I am a polyglot, blogger, aspiring web designer, writer, language tutor, artist, intuitive card reader, gamer and freelancer.
I have been been learning languages since I was 13 years through various classes and self-study. My passion for learning languages would inspire me to share my experience on forums, blogs, and even on YouTube. It was through these mediums that I was able to keep myself motivated to keep learning languages.
Over the years, I’ve studied a vast amount of languages through genuine curiosity and interest in the cultures themselves. It had gotten to the point where I literally had 122 resources for learning languages! That is when I knew I had to focus on 1-3 languages at one time and learn others after I became fluent in those languages. Most of the my learning materials were indeed Teach Yourself books (certain ones came with CDs whilst others did not). These are the languages I made an effort to learn (or at least wanted to): Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili and Ukrainian.
Which Languages Am I Focusing On Right Now?
I am primarily focusing on the languages that are listed on the sidebar in the area that says: My Language Learning Progress. Where it also shows (although not the most accurate as I also use various resources outside of LingQ too!) the progress I’m currently making in the languages through the number of words I am learning. While I have not actively made videos practising the languages on my YouTube channel, I will be using it in the near future to document speaking practice in my target languages.
My Method For Learning Languages
I have been using a wide variety of techniques and strategies on how to go about learning languages since I was a teenager. I would not say I have an all-in-one approach because what works for me, may not work for you and vice versa. I tend to favour Input based methods over Output based because I feel that you need to build up your passive vocabulary before you could express would you would like to say in the language. That’s why I really enjoy using LingQ to facilitate much of my language learning. Although in more recent years, I have grown to love using output based learning from a native speaker of my target languages through italki.
However, I do feel that if you would to get better at particular area in language learning (whether it’s being able to read in the language, how to work in the language, talk about something your passionate about (ie: cooking, writing fiction, designing a sculpture, etc) that you need to focus learning how to do that in the target language.
I do not have a strict language routine at the moment but I do spend at least 2 hours a day doing something in the language. It ultimately depends on how busy I am that day and where I devote my time in the language. I usually tend to listen to podcasts in the target language while accomplishing other important tasks.
Having a boundless collection of resources helps the learner find exactly what they need to help supplement their language progress. Many of the languages we cater to have a greatly limited amount of resources to help motivate them by providing something valuable to their learning experience. Whether it’s a useful grammar reference with clear examples, music video, blog, or movie in the language. By providing authentic content for the learner to use in real-life scenarios as well as understand the language is being used outside of their textbook.