What are your techniques when learning new languages?

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Re: What are your techniques when learning new languages?

Postby Le Baron » Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:49 pm

Henkkles wrote:Transcription and chorusing are the backbone of my methodology.


Is that a name for 'shadowing'? Or do you employ singing tactics?
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Re: What are your techniques when learning new languages?

Postby luke » Mon Dec 06, 2021 7:05 pm

Le Baron wrote:
Henkkles wrote:Transcription and chorusing are the backbone of my methodology.

Is that a name for 'shadowing'? Or do you employ singing tactics?
Or dancing?

Physical movement is part of the shadowing methodology.
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Re: What are your techniques when learning new languages?

Postby rdearman » Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:17 pm

Chorusing is repeating short segments of language many times.
Shadowing is speaking along with a audio and transcript.

Basically, one uses short segments, the other long sections. I only know this because I covered it in the FAQ series recently. :)

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Re: What are your techniques when learning new languages?

Postby Le Baron » Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:50 pm

That's a strange name. A chorus is made up of more than one voice (more than even two).
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Re: What are your techniques when learning new languages?

Postby Henkkles » Mon Dec 06, 2021 9:35 pm

I use Olle Kjellins definition; repeating a snippet of audio in Audacity or similar and trying to repeat it in chorus with the recording.
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Re: What are your techniques when learning new languages?

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Mon Dec 06, 2021 10:04 pm

Henkkles wrote:I use Olle Kjellins definition; repeating a snippet of audio in Audacity or similar and trying to repeat it in chorus with the recording.


Good enough for me. You + recording = two voices.
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Re: What are your techniques when learning new languages?

Postby golyplot » Tue Dec 07, 2021 1:54 am

BeaP wrote:I'm not a big proponent of youtube polyglots, Lindie Botes comes across as someone honest and trustworthy to me.


So that's who that is! Noriko talks a lot about Lindie Botes, but I was never able to find her when I tried to look it up because I only heard the name spoken, not written, and thought she was saying "Wendy".
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Re: What are your techniques when learning new languages?

Postby kelvin921019 » Sat Dec 11, 2021 11:31 am

You need to do by try and error. Distill from your experience the method that works the best for you and stick to that method.
For me I start with Pimsleur and Assimil + 1 grammar course book to build the foundation (with the aid of anki and some translation technique), the rest is to read, listen, write and speak a lot until you're comfortable with the language. There's no "special method" or "short cut", just hard work and a lot of exposure until you feel like you have learnt it.

One takeaway from the failure I have seen is that: if you spend more time on contents about language learning in English than on contents in your TL, you're not going to progress much.
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