Just for you, we asked ourselves on the best way to learn a language! And what better tips than those of Leeve-loving teachers to get a perfect score on your next Chinese exam, to ask for a baguette in the neatby bakery in Portuguese or to impress everyone during the next Erasmus parties or - even better - at Leeve’s Language datings!
1 – Watch movies and series, listen to music
According to Marie-Louise Preira, French and English professor at the Univeristy of Angers, really practicing oral expression and comprehension as soon as possible would be ideal, with all means possible: music, series, movies... Don’t be shy, try a bit of everything, and find what suits you best.
2 – Learn some vocabulary
According to Leatitia Devos, German professor at Rennes 2 University, her number 1 tip is to learn the vocabulary, because one can’t learn without words.
Once you know them, gotta know how to use them to, right? :-)
3 – Think in the new language
Think in the new language and avoiding comparing it to your native tongue would be the best way to assimilate a language quickly, according to Chokri Mimouni, professor of Arabic at Rennes 2 University.
In the end, it is some real gymnastic for our brain!
4 – Go over your class notes regularly
To remember your lessons properly, according to Ahmed Galal, professor of Arabic at Rennes 2 University, you should revise and learn your notes on the very day of the lesson, do some personal work in a relaxed way (listening to audio books, watch some videos in Arabic on YouTube, use your vocabulary in small conversations with your friends).
We are going to get lost with all those pieces of paper, better keep them in a safe place!
5 – Motivation
According to Wafa Samman Lolah, professor of literary Arabic at the Paris-Sorbonne University, it is important to be motivated, to learn how to read and write with the Arabic alphabet and not with the latin alphabet, or the idea of phonetic writing.
Come on, chin up, languages aren’t that hard!
6 – Accept the fact that you will not understand everything
Frankie Fauritte, professor of French as a foreign language Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand III, advises us to first and foremost develop strategies, ie: when receiving the message, Accept the fact that you will not understand everything and focus on what you know (not on what you don’t understand). When conveying the message, don’t be afraid of mistakes or judgement, go for it and bypass your weaknesses by any means possible (gestures, periphrases, etc.).
You get it now, you are allowed to make mistakes!
7- Nothing better than total immersion in a foreign country
If you have learnt the basics, why not go a few weeks, or even better, a few months, aborad? According to François Renault, professor at the University of Tours, nothing is better to faciliate learning than to interact with native speakers! This will allow you to learn daily life phrases that you can’t always find in textbooks!
Does that mean that we can replace our English lessons with… foreign travels? It’s up to you to negociate :-)
8- Meet other Leevers !
There is nothing such as an app like LEEVE to meet people from all nationalities nearby and practice a language under normal condition. Those are not our words! Thank you Ombeline, support teacher for university student (who assures you that she was not paid to deliver this piece of advice!).
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