7 TIPS TO LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE
Hey guys. It’s Lanie.
Today I am going to share with you seven tips
that I’ve used over the past 5 years
to kind of get a basic grasp of the Swedish language.
So hopefully if you are thinking of learning a language
and you don’t really want to take classes,
but you kind of want to keep it casual,
that these tips will help you guys out.
1. Get a dedicated notebook
What I really like to do when I learning a new language is to get a notebook
and pretty much anything that I write on the notebook
has to be related to the language I’m learning.
So, for example, I also learn French in university,
I had a notebook where I would write everything
that I was learning in French.
You can also keep like a diary or a blog
where everything you feel like expressing
has to be in the langeage that you are learning.
At first, it will be really hard
because you’ll find that there are something that you wanna express,
but you can’t find the words to express them in that language.
So that’s a really great time for you
to kind of like go on google translate or open your dictionary
and learn new vocabulary for the word that you want to express.
2. Listen to music
I also really like to listen to music
in that language that I’m learning.
So right now, obviously I listen to a little Swedish music
and it really helps me to kind of comprehend what they’re singing about.
And when I first started listening to the Swedish music,
I couldn’t understand like a single word.
But I would highly kind of learn to grasp the different context of songs,
especially because there are a lot of like love songs out there heart-break songs
and you’ll pick up common words they use.
What I really like to do is I like to read the lyrics as I listen to the song.
Any words that I don’t know, I’ll translate
and if I really like the song and it’s really resonating with me,
I’ll turn it into an artwork.
I’ll like write it down, or I’ll make a painting out of it.
I think being able to write what you’re listening to
is a great way to kind of keep all those vocabulary and words and phrases in your mind,
and that’s really helped me because
3. Watch movies & showes with subtitles
Next I will suggest that you find a really good TV series in that local language.
But I suggest watching movies and watching TV series
because it will kind of help you to learn the way that
words are pronounced or the intonation of the voices
when they speak that language.
And that is really helpful
because it’s easy to kind of just like read the words
that you see and think their pronounce.
But it’s another thing to like have that intonation
for example, (Swedish language)
它是有意义的 但它缺乏这样的语调 (瑞典语)
like it makes sense but it lacks that intonation like (Swedish language)
That’s really important too,
if you are learning a new language,
it’s too like surround yourself with people who actually speak it
and listen to the way of the words are spoken.
So, yeah, definitely check out foreign films in the language that you’re choosing to learn.
4. Read children’s books
Next is reading.
I suggest getting maybe children’s books start off with
because it’s gonna be hard if you just dump in straight into an adult novel,
but children’s books are really great.
Because you’ll learn how to say the basic things,
basic vocabulary and as you build your confidence,
you can progress to higher levels.
I would suggest getting books that you already know in your native tongues,
比如暮光之城 饥饿游戏 这些你已经看过的书
so for example, I don’t know Twilight, Hunger Game, something that you’ve read before
and get the translated version of that.
5. Follow social media personalities
I also follow a lot of people online
who speak the language that I’m learning.
Finding YouTubers who make videos in their native tongue
and following them on social media.
There’s also specific Twitter accounts in specific languages
that you could also follow and you’ll learn a lot from that too.
Usually there is like quite a tight-knit community
of these YouTubers who make videos in the native language.
So once you find one YouTuber,
it’s really easy to kind of find their community
and start following all the people who make videos in that language.
6. Take advantage of free apps
I would also take advantage of free applications,
there are so many apps out there
that lets you learn a language for free.
And I’ve wrote about this before about this app called Duolingo,
and they have quite a few languages you can learn on Duolingo.
I’m waiting for them to have like a Chinese Mandarin course
so that I can start learning Mandarin.
But this is a really great way if you need extra resources and extra help
to kind of guide you along that way.
And it’s great for grammar practices,
it’s great for expanding your vocabulary
and it’s kind of like a gamification process to you.
So there’s like levels.
I don’t go on it very often anymore,
but I just kind of go on there to refresh it up my French skills mostly
and to see how my Swedish progression is going.
So it’s also a really great way to kind of gauge how far along you are
in the process of learning your language.
7. Find a buddy
And lastly I think is probably the most important
is to find a buddy who can actually talk to in that language you’re learning.
I think this is definitely being the best way for me to learn Swedish,
because I had Mattias around.
And every now and then we’ll have a conversation in Swedish.
Usually like 5 to 10 minutes and he’ll teach me new vocabulary.
He’ll teach me if I’ve said a phrase wrong.
It’s really helpful when I’m listening to a Swedish song
or I’m watching Swedish television program
and I don’t understand what’s going on,
he can translate for me.
Obviously through Mattias,
I have some of his friends who also helped me on my Swedish language journey.
So I will like type to them in Swedish
and they will type me back and I have no idea what I just typed.
And it’s a great way to learn new phrases
and to kind of get a better understanding.
Because Mattias is very lenient on me.
If I say something grammatically wrong,
sometimes you let it go,
但和他的朋友一起 他们会说些像“哈? 不 你应该这么说”之类的话
but with his friends, they’ll be like “huh? no, you first say it this way. “
I think Mattias is like seeming make fool of myself.
But, yeah, definitely try and find yourself someone
who you can talk that language you’re learning to.
It’s really helpful and it gives you great practice
to actually put all that passive learning to use.
Those are my tips and there is really ways
that I have managed to learn Swedish over the past 5 years
that not really taking any classes or really putting much effort.
当然 你越投入 在这上面花费的时间越多
Obviously, the more you invest in it, the more time you spend into it,
the more you schedule time to learn another language, the faster you’ll progess.
Let me know if you’re learning a new language,
and what are some other things that you’re doing is to reach that goal
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I’ll see you guys in my next video,
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