mapa1384
Which have been the best method to teach yourself any language? Do you have any tip you would like to share. In my opinion and the way it has worked for me has been finding online all the resources i could find about that language and with self discipline study at least one hour, starting from the basic words until i go deeper in to the grammar. A helpful method has been drawing and co-relate drawings with words. But, i have to say that sometimes i feel lost like i don´t know if i should learn vocabulary or learn about tenses or learn about declinations... anyway, my question is have you discover a good method or order or progression  in which to learn a new language by yourself? ( i'm talking about non common languages) 
May 5, 2018 2:33 AM
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For me, I find it extremely helpful to learn a language within the context of the culture. If you find cultural aspects associated with your target language that you enjoy such as music, food, dance, etc., you will have much more motivation to learn. 
May 5, 2018

In my experience, I've found that I best learn/acquire languages and elements of a language if it has direct significance to me. Let me explain.


Let us break down language into a system by which certain sets of vocal sounds and/or symbols have specific meaning. In Japanese, the word for "chair" is pronounced "isu" and written "椅子”. When I'm first exposed to that, my brain subconsciously registers it as a lie - because my entire life, I have associated different symbols and sounds with that object/meaning.


So, although one way of internalising that word may be conventional study methods, I find that a far more effective method is if my own personal experience reinforces the meaning of the given sounds and/or symbols. For example, if I was to go chair shopping in Japan, and intentionally conveyed that meaning by using/hearing that sound or writing/reading those symbols. In fact, your method of using images is also one way of reinforcing the meaning of the target word and to make it easier for your brain to accept.


I speak 4 languages. And I find that the biggest and fastest improvements I make in any of them are when I'm in an environment where I'm actually using the language. And the times when I regress or pleateau in any of those languages are when I go for long periods of limited use.

May 5, 2018
mapa1384
Language Skills
Danish, English, Finnish, German, Spanish
Learning Language
Danish, English, Finnish, German