Q: How do I learn abstract words like “to seem” and “to be”? A: Up until you have enough vocabulary to handle a monolingual dictionary, you’ll be reliant on context. My favorite source of words in context is the basic (old) version of Google Images plus Google Translate (I use the google toolbar to dump the […]
Reader questions, part three! Here we talk about the later stages of the language learning process – what C1 fluency means, some of the pros and cons of immersion programs, how to teach using these methods, etc. Q: How long does it take to reach C1 traditionally (in school)? Did you reach C1 before or […]
Part two in Reader Q&A, we’ll talk about the order that you should learn things. Q: I got one of the Pronounce it Perfectly Books. How do I use it with your approach? Should I learn the base vocabulary concurrently? A: I’d follow the book and put the spelling rules into my Anki deck (so words […]
I’ve been getting some really great questions via the contact form, and I thought some of the answers might be helpful for others, so I’m taking some of the questions and answers and putting them here! Today we’ll cover a few questions regarding grammar. Grammar Q: How do you use Anki to work on grammar? […]
I keep addressing this question in various forum/comment discussions, but I should discuss it here, because it addresses a lot of issues in a lot of languages. The question is: How do I deal with a language that uses a pictographic alphabet like Chinese?
Today I got a chance to try and answer the question – ‘How long does making new cards in Anki take?’ I’ve tested this out in English before, timing how long it took me to find pictures and add them to Anki for a bunch of color words (cardinal, violet, indigo, etc), and that came […]