This course teaches you which tools you will need to teach yourself a language. It covers what vocabulary you should focus as well as which grammar you will need. It teaches you how to immerse yourself in your language without the need to spend tons of money on travel. You will learn where to begin your language study, how to keep your language skills balanced, how to stay motivated, and which tools to use to practice reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. You also learn how to begin the certification process.
This course is constantly being updated with reviews for language learning tools and resources, links to great articles on the subject, additions to the themed vocabulary lists for popular languages, etc.
We discuss the importance of learning foreign languages as well as the course format- the information provided in this course can be applied to the study of any foreign language. Language profiles at the end of the course are being updated with tips for learning specific languages.
I introduce myself and go over a timeline of my study of foreign languages. I have studied several languages over the past 15 years!
A timeline of my study of languages- Over the past 15 years I have studied Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, German, Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, and Welsh. I have also traveled to several countries and spent years living overseas.
There has never been a better time to pick up a foreign language. We talk about why it's easier than ever before!
We talk about all the excuses people use to convince themselves they can't learn a language. To do something new and difficult you have to believe you CAN and you have to WANT IT. This lecture covers the first part.
Here is a list of tools (either free or cheap) that you can use to learn your language. I review some of my favorite tools that I use when I study any language.
Things to take into consideration when you choose a language to learn: future travel, business/professional opportunities, romance, culture, hobby/pastime, etc.
The student will learn about different levels of proficiency and what it takes to reach them. The student should set a goal to reach a certain level of proficiency as well as a deadline for reaching that goal.
A chart with descriptions of various proficiency levels based on the CEFR scale. Take a look at this chart to help you decide what your language learning goal is.
The student will identify the basic building blocks in their language and the importance of mastering them. Mastering the building blocks will facilitate learning the rest of the language.
Learning pronunciation will improve your reading and speaking skills. Proper pronunciation should be learned as soon as you have identified the basic building blocks in your language (usually the alphabet). As soon as you have learned pronunciation, you can read words aloud and reinforce your memories by reading AND speaking. This will also improve your comprehension as you become familiar with the sound of words.
Students will learn about frequency lists and prioritizing which vocabulary to learn. Based on the level of proficiency you are shooting for, you may want to learn anywhere from a couple hundred words to several thousand. Whatever your goals are, you should begin with the most used words in the language and supplement that vocabulary based on your specific goals (i.e. what you want to be able to talk about or say).
The student will identify some of the first phrases they should learn in their language: greetings, the equivalent of "thank you", "you're welcome", and other phrases used to show good manners, how to introduce themselves, etc. You should learn this early on because they are used during practically every conversation you will ever have!
Coping questions allow you to learn without changing languages and falling back on your native language. They are important tools to help you push yourself to speak your target language as much as possible. These questions include- "how do you say (English word)?", "what does (foreign word) mean?", "Can you speak more slowly please?", and "Can you repeat that?"
Speaking your foreign language as much as possible, without frequent interruptions, is what will help you master your language as quickly as possible.
Filler words are amazing! Every language has different filler words and phrases. These words and phrases allow to too slow down the conversation and think about what you're going to say next without sounding stupid. Using them allows you to continue speaking without pausing awkwardly.
There are countless activities you can do to study your language. Sometimes we reach a plateau and we have to mix up our activities a little to continue progressing and to stay engaged and avoid burning out. I talk about a lot of the different ideas you can try to change up your language study and keep challenging yourself. Choose an idea and apply it.
An overview of some great, free online resources to help you study your language and keep your study interesting.
To master a language you must speak it as much as possible, and regularly. Immersing yourself in the language is the surest and quickest way to master a language.
Taking a proficiency test in your foreign language can provide you with additional business/professional/educational opportunities and can also help you gauge yourself. This lesson describes a proficiency test as well as how and where to take one.
Speaking, Listening Comprehension, Reading, and Writing all go together. Having an area where you are very weak usually limits your progression.
Not everyone has the same language goals. In order to customize your language study you need to decide what you really want to be able to say and understand. Your goals will define your study. Choose grammar principles to work on based on the things you would like to be able to say. Learning grammar you don't plan on using is a sure way to get burned out fast.
This is the French language profile with tips for learning French as well as a list of great tools and resources for learning French.
This document contains a list of some resources to learn Thai and practice reading, and listening. There is also some information on the language in general in case you are considering learning it.
This lecture explains the interface of Memrise.com as well as how the app and site work. I also show you how I am starting to learn Japanese from the very beginning.
I recently signed up for a 90 day trial of Audible to get 3 free, high-quality audiobooks which I can listen to at any time with the Audible app. Every month you get 1 credit and that can be used to purchase most books. I used 1 credit for an 18 hour book in Spanish and 1 credit for a 47 hr book in Russian (which I will study soon). This is a GREAT way to get some quality audio content in your foreign language. Browse the foreign language category on their website.
This lecture teaches you about a great website and app for making your own sets of flashcards. You can also buy sets of flashcards with audio files recorded by native speakers, but I wouldn't recommend it. This site is great for learning vocabulary fast!!
This lecture teaches you about the site and app, Tunein. The app is available on the iTunes store and Google Play. The website is simply Tunein.com. This site allows you to listen to radio stations from all over the world and they are searchable by location! An account is free, but a paid premium version which removes ads and allows you to record is also available!
I have spent several years learning and teaching foreign languages in the U.S and abroad. I have attended one of the top language schools in the country, taken many college courses on various languages, studied languages using language learning software, other programs, and on my own. I speak Malagasy (the official language of Madagascar), Spanish, French, and Portuguese. I have traveled to Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Madagascar, France, French Canada, Uruguay, and Brazil to learn and practice these languages.
I first joined Udemy as an instructor in early 2015 by making my first course on learning any language. I am excited to be a part of the online teaching community and to work on several language courses and courses on other topics.
My hobbies include running, camping, cooking, learning languages, learning new things, travel, video games,and reading.