Double the "f" in learning a foreign language: free and funny
1 Plan your work logically and wisely! Simple information is the base for further and more complicated structures. Start by learning pronunciation, common and simple nouns, present tenses, customary phrases etc. Do not move on to more difficult grammar and language buildings until being accustomed with the basis, they will appear hard to understand and you will feel discouraged. And most of all, be persevering and constant with your work. Always remember that practice and exercise is the key!
2 “Google” a little! The internet is an excellent provider of numerous free sites, courses, electronic books and guides with explanations and exercises. Most of them also contain keys, meaning you can evaluate yourself and your progresses. Also, surf for exercises which come with an audio support. It is an excellent method of practicing accents and pronunciation to your best. The greatest quality of these free and individual courses is the fact that they allow you to learn at your pace, without being left behind by the competence of others. Finally, don’t forget to download or consult a dictionary, it is indispensable for a beginner!
3 Get a pen friend! The traditional method required two or more people with similar interests that would share information through letters. Nowadays, one can change the concept of letter with the one of emails, which is faster and more efficient. If you have a childhood friend or an ex classmate who moved to a country with a language you currently learn, ask him to help you, by communicating in his/her language. You will get accustomed with talking to a native and he/she can give you a hand by correcting your errors and rectifying your way of expressing. If you don’t know such a person, resort again to the internet and sign up to a site specialized in this field or even to a regular chat. You will be amazed by the great amount of people that use this method for new languages and also, you will find people with interests similar to yours and you will spend your learning time in an interactive and pleasant way. Furthermore, have a nice and prolific chat!
4 Watch movies and listen to music! Linguistic specialists advise that watching foreign movies and listening to music with lyrics in another language is a very good method of improving your knowledge, even if the effect is not obvious from the very beginning. Yet, after a few months of watching foreign movies or television programs, you will be amazed and pleased to discover that step by step, you have started to understand what one talks about and that you easily “find your words”. Regarding movies, begin by using subtitles in order to ease your understanding and also, to learn new and diversified words and phrases.
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