Okay, so I'm getting older and my languages skills get better, but not as good as they should get. I need to be fluent (like right now!) in at least 3 languages (besides my mother tongue).
How can I achieve this? Well, I think I know the answer but you can surely help me too. I decided to glue all kinds of notes all around the house with stuff written on them. Example: Post a note on the fridge with how to say fridge in 3 different languages. Same with all the shit I have all around the house.
Or, would it better if I learn verbs? Like the 100 most helpful verbs in English translated to these 3 languages.
Or should I post colors and house/food/ vocabulary all around the house?
or, I don't know... you tell me. I need to constantly remind myself about these words so I can memorize them and be fluent.
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Most Helpful Guy
I think formal learning is good. But it's always best to not do things out of obligation, but because you enjoy it. Can you read certain books which are more poetical and abstract? Then you can look up words and think about the meaning as you go, plus hopefully get pleasure out of it :) I do that to this day, and I'm English. Poetry, novels, that kind of jazz? Shakespeare, Goethe, Dostoevsky, good shit. ;) Also, to speak to people of different dialects must always be helpful.2
Most Helpful Girl
Gurrrlll, if only the internet was the way it is now when I was yr age… damn, I’d probably be fluent in at least several different languages by this point.
Here are 3 key suggestions.
#1 is obvious and is something that everyone else will tell you too, but, #2 and #3 (especially #2) you should find helpful and I don’t see anything like them in the suggestions that are currently here.
Download lists of the 200-300 most commonly used NOUNS and the 100 most commonly used VERBS in each language you want to learn.
Now for the cool stuff.
For all the NOUNS… SEARCH GOOGLE IMAGES, and look at what you get. There will be 3 possibilities here.
(a) The pictures will be exactly what you expect. Good!
(b) The pictures will be nothing at all like what you expect. In this case, you might just want to ignore the noun for now… or else put it on a list to learn later (unless you can tell exactly what’s going on from the “surprise” pictures).
(c) The pictures are SOMEWHAT what you expect, but not exactly.
This last possibility (c) is the interesting thing here.
You mentioned Russian as one of the languages you are learning. Ok, cool.
When you look at basic Russian vocabulary lists, you’ll learn that девушка means “girl”.
Now search девушка in Google images.
Hey, well, look at that! You’ll notice that EVERY SINGLE “девушка” is about your age, kinda hot, and almost naked.
Definitely not the kind of understanding you’d get from a vocab list… but obviously a very very VERY important piece of understanding.
You get me.
There are going to be significant differences in the way different languages use nouns, and looking at hundreds of pictures is a nice and FAST way to see those differences conceptually.
You may want to try the same kinds of searches for verbs (and adjectives), too, although that isn’t as easy as for nouns.
If you have a particular interest in the target language, then, try to find internet forums of people who share that particular interest.
When I did most of my traveling around the world, I was working as an editorial model. If I’d had the internet in its current1