daily dedication

What I’ve read #4

Fluent in 3 months, Benny Lewis.

The main ideas of this book:

“Stop making excuses. There’s simply no reason you “can’t” learn a new language.”

  • Your age doesn’t matter when it comes to learning a new language.
  • There’s no “ language gene” that you need to have. 
  • “I don’t have time” is an excuse, you can make time. Use even those only 2 free minutes if you have to.
  • We waste our time on social media, watching tv, youtube daily.

“When you are dedicated to a language, there is not a single moment to waste.”

  • You can learn languages for free. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on resources. The internet has many free resources, just as good as the expensive ones.
  • Don’t wait for the perfect course or time, there’s no such thing.
  • If you have problems with your learning/studying method, change it. It’s okay if you chose something that’s not working for you, you can use something else and see what works.
  • Speak a language from day one, don’t wait until you feel ready or until you’ve studied everything.
  • Be patient and focus on 1 thing at a time. 
  • There’s no “hardest language”. Ignore people who say there’s one.
  • Plateaus aren’t for forever. You can overcome them.
  • Perfect mastery is impossible.

“Applying higher standards to your target language than you would to your native language is overkill.”

  • If you get bored, stop and try something new. Languages aren’t boring and you don’t have to study them 24/7.
  • Stop fearing natives. They will talk to you. 
  • Don’t wait until you feel “prepared” to talk to natives. You’ll never feel that.

“Way too much emphasis is put on speaking with no accent, as if being a spy is the ultimate point of your language project rather than communicating with other human beings.”

  • If your family and friends don’t support your choice of learning a language, remember that there are many online communities who will support you.
  • Not everyone speaks English.
  • Technology will never replace learning a language. You can’t live through translations, you need to deal directly with the language.

“So much of human communication is about context, reading complex body language, and understanding the subtle meaning of pauses and volume to gauge someone’s feelings. This is incredibly hard to emulate with a computer.”

  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Your progress is yours, someone else’s progress is theirs.
  • You can learn a language that you’ve forgotten.
  • You can learn a language even if you have a disability. (this part of the book is really inspiring tbh)

“And if you are still in doubt about a particular setback that prevents you from learning a language, check out fi3m.com/ch–1 and find an even longer version of this list, watch some inspiring videos, and read stories from other struggling language learners and suggestions on where you can go for language advice.”

  • Pick a specific goal not only “Learn Spanish in 1 year”.
  • Everyone has a different definition for “fluent” and “fluency”.
  • The CEFRL System
  • Benny Lewis thinks that fluency starts from B2 and includes the levels from above.
  • You can’t achieve fluency if you don’t work!
  • If you’re new to language learning, aim for B1 in 3 months. 
  • If you learned a language before to a mastery level, then you can aim for 3 months since you have your metho to approach a language.
  • The title of the book was chosen because the author had only 3 months to learn his languages.

“There are seven days in a week, and “someay” isn’t one of them.”

  • Progress is progress, appreciate it even if you don’t achieve your main goal.
  • Choose mini-missions and be sure they are what you need.
  • Taking breaks is important and you won’t burnout quickly.

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”

  • Associate new words with images/stories if you want to memorize them fast.
  • Another way to learn fast new words is spaced repetition.
  • Sing in order to learn phrases.
  • Learn mini-scripts similar to real conversations.
  • Use memrise for learning words.
  • Try to immerse from home.
  • Couchsurfing.org
  • Use media to learn.
  • Use media to connect with people who can help you with your studies.
  • As a beginner is okay to translate from your native language to your target one.
  • Try to talk as much as possible in your target language.
  • Jack Sparrow method, when you’re hesitating, add some drama to your attitude and body language so you can get more time to think of what to say or remember something you forgot.
  • Ignore your shiness, go and say “hi” and make new friends.
  • Be active with your language. Use it as much as possible.
  • Learn cognates.
  • Learn modal verbs from the start. They are helpful in conversations.

[many pages with tips for some specific languages]

  • Always look for ways to improve.
  • If you want to reach C2, then traditional learning is helpful.
  • Have more complex conversations.
  • Use movies and books to reach C2.
  • Force yourself to think in your target language.
  • If you want to be mistaken for a native, act like them.
  • Master certain ways of talking if you want others to think you’re a native.
  • Learn the melody of the language.
  • Intonation can make the difference between being considered a native or a learner.
  • Many people can’t learn multiple languages at once.
  • If you learn a language through another one that you learne before, you might learn faster.

[long list with resources]

It was a very interesting lecture, i have to admit it. I think it’s a good book for reading. I might have got bored every now and then but in the end, i learned a couple of new stuff.

i haven’t been able to scroll through tumblr all day and it’s been killing me because clearly the skam fam went above and beyond today. i feel bad for the future fans who dig up some old posts and have to figure out why everyone is sucking a board, who was the storefront in season 3, and why, for a show dedicated to social media and technological storytelling, we were freaking the fuck out over black and white screenshots where you can literally see the pixels.

Tip for closeted witches who can’t use a physical altar for dedication

So there’s this app called Viridi. Basically, you grow a pot of succulents from seed in “real time.” You can name it, choose which plants you want in it, etc, and it requires a minute or two of your time per day, to water your plants.

Here’s mine after about a week.

…And it is the perfect tech witch dedication altar. You could name it after your chosen entity, and tending your virtual plants is your daily dedication.

Second Year on the Job

Where in the world do I begin? Hello, my name is Jonathan Dart, and as of one year ago today, I am the official lead of the IT department at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

You read that correctly. For one crazy year now I’ve been maintaining the technological necessities of both students and professors alike.

In that time I’ve made countless friends, discovered exciting new things in this insane world around me, punched a man in the face, tricked the school into buying me a coffee maker, caused a school-wide arguement over the logistics of lightsabers and magic, adopted a pig, compared Lockhart’s love for alliteration with ‘Magic Tree House’ novels, accidentally portkeyed myself into a government official’s apartment, and began dating an amazing girl who can change her own face at will.

But beyond all that, I somehow managed to find an outstandingly amazing group of readers. From the fateful day in which I went from 3 subscribers to 10,000, all the way up until today where we receive messages and comments daily from dedicated fans. You are the reason I am still here. You are the reason why I am still updating.

From February 1st 2016 to Febuary 1st 2017-
Thank you.
Deeply, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

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