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Learning a foreign language

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by telmie, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. telmie

    telmie New commenter

    Hey everyone,

    What would you recommend to a learner of a foreign language? Forums, websites, platforms?
    Any advice is welcome.
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Actually much may depend on which language you're considering.

    Sometimes certain sites are better for different languages.
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  3. vuvuzela

    vuvuzela Occasional commenter

    ...Textbooks, made of (shock horror!) paper...it doesn't all have to be online, you know.
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  4. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    It all depends what your previous experience of foreign language learning has been and what your current expectations as a language learner happen to be. If you have prior knowledge of a foreign language other than the one you are studying at the moment, you will already have developed "metacognitive" skills in language pattern recognition that may be transferred to the learning of a different language. If you don't, you will be more dependent on textbooks and/or classroom instruction. As for your expectations, you may want to consider whether your goal is to master all four target-language communication skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing or to focus on just one or two of them. I, for example, deployed my degree-level proficiency in French and German first to teach secondary school students how to use and understand the spoken and written forms of these languages. Now, however, I use my knowledge of these two languages to access printed texts in unfamiliar languages such as Russian and Chinese while I pursue my hobbies and research interests during retirement.
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  5. frangipani123

    frangipani123 Lead commenter

    If you want conversation practice there are often Meetup groups you can join too.
  6. rosiew16

    rosiew16 New commenter

    There are often a lot of people who are looking to practice their language skills in a language-skill-swap meet up. My friend was learning Japanese which is tough, but he found some Japanese people on Gumtree who were living locally and wanting to practice their English. Obviously be careful with Gumtree but I think meetup website offers it too
  7. Marisha

    Marisha Occasional commenter

    Try the Duolingo website.
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  8. RapideFrench

    RapideFrench New commenter

    The key is listening exercises - they are motivating and pupils feel like they are making progress - but they mustn't be too hard otherwise they will be put off.

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