Language Learning

Speed x1.5 on YouTube

Lately I’ve been experimenting a lot with the 1.5-speed feature on YouTube. I’m now watching most videos in speed x1.5 in order to improve my oral comprehension skills with the languages I speak.   I’ve also tried this with Finnish, that I’m currently learning. I can’t understand a thing even in normal speed. But when I watch a video or…

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Language Learning

On crutches in language learning

My religion is audio input, when it comes to language learning. Text input is useful, if not necessary, but it shouldn’t be the main focus. Learning a language is like learning how to walk. You need your hands at first, or crutches after an injury. But the end goal is to walk without those. Just with your legs. The legs…

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Language Learning

Golf & language learning

Speaking a language is like a game of golf. Hit the ball too far left, and it ends up in the lake. Put your tongue too far forward, and you end up saying “beau cul” instead of “beaucoup” in French (“beautiful ass” instead of “a lot”). “Beau cul” in IPA is [boky], and “beaucoup” is [boku]. The difference between [y]…

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Language Learning

On perceived reality & language learning

This TED Talk talks about our brains and conscious reality. At ~6’00”, the speaker shows us an example of how we perceive reality with audio samples. It is very similar to how a language learner perceives his/her new target language. Remember when you’re hearing a phrase where you can’t distinguish anything, and it just seems like noise. Then you’re going to…

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Finnish, Language Learning

4th month of Finnish – Clear the list, August 2017

The Clear-the-List challenge is hosted by Lindsay (from Lindsay Does Languages), Kris Broholm (from Actual Fluency), Angel Pretot (from French Lover) and Shannon (from Eurolinguiste). The goal is to share monthly goals and support each other while learning foreign languages.   Review of July Singing routine with LyricsTraining –> kinda. The first week I used LyricsTraining, but then I stopped. I was focusing too…

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Language Learning

Drill, baby, drill!

Whether you want to learn how to work out, ride a bike or speak a new language, you will have to face repetition. Unless you’re a robot, you’ll need to get exposed to a new word or grammatical structure again, and again, and again. In other words, there’s no other way than drilling. Maybe one day we will come up…

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Finnish, Language Learning

My 3rd month of Finnish – Clear the list, July 2017

The Clear-the-List challenge is hosted by Lindsay (from lindsaydoeslanguages.com), Kris Broholm, Angel Pretot and Shannon of Eurolinguiste. The goal is to share monthly goals and support each other while learning foreign languages.   Review of June New routine (1 hour a day listening to songs and reading the lyrics’ English translations) –> check! I had some days off, but I sticked to this routine almost…

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Finnish, Language Learning

Learning Finnish with songs and English lyrics – Clear the list, June 2017

The Clear-the-List challenge is hosted by Lindsay (from lindsaydoeslanguages.com), Kris Broholm, Angel Pretot and Shannon of Eurolinguiste. The goal is to share monthly goals and support each other while learning foreign languages.   Today on the menu: A review of my goals for May & Finnish Trial-and-error approach and breakthroughs Goals for June Epiphany in French Future projects   Review of May I did take a look…

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