Saturday, October 29, 2016

Learn Languages Faster Than Children Do!! (Quick Tips To Maximize Progress)



Learn Languages Faster Than Children Do!! (Quick Tips To Maximize Progress) - Gabriel talks about the how yes, adults can learn languages quickly also. Children are surrounded by the language for many years before they become fluent. They don't really learn that quickly.

Lee Greenwood - God Bless The USA (Home Free Cover) (All Vocal) (A Cappe...



Lee Greenwood - God Bless The USA (Home Free Cover) (All Vocal) (A Cappella)

The Eagles - Seven Bridges Road (Home Free)



The Eagles - Seven Bridges Road (Home Free)

Garth Brooks - Friends In Low Places (Home Free Cover)



Garth Brooks - Friends In Low Places (Home Free Cover)


John Denver - Thank God I'm a Country Boy (Home Free Cover)



John Denver - Thank God I'm a Country Boy (Home Free Cover) (All Vocal Music)

Home Free - How Great Thou Art



Home Free - How Great Thou Art

Monday, October 24, 2016

IWTYAL 142: Master Your Memory Part 2



The second part of a video series by Olly Richards focusing on techniques to help foreign language learners improve their ability to remember vocabulary.

I had to watch this one because I want to learn more words! I like to watch videos to see what has worked for other people.

I enjoyed this video because Olly Richards reminds me why I don't like flash cards. Using flash cards hasn't really helped me in the past. As he explains, it is because I wasn't making the associations needed to make the repetition of vocabulary useful. Even when I was spending hours adding photos to my Anki cards, I got tired of using all my time creating the flash cards cards.

Basically, my main "system" for learning vocabulary is what Olly Richards describes in this video as mass input. I have taken control of where I get my mass input because I'm a paid subscriber at LingQ. On their site I read and listen to podcasts, or I also import information from other sources.

I don't start to "study" vocabulary until I realize that I'm having problems memorizing a word. How do I know I'm having a problem? At LingQ, their is a system makes it very easy to identify strong or weak words.

Incidentally, I have lived for several months in a country where I was surrounded by my target language. Before I left the English speaking world, I had stopped my membership at LingQ because I knew I wouldn't have reliable Internet. Once I got to the other country, I missed being able to control the repetition so much that half-way through my trip, I enrolled again at LingQ.

Here are some ideas I've used to work with problem words...

I don't like flash cards. I don't even use them at LingQ (often). Instead, I write problem words and sample sentences in my language notebook. I get my repetition because if I'm still having trouble with a word, I write more sample sentences in my language notebook.

The closest I've come to using the concept of flash cards is that I write words on sticky notes and place them near every day items in my home. I typically add short sentences and phrases to the sticky notes. Every time I am doing my laundry, I practice reading and saying "throw it in the washing machine" in my target language.

And now for episode 3...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Picture to Remember. Russian Movie. StarMedia. Criminal Melodrama. English Subtitles

A Picture to Remember. Russian Movie. StarMedia. Criminal Melodrama. English Subtitles

A good movie with subtitles for people that want to be able to copy the text and practice the phrases and sentences on their own or with a program like LingQ.