After my recent praises for +Memrise
, I got some questions about +Duolingo
and if I like one of them more and why. So here are some insights into how I'm learning languages. The rule of thumb is, use whatever makes you happy :) You must enjoy the learning process, period.
1) If you like me love music, listen to music in foreign languages. Yes, you heard it many times because it's true. Sometimes you'll only like 1 out of 200 songs you'll listen to, but it's still worth your time and efforts. Also, not just listen to foreign music. Learn the lyrics and sing along, it's fun — I promise! :) Practice your pronunciation. Attached is the song I found just yesterday — Benim Ol by a very talented singer +Edis Görgülü
. Today all my neighbours surely know its lyrics by heart :P
2) TV shows (not movies, at least not at the beginning). I didn't watch TV at all back in Russia (don't like wasting my time), but those silly reality shows were so helpful once I moved to Germany and started learning languages. Right now I'm trying to watch +Arkadaşım Hoşgeldin
. Is it challenging? As you can imagine, it surely is. Moreover, it's sad when you don't get 99% of jokes in the comedy show but if you feel the same, keep going and don't give up (you'll thank me later ;)).
3) Subscribe and read in your stream various corporate social media profiles (Google+, Facebook, Twitter), e.g. technology, fitness, cooking, celebrity news, fashion, etc. At the beginning, it's better to avoid politics and economics if your goal is to practice everyday vocabulary.
4) Visit the country! Fall in love with people, architecture, food, nature, open your heart and embrace the world!
5) Practice your language skills with native speakers. Nothing to add here.
6) Web & mobile apps — +Memrise
, and +busuu
. Tried but didn't like — +Rosetta Stone
, +Pimsleur Approach
, Anki, +Livemocha
, etc. I'm planning to try out in the future — FluentU, Readlang, +Lingua.ly
. What else should I try? ;)
7) Grammar (yes, it's actually needed) - choose a couple of solid books. My choices so far Prisma and Suena for Spanish, Allegro and Espresso for Italian, Le Nouveau Taxi! and Alter Ego for French, and Tomer's Yeni Hitit and Dilmer's Yabancı Dilim Türkçe for Turkish.
Bonus. If you're still not sure why would someone want to learn new languages, check out +BuzzFeed