Ways to Study for a Foreign Language Test

A handout my Spanish teacher handed out earlier this week… I thought it might be useful so I typed it up for all you people out there!

1. Vocabulary and Verbs

a)    Make a tape of the vocabulary words or verb spelling. Listen to it as you do things in your room

b)    Copy the words over and over on paper

c)    Recite the spelling of the words aloud. Just looking at the words in your book or saying them silently in your head, has not proven to be a very successful way of learning them

d)    Make flash cards. This is not particularly helpful for learning spelling, but it is beneficial to learning what the words mean

e)    Make your own test. Put some words in English on a sheet of paper. See if you can write out the language translation

f)     Work with a partner, quizzing each other on spelling and translation

2. Grammar

a)    Take good notes. Get your notebook out at the beginning of class

b)    Listen very carefully in class. If you have a question, ask your teacher. Don’t wait until after the test

c)    At home, re-read the grammar explanation in the text slowly and carefully. Try to understand each sentence you read. If there is a point you don’t understand, write down on a piece of paper so you can ask your teacher the next day

d)    Do your homework carefully, using your notes and textbook to help you

3. Reading

It is important for you to understand how to read a passage in a foreign language. The biggest mistake students make is that they will try to read literally, painstakingly translating Word for Word. This takes an incredible amount of time in often yields few results. Instead of looking up each word use the following suggestions to help you when reading:

a)    Read it to get the general meaning, not to translate into English. Don’t translate unless absolutely necessary

b)    Don’t panic if you run across unfamiliar words instead skip over the word and go on reading the next sentence. You will often be able to figure out what the word is by the context that it is in. May also be unnecessary to know the particular word. If it becomes apparent that it is essential for you to know the meaning of a particular word and go to the dictionary. Don’t forget there are many cognates words that are so similar to English that you can tell what they mean just by looking at them and using your head. Some words will be underlined or marked with an asterisk, indicating that these words have a translation at the bottom of the page or on the side.

4. Listening
For many students the hardest part about a foreign language test is the listening comprehension section. As with reading students should not try to translate everything that they hear if they do that they will fall behind. It takes practice and concentration.

a)    Listen for keywords, particularly recent vocabulary

b)    Do not let your mind wander or else you will lose track of what is going on

c)    Listen to your teacher when he or she speaks the language in class - it will be a big help

These can really be used for lots of subjects, not just for a foreign language!

upd8 thoughts

so A) Davepeta is a happy genderfluid sprite. 

B) they want to go fight Lord English


D) actually dave was prophesized to beat LE so maybe davepeta has a chance, considering the Equius part in LE will protect the Nepeta part of Davepeta.