I’m stuck between wanting:
1. A long lasting relationship with my soulmate who supports me and protects me and is my partner and we are completely bad ass together and in love
2. Wanting to have casual sex and rip out the heart of everyone person I meet
3. Being independent and having a loyal dog while I’m married to my career
It scares me how accurate this is.
Think you know French? Think again. French, like any language, is a language that can never be completely mastered because like all languages it evolves and changes to specific needs and events. However, one can certainly get close! To aid you,…
Useful phrases for essay writing…
Oh let’s see.
Immersion is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Loving a language is a great tool, also, because it’ll help motivate you even when you’re not having as much fun as you’d like. There’s only so much enjoyment a person can glean from parsing syntax.
As I think it’s safe to assume you mean here, rather than my own struggles of pouring over dead languages for months and years on end, I’ll answer with here-things. =)
Find music in the language you wish to learn. Last.fm, Spotify, even YouTube are good for this. Listen to it often! Look up translations; it’ll give you an idea of what the language sounds like, how the sentences are structured. Lyrics certainly aren’t the end-all of proper word ordering but it’ll give you an intuitive grasp on what the language ought to sound like.
If you’re able to find movies or, indeed, movies you’d normally watch in your mother tongue but have dubs in the language you wish to learn, watch them. Turn off the English subtitles and watch it in the new language you’re studying. If you know the film you’ll understand what’s happening. The only barrier morphs to your grasp on the language at hand. Focus, or drift, but listen to the words and let them swim around in your head. Speak them, say them until they sound right.
Find books you enjoy and know well in the language you wish to learn. For example: you love J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Track down the first one in the language you wish to learn and read it side-by-side with your English edition. Read closely, sentence by sentence. Accompany this with a language-to-English (or.. English-to-language) dictionary. This is slow, potentially time-consuming, but aided by the book at hand being something you enjoy.
Read the words out loud. Say them over and over. Small children do this while learning their mother tongue. It doesn’t change with age. Don’t feel self-conscious. It’s a wonderful thing, to wish to learn a new way of speaking and reading. You’ll find it opens doors in your daily life. Perhaps you’ll run into native speakers and feel compelled to greet them—do so, they’ll probably like it. They might soon realize you’re new with much to learn, but it’s the mere fact that you’re doing so that’s bound to please them. Learning a new language isn’t an easy thing. They’ll appreciate the fact that you’re doing so.
The internet has many resources, but I’ve personally found Duolingo to be quite helpful. It’s a good starting point, and a follow up search on Google will inundate you with many more things to poke around with. Try not to get overwhelmed. If you schedule your time, try to set aside fifteen minutes a day for the harder aspects—the side-by-side reading, Duolingo, etc.
Take the music with you wherever you go. =) It helps.
It’s been 2 yrs since I last studied French at school, and I’ve started to forget so many things. I still remember all my conjugations (thankfully), but my vocabulary is diminishing quickly. I sat there for 15 minutes thinking about what ‘to give’ is in French LOL
This was definitely supposed to be a language-centric blog, but it’s become a little too eclectic and off focus, so I’m moving my language stuff to a new blog with the user name ninathepolyglot :) please follow~
me: Oh what the fuck
friend: what happened?
me: this scenario I created in my head got intense