Friday, December 18, 2009

Quick Guide to learn any language effectively, enjoyably.

1) For 3 months, listen to the target language.  Audio books, Movies, Music.
- All you have to do is pick up one word here and there.
- Don't use the written target language in this phase.
- Translations are OK.

2) Learn the basics of the writing system.
- Memorize the alphabet/hanzi/hangul/whatever.
- Alphabets and syllabaries should not take more than 2 weeks to learn.

3) For a few months, try to learn as many new words/day as possible.
- You need about ~2000 words families.
- The faster you do it, the better.
- Mine these words from real, authentic, native targeted material.
- Prefer transcriptions of audio you have already listened.
- Also use Books, Comics, Articles, etc.
- Use Flashcards to memorize words within sentences.
- Translations are OK.

4) Forever, listen and read to the target language.
- Now on, translations are evil.
- Use only monolingual dictionary definitions in the new Flashcards you make.


Anonymous said...

Nice post.
I shall read it often.

Mentat, I have the possibility to download rosetta stone audio. I'm aware that you used rosetta stone, but how?

You used the program itself?

Or you used only the audio?

Is it any good?


Emilio Wuerges said...

Ow yes.

I used the program itself, not only the audio or the text. It was before knowing of AJATT.

But I really don't recommend it, there are much better sources of audio around.

Carla said...

I'm sorry to ask, but why not using the written target language in the first 3 months?

From a discoursive perpective I thought the much you'd use the target language the faster you'd learn. I'd be happy if you could make explain me that.

Sweet regards :)

Emilio Wuerges said...

Great question.
The reason I think like this is to prevent the learner to tie his first language's writing system to the second language's writing system.

This seems specially true Brazilian students of English as a second language.