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John Snort

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    John Snort reacted to lushlala in Listening To Native Speakers Converse Is The Easiest Way To Learn a New Language   
    This is so true, actually. -and that's how I started my 'lessons' in Italian. I'd just sit there listening to people talking, and taking it all in. I'd also watch some TV, even though I didn't understand a word of it. -and you'll be surprised at the amount you actually pick up without even realising it. I see the same thing happening with my husband, who isn't taking any lessons in my language but will pick up bits and pieces here and there through listening into conversations. Then he'll surprise me by dropping a word or phrase here and there out of the blue LOL!
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    John Snort got a reaction from 宇崎ちゃん in Listening To Native Speakers Converse Is The Easiest Way To Learn a New Language   
    Over the past few months I've had to spend most of my time with a number of people [I've had to work with] who don't speak English that well and for that reason had to use their native tongue.

    And as we worked, they'd always be conversing in their language and was surprised to find out a week later that without even trying to learn the language I was beginning to understand some of the things they said.

    So if you want to learn a language fast, find youtube videos made by native speakers and watch them even if you initially don't understand a thing. After a while you'll get to know what some words mean and as you also learn the language.

    If you are also learning the language chances are that you'll learn it faster than someone who is relying solely on the lessons they get.
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    John Snort reacted to Kev Brown in Listening To Native Speakers Converse Is The Easiest Way To Learn a New Language   
    I agree with this. As long as you are happy to not be able to understand the majority of what is said, you will make progress. The key is just to listen in general and not force your understanding. A few words will stand out and after time, these words will become phrases and full sentences. Eventually, you'll be able to understand the entire conversation.
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