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Tips for language learners

Learning a language depends on how much time you spend on it, the intensity of your effort, using the right methods, and a bit of talent. Previous experience in learning languages makes it easier to learn new languages. There is nothing impossible about learning a language unless you are retarded. It is mostly hard-work. You are building knowledge, and just like in construction, the time and effort you put into the building is the most important measure. Materials, conditions, skills and other factors come in later. Persistence is the key.
You also need to have the right motivations. If your only goal is to pass an exam, you will not be focusing on learning the language but on passing the exam, which, when the external stimulus is over, will usually come to a halt. It is better to learn the language while you are engaged in something you enjoy.

  • Join my whatsapp groups to practice. Practice makes perfect
  • Get yourself foreign friends and speak with them as often as possible.
  • Get yourself a penpal and write letters which will help you develop your writing skills.
  • Set aside a time for studying the language you are learning. Use what little time you have to learn, even if that means studying in the metro.
  • Learn the language by ear. If you do not pay attention to the sounds, you will never develop good pronunciation and confidence.
  • Have a vocabulary notebook. Writing is good for retention and memorization. You can also use the words in sentences.
  • You can join language practice groups such as Not Just English or Istanbul Toastmasters. Check Meetup, Eventbrite, and Couchsurfing for more events.
  • Put English subtitles whenever possible and listen attentively.
  • Read various texts, but stories help most of all. Read whatever you can get hold of in the language you are learning.
  • Write a diary. If you don't know a word or how to express yourself, it is a chance to find out how. It also gives you chance to produce and actively use the language. Listening and reading are passive but speaking and writing are active skills. The reason you can understand but cannot talk is because you haven't tried speaking so much. Don't be shy; be talkative.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
She sells sea shells at the sea shore, the shells she sells are the sea-shore shells, I'm sure.
William always wears a very warm woolen vest in winter. Victor, however, will never wear woolen underwear even in the Wild Wild West.
Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie?