I wanted to share an ultralearning project I’m working on in 2022.
Growing up, and into adulthood, I’ve had the privilege to travel abroad. When I hear someone speaking a language other than English I’m immediately envious. There is something intelligent and chic about speaking another language. From the moment “polyglot” entered my lexicon, I’ve aspired to be one.
A polyglot is a person who knows and is able to use several languages.
So how am I going to do this?
I’m starting with Dutch. Dutch grammar is pretty straightforward and has many similarities to English. After that, will be German. German grammar is more difficult, but 60% of the English language has Germanic roots. And to close it out, will be French, German gets a lot of words from French, and English has a lot of French words as well.
I’m trying to do all this before the end of 2022.
I’m employing the Gabriel Wyner Fluent Forever Method. This involves ear training, phonetics, and flashcards with spaced repetition. Additionally, I’m also working through common Dutch verbs I would use in conversation. I’m also recording myself speaking, working on Dutch grammar, and passive language immersion.
There are many memory-athlete techniques I use in my language learning.
Here’s a tip that’s helped me. If you are watching a tv show or movie in your target language, set the subtitles to your target language. Setting your content to your target language lets you follow familiar and unfamiliar words. It also helps with ear training your target language.
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