Tips for learning a language : Part 2

This is a continuation from the previous page.

Key points of what I’ll talk about.

1. Have a clear goal
2. Start your own language study notebook
3. Study in a small fraction, with frequency
4. Learn to speak correct prounciations
5. Grammar is important
6. Study vocabulary & phrases by spaced repetition
7. Pick a book and FINISH IT!
8. (Optional) Keep a diary in the language

1. Have a clear goal

I believe having a clear goal is very important. Since you’re here reading this article I assume you are trying to learn Korean, so I ask you why do you want to learn Korean? Because you love K-Pop and you’re curious about Korean language? You love Korean dramas and you think it’ll be great if you can watch them without subtitles? They are all great reasons. As for me, I love books and manga. I want to be able to read Japanese books and manga in their native language Japanese. Meanings can be lost in translation if you read them translated in different languages. I know that because reading a Korean book in Korean is not the same experience as reading it translated into a non-Korean language. You can’t translate the minute nuance only the native language has.
So, have a clear goal and even write that down on the first page of your language notebook which I’ll talk about next.


2. Start your own language study notebook

Get a notebook that has several dividers and keep different sections for ‘grammar’, ‘vocabulary’ and ‘expressions’. That’s your go-to reference from now on. I’m learning Japanese at the moment and that’s how I keep my Japanese study notebook. Whenever you learn something new you jot it down on your notebook. You keep it well documented and organized. It’s your best friend from now on.


3. Study in a small fraction, with frequency

Don’t try to set aside a big chunk of time to study. It’s hard to maintain and studying for 15 minutes 2~3 times a day is way more effective than sitting at your desk for 45 minutes straight. It might not work for you but this is what I do:
I study for a short time right before I go to bed, and after I wake up in the morning I make coffee, sit at my desk and study for a bit. During the day, when I have spare time I think about what I studied that morning and the night before, jot down things that I remember on a piece of paper.


4. Learn to speak correct prounciations

Language is foremost a spoken medium. You are not learning a language just to read and to write. You want to communicate. In order to communicate you need to be able to understand what you hear and what you say needs to be understood by a listener. For that, you must learn correct pronunciations of the language you’re learning. These days there are a ton of YouTube videos that teach you correct Korean pronuciations. (In my blog, I’m planning on creating video and audio files to aid my Korean lessons. So stay tuned.) Additionally, try recording your pronunciations and comparing them to correct ones. That’ll help you improve your pronuciation accuracy.

Read Part 3.


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