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I would die without GF

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#1 16 years ago

I'm keen on learning alot of foreign languages. I have tried different methods: Starting slowly, learning word by word... memorizing vocabulary and making my own sentences from grammar that I've learned; and the conversational dialogue way... where you have a conversation and you kinda do surgery on it and learn from what is given to you.

I want to know if there are other ways... better ways and which way seems the fastest and easiest way.

Nemmerle Advanced Member

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#2 16 years ago

Linguaphone courses work well.

Dreadnought[DK] Advanced Member

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#3 16 years ago

reading a lot of text in the language and watching a lot of TV/films or listening to music from the country. that way you get a feeling for the language and you pic up usefull idioms, learn the pronounciation etc. it also helps living in the country for an extended period of time.


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#4 16 years ago

When you study, pronounce the words aloud and study in multiple increments of 20 or 30 minutes a day. Tell stuff to your parents about the language, or try to teach what you know to somebody. No way is easy.

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#5 16 years ago

Talking to Germans really helps your German. I found that out when I was in Malta, and there was this German person there. We talked. I learned some German. They learned some English. Surprising at the time, as I thought I didn't know any German despite what my German teacher kept telling me. Don't try and test me now though, German speakers, it's almost all gone now. That was three years ago, and my brain has a habit of rejecting foreign languages and maths.

AegenemmnoN Advanced Member

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#6 16 years ago

i dont have any means of learning the languages i want to right now, but i do have ways to teach myself.

making sentenses till you fully understand the word and remember it are good.

example learning and remember 'i' in German: "ich would like some pie" "Mr Matt and ich" "ich have no idea" "ich am the only one" "ted and ich saw AzH steal money from a hobo"

and of course, as you learning more of the language, you could start using that languages words instead of english.

ive found 10-15 sentenses should suffice. make sure you get a good definition for the word too. you should know when you get the word.

also, reading and writing it help quite a bit.

i plan to learn almost my entire vocobulary in German that i have in English. one way i have of doing this is, when i learn a lot more German, along with its grammar, i shall pick up a book i have already read in English, and read it in German. i shall also have a German-English English-German dictionary with me.

reading it will help a lot with grammar.

that most of the information i can give you.

hope i may have helped.

good luck with teh lurnin. :)

the1chaos Advanced Member

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#7 16 years ago

best and easiest way is(according to me that is), like Dread said.

- listen to the language a lot - read the language a lot - (try to) talk a lot in that language

this should help you a lot, and the younger you are when you start, the easier the learning is, trust me on that :p

Ensign Riles Advanced Member

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#8 16 years ago

Learn vocabulary first, and then begin work on the grammar. Best way to work on vocabulary is by folding a piece of lined paper into eight segments and writing the words in the foreign laguage in the margin. In each segment you alternate between defining it in English (Or whatever your primary language is), and then spelling out the word in the next. Keep repeating this for each word until you have mastered them. Generally I can learn new words within ten minutes and then permanently remember them.

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#9 16 years ago

Let me put it this way: GF has made my english alot better. My tip is to read, listen and write the language alot (as The1chaos said).

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#10 16 years ago

learn it subliminally, like homer simpson did. play a tape of it in your sleep.

or just do what other people said.

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