How I grew to love 3 hour church services!

This is easy. Get permission from the leaders, then make a quick recording of the music in the service every week. Go home, get a friend to help you understand the words as much as possible, at least the gist of the song. Listen to and sing along with the recording. Repeat as you hearContinue reading “How I grew to love 3 hour church services!”

The worst question to ask someone about their language!

You’re talking to someone in your new language. You hear a word you don’t understand. You get the person to explain it to you. The meaning sounds a lot like another word you know in the language. Temptation strikes. You ask, “What’s the difference between these two words?” NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Why is this the worst questionContinue reading “The worst question to ask someone about their language!”

How to plan for working with your language parent-beginning phase

A good plan for learning a language is a plan that changes over time. The games you play in the beginning are not as powerful for you later, and the games you can play later are way over your head in the beginning. To be honest, I’ve been using the plans that Greg and AngelaContinue reading “How to plan for working with your language parent-beginning phase”

How do you get people to teach you this way?

People ask me this all the time! I’m going to answer about finding language parents forĀ  the beginning phase here, because it’s the trickiest bit. The most important thing is to find the right kind of person. And, that’s probably not someone who has the title “teacher,” or “tutor.” (I am writing this as aContinue reading “How do you get people to teach you this way?”

Materials for Beginning to Learn a New Language

This post is mostly just sharing links to the materials I use when I’m starting out in a new language, all of which are drawn by Angela Thomson, except my bad picture dictionaries. Those are all me! (I am editing this post as coaching clients interact with these materials and tell me what they need,Continue reading “Materials for Beginning to Learn a New Language”