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Books, Confused, and Music: HOW TO GET BETTER AT LISTENING COMPREHENSION by rhubarbstudies Listening comprehension: is a huge part of learning (and speaking) any language 1. It's about discrimination; isolating sounds and words while you practice 2. Pronunciation and comprehension go hand-in-hand. As 3. Listen with prejudice: listen for certain words, certain information. one improves, so does the other Best practice: Listen to your target language often: 5 hours/week in class is a good start. Watching shows or listening to music in your target language is a enough to significantly improve your understanding of the language Strategies and tips for improvement Music: listen to music and read the words at the same time. The goal is to start training your brain to recognize the letters that go with the sounds. The better you get, the more you'll be able to understand the words when vou hear them without text. Read out loud: just like when you learned your first language, reading aloud in your target language is a basic way to advance your comprehension. Use your book: its more than likely that your textbook has a section on listening, so use it Dare to mispronounce: use the words often and out loud. The more familiar y uth muscles become with making the sounds, the better you will get at interpreting them. → Repetition: if you have listening exercises, repeat those over and over again. The more you use them, the better you'll get. HOW TO STUDY GRAMMAR by rhubarbstudies Grammar: is the nuts and bolts of language Best practice: Nightly review: good, organized notes & repetition for mechanical proficiency. Think of grammar as the moving pieces of lanquage. It's flexible. There is rarely one right way to say something Study strategies for grammar (choose as needed) → Examples, examples, examples: write copious examples in your notes: the more ways you see things done, the clearer the pattern is. → Look for patterns: most grammar is very clean, there are rules and the the grammar will follow them in organized ways. When you notice a pattern, write it down, draw arrows and cartoons and anything else that helps you remember. → Become familiar with the parts of speech: (in all languages) and what they do. These are the building blocks of al language, and there are only seven. For conjugations: practice new forms immediately. If you get them into memory, you'll never think about them again, and you'll always have them ready Montessori shapes: associate different elements of a sentence with shapes and colors. Use whatever you can to help features stand out. → Translate this is the old school method. The more connections you forge between you current language and your target language, the easier the target language is to understand. Grammar drills: this is boring, but repetition has a huge success rate with grammar. Meet with your teachers: they most likely understand the topic they're teaching, so meeting with them is often the easiest thing you can do HOW TO MEMORIZE VOCABULARY by rhubarbstudies Vocabulary: the meat of the language-acquiring vocabulary is one of the most important parts of study. The goal is to enter it into long-term memory (saving you work down the road) Best practice: Nightly review: no more than 5 minutes. Flashcards are the most efficient method Other methods for working with vocabulary (choose as needed) ord groups: create charts if words grouped together that are similar, the more associations between words, the easier they are to recall Pictures: associate new words with both images and definitions. Vocabulary fan: write all the vocab down the side of a piece of paper, then fold it over and write the definitions. Keep doing this until, you have filled the whole page, and the page will be folded into an accordion shape Recopying: some people find success with the traditional way of writing out lists and definitions until you don't need the lists anymore Vocab journal this is what the pros do-keep a notebook purely for vocabulary. Any time you come across a word you've had to look up more than three times, add it to the journal with a definition. Kinetic study: associate movement with words and definitions. Engage your whole body in the topic. Your body helps jog your memory. Interactive notebooks: use foldable (like the vocabulary fan) to make flip books or flip boxes that you paste into a notebook. The more senses you engage, the faster toy can assimilate the new information. Drawing if you have a penchant for art, draw the ideas that come with the words. sing your vocabulary; set it to music that sticks with you. SongES HOW TO GET BETTER AT HOMEWORK by rhubarbstudies Homework is really a necessity in mastering new concepts because it's repetition. Use your book & other resources: if you have a textbook/workbook set, the homework you're doing most likely has corresponding sections. Look up words and anything else you don't know. Understanding the directions and questions is super important to sense of what your practicing Try anyway even if you get confused, try anyway. Giving up will only lead to getting behind and more confusion down the line identifying what you don't know is hugely helpful write questions in the margins of your homework/book so that you can remember them in class for next time or look them up on your own. Ask for help your teachers are most likely easy to contact and willing to give you homeworlk support or a quick meeting to clarify things. Keep up with your work and engage in class: if you work out of your workbook/textbook a lot, your quizzes and tests will most likely reflect your books. Keep them up to date. Correct wrong answers and use the books together rhubarbstudies: [5/27/17] My French teacher gave us these tips for studying a new language, so I typed them up for you guys! You can check out the original doc he gave us here

rhubarbstudies: [5/27/17] My French teacher gave us these tips for studying a new language, so I typed them up for you guys! You can check o...