12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages

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#1 – Learn the right words, the right way.Starting a new language means learning new words. Lots of them. Of course, many people cite a bad memory for learning new vocab, so they quit before even getting started.But–here’s the key–you absolutely do not need to know all the words of a language to speak it (and in fact,

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12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time The Only Post Youll EverNeed#1 Learn the right words, the right way.Starting a new language means learning new words. Lots of them.Of course, many people cite a bad memory for learning new vocab, so they quit before even getting started.Butheres the keyyou absolutely donotneed to know all the words of a language to speak it (and in fact, you dont know all the words of your mother tongue either).As Tim pointed out in his own poston learning any language in 3 months, you can take advantage of the Pareto principle here, and realize that 20% of the effort you spend on acquiring new vocab could ultimately give you 80% comprehension in a languagefor instance, in Englishjust 300 words make up 65% of all written material. We use those words alot,and thats the case in every other language as well.You can find pre-made flash card decks of these most frequent words (or words themed for a subject you are more likely to talk about) for studyingon the Anki app(available for all computer platforms and smartphones) that you can download instantly. Good flashcard methods implement a spaced repetition system (SRS), which Anki automates. This means that rather than go through the same list of vocabulary in the same order every time, you see words at strategically spaced intervals,just before you would forget them.#2 Learn cognates: your friend in every single language.Beli

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