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This is going to be a controversial statement but stop learning languages, acquire them. Here’s a question for you, how did you learn your native language in the first place ? Or, I guess the better question would be, how did you learn a language as a baby ? Babies don’t learn grammar, babies don’t use flashcards. If they are able to retain a language, and I believe that is truly the key, it’s the biggest misconception out there, is that you learn a language, when in reality you acquire it. If you want to go to Australia right now and talk to some of the ancient civilizations, and are still living there today, about future tense and past tense and conjugations, and all this jargon. They will look at you funny, because they don’t think about that when they’re speaking, rather their speech is in their thinking. School makes language learning a chore. From day one they focus on conjugations and different tenses but that’s not language learning. And with the help of my friends from Instagram and YouTube, I have developed a framework of formula. If you will for efficient language learning and it is called the M.I.N.D formula. A way that should be taught in schools to actually learn a language efficiently and effectively. And just like any formula if you miss or skip a step it won’t work. By the end of the month I will be putting my knowledge to the test, I will be speaking to two of my French friends, Marya and Patti, and I’ll be able to see how much French I was able to retain, and how fluent I actually in. Here’s the statement you’ve likely never considered. The stronger the motivation, the stronger the willpower. Today you may be motivated to learn a language but tomorrow that might not be the case. The first step isn’t downloading an application or cramming as much lexicon in your head as possible.
The first step is finding your why. Catherina is the seventeen-year-old polyglot – is actually fluent in six languages. Is a great job at explaining why motivation is so important. I guess the question is what is the strong enough interest to be able to keep you going in your language learning journey. The trick is have multiple interests. There’s going to be some days where some interests aren’t going to be enough to actually wake you up from bed and start language learning. In which case your other interests that you have are gonna boost you into the day and allow you to actually take the first step in learning your language. But personally my interest to learn French was because I found the language was absolutely beautiful. Here in Canada were very much a multi bilingual country, and by learning French I was able to communicate to people in their native language without having to worry about translations and losses of words, And there’s just something unique about being able to talk to someone knowing, that every single word you’re saying has the absolute correct meaning and association, and power as you would want it to have.
Students : the easiest way to learn French for lessons, vocabulary
As I mentioned before the secret to language learning is all about Input. Specifically babies learn a language because of context. If I were to give you the French sentence of
Je suis tombée de mon vélo et j’ai laissé tomber ma glace.
If you don’t speak French that sentence didn’t mean anything. However let’s put some pictures to it and let’s play the exact same audio one more time… From this context you might realize that tombée means « falling down ». And that’s glace means « ice-cream ». Yet, you didn’t need to study lexicon every day for a month to be able to learn that. There are two main forms of input : active and passive.
-Passive learning would be carelessly watching the YouTube video while
-Active learning would be watching the video and noting any new lexicon that you didn’t recognize and to make the most of language learning.
Students : how to learn to speak French in 30 days for lessons, vocabulary
In reality you don’t need to know all the words in a language in order to become fluent. I bet you don’t even know all the words in your native language. Instead apply the 80/20 rule, if you look at the dictionary 20% of the words will give you 80% of the output. Focus on the common phrases such as the five Ws and the one H : who-what-when-where-why-how, as well as common phrases such as : how do you say « « in blank » » in your target language ? As well as common pronouns such as he/she and connecting words such as then-but-therefore. In order to learn this lexicon efficiently and as quickly as possible, I used a space repetition platform known as Anki. A thousand words in my target language, in this case it was French. Although you might have heard of this technique from other videos, there are a couple things to keep in mind that many other videos don’t mention. There’s a lot of websites that can say that they have a thousand words in language when in reality that certainly isn’t the case. When checking your list you need to make sure for the infinitive form of the words and action list. You should also find cognates means which are actually words that sound similar in both languages. When learning lexicon be sure to use mnemonics to actually remember the words for the long term, for example the word être means to be and the word it sounds like « enter », so imagine someone saying « in order to enter you have to be ».
Teacher, learners : learn French conversation for pronunciation
After you become familiar with the language your mine actually diverges itself and there’s this moment that I call to click the click. Is where everything makes sense and you’re able to understand around 75% of the words coming. This is the point where most language newbies actually stop learning efficiently. This is the pinnacle point in reality that they have the opportunity to take their language learning to the next level. And there’s three ideas I want to share with you first of all
1 – Self Study
Self-study is essentially, just talking to yourself in that language, it could be in the shower, it can be why you’re doing the dishes. As long as you’re actually talking to yourself you start realizing what lexicon is missing, in what areas you need to improve.
2 – Grammar
On the second idea is verb tense or really just grammar. Grammar shouldn’t be done too early on in the game as it’s often shown to actually deplete your interest, instead it is best to do grammar. Once you feel a bit more comfortable with the language and you start realizing different connections that you didn’t see before.
3 – Weekly evaluations
The third one is undoubtedly the most important one and that’s a weekly evaluations. Language learning is the hardest thing to actually evaluate. You can have a great conversations in one day and then the next day you’re talking to some native Quebec people and you don’t understand a single word that are saying. So, every weekend either Sunday Friday or Saturday I recommend that you evaluate yourself on these four areas
You can also use the European system for learning languages : the A1-A2-B1-B2 in order to set yourself check points
Teacher, learners : top 10 French learning books for pronunciation
I LEARNED FRENCH IN 30 DAYS | Pimsleur French Level 1 Review & Progress
Hey guys, so my name is Jenna, I just wanted to show you guys my progress with Pimsleur. I heard about Pimsleur when I was deciding I wanted to learn a language. I’ve been learning French with Pimsleur for the last 30 days and I just finished level one. I’m going to Paris actually in about two months, so I mean to get going. When I was first deciding on how I wanted to learn French, I decided on Pimsleur because it’s something that you can do really anywhere. If you guys don’t know how Pimsleur set up, you’ve never heard of it, what they do is they have a native speaker speak and you repeat what they’re saying. When they introduce a new word or phrase, you’ll repeat it. And they talk really slowly, so that you can pick up on it and understand what they’re saying, which is really helpful. It’s really intuitive, it’s really easy to use. They’re just 30-minute audio programs and I personally listen to Pimsleur when I’m driving to work. I decide to do two courses a day, one review and one new. It really helps me to go through each course twice, but I still think you could make a lot of progress just doing 30 minutes a day. Just doing a new course every single day. Every single course will touch on the course before it, although I have to say I would not recommend doing too many new courses a day. For me, I think the most I’ve ever done in a day was two. It’s really just a lot a lot of information, it’s a lot of new vocab, it’s a lot of new pronunciations and sounds. Try to keep it to one new course a day. You really just figure out what works for you though ultimately. So, if you can do two or three new courses a day, more power to you but I just can’t. I’ll just go ahead and have a short conversations, we’ll go from there. I’m gonna try not to cut it, just so you guys can truly see like all the mistakes, the awkward pauses, just everything. So, other than that let’s go ahead and dive into.
Bonjour, je m’appelle Jenna, je suis américaine. Je voudrais parler un peu. Je comprends un peu le français et je parle un peu français aussi. Je vais visiter Paris et Versailles avec mon ami, dans 60 jours. On va voir la tour Eiffel et le Louvre. On va beaucoup de choses. On va acheter un peu de choses, parce que je n’ai pas d’argent, je n’ai pas beacuop d’argent. Merci de m’avoir écouté. Au revoir.
As you can see that was hard, but it’s really a lot of progress from me. It is still, I would say like a very basic understanding. I was just a little bit of what I’ve learned to say, but it’s sort of awkward. Just talking to yourself in a language you barely know. There are some other things that Pimsleur gets into that I didn’t grow in there like how to order food, how to ask for directions, things like that. Overall, for me it’s a really good start. I obviously have a long ways to go and a lot to learn. I think that I’ll be able to say some basic things when I’m over there, and hopefully in the two months I have before this trip I will learn even if you guys have any suggestions. How I can say things a little bit better ? Or, if you have any questions for me about Pimsleur, I’m more than happy to answer it. That’s really the only thing that I’ve done for these last 30 days as far as learning French goes. That’s how far penciler can get you ever take a little bit just depending on how naturally you pick up other languages.
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