Use the wrong language resources and you can easily start believing that you don't have the necessary talent to learn a language (when you absolutely do). Use the right resources and you're natural language ability kicks in.
Foreign Language Learning Tips You're not a parrot. So don't learn a foreign language like one! Cover via Amazon Independent research has shown that some, much used learning methods, are totally inefficient ways to learn a foreign language. The main practice to be placed in the naughty corner is learning by rote (this includes vocabulary lists, phrasebooks and repetition exercises). Dr. H. Douglas Brown in his excellent book “Principles of Language Learning and Teaching” states that if you learn using such products and methods you are likely to suffer from “Systematic Forgetting” – a frightening thought [...]
Learn a foreign language fast (and save money) CDs don't work for learning a foreign language There are a host of foreign language resources that perform poorly. Just by avoiding them you will save yourself time and money. The worst offenders, as shown in independent research, are: CDs, DVDs, Foreign TV, Talking Toys, Audio files, MP3s, Here's the low down in a nutshell: • For young children, CDs, DVDs, Talking Toys, foreign TV etc are of limited or no use at all. Human interaction is by far the best way for young children to learn. [...]
Guide to Foreign Language Resources Foreign language huh? (Photo credit: Gadget Virtuoso) In this blog I am going to cut to the chase and state what language resources hardly work at all. The statements made here are not a matter of opinion but of independently researched fact. The reason that a lot of these materials fail is that they do not incorporate the 5 proven principles of language learning. Some do not even incorporate a single principle. On the web and in the media in general, there are so many unsubstantiated opinions and [...]