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  • Bonjour á tous!

  • Hello everybody!

  • Today's topic is...

  • Five...

  • Five steps to learning a new language.

  • Number one: If your language has a new writing system, you have to start with the alphabet.

  • Why? Well...

  • If you're learning a language like Japanese or Chinese, and you rely on the Romaji and the Pinyin, you are going to run into a lot of problems later down the line.

  • Obviously this depends on your goals for the language.

  • (If) You just want to be conversational and never be able to read?

  • Go ahead, don't learn the script.

  • But my suggestion is to first start learning the script of the language, because... you'll be able to pronounce things a lot easier because you're not relying on an English rendering of the language.

  • Tip number two: learn greetings and vocabulary

  • After I finish learning the alphabet, I move into basic greetings and vocabulary.

  • This sound obvious but... it's so easy to learn this in any language.

  • And as soon as you're over that little hurdle you'll feel really good about yourself, and you can start talking to people.

  • I also suggest you learn the 100 most used words in the language.

  • You're gonna hear these words a lot, they're gonna pop up in movies, on the radio, in music, in books.

  • So if you know the basic greetings and vocabulary and a bit of grammar, as well as a hundred most useful or must common words, you're already at a very good place.

  • Step number three: grammar

  • That brings me to grammar, my favorite.

  • I'm so in love with grammar, I think I learn more... grammar structures than I do vocabulary.

  • Learning grammar structure, write it down hundreds of times, and pop in new vocabulary words.

  • That way you'll learn how to use the structure... and you're learning new words at the same time.

  • Number four: practice.

  • You need to get a language partner, and you need to make sure you're using the language every day.

  • If you don't use this language, at least for a week... I mean if you learn for a while and you stop for a week, you're gonna forget so much.

  • So even if you have to force yourself just to do a five or ten minutes a day, do that, because it will stimulate your short and long-term memory, and you'll remember things a lot better.

  • So put in that effort to do a little bit each day, and you will not disappoint yourself.

  • And... I bet you guys can guess what number five is.

  • Keep track of your progress.

  • Not even gonna go into detail because I think I've spoken about this so many times.

  • Surround yourself with the culture, with books, with music.

  • Ah, uh...

  • Uhm

  • Right over here, these are some Japanese books that I got in Japan.

  • So, if you just started learning a language, and you don't know how to read this, get the book anyway.

  • It'll push you to learn.

  • And what I do while I read... the best example is probably this Korean book I use, 심플하게 산다 (I Live Simply).

  • While I read, I will mark the words I don't know, and I'll write the English translation above them.

  • Uh, If you don't like writing in your book, get a notebook and do that, but, don't be put off by the fact that you've only been learning a language for a short amount of time, and you're like... "Ooh, I can't buy a book and read this."

  • No!

  • Challenge yourself, buy the book, and work through it slowly.

  • It's, it's a nice challenge.

  • And, I mean, there's no right or wrong way to, you know, start learning languages.

  • These are just tips that have worked for me, and I hope you have some tips that you can share as well.

  • So let me know in the comments,

  • And, see you guys next time.

  • Bye!

Bonjour á tous!

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    Samuel posted on 2018/07/26
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