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April 15, 2014

Learn Other Languages Quickly

Did you know that in English just 300 words make up 65% of all written material? This is almost certainly true in most other languages as well. If this is true...

...learning almost any language should be pretty basic and, in fact, fairly simple.

Here's a link to an article on how to learn any language nearly fluently in three months - http://fourhourworkweek.com/2009/01/20/learning-language/.

The premise is disarmingly simple; what are the most commonly used spoken words? What are the most commonly used written words? What is your intended purpose for using your target language?

These basic principles make a lot of sense. Your language study should focus on your particular, personal and specific use.

For general use, take a close look at the most common words - both written and spoken. Will your use of the new language be primarily oral or will you also be reading or writing it?

Your answer to this question will make a world of difference in terms of how you spend your time learning.

One traditional tool of language learning is the flashcard. For a flashcard app, take a look here - http://ankisrs.net/.

Let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

Posted by mmorf at April 15, 2014 11:51 AM

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