To those who love learning languages! How do you learn a language from zero?
I'm a linguist, knowing four languages. I'm considering learning Italian now, after Russian, English, Spanish and French - it sounds great, and it also seems similar to Spanish and therefore should be easy to learn.
But what about German? I would love to learn German but I'm not sure how. I've been recommended this software called Rosetta Stone - they said it's effective. However, another person told me it's useless compared to actually being taught by a real person.
Any suggestions? Maybe personal experiences?
Hi! I am not a linguist (I'm an English professor!) but somehow, I've ended up attempting to learn Spanish, French, German, Greek, American Sign Language, and now Mandarin. With Mandarin, I'm trying something different--studying on my own using podcasts and pimsleur and online work. Although Mandarin is much more difficult--almost no words can be "guessed" as you would with another European language--I think I'm learning better by studying on my own because I can go slowly and wait until I really know words before going on to the next set of vocabulary. I did write a hub about my experience if you want to know more. I'm now in the process of teaching my kids the same way--also using videos with songs etc. I'm still working on my hub about that. We are getting ready for a trip to China next May.
I just love listening to German, watching German programs, and speaking with Germans. I always found that listening and watching a person's mouth while they speak is one of the best ways, as is picking up a basic vocabulary book. Have fun!
I would go with being taught by a native speaker of that language. Or even better, living in that country (if you can do it) to get immersed in its culture and language.
I think you might find it interesting, there was Heinrich Schliemann (the one who discovered Troy) who used to learn different languages by reading the same book in language he knew and in language he was attempting to learn.
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