language learning forum at polydog
I would like to answer a question that I get asked often – how do I learn my languages? Well, I’ve used different methods for all my languages, making improvements along the way. What I’m going to describe here is what I would recommend based on all my language learning experience, and not necessarily the exact way I learned any specific language. I’m keeping this general and simple here, so that it flows smoothly. I will give further explanations, exceptions and personal experiences in future posts.
I am a big believer in balanced language learning, or learning using all the basic language skills. I didn’t used to be. I’ve studied for long periods of time and learned the hard way that balance is more efficient for me. Why? Because working with all basic skills at the same time produces a combined learning effect which is greater than the sum of their individual effects. This is called synergy, so that’s what I’ve named this method.
Note: This method is...