Learning a language to pass the time?

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Hi I've currently finished Uni and I'm applying for jobs, but not really getting anywhere with that. I go to the gym 4/5times a week (non-weekends) but I'm still really bored at home until September.

I was thinking of learning a language, but have no idea where to start or what would be the most effective way to learn? So any tips would be really useful!

Or even any other ideas on productive things to do with my elongated summer
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(Original post by scrunkie)
Hi I've currently finished Uni and I'm applying for jobs, but not really getting anywhere with that. I go to the gym 4/5times a week (non-weekends) but I'm still really bored at home until September.

I was thinking of learning a language, but have no idea where to start or what would be the most effective way to learn? So any tips would be really useful!

Or even any other ideas on productive things to do with my elongated summer
What languages did you do at GCSE's? You might wanna try learning a language that might come in use for your degree?
Hope this is useful
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What languages did you do at GCSE's? You might wanna try learning a language that might come in use for your degree?
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I did French and German, I don't think any languages are going to come in use for my degree as I'm doing a social sciences subject
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(Original post by scrunkie)
Hi I've currently finished Uni and I'm applying for jobs, but not really getting anywhere with that. I go to the gym 4/5times a week (non-weekends) but I'm still really bored at home until September.

I was thinking of learning a language, but have no idea where to start or what would be the most effective way to learn? So any tips would be really useful!

Or even any other ideas on productive things to do with my elongated summer
Learning a language is a really good idea to pass time over summer.

The first step is to learn some basic vocab and then once you've got that down, you'll want to start learning some basic grammar.

www.memrise.com is a really good site for learning vocab
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Learning a language is a really good idea to pass time over summer.

The first step is to learn some basic vocab and then once you've got that down, you'll want to start learning some basic grammar.

www.memrise.com is a really good site for learning vocab
Great site, thanks
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I love doing this I tend to pick up and drop languages. I've done Italian and mandarin in uni but I was learning polish and greek alone. What kind of language are you after? You could go for an easier one that shares the Roman alphabet or maybe something like mandarin if you want a challenge. Mandarin is great fun to learn, and drawing the characters makes you feel pretty accomplished. First steps, maybe download Duolinguo, see what languages they have and what you fancy.

When learning, I've always followed the same path. First I compile a sort of fact sheet for the language. Super basic things that you find online such as whether it's a subject-verb-object lang, if the verbs conjugate and what the variations are etc. Then I practice the sounds of the alphabet with a youtube vid (especially for things like polish,mandarin,greek). Then I do numbers, days of the week and phrases like good morning/night, hello, goodbye etc. It's really important that you nail the verbs after that. I've been told by teachers "you nail the verbs, you nail the language". The verbs to be, to have and to do are the first three. they need to be drilled into the ground with all their conjugations (if there are any). Also they are often irregular verbs so their pattern is unique to them.

Anyway...I'm rambling now. I might ramble some more if you say you have a specific language in mind
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Is there not any language you would like? Like German or something? There are websites where you can begin learning a language like busuu.com, but idk how far you can get with those
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(Original post by scrunkie)
Hi I've currently finished Uni and I'm applying for jobs, but not really getting anywhere with that. I go to the gym 4/5times a week (non-weekends) but I'm still really bored at home until September.

I was thinking of learning a language, but have no idea where to start or what would be the most effective way to learn? So any tips would be really useful!

Or even any other ideas on productive things to do with my elongated summer
Duolingo is a good way to keep you practicing, and it's available free on mobile which is handy. It doesn't teach you grammar properly, so I'd recommend investing in a decent grammar/language guide and doing some study alongside the practice drills. If you want there's also plenty of free material on the internet for major languages, but it takes a bit more discipline to seek it out.
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Once you've picked up some basic grammar and vocab (I'd also recommend Duolingo for the vocab), spend some time watching films or TV shows in the language you're learning. It really immerses you into the language and you start picking up a lot more common phrases etc.


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