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Best way to learn a foreign language?...
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:16:26 AM »
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My primary language is English (C++ Computer Programming Language)  but I would like to start out by learning a new foreign language. I have some basic introduction questions - How long does it take? I assume it makes the same use of speech and writing and well as a comprehension. How long does it take to learn a new language 10 weeks

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Re: Best way to learn a foreign language?...
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2014, 03:54:41 AM »
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My primary language is English (C++ Computer Programming Language)  but I would like to start out by learning a new foreign language. I have some basic introduction questions - How long does it take? I assume it makes the same use of speech and writing and well as a comprehension. How long does it take to learn a new language 10 weeks



The best way to learn a new language is by immersion.

If you have a roommate or friend who speaks Spanish or French, you could pick up that language very rapidly.
If you go to a Greek Orthodox Church, you can learn the hymns in Greek (liturgical Greek), and by speaking with the older people in the parish, you can learn to speak Greek.
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Re: Best way to learn a foreign language?...
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2014, 08:00:45 AM »

I agree.  You have to use it.

People who are fluent in a language, but, don't use it....will lose it.

There's Pimsleur, which is a program that teaches through "sound"....just like you learned as a baby.  Your parents spoke at you and you repeated.  Pimsleur works on those same principles.

I think it is best that you actually "hear" the language.  That it gets absorbed through your ears, as well as through your eyes (through reading).

Get the basics....and then go find a group who speak that language and be with them.
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Re: Best way to learn a foreign language?...
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2015, 04:17:27 AM »
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My primary language is English (C++ Computer Programming Language)  but I would like to start out by learning a new foreign language. I have some basic introduction questions - How long does it take? I assume it makes the same use of speech and writing and well as a comprehension. How long does it take to learn a new language 10 weeks

It depends what language you will learn.
The best way is to learn with the native or directly learn in those countries.
If want to learn Japanese you will be able in basic conversation in 3 months when you are in here (Japan)
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Re: Best way to learn a foreign language?...
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2015, 12:19:35 AM »
Immersion is, indeed, the best way to learn a language. If that's not possible, though, it's no big deal: you can still get it otherwise.  ;) I have some experience with language learning, so I'll try to give you some advice.

  • Look for a course. If you can't find one, look for some online forum or Facebook group and try to get some advice on self-teaching material. That is just the beginning.
  • Train the language as exaustively as you can. Try watching movies (even if subtitled), listening to music (checking its lyrics), reading books, or maybe even Wikipedia. That is never enough. Also, always do those things on a level slightly higher than you are able to. Not to low, as you don't really need that to improve your skills; but not so hard that you may get let down.
  • Study it really hard and periodically. If you can't spare some time apart to study it hard, try to fit some light practice into your routine though.
  • Try learning formal grammar apart sometimes. It should "polish" your skills.
  • Don't lose your time on an obstacle too hard. It's much better to skip it, you'll recover it later.
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Re: Best way to learn a foreign language?...
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2015, 12:30:13 AM »
1. Immersion is the best if you can afford/have time for programs like Middlebury College offers, or for things like the State Department's CLS program. You'll make tons of progress very, very quickly--and then it's up to you to keep it up.

2. Once you have some command of the language, do things like watch TV shows, listen to music, read newspaper articles/websites, etc. to get yourself thinking about the language in a different environment. It helps you unpack grammar in different ways, too. I reinforce my Russian language skills by listening to TONS of Russian music (a lot of which is available online), watching movies on YouTube, watching sports broadcasts, etc. One thing I found really helpful was watching American shows and movies dubbed into Russian (you've never lived until you've watched dubbed Star Trek, Parks and Rec, etc.) because I already knew what was going on and so you could match what you knew of the plot/script with what you were hearing. I've also been reading the Harry Potter books translated into Russian, which is great because I've read them so many times, I'm not going in cold on the plot. It's like a crutch to build your vocabulary. When you realize you're understanding stuff, it makes you feel pretty good.

3. There's a series of books for a number of languages called "English Grammar for Students of (Language)," which allow you to familiarize yourself with grammar terms you probably don't know because you were never taught English that way. It's hard to describe, but once you see how, say, genitive case works in English, it makes you understand it better in your acquired language.