Learning a new language fast and without bordom 100 Verbs first!

Learning a language is easy actually. Just memorize a lot of words/sentences and gain a lot of exposure to sentences so that you absorb the sentence structure. The problem is, at least for me and maybe many other people is that I get bored easily and nothing could bore me faster than rote memorization for upwards of a month of information, compounding information, with no practical use. That unfortunately is how learning a language feels for me, at when learned with anything close to a traditional method. So i am learning a language so I can be conversational when I travel and I have years of trial experience with learning languages. Years of experience trying to figure out how to make learning the language not make me feel sick enough to quit. So here is my new and improved method. It will seem like exactly what I don’t like, at first, but if I get over like…a 2-4 day hump it should be smooth sails.

Intro: This method will teach about 1000 words of a language in the most palatable way I can think of. This should be enough for small conversation.

1) Learn 100 most common verbs of you target language using mnemonics + spaced repetition/flash cards/paper whatever works.
This is the shittiest part. 25 per day for four days, takes a minute to create each mnemonic and a half that time to review. Total time by day for will be about 200 min or 3hr 20 min. I am assuming that 100 verbs will be all the verbs you need. Also I am assuming verbs are the hardest to learn and best to learn first based on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/quora/do-people-learn-nouns-or_b_4192361.html and http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/infants-use-verbs-they-know-to-learn-new-nouns/ . If your target language requires conjugation, learn that for present tense only cause that’s all you should need to be understood. Learn them efficiently, if there are any patterns you can just memorize that makes some of them easier then do that.

2) This is where it gets good. For the rest of the duration of your learning, you will not be quizzed on any more isolated words. things should get fresher and fresher.  Everyday for the next 4 days, take 25 of the verbs you learned previously and learn one sentence that uses it. Shorter is better, and memorable, like funny, dirty, smart ect if possible, but common vocab should be the focus of the sentences. Record yourself saying each sentence and play them on repeat throughout the day. Quiz yourself on each sentence using first language as a que for you to say the phrase in target language. The verb in each on acts as context to help you remember what else was in the sentence in the Spanish version. If the sentence is small enough and you’ve heard the recording enough, the verbal prompt should be enough to jog your memory of the whole phrase. Because you’ve been hearing the phrases all day, you should need less study time beyond that to be able to reproduce the sentence. Obviously you don’t need to review the verbs in isolation anymore because you have sentences with them now. Now you have at least 200 words (probably more) and review time has not compounded beyond 4 days worth of material.

3) For each verb, find another sentence over 4 days. then test on both sentences for each verb as pairs of sentences.
(I’m still trying to figure out how well this might work, because possibly you wont even have to review the previous 100 sentences as some of the new vocab will be repeated in the next 100 and beyond.) Still have the recordings for all sentences learned and have them playing so you keep hearing them.

4) For each verb, find another sentence over 4 days. then test all three sentences for each verb as triplets of sentences.
(Or if you are optimistic only test the these new ones now.) Have the recordings and oh yeah, any music of tv shows in the language that you can play even just in the background will keep the language in your head.

5) Continue this way for the duration of the month and you should have at least 1000 word vocabulary with very little rote.

Even better idea, after you learn the first 25 verbs, the next time you see those verbs should be in sentence form. So 25 verbs on day 1. Day 2 is 25 new verbs and 25 sentences for the 25 verbs of day 1. Day 3 is 25 new verbs and 25 sentences for the verbs of day 2 and review the 25 sentences from day one(or even scrap all those and learn 25 new sentences). Continue in something of this fashion and see what you can express in a month and even count all sentences you can produce out of what you learned, and all words, to see what your vocabulary ended up being.

 

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