How I Taught Myself Another Language

by - Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Believe it or not, I used to be able to blog in another language semi-fluently (if you're curious it was Dutch), and here's how I did it!

The first thing I did was look at the language books, and I tried to find a book that would help me. The book I used to learn Dutch was called Colloquial Dutch, and I subsequently moved onto the second book in that series once I'd completed the first book.

The second tool I used was a Podcast called DutchPod101, which is run by the company Innovative Language (spoiler: they make podcasts to teach over 50 languages, so I really recommend checking out the language you want to learn using this site. Their podcasts usually end in -Class or -Pod i.e. ChineseClass101 or Spanishpod101). You'll get a lifetime account for free, but the additional tools do cost money, and they often run sales on their classes.

Practice, practice, practice! 
If you want to learn more about your language, try to find a tutor, or if there are no local tutors, use a program like Innovative Language mentioned above, and try to write and speak in the language you want to learn. In addition, watch Youtube videos by native speakers as you'll learn how to enunciate certain vowels and sounds.

Don't use apps!
Apps don't really teach you anything but the basics, and apps like Duolingo might be a great place to start as a beginner, but as you advance, you need more tools as Duolingo only offers you simple sentences that often make no sense.

If you can afford it, it might be helpful to live in the country whose target language you want to learn, but make sure you have EVERYTHING in order before you do, and if it's something you REALLY want to do.

Have you taught yourself another language before?

Winnie x

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