Learning a new Language.... //

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  Topic Started By:  spudski    On:  Fri 16th November, 2012 at 13:44
spudski
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#1  Learning a new Language....  16 Nov '12 at 13:44
.... have any of you learnt a new language without living and speaking that language everyday?
As in...at home or on a course?

I've tried Italian by CD's and books and it just doesn't sink in.

I want to learn German.

I was offered jobs Ski Instructing in Austria and Switzerland this year on the premise that i could speak enough German to get by. I can't... but want to learn now, as the Ski Schools said they would offer a place next year if i could speak the language to a certain degree.

Any advise or experiences?

Languages don't come easy to me.
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begede
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#2  Re: Learning a new Language....  16 Nov '12 at 13:55
In reply to spudski (Post #1)
30-45 minutes a day,
Also make a vocab book, make 5 columns, 1st column is the english word second column is the foreign word 3rd column test yourself 1 day later 4th column 1 week later, 5th column 1 month later, carry forward anything you have nt learned after a month. this moves it from a short term to long term memory.
give yourself at least 3-6 months before you will feel you are making any progress.

howvever Ben ze knees is the same in any language.
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spudski
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#3  Re: Learning a new Language....  16 Nov '12 at 14:05
In reply to begede (Post #2)
I'll try that...sounds sensible.

What language did you do this with mate?
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#4  Re: Learning a new Language....  16 Nov '12 at 14:13
In reply to spudski (Post #3)
french and german, not business fluent but enough to get by. 20 words a day for 6 months gives you a working vocab, one of the basic learn to books will give you the verbs and the basics. and then gesticulation.
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spudski
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#5  Re: Learning a new Language....  16 Nov '12 at 14:16
In reply to begede (Post #4)
Excellent...hoping to do this in the evenings, to stop me spending money on booze every night. I'm going to be right boring lol
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begede
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#6  Re: Learning a new Language....  16 Nov '12 at 15:09
In reply to spudski (Post #5)
It's possible, it's just keeping up the motivation after a few weeks when it gets really dull and you feel you are not getting anywhere. try and build 30 mins into everyday. i usually set the clock earlier and try and do it before i have really woken up.
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Wendy
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#7  Re: Learning a new Language....  16 Nov '12 at 17:20
In reply to begede (Post #6)
I learnt German at school, and the words I remember the most are the lyrics from songs.

Der han is tort (The rooster is dead)
Wo ist der kokosnuss? (Where is the coconut?)
Ich bin ein musikante (I am a musician)

etc. etc.

Maybe learn some songs with the lyrics in front of you? Even if you fail short-term, you'll remember those lyrics in years to come. :O)
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spudski
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#8  Re: Learning a new Language....  17 Nov '12 at 09:44
In reply to Wendy (Post #7)
Yeah... I did French and German at school... I remember more French than German though.

I can count in German and remember Mein Hund ist Lumpi.... Something like that...about my dog being called Lumpi wtf

Funny what you remember or not...
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