Estoy buscando para un persona que puedo practicamos hablar espanol en Skpe/Facetime o cara a cara si eres en Baltimore. Necesito te ayuda!
Such a great feeling when the procrastination ends and you actually get some work done.
To all my hard working freelances out there. Get out of the house! Gonna treat myself to a Disney movie. Out the door.
Eavesdropping is not my only reason for learning a new language but its one of the many perks.
Learning a new language is hard. This is why most people dont do it. It takes a lot of time and love and dedication and blood and sweat and tears and a whole bunch more. But the satisfaction from the results can not be compared anything else. Learning another langue has helped me to understand my first language (English) a whole lot better.
I am studying three languages at the moment. I started with Spanish then when I became comfortable I began Portuguese and now I am studying French.
I can understand Spanish. I have a lot of work to do but I can understand a good amount of what I read and I can have a very basic conversation with a Spanish speaker. It took me about 6 months to reach this level. I could have done this in less time but I fell of for about a month.
This is how I learned.
If you want to learn a language a great start is the free language learning app Duolingo.
Duolingo provides a strong core to learning the language. At the moment they offer French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and German. They will be adding more languages via this new thing called the incubator. Its like crowd sourcing for language lessons. Soon you will be able to learn just about any language that exists. Duolingo is a good way to get started so that you can graduate to the next step on the list.
2. Reading out loud.
This is probably the thing that I do the most and that has helped me the most. I already love to read so reading in another language is cool to me. It opens up the door to a whole new way of thinking via works written by people of different cultures. Reading out loud helps train your ear to your target language. When I first started learning Spanish everything thing i heard sounded like this sdfadsfadsfads fsdfasdfasdfdsfsdfasdfsdfads d fadsf asdf asdfasd dsdsf ads adsf asdf adsfasd one long word. I could not hear where one word started and the other word ended. Reading helps with that problem. While reading, you wont understand everything but that is ok.
I tried my best to read articles found in the immersion section of the Duolingo site. Most of the material is pretty basic but it was difficult to read when i first started out. I recommend that you start trying to read from day one. Even if you dont understand any of what you are reading do it it anyway. If i knew then what i know now. Reading out loud will start to get your brain ready to absorb the langue. Learning is done through repetition so if you learned a word in one of the Duolingo lessons then you read that word again somewhere else you are more likely to remember it quicker.
When I completed the Duolingo skill tree I started reading more complex things. My first Spanish book was En Llamas: Juegos Del Hambre aka Catching Fire: The Hunger Games. I gave myself the task of reading the book before it was released in theaters. I failed but I tried. But the little bit of the book that I did finish was pretty accurate to what actually happened in the movie. I did not finish the book because I saw the movie and I moved on the next book in the series Sinsajo or Mocking jay. I am getting through this book fairly quickly. I do not understand every word but i am able to keep up with the story. The more that I read, the more new words I learn and the more I comprehend.
When reading out loud and you come across a word that you do not know dont stop and look it up in the dictionary. Keep reading and try to guess what the word means. I used to stop to look up every other word in the Spanish-English dictionary and it took forever to complete one sentence. So I changed the dictionary on my kindle to Spanish (or Portuguese depending on what language i am reading in) and if I absolutely need to look up a word the definition is in Spanish. Sometimes I get the meaning from the Spanish dictionary and sometimes I don’t.
I am also reading O Alquimista or The Alchemist. I read the book in English already so I thought it would be cool to read it in Portuguese since the writer Paulo Coelho is from Brasil.
Now I am working on French. I am using the same process and I am picking up French faster than I learned both Portuguese and Spanish.
The most important thing reading in your target langue is to read something that your are really interested in. It helps a lot.
3. Movies, Podcasts, Music
The last step is too assault your brain with content from your target langue. Im talking non stop foreign language media! Listen to music in your target language until your eyes bleed! Till you cry when you hear anything in a foreign language! To the point where you hear Portuguese even when someone is speaking in plain English!
When watching movies dont watch with any subtitles. Try to watch moves that you have already seen in your native language. Disney movies are great. The langue is for children so it is simple and easy to keep up with. Plus who doesn’t love Disney movies? Watching the Lilo & Stitch in Spanish is flippin hilarious.
4. I guess this is the true last step but if you follow steps one to three you will start speaking the language without even knowing it. You will start texting in Spanish and thinking in Portuguese. Its kind of creepy when it first happens. You just start speaking and you dont know how. You dont have to think it just comes out.
You need mad energy and mad time to learn a new language. You need to practice in your target language every single day. I think this is why most people do not learn. Between work, kids and the daily grind one may be to tired to try to learn a new language. But it is really worth it.
My favorite langue to speak is Portuguese more specifically Brazilian Portuguese. The language is full of energy. Its more like a beautiful song rather than a language.
Portrait photography is something that I truly love. Shot this yesterday for the hommie Ngazi.… instagram.com/p/hmPb2YpYEF/
So the people who will be successful creatively are those who find a way to slow down when the whole world is speeding up.
Watched a documentary last night about creativity. They said people simply do not have the time do be creative in a high speed digital world
I remember when we all just started out! Seeing my creatives peers work improving shows that it only takes time and dedication to come up.
Fell onto your site today. Cool stuff. @brainpicker
Did a book swap with a fellow photographer all way on the west coast. The world is small. It feels good.
The new reggae radio station 90.3 makes me very very very happy! It’s about time!
Not fluent in Spanish but I can read a book and understand. Portuguese is coming quickly. Moving on to french.
Mad empty. I challenged myself to fill these incomplete sketchbooks with drawings. #2014 instagram.com/p/hJQmiPpYNo/
Love my clients! It’s business but we gain friendship through trust. Not one is trying to take advantage. Everybody eats B! #baltimore
Saw #CatchingFire last night. I only read a few pages from the Spanish version book but they left out a lot. Gonna finish the book though.
My first magazine cover has officially been released. December issue of PDN Magazine. Check it out! #baltimore http://t.co/XT2PP5wrnY
December 2013 Cover of PDN Magazine
l spend about 20% of my day reading. Everything else seems to fall into place.
Estou lendo o alquimista em Português.
Joined the @asmp I feel a sense of something. Not sure what it is but it feels good.