Language practice. Start here
When you read a textbook or study with a tutor, he or she gives you explanations on the theory. But the flexibility of your tongue is...
Learning languages through practice is the most direct, simple, natural and intuitive way. Mankind has been teaching children throughout history, telling fairy tales and parables. Nowadays, language practice means that you listen to it, translate and try to understand it, write by example, read and pronounce the text.
Theoretical rules and explanations can be read in a textbook or asked from a tutor, it takes a couple of hours a week. But learning by language practice takes a lot more than a couple of hours a week. Imagine that while you are speaking your native language, people where you intend to go practice their language for 8-12 hours every day in order to understand each other better. It would be naive of you to think that by devoting only 20 minutes a day to their language, you can get their attention in earnest.
How much time do you need to spend on language practice? It depends on your goals. If you leave in six months, then immerse yourself completely in the language you are learning: do everything in it. In the usual mode for us, a year is spent on getting acquainted with the lexical volume, the second year is spent on penetrating the sense of the language in order to catch the logic behind choosing synonyms, grammatical algorithms, the structure of sentences and semantic pieces. The third year is spent trying to “say the same, but on your own”. What we offer on our website greatly shortens this path, because we have already prepared the texts to practice languages so that you can listen to them and see the line-by-line translation, read, understand and say the same. We took three levels of texts:
- colloquial for every day on the example of short videos with transcript and translation of the text;
- personal essay-stories for work and study;
- fairy tales and interviews related to socially significant topics.
To practice the languages, choose the best samples so that you can definitely take acceptable words and language structures for yourself.
Methods to practice foreign languages:
1) Listen to how a fairy tale sounds in a foreign language, the melody and rhythm of the language. Fairy tales are written in simple speech and have a symbolic meaning that expresses the spirit of the folk. Fairy tales reveal traditional values and ways of acting. You will understand people better by listening to fairy tales. It is important to practice the language by fairy tales because they contain a plot and logic of events, following which the human mind more easily understands cause and effect relationships. This is much more effective than memorizing short expressions taken out of the context of life.
2) Read successful personal essays on a specific topic that interests you, written for admission to the best universities in the world, such as Harvard, Cambridge, Stanford. While reading, think about why this essay is recognized as successful, due to which the author achieved his goal, pay attention to the choice of vocabulary, the logical breakdown of paragraphs. Write your version of the essay using the same vocabulary and grammar. We voice the texts so that you immediately improve your listening comprehension. Read the essay aloud, pronounce correctly. Listening to your voice in a foreign language is very important, it allows you to remove the language barrier in the future, as you will be trained to speak just like native speakers.
3) To master speech, use not only monologues, but also dialogues, since life includes both. To do this, read and listen to interviews on topics important to everyone: the story of the origin of ice cream, chocolate, cheese, the characteristics of wine, where marble comes from and how it is used, and other topics that are important for socialization. On any trip, you will most likely have to have a nice conversation in a café or restaurant with an intelligent person. In such conversations, by etiquette, it is customary to talk about general cultural topics that connect people. Do not touch the topics of politics and religion, which are divisive and can provoke an acute negative reaction from the interlocutor. The theme of history is also quite dangerous, be careful. The topic of history must be taken as it is given in the texts for preparing for exams in the language being studied, in order to catch the fundamentally important points adopted in the society of the language you learn. In interviews and fairy tales, there are interrogative and negative sentences, pay attention to their construction.
4) After reading a fairy tale, interview, essay, make up your comment, think over what you would answer and how you would say. Rehearse your likely future roles. You are learning a language for future happiness and success, by choosing words and topics you are programming the future, so, choose the best expressions.
5) Write and record your texts, listen and check for errors. You can send them to the tutor for review. Perfection comes through practice, knowledge through comparison, memory is strengthened through reflection.
6) Immerse yourself in the target language completely: if you are looking for useful information - look for it in the target language; watch films, read articles, documents and books in the target language; start chatting with someone in the language you are learning.
7) Tutor can send you texts in your native language, so you will be able to say it in the class in the language you are learning.
We provide you with the best chosen examples with line-by-line translation and voice acting, we are happy to help.