What is the fastest way to learn a language?

  • infinitefrien...

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    Oct 19, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    I am trying to learn French and Spanish

    I've heard that languages can be picked up quickly nowadays using certain learning platforms and some subliminal and immersion based techniques

    Really need all help...

    Thanks! icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 19, 2014 2:26 PM GMT
    Move to the country in question. It's the only way to really learn a language IMO.
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    Oct 19, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    Jms31 saidMove to the country in question. It's the only way to really learn a language IMO.


    This, although I would also say that Rosetta Stone is very good if you have the patience (and money) for it.
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    Oct 19, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    Agreed with moving to the country speaking the language. Also, make sure no one speaks your native tongue.

    Option 2 - move to a city or neighborhood where they speak mostly Spanish or French. Example of Spanish speaking cities....Miami!
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    Oct 19, 2014 7:13 PM GMT
    Chat with someone who knows the language you intend to learn.
    I speak arabic(العربية) , french (français) , and last and not least english of course
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    Oct 19, 2014 7:36 PM GMT
    Be 4 years old.
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    Oct 19, 2014 7:40 PM GMT
    Bacon saidBe 4 years old.

    That's funny dude lol
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    Oct 19, 2014 7:52 PM GMT
    calime61 said
    Bacon saidBe 4 years old.

    That's funny dude lol


    It's also true! I'm a language teacher. I tell all my students the best way to learn a language is to die and be reborn in a country that speaks that language.

    Serious advice: decide what you want to do with that language: just travel to a foreign country? Live in a foreign country? Listen to other-language radio or TV? Read literature? Pick guys up online from another country? You can learn a language for many different reasons, all (or most) of them quite valid.
  • TheSkyWasYell...

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    Oct 19, 2014 7:58 PM GMT
    Watch all DVD's with the Spanish or French dubbing and the English subtitles, so you can match them up with the corresponding words. Or vice versa, English with Spanish or French subtitles. It certainly can't hurt and may give you a bit of a boost.
  • Danskerb

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    Oct 19, 2014 8:20 PM GMT
    Being in a place that only speaks the language you're learning is the best bet.
    But practice makes perfect. Find someone to talk to with the language as much as you can.
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    Oct 20, 2014 1:51 PM GMT
    Use the language every day. Read books, watch films, listen to music, recite poetry, read the news, speak to people, listen to people, write to penpals, set your internet browser and phone settings all to your:-

    TARGET LANGUAGE.

    At first you will be very limited in what you can communicate. But DON'T stop communicating. Eventually you will be 'sufficiently' fluent, and then you'll be picking up a whole bunch of new words, phrases, expressions and so on.

    Immersion in your target language country/ies is good, but is useless if everyone you meet wants to practise their English with you.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 20, 2014 3:27 PM GMT
    Google up John A. Rassias. He pioneered the immersion method that led to Rosetta Stone. His approach is threefold. Speak (read) the language loudly and quickly in whole phrases and sentences. Don't worry about comprehension. Study words separately. Memorize only phrases. If you think about it, that's how babies learn to talk. You can find stuff that will get you going without the high cost of Rosetta.
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    Oct 20, 2014 4:24 PM GMT
    I'm learning Spanish through direct injections. The method isn't very effective for learning the language, but the classes are a blast! Thanks Alejandro! Love ya babe.
  • LJay

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    Oct 20, 2014 8:06 PM GMT
    Immersion. If you can possibly exclude all other languages from your life and do nothing but speak read and hear the language you are wanting to learn it will help.

    French and Spanish have similarities and it may be hard to learn both at once.

    Does your school have a language club? Can you vacation or work in the country? Are there radio or TV stations, magazines, stores, cooking classes, sports events, websites, etc?

    And speak it, even if you are only reading out loud to yourself or mimicking a recording. Best is to practice with other speakers.
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    Oct 21, 2014 12:43 AM GMT
    Find internet radio and television stations; French & Spanish cable TV stations;get a code free/region free DVD-Blu Ray player that will allow you to listen in those languages with media from outside North America. I have the entire Star Trek VoyagerITALIC TEXT GOES HERE series on DVD that has six spoken languages and subtitles in 12 languages. The translations are on the money. It's a hoot to hear Capt Janeway as a deep voiced Heide Frau.

    If you are in a major metropolitan area that has Alliance Française or a Spanish equivalent, the schools have social events where one can practice.
  • Aleco_Graves

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    Oct 21, 2014 1:04 AM GMT
    Totally immersing yourself in the language, you wont get anywhere casually practicing it, you have to surround yourself with those who speak it as much as possible.

    After the very basics like pronunciation of sounds and basic terms and vocab, knowing the language and grammar rules is vital! You can't think: How do I translate this English Sentence to (say) Spanish. If you're want to Parla Espanol You have to develop a Spanish (language) Mentality. (This just makes speaking more natural)

    Make sure you engage most of your five senses when you study or practice the language. The more you use when learning something the better the mind absorbs and remembers it.


    Hearing, Seeing, Speaking, Writing

    This Is how I Learn a language and I currently Boast being fluent in 3 (English, Afrikaans, German) and being able to speak Basic Xhosa and Italian (it's a work in progress, but e chi se ne Importa?)

    Tip:
    - Invest In a great English to whatever-language-you-wanna-learn-dictionary.
    -This great app called duolingo can teach you any majo language on your smartphone for free.
    -Listen to foreign radio frequently when you are done with the basics
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    Oct 21, 2014 1:16 AM GMT
    Jms31 saidMove to the country in question. It's the only way to really learn a language IMO.


    +1, agreed, you should move to France or Spain OP.
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    Oct 21, 2014 1:14 PM GMT
    You don't have to live in the country to be able to read and speak quite fluently (even if it's obviously the easiest solution). I never lived in an English speaking country, and here I am!
    You just need to study regularly and seriously, listen to music, watch movies, read books and the internet in the language. Make friends you can practice a bit with.
    Learning a language is just like working out. You can't get a super ripped body in just one month. It takes time and discipline, but it's not that difficult.
  • wesv

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    Dec 05, 2014 7:50 AM GMT
    My advice is to be motivated. Motivation helps a lot.

    With French and Spanish I suggest picking up on vocabulary through cognates.
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    Dec 05, 2014 10:38 AM GMT
    I started studying Spanish in college and now I'm fluent 4 years later. I had a lot of friends who would speak Spanish with me so it was pretty easy.

    Also, I think Spanish is the easiest language to learn. Everything is pronounced as it is written, unlike French or English. And it shares the same Latin alphabet as English.

    So learn the alphabet as soon as possible and how each sound is made with each letter. Spanish is very easy to read. It's not like Japanese, Arabic, or Russian, where you have to learn a completely new alphabet.

    Start with basic verb conjugations, and with very common verbs like "to have," "to be," "to go," "to speak," "to want," or "to say." There's a book called 501 Spanish Verbs that's really good for this.

    Learn basic useful phrases such as "How do you say (this) in Spanish?" or "What does (this) mean in English?" "What is this/that?"

    Also, keep speaking as much as you can. Watch TV, listen to music, change your default language settings, go to forums, watch YouTube videos, watch movies. Do as much as you can to immerse yourself. If you stop speaking your language, you will forget over time.

    I would try to learn one language at a time.