Only a couple of weeks to go before the start of our language courses, but still time to use some more tips on learning a language while on holiday:
Movies – watch movies in your language (with foreign language subtitles if possible).
TV – watch the news in the language you’re learning. Don’t panic if you don’t understand everything, you’ll get the gist with the help of pictures. It’s a good exercise to get your ears used to the ‘music’ of language.
Same goes for radio. Listen to it in the background, you will improve your listening skills without knowing it! Choose your ‘style’ from the lists below:
Music – go to youtube.com and listen to foreign songs and then find their lyrics.
Online – have a look at newspapers and magazine and find short articles to read concerning subjects that you are interested (popular culture, sports, etc.)
Songs – listen to songs and go over the lyrics to know what they are saying
Amazon.fr – order a book in the language you’re learning (it can even be one you already know and enjoy in English). Depending on your level, a teen book could be an alternative to a thick novel.
3.) Learning new words
When engaging in reading, make an attempt to underline/write down important vocab. A suggestion would be as you read, underline certain words you feel you should know because:
a.) They keep showing up, and you don’t know what they mean
b.) There is one word preventing you from understanding the overall meaning
Look these words up and then jot them down somewhere (on the page, in a separate notebook, etc.) Refer back to them from time to time to ensure that you memorize them and become that much more familiar with your favourite foreign language!