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Friday, October 21, 2016

IWTYAL 141: Master Your Memory Part 1

IWTYAL 141: Master Your Memory Part 1

Memory techniques for learning foreign language vocabulary. The ART technique ... first of three episodes. How to apply the techniques to learning languages.

Memory Techniques - Learning Foreign Languages

Over a million words in English? Wow. 85% of the words we use regularly are simply 1000 of these one million words.

I don't buy into the idea to focus on those 1000 words. I want to be fluent in my foreign languages. It might be that most of what people say includes those popular words... but I find the important words in so, so, so many system are among the other 15%!!!

I do very little to focus on vocabulary because I read and listen to podcasts at LingQ. I just keep reading and listening and giving my brain more words to think about. But I do follow the basic ideas Olly Richard's has outlined this video. When I'm having trouble with a specific word I identify it and look for sample sentences to write in my language (vocabulary) notebook.

Also, I have started putting up little sticky notes all over my house with the names of common every day objects in the foreign language that I'm listening too.

But I listened to this podcast anyway because I would love to learn vocabulary more quickly!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tablets over books for language learning

iPads, iPhones and other tablets and smart phones are more interactive, more engaging, pack more information. Books have their place, but only when you are quite advanced in the language. Easier to read a tablet on the stepper than a book. No pages to flip or keep open. Modern ideas for learning foreign languages.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Practice listening Russian. Let's talk // RUS subtitles

Practice listening Russian. Let's talk // RUS subtitles
Published on Oct 14, 2016

In this video we will talk a little bit. :) I didn't prepare any text for it and just am telling you spontenously about the new things happening in my life.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Foreign Language Study Sequences Part 1: Listening

I use some these tips by Olly Richards as he describes how to improve listening skills in foreign language study during his core study time. (Core Study Time In Your Language Routine)

Instead of paying for a transcription, I choose videos from YouTube channels created by native speakers that add accurate subtitles.

I study the words and phrases in the videos by cutting and pasting them into LingQ. I am a LingQ subscriber so I can save sentences and phrases to see later. Sometimes I write phrases and sentences in a notebook. But the I text more than I write by hand, so I work on my computer more often.

I don't limit my practice to 30 second clips of videos. I watch entire videos I want to understand over and over. However, when a video is very long, I break it into smaller chunks. I think I will try the tips in this video and break the foreign language resources down into shorter clips.

Also, because I am watching longer videos, I get less repetition than he describes. But at my level in my target language most of the words I don't remember easily are typical infrequent words that show up seldom. I gain listening comprehension for the videos I have watched three of four times. After watching a show three or for times, if there are words I don't understand, I tend to move it to a playlist I've created for future study. I frequently return to videos I'd like to study at a later date.

Как строили египетские пирамиды? — Научпок

Как строили египетские пирамиды? — Научпок

Египетские пирамиды — величайшие архитектурные памятники Древнего Египта, среди которых одно из «семи чудес света» — пирамида Хеопса и почётный кандидат «новых семи чудес света» — Пирамиды Гизы. Пирамиды представляют собой огромные каменные сооружения пирамидальной формы, использовавшиеся в качестве гробниц для фараонов Древнего Египта. Слово «пирамида» — греческое, означает многогранник. До настоящего времени среди исследователей нет единого мнения о причинах, побудивших придавать сооружениям указанную форму. Всего в Египте было обнаружено 118 пирамид (на ноябрь 2008 года).

(auto translation) Egyptian pyramids - the greatest architectural monuments of ancient Egypt, including one of the "seven wonders of the world" - the pyramid of Cheops and honorary PhD "New Seven Wonders of the World" - the Pyramids of Giza. Pyramids are a huge stone pyramid-shaped buildings that were used as tombs for pharaohs of ancient Egypt. The word "pyramid" - the Greek, means a polyhedron. So far, there is no general consensus on the reasons why this form to give structures. Total 118 pyramids have been found in Egypt (November 2008).

Monday, October 17, 2016

Foreign Language Study Sequences Part 2: Learning Vocabulary

A video clip in the Foreign Language Study Sequences by Olly Richards to learn vocabulary in a foreign language.

My system for learning vocabulary words in my target language is that I basically do not study vocabulary to memorize it. I stopped intentionally trying to memorize any words. I also stopped trying to use mnemonic systems. I choose instead to associate words with their actual meaning in the language through sensory input, action, imagery, ass well as reading, writing, speaking, listening and translation.

Instead of studying a list of words each day, I instead expose myself to the language through reading, listening, translating, watching movies or videos, and talking or writing with native speakers. When I find an interesting resource, I will repeatedly watch or read it over a period of time. Other repetition comes from regular similiar installments such as ... the news about current events, gossip or celebrity news, or even the weekly sales ad at an online store.

Because I don't actively study vocabulary every day, I sound contrary to what Olly Richards says in this video. But, it really works out that I'm getting all the study time and repetition needed to memorize words they same way he is. But instead of focusing on repeating a specific word, I'm focusing on repeating content that will teach me many words a day. I know that learn best from seeing the words in context. Also, I heavily rely on my literacy skills in both my own and foreign languages.

I do have a tool that I use keep track of individual words. I am a member at the site called LingQ. At LingQ, I read and listen to podcasts. I also import a lot of reading material. At the site LingQ when I run across words I don't know, I use the tools in their system to create a "LingQ". That simply means that I am able to electronically highlight words and add an accurate definition that I can quickly access while I'm reading and/or listening on their site. As I use the tools at LingQ, when I recognize a word and feel comfortable with the definition, I move it to known so I don't have to focus on it anymore. I find the LingQ is super helpful to help me identify some words that I am not learning quickly so I can give them some additional time.

Some techniques I use to focus on the difficult words (or interesting words that I want to know more about).
  • I search for samples sentences or phrases on Twitter and write them down in my language notebook. I often copy and paste tweets into an imported lesson at LingQ.
  • I often use Pinterest in my target language so I can add a visual layer to my memories. You guess it, I will also I copy the descriptions at Pinterest into an imported lesson at LingQ.
  • I search for words at the foreign language Wikipedia site and read those articles on LingQ.
  • I act out actions involving words I'm learning mentally and/or physically. 
  • I use the words and phrases in real life or conversation.
  • Practice sentences and or pronunciation with my language tutor or partner.
  • I find the word in an online dictionary to read the definition, synonyms, antonyms, find a root word, or sample phrases and sentences.
  • I find words and phrases in blogs or other articles written in the foreign language.
  • I search for videos that feature specific words in the title. I learned the verb "to buzz" in Russian by watching short videos of  featuring insects and a video about fixing a broken muffler on a car.
  • I think of ways to involve other senses such as ... learning words through cooking recipes, describing daily activities, or naming actual objects, etc...
  • I look for songs with the word in the title.
  • For everyday objects and products, I look for sales ads for stores in print or on YouTube.
Like Olly Richards, I also learn many words from the foreign language workbooks and or courses that I purchase and use for practice. I often write down the answers for exercises in these books in my language notebook.

I like finding sentences in Duolingo and writing those in my language notebook. They find new ways to use some core words. I don't necessarily use Duolingo every day. By the time I'm finished with the tree in my target language, it will have been over a year.

A little more about my own language notebook...
  • I don't worry about the format.
  • Sometimes I create lists.
  • Most often the pages in my notebook are filled with phrases and sample sentences.
  • I no longer study or review the contents of my language notebooks.
  • If a word is still unknown, rather than review old information, I find new sample sentences and phrases is what I need.
More about using LingQ...
  • I don't think of the system at LingQ as a language learning program. LingQ is not teaching me my target language. I am learning the language by myself. I simply use the tools they offer on their site to watch for words that I'm having trouble memorizing.
  • There are a wide variety of lessons in my target language on LingQ. Several professional teachers have create useful lessons that discuss the language, grammar, and common phrases.
  • I import a lot of lessons into LingQ based on what I want to know.
  • I import books to read while I listen to the audio book.
  • I have found a few news sites that have transcripts of their video news stories.
  • I import accurate subtitles from YouTube videos into LingQ.
  • I use LingQ almost every single day.
  • At LingQ I quickly realized that I didn't have to study the 1000 most popular words in my target language. Using LingQ, I quickly found all the most popular words within context in text and podcasts.
  • The statistics demonstrate that over two years that I have been learning 60 words for each hour of listening, or 150 words each week. 
  • I learned high school Spanish at a snail's pace in comparison.
  • The known words statistics are only accurate for LingQ. I use many other sources.
  • They have other vocabulary tools at LingQ that would probably even help me learn vocabulary faster. But reading content is my favorite way of learning words even in my native language, so I stick with what is tried and true more often than not.
So why do I recommend this video despite treating vocabulary aquistion so differently in my own life? Because it is finding a consistent system that matters. Olly Richards has a lot of great ideas that will help new learners come up with their own best system.

Foreign Language Study Sequences Part 3: Lesson Preparation

In his series describing his own core study time, Olly Richards talks about preparing for his daily lessons. To tell you the truth, I could learn from this video! I'm not very good at organizing what I plan for the day when I talk with a language partner or tutor!

Foreign Lanuage Study Sequences Part 4: Glossika

Part 4 of Olly Richard's series on how he uses his core study time for learning foreign languages. I use Glossika also. It isn't difficult to convince me to use Glossika regularly. I tend to use Glossika during my daily walk. I could probably use Glossika more beneficially if I spent more time reading and adapting the sentence patterns.

Learn Russian: Ли

Learn Russian: Ли - Today features a video talking about the Russian particle "ли". When and how do we use it? She has the PDF with the text on her site ... link in the description of the video on YouTube.

Shop 'Til You Drop - The ABCs of Shopping

Fun song advertisement for an online T-shirt shop. Their own store is in their description on YouTube.

If you still have room on your credit card, feel free to check out one of these stores at Zazzle: Disney, my store, Designs 4 You, 50th birthday gifts - 50th Wedding Anniversary or others...

Space Cats — Magic Fly

Space Cats — Magic Fly - Cute singing kittens in outer space.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Foreign Language Study Sequences Part 5: Textbook Dialogues

Foreign Language Study Sequences Part 5: Textbook Dialogues

Olly Richard, in his series about using his core study time to learn foreign languages, describes how he uses different dialogues in course books.

I use some of the tips he gives in this not just with textbook dialogues, but with podcasts or lessons that I watch on YouTube and LingQ.

Низкоуглеводный тако с курицей, миндалем, кокосовым молоком и яблоками

Низкоуглеводный тако с курицей, миндалем, кокосовым молоком и яблоками, рецептом которого поделился с нами Виталий Истомин, шеф ресторана Техникум. Низкоуглеводный — потому что вместо лепешки используются листья салата. Пошаговый рецепт.

"Low-carb tacos with chicken, almonds, coconut milk and apples, whose recipe shared with us Vitaliy Istomin, chef of the restaurant College. Low-carb - because instead of tortillas used lettuce. Step by step recipe."

White and Medium Turquoise Monogrammed Polka Dots Pillow

The Grand Hotel font at Zazzle lends itself to creating some nice custom monograms. Some of the capital letters have different sizes so people will have to move the letter up or down to center on the design area. The background features light turquoise polka dots on white with a darker monogram design. Create your own pillow for a Christmas gift. Of course, you can remove the text if you want just the polka dot pattern.


"My vision of Russia" AFS student - Alessandro Pilia - Rybinsk, Russia, 2015

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