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Practical Tips: Language Learning Part 2

Practical Tips: Language Learning Part 2

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We liked our language learning practice post so much that we decided to write a part two! Hello and welcome to our third part in a series on PRACTICAL TIPS, where we examine the strategies you need to reach your full potential through hard work, practice, and FactSumo! Last time we talked a lot about what you can do to improve your language learning capabilities. We’d like to add a few more tips that we think would help you on your journey!

 

Catch Yourself

There are quite a few benefits to self-correction: aka catching yourself making mistakes in a foreign language. This is good because it encourages self-improvement and to think critically about why you’re making errors. But this isn’t to say you should be correcting yourself so much that you don’t actually get anything done. Don’t be afraid to get a sentence wrong; it’s all apart of the learning process! While it’s important to realize what parts of a language you’re messing up, it’s just as important to experiment and not stay confined to the beginner’s box of phrases and words.

Repeat Your Errors

Once you’ve caught your own errors, make sure to jot down the mistake. It’s no use making an error if you don’t learn from them, right? Dedicate a single notebook to your errors. If you get something wrong, write down its definition and use it in a sentence. Now, for homework, make sure to write out the word or phrase you got wrong ten times in a row (at least). This repetition will drill the foreign language into your head, and the best part is you’ll probably never make the mistake again! Plus, if you do, that just means you’ll get more practice out of it!

Read Often (With a Dictionary)

Who would’ve guessed that avid readers are better at learning languages? Being well-read is not only good for your brain (as we’ve discussed in the first post in this series), but it’s a great tool to master a foreign language! While speaking should be taking up most of your time in learning a language, reading is equally important. Think about being dropped in a foreign country and you need to get to a hotel. Pretty difficult without reading signs, isn’t it? So how do you practice reading? Choose children books and keep a dictionary handy. That way, you can mark words for later to look up. This is made even easier with an electronic dictionary.

 

Even two posts dedicated to these quick tips won’t be enough to master a language, but it’s a start! We here at FactSumo hope you enjoyed this mini-series! Before we go, we’re going to give you a sample schedule you can follow to jumpstart your language learning experience!

 

Your Daily Language Routine

 

We recommend 20 minutes of reading something in your target language. It can be anything from a magazine to a TV show with subtitles.

 

Next, take another 20 minutes to practice your speaking. Kill two birds with one stone by repeating your reading material out loud!

 

Finally, we recommend just fifteen minutes of writing practice. Writing can be pretty draining, but it’ll help you recognize words faster when you go on to read! Keep a notebook for all your writing practice, and you’ll be proficient in no time!