Language Learning

Joined: January 19th, 2015, 12:22 am

February 3rd, 2015, 4:22 pm #1

What do you do to learn languages? Any tips (general or specific to one language)?

I like Memrise for vocabulary.

DuoLingo frustrates me, since I try to use it to perfect my Portuguese, but since I speak European Portuguese, the site constantly tells me I'm wrong. It's irritating.

Some of the McGraw-Hill "Teach Yourself" CD and book sets are pretty good. I like the Norwegian one.

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Joined: January 26th, 2015, 10:06 pm

February 3rd, 2015, 5:35 pm #2

If I'm already quite advanced, I mostly watch movies, read books and try to find people to talk to. For starting out with a new language, I like old-fashioned text books and exercises, exercises, exercises. Writing texts (even if with limited vocab) and getting someone to correct them for me also helps. I taught myself a good deal of Romanian that way a few years ago, but unfortunately I didn't keep up with it and now it's all gone again. Maybe I should give it another shot some time.
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Joined: January 11th, 2015, 7:20 pm

February 7th, 2015, 2:14 am #3

I've been getting back into DuoLingo recently. I prefer using it on the computer - it makes typing SO much easier for me! I've also been trying to read articles on the French Huffington Post site but it's been a couple of weeks since I did that. Once I get more comfortable with French again and if I get the motivation to go there, there's a local French discussion group that's free to attend. I've been before, just one semester a few years ago, but everyone was really nice and it was a good experience.
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Joined: January 25th, 2015, 8:10 am

February 9th, 2015, 1:23 pm #4

I forgot about memrise. I'm gonna see if there's an app for my phone. I like playing Swedish on the train and mumbling to myself :p
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Joined: January 19th, 2015, 12:22 am

February 18th, 2015, 4:48 am #5

I started an adult ed class for French (only two sessions, though) and since then I've been using Memrise and I really feel like it's making a difference. Like, in less than a week, I think I've probably learned about as much as I learned of Spanish in all of 7th grade.

I also want to work on losing my accent in various languages, so I'm going to try something a friend recommended of singing in the language (since singing seems to kind of neutralize accents) until the reduced accent carries over into speaking. I don't know if it will work, but it's worth a try.
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Joined: January 19th, 2015, 2:50 am

February 20th, 2015, 11:24 pm #6

I'm thinking about taking a super cheap ASL class one night per week this spring. Has anyone learned ASL or another signed language before? I'm interested to see how it differs from learning an oral language.
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March 22nd, 2015, 3:50 pm #7

I'm on Level 8 in Portuguese on Duolingo after just under a month of seriously using it. I'm doing the course for Spanish-speakers, which I think is super helpful for me.

Waiting very anxiously for the Turkish course to be ready!
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March 22nd, 2015, 5:15 pm #8

mburucuja wrote:I'm on Level 8 in Portuguese on Duolingo after just under a month of seriously using it. I'm doing the course for Spanish-speakers, which I think is super helpful for me.

Waiting very anxiously for the Turkish course to be ready!
I wish I could find Spanish courses for Euro-Portuguese speakers. It seems like everything is for Brazilian speakers, and I get it, but some of the grammar is really different between PT-BR and PT-PT and that's going to affect my understanding a lot.
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Joined: January 19th, 2015, 2:50 am

March 22nd, 2015, 8:23 pm #9

I'd at least give it a try. Spanish grammar isn't too complicated, so I'm sure you could figure it out.
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Joined: January 20th, 2015, 12:14 am

March 23rd, 2015, 1:42 am #10

I didn't know Duolingo had a Portuguese for Spanish speakers course! That's so cool. Going to start that asap.
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