Myriam
Best tools for learning languages It seems to me the best tools for learning languages are the following. What do you think? Are there others?

1) Listen to as many podcasts and audiobooks as possible, first ones for learning your target language and then normal ones. Do this as much as possible -- the more the better. Listen to podcasts while you are doing other things like walking, driving, cooking, doing housework, etc

2) watch movies and shows in the language (so much content on Netflix!) -- first with subtitles in your native language, then with subtitles in your target language, then without subtitles.

3) Take advantage of all opportunities to put yourself in immersion. Change your cell phone's language to the target language. When you search for something online do it in your target language. Every little but helps.

4) Read as much as possible -- books, newspapers, online articles. Ereaders are great because they allow you to look up words you don't know very easily. A great trick is to read a book you have already read in your native language, which makes it easier to understand because you already know the story. You can also try children's books to start.

5) Find language exchange buddies on italki

6) If you can afford to, take classes with teachers or tutors on italki

May 30, 2018 3:04 AM
Comments · 4
Listening to music in your target language. There are plenty of options on line such as Youtube. 
May 30, 2018
Yeah i agree with you mariyam...  i think the same as you..these are the best tips to learn a new language.it will help you more to learn it
May 30, 2018
Agree with you Stephen. Learning Soanish, reguetón is now my running music of choice!
May 30, 2018
Another is obviously doing grammar exercises. I think that this is boring though and while it is important to do some grammar it is less important than immersing yourself in the language. One exception is verb conjugations, which are important to learn in many languages. For Spanish, not knowing verb conjugations meant that I could not speak in the past or future, let alone the conditional or the subjunctive. So I drilled these using an app on my phone (like multiplication tables, learning them by rote learning), and learned all irregular and regular conjugations in about a month. My communication instantly became much better. So that is an example of a useful grammatical tool but otherwise I think just immersing yourself in the language is the best strategy.
May 30, 2018
Myriam
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish