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I filmed this video with some of my best tips on how to learn to fluently speak a language from home and - the best part - is you have the opportunity to get 90 online language lessons for free with the Lingoda Language Marathon!
It's the best way to learn German, French, Spanish, English, or Business English online.
To become fluent in another language, you have to be highly motivated, have excellent resources, and a wonderful teacher and put the work in - meaning you have to be committed to study every day. That’s why I am such a huge fan of the Lingoda Language Marathon! They make it easy for you to do the work and transform yourself into a confident language speaker!
With this marathon you can effectively learn languages for FREE online - at a time that works with your schedule.
You can learn German, English, Business English, French or Spanish for the full 3 months and get a 100% refund as long as you actually show up to your classes.
If you're short on time, you can also do the half marathon for a 50% refund.
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Three Months to Change Your Life
The Lingoda Marathon is opening up again from Monday, January 21st, 2019 - Saturday, April 20th, 2019.
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Again, the link to sign up is right here.
Watch the full video below to learn more and as always, let me know if you have any questions!
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Man, I love languages.
My favorite thing to do is to learn a new language.
I love to completely immerse myself in the culture by watching videos and listening to music in order to improve my accent and understanding of the spoken language.
In my private lessons with individuals and corporate clients, I teach using an immersive language approach and only speak in the target language. This helps my students learn fast.
I finally learned how to add subtitles to YouTube and Facebook videos last month and started posting more videos of me speaking in different languages.
It has really resonated with a lot of people!
I am so happy that so many language learners are able to practice speaking along with me.
This video in particular went viral on Facebook!
As I told some of my friends - people are very passionate about their beverages! :)
With over 20,000 views overnight on Facebook and over 35,000 to date -
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I'm learning French.
Let me know in the comments below and on Twitter - which language would you most want to learn next?
Did you see? I'm learning French!
Of course, I am using one of my favorite methods: I am learning phrases (instead of individual words) and memorizing them with the help of music.
I absolutely love what I do and I really appreciate you reading and supporting my small business!
As always, let me know if you have any questions and stay in touch with me here, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and check out the secret videos over at Patreon!
Get Fluent Fast
As you may already know, I am an advocate for the immersive learning approach and I encourage language learners to surround themselves as much as possible with the target language.
One of my favorite tips for language learners looking to get fluent fast is to watch movies and TV shows in the target language with subtitles on.
Hearing the language exposes you to real-world phrases, a variety of speaking patterns, and accents in the target language.
Watch something you've seen before in another language.
That way, you'll already have an idea of the premise of the movie and understand what is going on so your brain can really focus on distinguishing between the sounds of the new words you're hearing.
I highly recommend watching Mean Girls in another language (fun fact: the movie is actually called Girls Club in the German version) or a sitcom like Friends.
Challenge Yourself Polyglot Style
If you really want to challenge yourself polyglot style - watch the show or movie with the audio in an unknown to you foreign language with another foreign language's subtitles.
When I was first learning German, I watched a classic French teen movie with German subtitles on. It really made me pay attention to the movie in great detail and I learned so many new words in both languages. I still remember that movie so fondly!
Have you ever seen La Boum or La Boum 2?
Living That Prime Life
I am obsessed with Amazon Prime for so many reasons.
I have a private Google document with my friends with our favorite Amazon purchases.
Along with that amazing 2 day shipping on every purchase, you also have access to thousands of hours of entertainment from around the globe.
This is an absolute game-changer for people who want to learn another language!
Here are my current favorite multilingual movies and shows for language learning:
Girl on a Bicycle
This is a great watch. It has the feel of a chick flick and is ideal for polyglots and language lovers everywhere as you'll immediately hear French, German, Italian, and English. Highly recommend you watch this one with your sister or your girlfriends.
Beautiful Ana breezes into Zurich without a care in the world. She soon starts working in a cafe, injecting new spirit into the hum-drum lives of the cafe workers--throwing parties and inspiring love affairs. But her boundless energy and sexuality soon push the limits and a terrible secret comes to light. This one is in Swiss German and Bosnian with English subtitles.
Le Grand Voyage
Reda, a handsome young man living in France, embarks on the trip of a lifetime as he drives his father to Mecca, experiencing exotic towns, breathtaking landscapes and life-changing adventures. This one is in Arabic and French with English subtitles.
Srugim is a drama series which deals with the life of religious bachelors from Jerusalem. The series offers a glance into the lives of intelligent and educated young males and females which can't find their place in the existing religious frames, which based mostly on family, thing which brings them, like bachelors from other sectors, to live in rented apartments in a specific geographical area.
Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great
This major international production traces the sensational rise of Catherine the Great, renowned Empress of 18th Century Russia. She begins her journey as a young German princess selected to marry Peter the Third, heir to the Russian throne. She shows that even in an age of imperial dynasties and arranged marriages, power is not given. It is taken.
A romantic comedy starring Audrey Tatou (Amelie), set on the French Riviera where nothing comes cheap. And when it comes to men, Irene has very rich taste. One very confusing night, she is duped at her own game. Her knight in shining armor turns out to be a bartender. Irene, however, is the woman of Jean's dreams. The only way to win her heart back is to turn the tables on her.
An engaged young car salesman with a bright future commits a hit & run but must face his own guilt when he begins an affair with a witness who has befriended the victim's wife.
An unspoken connection between two elderly neighbors, who share a daily ritual but have never actually met, deepens when they face the inevitable...together.
An incredible story about a rebel who challenged nature, the regime and his own shortcomings. It is a film about the first successful heart transplant in Poland performed by Professor Religa in Zabrze. Tragedy of failed surgeries, fight for each single heartbeat, grand ambitions and painful defeats, solitude of a genius who embarked on a single-handed quest against his mentors.
300 mil do nieba
The screen play is based on the famed escape of brothers Zieliński from Poland to Sweden in 1985. Grześ, aged 12, and Jędrek aged 15, stow away in the undercarriage of a truck train to flee poverty, but also to find freedom. Emaciated and starving, they reach the West. Harassed by the Polish consular authorities, they refuse to return to Poland.
Zazdrość i medycyna
A mountain resort, the 30s of the last century. Wealthy industrialist Widmar finds out by accident about the affair his wife Rebecca. The husband started a private investigation.
Ucieczka z Kina Wolnosc
During the screening of the film "Daybreak" at the Liberty Cinema, movie characters suddenly come alive and begin to talk to the viewers. The situation surprises communist authorities who send a censor to the theatre.
The Road Home
Told in the manner of a fairy story, "The Road Home" uses allegory to explore the dilemma faced by Poland as it struggled for a new national identity amid the rise of communism.
Let me know if you have any other current favorite foreign language films on Prime!
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One of my favorite things about learning German as a teenager was having the ability to write a diary in another language that most people wouldn't be able to understand.
It helped me develop my writing skills, spelling, and simultaneously gave me some protection against any unwanted readers.
Even if you think you're not a journal/diary type of person, or a writer, I encourage you to work on your written German and spend some time each day writing a few thoughts down in German (or your target language).
What to write about?
Write the best you can!
Don't stop to look up a word.
Try and describe the word you're looking for.
Even if you have to write something like,
"It's not the animal, it's the one you use to navigate a computer" in order to describe a computer mouse.
Look up the word you're looking for later and use it again that day, say it out loud, repeat it, and keep using it.
You won't forget it again.
When am I supposed to find time to write?
One of my favorite recent purchases that has been a game-changer for my language learning routine is this cube shaped, time block (I have it in purple).
You can set the timer for 5, 10, 20, or 30 minutes by simply flipping over the timer.
So, if I really only have 5 minutes to practice writing in my target language, I flip the cube over to the side with the "5" on it and the timer gets automatically set.
Once the timer rings, I'll know 5 minutes is up.
Whether it's first thing in the morning, over your lunch break, or before you go to bed, try to spend a few minutes reflecting, thinking in the target language, and writing down your thoughts.
German Language Learning Journal Prompts
I created some German Language Learning Journal Prompts to help you out in case you've got writer's block, you're stuck with a blank page, or just want a little guidance to start your daily language journal.
(Note: I plan to post free journal prompts for other languages as well, feel free to comment below or tweet me with which language I should do next!)
Das Datum ______________________
z.B. Heute ist Mittwoch, der 24 Mai 2017
The date ______________________________
For example, today is Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Heute bin ich...
Today, I am..
Heute war ich...
Today, I was...
Morgen werde ich...
Tomorrow, I will...
Ich fühle mich…
Ich bin _________ gelaunt.
I'm in a __________ mood.
Ich habe _________ gemacht.
I did ________________.
Ich bin um __:__ aufgestanden.
I woke up at __:__.
Example Journal Entry
So a typical entry might start like this:
Mittwoch, der 24. Mai, 2017
Heute bin ich sehr dankbar, denn ich habe mein Ziel von 2.000 Follower auf Instagram erreicht. Es macht so viel Spaß mit so viele Leute zu sprechen jeden Tag.
You can keep your journal in a Google Doc, in the notes section on your phone, or print out a free, handy PDF that I've created for you!
Let me know if you have any questions!
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