Step 2. Learning The Most Important Phrases, Vocabulary and Grammar (The Core of The Language)

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  • Glenford Nunez January 8, 2016 8:07 pm edit

    Hello. You have some really good tips in this post. What are your thoughts on Spaced Repetition Systems like Memrise or Anki. SRS’s have been very helpful in my polyglot journey.

    • Oli January 12, 2016 4:29 pm edit

      Yeah I think they work great for some people, mainly visual learners. Specifically when adding niche vocabulary to your repertoire. But when you’re trying to learn the fundamentals they can be counter-productive as you will often overlook the multiple/more complex uses and functions of the words.

  • Manon January 9, 2017 11:46 pm edit

    Such a useful column! I’ve been studying French for years by listening to TV5Monde, on the Dish satellite, but have mainly increased my passive comprehension of the language, and have improved my accent by constantly imitating words and phrases, but your advice to put the core language in sentences from my own language is excellent. That will be my next hill to climb.
    I became very fluent in Spanish because after studying the language for 1-2 yrs, I had native speakers to talk to. That means I was constructing translations from the English in my head to Spanish.
    With French, which I consider the most beautiful language in a musical sense, I don’t have anyone to talk to, and it is frustrating.
    I shine in class, though, compared to the other students who don’t work at it as much as I do.

  • NK April 12, 2017 3:20 pm edit

    feel it very helpful. can you suggest some novels (request you to suggest only one, which fulfill the target of 2000 range). Regards.


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