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Old 08-05-2010, 10:11 PM
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What's the best way to learn a new language?

What's the best way to learn a new language? I plan to start studying French from scratch this week (or the week after) and I'm curious to know...
 
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It's hard to learn new language by your own, but if you meant you're enrolling to a class, then that's good for you.
 
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There is a study program that is heavily advertised on TV around here...
think it is called Rosetta Stone....they claim to have an easy method....
probably have a website....

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Old 08-06-2010, 01:46 AM
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well, i could say that you must moved into a country that the language is you wanted to learn. That's a double hit in one swing.
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You have also to search some basic words to practice on. Practice makes perfect.
 
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:51 AM
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As others have said, if you can pull it off to live in France for a while, you will become fluent over time, and you'll develop an undersanding and appreciation for the culture and the people- difficult to get that in a classroom.
 
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The best way to learn new language is to fist learn basics and then practice talking with native talkers.

Or you can also try livemocha.com I am using it to learn spanish.
 
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Listening is the best method you can use! remember, if you have English as your native language don't ever try to translate words in English to French! No two languages or more are translatable! but, when you want to speak some words in French, then you must translate it from your original thoughts to French. Most people make mistake by translating from the original thoughts -> english -> french, resulting in ineffective way of speaking.
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What's the best way to learn a new language? I plan to start studying French from scratch this week (or the week after) and I'm curious to know...
I think the best way is learning the basics first, than one good way to learn is watching movies in the language you wish to learn or try to find an Alliance FranÁaise where you live. Like that you should be able to meet with some French people
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I think that closed captions are the best way to learn a new language. For example; if you want to learn Spanish, watch an Spanish movie with English closed captions. If you want to learn English (and speak Spanish), watch a Spanish movie with English closed captions.
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I think that closed captions are the best way to learn a new language. For example; if you want to learn Spanish, watch an Spanish movie with English closed captions. If you want to learn English (and speak Spanish), watch a Spanish movie with English closed captions.
Yeah watching movies are the best way to learn foreign language.
I learned hindi by watching movies.
But to learn from movies you need to know atleast basic of the language you are learning and should learn basic talking first.
 
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I don't agree that by just living in a country you'll learn the language. I've seen too many examples of people living somewhere for years and years without learning the language.

But the environment helps a lot, that together with attacking the language from all directions for as many hours as possible every day, is a quite fast way.

One way to speed up even more is to get a good private tutor and have him/her push you forward. Get homework and do it. Do more. Have him correct your pronunciation ruthlessly until you completely get it

Then get any tool and material you like and feel comfortable using. Children material is great.
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Hi,

In my own experiences, a language environment would be the decisive element for successful learning purpose.

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It is possible to create a language environment in basically any environment. That's good to keep in mind. It's not 100% necessary to go to that very country to have the environment
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Movies, News and Try to talk with people on particular language on Yahoo chat or any other social Network sites.
 
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Didn't quite bother to define "immersion", but like many have mentioned, all kinds of ways. Be that Reading writing, speaking, listening... MSN, social networks, books, TV, movies, Mp3, magazines, friends, teachers, language learning programs, language exchange, taking notes, using dictionaries, electronic language gadgets, singing... anything you can think of that activated the new language in a way you like.

But you still have to push yourself to get passed the heavy parts like basics, grammar and pronunciation, vocabulary etc.

Form a habit to create your own sentences and use them in life for all new vocabulary and grammar and obstacles. Soon you'll be speaking like a native
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I think the best solution for this is to learn their vocabulary first and their
meaning little by little. Then the best application or practice for this is to
talk or have a conversation with the people with the same language or
you can also try to read their books (if you can't understand their words
you can use a translated dictionary)
. Just like in universal language,
if you keep on practicing and studying their words you can learn little by little
and when you are familiar it was just easy for you to talk and write.
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What's the best way to learn a new language? I plan to start studying French from scratch this week (or the week after) and I'm curious to know...
If you don't have much time to join a French Course, you may try Rosetta Stone Frech language software. It's good.
 
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Yea, Rosetta Stone is very good. But expensive. But what's torrents for...
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