effort to use them and immerse themselves in it. Some went to italy for 3 months (which admittedly is not too far from spanish). Some added german radio to their daily routines. And so on.. With that in mind I don't think there are secrets to learning a new language. The trick is to take the classes you need and complement that with something which allows you to immerse in the language. If you can't go to wherever it is that the language you want to learn is spoken normally then make the effort to be exposed to it. Read a book, listen to music, listen to the radio... The more exposed you are to it the better. What does not work though is speaking in the language you are learning to people who don't know and care about the language. If you do that you are just a pretentious asshole (I am actually surprised by the amount of people who do this).