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How often do you study or practise?


I have several italki lessons per week which seems to build to list of vocabulary I need to learn and skirts around in depth grammar learning! I live where they speak my target language so do use it daily, but maybe not as much as I'd like to. How often do other people have italki classes? Or use language partners? I've found that I can be a bit on and off with using Memrise or Anki but have started carrying my little flashcards with me that has old vocabulary that I need to review. 

I've always felt that frequent classes were the way forward but I'm wondering what everyone else does. 


Jul 19, 2016 11:57 PM
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HI! I have never been formally taught Spanish (the language I am trying to learn) but I am at A2 level just by teaching myself! I try to do something revolving around learning Spanish every day, sometimes I will spend an hour or more talking to Spanish speakers (or trying to! our conversations are limited to my vocabulary right now) or I will spend an hour or more studying Spanish (memorizing, writing out words and sentences, reading outloud.) But sometimes I don't do anything. Sometimes I will listen to Spanish music or play on Duolingo (a great vocab builder!) or just eavesdrop and try to catch as many words as I can. (Eavesdropping probably isn't recommended.) But it is really important to have fun with the language you are learning. You don't want to  get in a rut of hating learning it or dreading your study time. :) I would say try as often as you can, but if you need a break, don't hate yourself. Give yourself a day or two or more and then you can come back refreshed and excited to learn. :D Keep learning!! :D
July 20, 2016

The Chinese grammar is not so complicate and actually quiet similar to English. I think you could learn it deeper through listening and reading (if you could read Chinese); most native speakers have not even take a grammar class, and they learn it from trial and error.

I think foreigners have the upper hand of learning Cantonese. Lots of locals like to communicate with English speakers and offer the helping hand for foreigners. They would try to slow the oral speed down in order to get your understanding; they are so helpful that they are willing to teach you the usage and the pronunciation patiently.

In my opinion, you should show that you are willing to learn Cantonese, and they would provide the rest for you. Whenever you have any questions during the Cantonese conversation, just ask and get right of it. That would be a great learning opportunity and kind of a free lesson.

July 20, 2016
I have one or two lessons a week. I don't know if I'd go beyond that, unless I had a good grasp of grammar and was just looking to practice a language (say B1 level). If I were to take more, I'd not have time to review the material, which is an important part of learning.
July 20, 2016

Do you work in a Cantonese environment? Have a set number of phrases written down in Cantonese Chinese. E.g. 越來越多. Ask your Cantonese colleagues how to say this when you have lunch breaks or at impromptu moments. I remember being totally confused with 越來越多 when first learning it and confirming with colleagues that it is totally ok as an expression to mean 'increasingly'. Then I practiced saying it in sentences with colleagues. 

The difficulty with having many lessons is that you get a lot of new information but do not go over the old lessons. It results in information overload and lack of reinforcement of basics.

Gradually, you will recognise hearing these expressions turning up in ordinary conversations.

I now learn Mandarin Chinese. It is harder when not in an immersive environment.

July 20, 2016

I am a native Cantonese speaker and I like watching Cantonese movies,TV series as well as listening Cantonese songs.I think it's really important for languages learners to listen the native voices.And I am learning English with an American TV series called FRIENDS.Therefore,I strongly suggest you to watch some Cantonese movies or TV series and just listen the videos with your phone though you can't understand them!

July 22, 2016
Language Skills
Chinese (Cantonese), English, Spanish
Learning Language
Chinese (Cantonese)