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Laura Homs
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How to integrate your interests and hobbies in your language learning process

When learning a language, it is very important to have fun. So you have to ask yourself: what do you like? And how can you integrate it in your language learning process?

For instance, if you love music, why not trying to listen to music in the foreign language? Even if you are a complete beginner, it will give you a first insight on the sound of the language. Depending on your mother tongue (let’s say Russian), you might notice some similarities with the new language you want to learn (let’s say Spanish) or with other languages you already mastered (let’s say English). For instance, you can listen to the song “Me gustas tú” from Manu Chao and learn the very useful structure “Me gusta” (“I like…”), at the same time as you notice some similarities to your mother tongue or other languages you know (“mar”, in Russian “море”; or “noche”, in Russian “ночь”, in English “night”).

This is just an example, the Internet offers us unlimited possibilities. So if you are really interested in a specific topic, why not read about it in the new language, for instance? In my case, I love talking to people. So how can I incorporate this to my language learning process? Of course, having a teacher is a very good option, since professional guidance will help you achieve your goals faster and in a more effective way. But you can add extra options, such as looking for a tandem partner or a penpal.

Let's discuss! What do you like? How could you incorporate it to your language learning process?

I'm looking forward to your answers!


Aug 22, 2016 10:13 AM
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I love running outdoors. Since I started with Norwegian I just do not get out without my earphones on. I have the audios to a Norwegian course so I just keep listening to all of them over and over again, and again and again. Even at times when motivation was low and I kind of gave up studying I kept  listening to the audios while running

Then, every now and then I grabbed the book and read the texts, which was iluminating at times :D

Over time I have the impression I have improved my listening comprehesion skill quite a lot. I recommend this rather than watching tv for example since guided texts are feasible to understand. TV was just noise to me. I am talking about beguiner´s level here. 

Whatever you do...just stick to it!!

August 22, 2016

I'm currently working on my English and I've integrated my interests and hobbies in different ways. Next, there are some examples of my hobbies and interests and how I integrated them in my learning process:

* TV series: Besides watching TV series and movies, I like watching my favourite actor and actress interviews on TV shows.

* Photography: I enjoy reading blogs about Photography and watching tutorials on Youtube.

* Cooking: I share recipes with people from other countries that I've met on italki. It's a good way to practice cooking vocabulary and learn new recipes. 

* Music: Not only listening to music in the language you're learning is a great way to improve your listening skills, but also music is a great source of idioms and expressions.

By the way, great topic. I'm looking forward different answers!

August 22, 2016

You have raised a good topic:)Listening songs and doing some activity really a boost in learning a new language.That's why I asked my friend from Russia  to recommend me some Russian songs or FM Radio station link and I listened to them and those were awesome.I also use a site called Duolingo and it is fun to learn words and phrase.So slowly I'm learning it with  English in another hand.I hope I can learn it someday with the help of my friends who are very helpful and of course with my interest and effort really going to play an  important role in this.

Thank you:) 

August 22, 2016
I love watch futball and movies and listen to music
August 22, 2016
Laura Homs
Language Skills
Catalan, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Learning Language