Month: April 2017

Create a Foreign Language Audio Collection

Asterix et le Papyrus de CesarLearning a foreign language involves many things. Of them, audio is an important factor. Hearing your chosen language over and over helps you become accustomed to it, and learn to pronounce it better. When you enjoy listening, your development is improved. In your efforts to learn, try building yourself an extensive foreign language audio collection so that you always have something to which you can listen.

This does not mean audio learning accessories, though these are very, very useful. For the purposes of this collection, things you really enjoy hearing are best. Whatever type of music you enjoy, it probably exists in the language you want to learn. From rock, to jazz, to popular music, these all abound in other countries. Go hunting for recommended musical artists who sing in the language you’re learning, and start collecting.  Look for both authentic music, as well as original music that was written specifically to help language learners.

If you’re a reader, make a list of the literature you want to read and go find the audiobook version. You can listen to the audiobook even if you’re not quite advanced enough to comprehend. Hearing it helps you learn and you may understand more than you realize. Then, later, when you’ve learned more, you can revisit the literature and read it yourself.

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Read Literature to Learn a Language

Audiobooks, textbooks, and more abound to help you learn a language. These are wellworth considering if you’re taking your project seriously. However, few things can make learning a language as easy, or be as fun as reading the literature you really want to read.

Literature carries not only the grammar and vocabulary of a language, but all of its meaning and nuance, as well.  Literature is a lens to the world; it is sometimes argued that an era’s fiction is a more accurate, firsthand view than a history textbook could ever offer. Literature offers, in print, all of the tools for real communication in a language.

El Lazarillo de TormesSo, how do you go about using literature to learn?

Start with something simple. If you’re a beginner, don’t be afraid to reach for a children’s book. Or, try a graphic novel, or comic book. Work your way up to more lengthy, complex works of literature. It’s a process; keep your dictionary with you and look up any terms you don’t understand. You can also have the translation in your native language, too, and compare the two side-by-side.

Audiobooks are also of great help. Part of learning a language thoroughly is hearing it and speaking it. Audiobooks bring all the text has to offer to life. Listen to the audiobook with the text in front of you. You both see and hear. Anytime you don’t understand something, pause and look it up. A great thing about dictionaries now is that you can get them online, and you can even click and hear the word you want to know. The first few times, listen while reading, then try just listening to see if you understand.

You can also enjoy the process with a partner. Read aloud to someone, or let them read to you while you follow along. Look up words and pronounce them together.

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