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Three ways to help improve and speed up learning a language. Emphasis is on English and Spanish but it works with any language. Includes listening (understood or not), speaking to oneself (correct or not), looking up words, phrases, idioms. Gives useful links. Be sure to scroll down for previous posts on cooking by a single guy when hungry and thousands of other topics.
Listen to the language (without looking at any text) for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. The more the better. Do not attempt to understand, just listen. This is exactly how the unborn and newborn child experience language. Later, when you speak, the correct phraseology will feel right, and you will use the accent you have heard in the pronunciation of words. So, unless you want a particular accent, be sure to listen to speakers from various parts of the world or country and you will form your own pronunciation patterns. You can actually do other things while you are listening.
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Speak the language to yourself at least twice a day. It doesn’t matter what you say. It also does not matter whether or not it’s correct. What is important is the experience of speaking the language and the flow of words which is created, so that you will feel comfortable with it when you actually want to use it. Whatever comes into your mind. Have a paper and pen or recording devise available to record expressions or words which you do not remember or want to learn, although this part is not important. Eventually, these meanings will be learned in the process of listening to and learning the language. Do this for whatever period of time is comfortable.
Look up at least 3 words, expressions, or idioms each day