Almost all modern language-learning experts agree.
Language learning should be fun.
But can this obsession with being entertained actually hurt your chances of learning another language?
I think it can. Let me explain.
I thought I had it all figured out.
Surrounded by native speakers, probably for ever, there was nothing more I had to do but speaking to rapidly improve my Spanish.
Yep, just plain old chatting would shoot my fluency through the roof.
Or so I thought…
Okay, that’s it!
You can’t do it anymore.
You’re done learning languages.
You did everything they told you.
But now the fire is extinguished.
You estimate the chances of you learning this language lower than those of Ted Bundy being in heaven.
Learning a new language comes in stages.
And these stages have so much to tell you: where you are, what to do next, if it’s time to drastically change your methods or not, etc.
But only if you understand them.
I hope to give you some of that understanding today…
Wherever you go, be it the internet, a college or a bar, people always seem to pop up advocating their best way to learn a new language.
But does it even exist?
Read on to find out.
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38 Experts share their most effective vocabulary-building method with you.
Probably the most balanced advice on learning vocabulary you’ll ever find.
Having written last time about how the wrong impression of memory can prevent you from learning a language, today I’ll be sharing a memory-improving strategy with you.
And the best part is that there’s nothing extra to learn, no techniques to master, and you practically don’t have to change your language-learning activities at all.
You often hear people say:
“My memory is terrible! Learning a new language isn’t for me.”
“I’ve tried a few times but I was forgetting words, phrases and grammar rules all over the place!”
“If that happens to me, my memory must suck, right?”
Have you ever noticed how certain behaviors repeat themselves?
You try to learn a new language and the same things derail you again and again.
Or you promise yourself to do at least one language-learning activity each day and the same kind of thoughts and feelings prevent you from actually doing it.
The Internet contains a lot of junk! Sifting through all of it is a pain.
Luckily, there´s a also a lot of good stuff floating around.
And even better, I’ve done the work for you selecting 5 of the best, most interesting articles for you to read.
Noel van Vliet is the founder of Smart Language Learner. He never thought he could do it but today he speaks three languages fluently.
This is the place where he shares what he's learned and what it takes to learn a new language.