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! :)
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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!
Sound Like a Native Speaker
If you want to get fluent fast, you have to take advantage of some language hacks.
It's important you learn the right survival terms. You don't need to memorize the entire dictionary to be fluent.
Knowing the little tips and tricks will help you get fluent in another language fast.
When you start learning another language, you usually begin with learning how to speak in the present tense.
The issue that you'll quickly notice if you're trying to speak the language is that you'll want to say something in the past tense but you're not sure how to start.
You can't answer what you did yesterday if you don't know how to form the past tense.
By learning the most often used words in YOUR vocabulary, and memorizing the forms of the verb as soon as you learn that new word, you will sound like a native speaker in no time.
In German, there are two different forms of the past tense (just like in English). Das Perfekt is the form used most often in spoken German.
Das Perfekt is made up of a helping verb and the past participle of the verb. The two potential helping verbs that use are:
Sein - to be
Haben - to have
It can be a little confusing figuring out which helping verb to use with which verb and it's definitely something you need to memorize.
I highly recommend when you learn a new verb, to learn how to conjugate the verb in both the present and past tense as well as confirm which helping verb it takes.
Verbs of Movement Take Sein
As a general tip to remember, haben is used more often than sein but the sein verbs are of course, also very important.
Knowing which verbs take sein really make you sound more like a native speaker.
For the most part, verbs relating to movement take the verb "sein."
It's important to note that when it comes to becoming fluent in another language:
If you translate word for word, you will sound just like a nerd.
- Janice Young (Aka Frau Young, my high school German teacher who made learning German so much fun!)
Here are the 15 most used "Sein" verbs in German:
Learn German Fast
For more practice, create flash cards for yourself and remember to learn the past participle of the verb as well as the helping verb it takes.
Say it to out loud to yourself, 'bleiben - ist geblieben, bleiben ist geblieben."
Read it, write it, say it out loud, and repeat!
A printable version of the 15 most used Sein Verben auf Deutsch (Sein Verbs in German) as well as an Arbeitsblatt (worksheet) are available for you language learners and teachers out there!
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