How learning a language effortlessly ?
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Hi, English speakers who want to Learn French 🙂 !
In this article I share with you How learning a language effortlessly ?
When I learn a language I do not want to do a lot of work. I like to learn a language effortlessly, as easily as possible.
I borrow the word effortless from two sources :
Effort without effort and the parable of the twisted tree
Taoism is a school of Chinese philosophy founded more than 2,000 years ago. The basic principle is to follow what is natural, which is effortless and not trying to force things. He advised people to follow their own nature and not to resist the world around them. This effortless non-resistance would help them learn better and be happier.
In the parable of the twisted tree, 2 peopled observe this tree. People A says that this tree is useless, we cannot use the wood because the tree is crooked. People B says : "You say that because you do not know how to use them. You must use things for the intended purpose and understand their true nature. You can sit under a crooked tree and enjoy its shadow”.
If you understand the true nature of things, you can use them to achieve your goals.
When I read grammar, I do not try to remember anything. I do not try to learn or understand anything. I do not worry about grammar, I know it will gradually become clearer for me.
Questions of understanding
When I read something, I do not like to answer questions of understanding. I would rather have misunderstood the text and have my own interpretation rather than having to answer a list of questions.
I use flashcards as a break in my reading and listening activities. I do not worry about what I remember, or what I can remember. I am never sure of the effectiveness of this activity, but I find it pleasant because it is somewhat mechanical. I do not need to think. I do this for a while, then I come back to my reading and listening. In one way or another, the combination of these activities makes me move forward in language, effortlessly.
Sometimes purists will tell you that you only need to use a monolingual dictionary. I never use a monolingual dictionary. It is much easier to use a bilingual dictionary. If I start in a language and know few words, a monolingual dictionary is useless.
Even when I'm quite advanced, I just think a bilingual dictionary is more useful. I have an idea of what this word could mean and come back to what I'm reading, wanting to continue to discover what content is. My interest in the text stimulates my learning. I do not want to be distracted by a dictionary definition that may contain even more words that I do not know.
I know it's only through prolonged exposure that I will come to understand this word, but I do not want to spend my time trying to understand it from a monolingual dictionary. For me, it's easier to use a bilingual dictionary.
So, in summary, my advice is :
- Do what is easy
- Do what comes naturally and is satisfying.
- Do not answer questions if you do not want to.
- Do not force yourself to learn things.
- Do not stack things in your brain.
Bring yourself to the language, follow your curiosity, trust your brain and you'll learn any language effortlessly ... or almost 🙂
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Thomas Ricomard specializes in teaching French as a foreign language. He has been providing private lessons since 2015, both in-person and online (via Skype). He taught at the Popular University of the Canton of Geneva (Switzerland) from 2015 to 2018, instructing several groups of 20 students from around the world (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mexico, etc.), ranging from beginner to intermediate levels (A1 to B2). With a Master’s degree in clinical and cognitive psychology from the University of Geneva, his knowledge of psychology allows him to tailor his teaching methods for optimal learning, taking into account factors such as visual memory versus auditory memory. He expresses his passion for the French language through writing texts, including poetry and songs, which he presents publicly at numerous music and slam events.