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Language learning tips

I will mention only the two most important tips which helped me effectively learn two languages:

1. Listen and speak before reading: If the textbook comes with recording for example on a CD, listen attentively and repeat after each line or phrase as best as you can until there is no longer stress. Only then, open the book.

2. Don’t stress about remembering words: When encountering an unknown word, look it up, make a mental note of it, then move on. It is neither necessary to stress about not being able to remember a word after you have seen it seven or eight times nor painfully cram vocabulary.

This site offers many good tips.

lily in Languages on August 03 2011 » 0 comments

Confirmation interjections

Learning Norwegian in the last while, my interest in languages has been re-ignited. Among other things, I’m been noticing the small words, or maybe non-word sounds in the three different languages – Chinese, English and Norwegian. One of them is confirmation interjection (I’m actually not sure if that’s what they are called), that is, the sound people make when they confirm something someone else said, instead of saying “Yes” or “I agree”. I would love to learn about variations in other languages; send them to me or teach me how to say it so I can add them to the list!

Here are the confirmation interjections in the three languages I know (click to hear them):
Chinese (Mandarin)
English (North American)
Norwegian
German (no weak confirmation interjections similar to the ones above – Thanks, Sophie)

lily in Languages on July 03 2011 » 0 comments