What's a good plan for learning a language?
I'd like to learn Italian as my second language, and I plan on using duolingo, watching Italian video, and reading Italian books -- would this be a good plan?
Unfortunately, I am still in education, so I can't focus all my time on it -- would doing just a bit each day be enough to reach basic (as in, could understand basic dialogue/literature, knowing how to speak in a basic way) level after about a year or two?
Read italian translations of books you've already read, italian articles, italian subtitles for your tv shows, change all language settings on your apps and pc to italian, when you're wasting time on 4chan look up common words and phrases you find, try thinking in italian.
Books about learning a language are useless imo, at least when starting. You can find a lot of things on the internet, use them.
Joining a class is honestly the most effective way of learning. You will be taught grammar, and will have the chance to actually practice the language. Not to mention that you will actually stick to a fixed schedule and will get a fair bit of personalized tutoring from your teacher.
Once you've got the basics down, I think that finding a tandem partner does wonders for one's proficiency. Of course you should never really stop learning some grammar, but at that point you can focus more on watching films, reading newspapers, listening to music, etc.
>source: I speak 3 languages fluently and I'm currently trying to learn my fourth
I know. It's literally because I don't care enough if there's no one to talk to.
I know Japanese due to my Mother and I did know Spanish when I was living in Texas. I just find it hard to learn languages with no one to speak to.
I am fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. I want to learn a fifth language, but it is getting really high-maintenance to practice each one of the quartet weekly, so that I don't lose my edge. How do you guys keep your fluency in a language that you don't speak regularly?
I hardly ever speak Amharic, but I hear it often. Also, you have to be comfortable in the language. You need to be at a point where you are able to think in that language. However, I don't know what it's like keeping up with all those languages senpai.
This is completely unrelated, but I wish I picked up Italian from my maternal side because there aren't many uses for Amharic.
Good advice so far, I just wanted to add that NPR does the news in "slow Italian," "slow French," etc. that may be a good idea for you to look into. I'm starting it this semester when I begin French.