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TIPS & TRENDS

How NOT to Study (But Still Learn)
a New Language
BY MICAH BELLIEU
CEO AND FOUNDER, 
FLUENCY CORP
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earning a new language takes hundreds of hours, so you'll need to vary
your exercises if you don't want to burn out. Besides speaking with a real
person to improve your language skills, try these technologies for 15 to
30 minutes a day, and help solidify your listening and vocabulary skills
without actual studying:

Language Learning With Netflix, a Google Chrome Extension
What it is: Watch any Netflix show with subtitles in the language you're learning, with
the added ability to click on words for definitions in 18 other language options.
Why it works: Most people don't last more than five minutes watching TV in another
language. With this extension, you can watch for five minutes, click on new words, hear
them, say them out loud, and repeat the entire phrase. A feature even automatically
pauses the movie or show after every sentence so you can process what you heard and
repeat it out loud if you want. It's incredibly effective for remembering new vocabulary
and increasing your listening skills. Eventually, you'll need the subtitles less and less.
FluentU
What it is: Authentic videos from YouTube feature the ability to turn subtitles on and
off, a click-dictionary to show you the words in your language, along with games and
quizzes to help you memorize the new phrases and words.
Why it works: Staying active and involved in the language is critical to acquiring it. You
listen to it, say it out loud, play with it, pronounce it, and put together the puzzle. Here,
you can also review vocabulary lists and check off the ones you've acquired. This technology is geared more toward those who want to keep track of vocabulary.
Pimsleur
What it is: Audio books and/or situational movies build your listening skills, and you
learn in context, focusing on the most commonly used words in the language. Pimsleur
even slows down the conversations.
Why it works: You get to learn your second language as you did your first: Repeat, listen,
repeat, listen.
So the next time someone asks you how you study Spanish, you can say, "I don't study. I
acquire Spanish through real conversations and Netflix. Obviously!"

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