[LifeFuel] My Ultimate Language Learning Guide!!!

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OMGFML

Recruit
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Oct 9, 2018
495
I want to learn Russia. Already understand a lot but can't say shit.
 
Alveus

Alveus

Angel Of Death
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Jun 11, 2019
456
Nice. Im learning polish, but this will help greatly. Thanks!
 
FinnCel

FinnCel

Alcoholcel
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Dec 13, 2018
22,457
Nice. Im learning polish, but this will help greatly. Thanks!
I think polish is one of the hardest of the Slavic languages because it has more grammatical genders
Neuter, masculine animate, masculine inanimate, feminine animate and feminine inanimate
 
Alveus

Alveus

Angel Of Death
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Jun 11, 2019
456
I think polish is one of the hardest of the Slavic languages because it has more grammatical genders
Neuter, masculine animate, masculine inanimate, feminine animate and feminine inanimate
Im half polish. So im forced to. I can speak it but the writing is gibberish to me.
 
Blacktarpill

Blacktarpill

Beta "male" - "man" let
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Sep 28, 2018
27,867
Im planning to learn danish tbh.
 
BlkPillPres

BlkPillPres

I'm Not A Monster, I'm Just Ahead Of The Curve
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Feb 28, 2018
9,115
Not really. I want to learn it to greenlandmaxx
You better be tall or you're wasting your time, netherlands people are tall as hell, if you aren't at least 6ft you are wasting your time learning such a language.
 
DoctorBlythe

DoctorBlythe

weeb
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Jun 4, 2019
1,880
If anyone wants to learn language quickly and efficiently, I recommend this method. It's called listening-reading and it's really intense but fun at the same time. It's addicting once you get into it, and it suits any language.
 
ScornedStoic

ScornedStoic

P.D.
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Apr 5, 2018
12,500
You better be tall or you're wasting your time, netherlands people are tall as hell, if you aren't at least 6ft you are wasting your time learning such a language.
He said Denmark not the Netherlands.
 
BlkPillPres

BlkPillPres

I'm Not A Monster, I'm Just Ahead Of The Curve
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Feb 28, 2018
9,115
He said Denmark not the Netherlands.
Country name sounded "netherlandsy" to me lol, its in Scandinavia, I guess I'm geographically incorrect, but I pretty much think of all cold places with majority white people that have "vikingish" sounding names as "netherlands" JFL.
 
HangEmAll

HangEmAll

Hatefilled dreamer
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Jan 16, 2019
243
[This is WIP, I plan to add pictures later to make this more interesting to read]

So first of all, as some of you already know, I am really into language learning.
It is one of the best copes as it takes time to learn a language and when you have learned it, you can consume media that has never been available in a language you knew before!

But let's cut the bullshit and let's get into how I have learned languages.
This method has worked for majority of people who have had trouble learning languages so I hope it works for you too!

1. Learn what to learn

If you are learning things that do not make you better at your target language fast enough, you will get frustrated.
Learn every-day words or words that you encounter very often in your target media.
This is crucial, or you will not understand anything what is being said!



The next thing you need is a goal that you can aim for.
For most languages, you can be conversational with just 2 000 words (when I say a word, I mean a word and its conjugations; "cat" and "cats" are the same word).
At this point, you will start to learn new words through context, your brain automatically knows the meaning of the new word.
And 2 000 might sound a lot, but the more words you learn, the easier it gets. Memory is like a muscle and you can make it better simply by using it.

Note that if you have studied a language before but haven't become conversational, you might have achieved 2 000 words BUT you haven't reached 2 000 most common words. You might have learned words that aren't used daily at all! So don't get frustrated, try again with this guide!!


When it comes to grammar, it really depends on the languages you already know.
If you go from more complex grammar to simpler grammar, it will be much easier.
If you are speaking a less complex language (Chinese, English, etc) you need to a lot of grammar in the beginning but don't force it too much either. Learn sentences and you'll figure out what conjugations to use.
Grammar also has irregularities, these are things you have to learn when you encounter them. Don't force yourself to learn a bunch of irregularities because it is boring!!


2. Learn how to learn

Next step is actually starting to learn your target language.
Keep that 2 000 words in your mind.


I am currently learning Chinese and Japanese and I use
Anki.
Anki is a free software for PC and Android, paid for spoiled kids who use iOS.
Anki uses word repitition system so the words that are hard for you will come up again many times until you remember them.
You could use Anki for learning anything, not just languages.

You can make your own deck for it or download other decks. I have done both and both are pretty effective.

If you want to download a deck, make sure it meets your goals.
There are official language testing institutions that hold tests like HSK for Chinese and JLPT for Japanese.
I have downloaded Anki decks that have the words that in those official tests so it will help me passing the official exams!!


3. Learning a writing system and new sounds

If you are learning a language that has new sounds (phonology) and new writing system, it will take you some extra work.

With learning new sounds, you have to listen a lot and repeat what they are saying.
For example, Chinese has tones. Tones means lowering and rising your voice will completely change the meaning of the word!!
In cases like these, I highly recommend learning with audio based lessons.
I used Pimmsleur's Mandarin Chinese to get to a point where I could recognize the tones and pronounce them.
The consonants of Chinese are still pretty hard for me but I believe I will eventually master them.
Just keep using the language, it will come at some point.

Now the writing system.
If you are learning a language with a new writing system, you have to learn the writing system. Don't skip it.
It will be much harder for you to acquire new words after you have mastered the initial 2 000 words.
Reading is sometimes even more important than speaking, it is huge help for learning vocabulary. People tend to use more complex vocabulary when writing than speaking so you will be much better at speaking because you are "lowering" your skill when speaking if you are good at writing and reading.


As a lot of you know, Japanese and Chinese both use Chinese characters and you need thousands of them to read.
I am currently at around 750+ characters and learning them has helped me more than I can imagine!!
A lot of words in both languages are made of two or more characters. This means that learning the characters makes learning the words easier.
Volcano is fire-mountain. I know both fire and mountain so when I saw fire-mountain it was extremely easy to remember that word! You hear and and see the character, it's very hard to forget it!

But how do you learn the characters then?
I will edit this later to explain it in further detail but
I write the characters that come up on Anki. If I don't remember how to write it, I tell Anki I don't know the word.



TLDR; Learn 2 000 most common words, write them on paper until you remember them

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Really cool man! I've been thinking about learning a new language. Thanks! :dab:
 
MisterLindberg

MisterLindberg

Banned
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Jul 22, 2019
6
I will be using this. I'm going to learn Spanish and Sign Language. Thanks.
 
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zangano1

zangano1

The truest of cels
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Nov 8, 2017
17,924
ok faggots, what language should I learn? Im between german and italian, I already speak spanish and english
 
needsolution

needsolution

Banned
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Jul 24, 2019
20,561
im gonna start learning romanian soon
 
Ugly_equals_Death

Ugly_equals_Death

Banned
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Mar 23, 2019
2,605
I will learn ricelanguage and seamaxx thx
 
Blacktarpill

Blacktarpill

Beta "male" - "man" let
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Sep 28, 2018
27,867
I need motivation tbh. I dont have one.
 
wandercamp

wandercamp

Commander
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Dec 8, 2017
3,121
Literally what is the point of learning another language if you aren't Chad

I get maybe learning japanese for anime or to move and JBW but thats still a stretch
 
FinnCel

FinnCel

Alcoholcel
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Dec 13, 2018
22,457
Literally what is the point of learning another language if you aren't Chad

I get maybe learning japanese for anime or to move and JBW but thats still a stretch
To get more cope material
 
seija

seija

Autistcel & Mentalcel
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Apr 27, 2019
7,669
Learning a language is too hard tbh
 
needsolution

needsolution

Banned
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Jul 24, 2019
20,561
It takes some time.
Keep learning new words.
With juat 2000 words you can start having conversations
i have read somewhere that u need like 600 hours for germanic language, is it true?
 
FinnCel

FinnCel

Alcoholcel
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Dec 13, 2018
22,457
i have read somewhere that u need like 600 hours for germanic language, is it true?
Germanic languages are really easy for English speakers. I recommend you start today! Might even faster than that
 
needsolution

needsolution

Banned
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Jul 24, 2019
20,561
Germanic languages are really easy for English speakers. I recommend you start today! Might even faster than that
I will start pretty soon, need to get rid of metal in my leg.
 
kekfuel

kekfuel

its ogre
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Jul 18, 2019
2,564
Fuck I want to learn a new language but no motivation. Like you, I want to learn mandarin or japanese but since I'm from the west, Asian languages are harder to learn. How many languages do you speak @FinnCel, also gz on 20k boyo :feelsokman:
 
Einon

Einon

The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
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Jan 6, 2019
13,752
i kind of learned how to read japanese a while ago (excluding kanji)
it was fun tbh
 
kekfuel

kekfuel

its ogre
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Jul 18, 2019
2,564
i kind of learned how to read japanese a while ago (excluding kanji)
it was fun tbh
Did you also learn how to speak? Like can you carry yourself in a casual conversation?
 
Einon

Einon

The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
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Jan 6, 2019
13,752
Did you also learn how to speak? Like can you carry yourself in a casual conversation?
i cant speak,maybe barely
i can only really read the synbols
 
kekfuel

kekfuel

its ogre
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Jul 18, 2019
2,564
i cant speak,maybe barely
i can only really read the synbols
Oh alright, would be a good cope to learn to the point where you can hold a conversation. Might start ngl
 
Einon

Einon

The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
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Jan 6, 2019
13,752
Oh alright, would be a good cope to learn to the point where you can hold a conversation.
i couldnt find any japanese person to converse with so id probably just forget it
 
kekfuel

kekfuel

its ogre
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Jul 18, 2019
2,564
i couldnt find any japanese person to converse with so id probably just forget it
Yeah, good point but if you watch anime or other japanese media it'd likely stick in your head. I never speak swedish but still know it fluently
 
Transcended Trucel

Transcended Trucel

Scholar of Conciousness
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Feb 16, 2019
4,409
I was considering learning Jap or Korean cause ideas lots of manga/eebnovels cope but I am unmotivated and I also heard Asians hate curries. so I haventt made progress learning it
 
TINMAN

TINMAN

Failure
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Nov 7, 2018
3,259
I think I will try to learn my mother tongue and move back to the country my parents came from, assuming I don't kill myself before then, Canada is too cucked for me
 
Vorbei

Vorbei

Officer
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Jul 13, 2018
856
The good thing about Japanese is that if you take it seriously for a few years, not only do you gain access to a whole new level of copes, you can also monetise it via translation. There's a lot of sick fucks out there willing to pay money to have doujin works translated that cater to their particular fetishes.
 
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