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Tricks to making flashcards effective

An article on “Tricks to making flashcards effective”, written by Researcher, writer, teacher and teacher-trainer, Ms. Barbara Castleton

What do you think of it?


September 10, 2011 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

How to learn a foreign language

Here are 5 tips on how you can learn a foreign language.  The article was written by Steve Kaufmann, a former Canadian diplomat, who has his own blog on language learning.

1) Spend the time!

By far the most important factor is how much time you are immersed in the language. The more time you spend with the language, the faster you will learn. This means listening, reading, writing, speaking, and studying words and phrases. This does not mean sitting in class looking out the window, nor listening to other students who do not speak well, nor getting explanations in your own language about how the language works. This means spending time enjoyably connected to the language you are learning.

2) Listen and read every day!

Listen wherever you are on your MP3 player. Read what you are listening to. Listen to and read things that you like, things that you can mostly understand, or even partly understand. If you keep listening and reading you will get used to the language. One hour of listening or reading is more effective than many hours of class time.

3) Focus on words and phrases!

Build up your vocabulary, you’ll need lots. Start to notice words and how they come together as phrases. Learn these words and phrases through your listening and reading. Read online, using online dictionaries, and make your own vocabulary lists for review. Soon you will run into your new words and phrases elsewhere. Gradually you will be able to use them. Do not worry about how accurately you speak until you have accumulated a plenty of words through listening and reading.

4) Take responsibility for your own learning!

If you do not want to learn the language, you won’t. If you do want to learn the language, take control. Choose content of interest, that you want to listen to and read. Seek out the words and phrases that you need to understand your listening and reading. Do not wait for someone else to show you the language, nor to tell you what to do. Discover the language by yourself, like a child growing up. Talk when you feel like it. Write when you feel like it. A teacher cannot teach you to become fluent, but you can learn to become fluent if you want to.

5) Relax and enjoy yourself!

Do not worry about what you cannot remember, or cannot yet understand, or cannot yet say. It does not matter. You are learning and improving. The language will gradually become clearer in your brain, but this will happen on a schedule that you cannot control. So sit back and enjoy. Just make sure you spend enough time with the language. That is the greatest guarantee of success.

Source: Pick The Brain

September 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Language learning – tips from BBC

Here are some tips from users on learning a new language:

Success starts here

Language learning takes time and commitment so be realistic and don’t expect to remember everything you’ve learnt or miracles overnight. Use any method which works for you. Repeating activities is an excellent way of consolidating what you’ve learnt. Some people choose to write words on post-it notes and stick them around the house, play language CDs on the way to and from work or when you’re jogging or cooking. Try things like saying phone numbers out loud, making shopping and other lists, memorising orders in a bar or restaurant.

Grammar doesn’t have to be scary – it’s simply the term for the mechanics of a language and basic knowledge of the rules of grammar will allow you to say what you want to say instead of having to rely on set phrases.

Improve your accent and your confidence by listening to speakers on audio and video clips over and over. Imitate them out loud – the more you do this, the more familiar and comfortable you’ll become with the sounds of the language.

Staying motivated

The thought of a visit to a place where the language you’re learning is spoken is a real incentive to keep going. Stay focused, if you find your concentration wavering, by reminding yourself of why you wanted to learn in the first place.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. It’s a normal part of the learning process, and you’ll learn much more quickly by having a go. Generally, people are only too pleased to hear you trying to speak their language and make allowances if you’re not spot on.

Keep a check on your progress. You may be underestimating how much progress you’re actually making. Go back every now and again to something you did early on to prove to yourself just how much you’ve learnt.

It might also help if you find a learning partner so you can keep each other motivated. Find out about the people and the culture of the country where the language is spoken and above all, enjoy your learning. Don’t allow it to become a chore. It’s well worth the effort!

Benefits of language learning

Never underestimate the value and the pleasure of knowing another language. It breaks down barriers between cultures and knowing even a little can make all the difference to the attitudes of the people you meet in other countries.


July 13, 2011 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Language resources (Japanese)

June 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

Tips And Tricks For Learning German

Don’t listen to those who will tell you German is difficult to learn. Learning a different language is something we are all capable of. Actually learning a new language is as simple as discovering which method of learning best suits you. When it comes to learning a new language no two people will learn in the same manner. Many people can learn a new language naturally and easily while others have to work hard to achieve success. 

Look for movies in German. Some find it easier to learn a new language after watching the popular movies in their language of choice. 

Do note that the Self study room has German movies with English subtitles on all of its computers! Drop by to learn and practice 🙂

More information in this article:  Tips And Tricks For Learning German.

April 20, 2011 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Handy Hints for Learning German

Learning German is a great goal, but if you haven’t ever learned a new language before, figuring out the best way to do so can a challenge. Some students learn best through independent study. Others students learn best in a classroom. Some people learn best by using repetition or through immersion. There are lots of different ways to learn a new language! Figuring out which way is best for you to learn a new language often takes some trial and error.

Here are some good tips for learning German:  Handy Hints for Learning German.

April 20, 2011 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

3 Proven Methods to Learn Chinese

Deciding to attempt to learn Chinese is a brave endeavor since this is a very complex language not even close to the same as any other.  The good news though is that there are a few ways to make it easier to learn Chinese which are covered here. Be patient and satisfied with what progress comes your way, you are in for a long road of learning. You won’t be fluent right away that comes with time and practice.


More advice & tips in this article: 3 Proven Methods to Learn Chinese.

April 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

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