How to Teach Yourself a Language (Part 2)

What’s so special about flashcards?

It may seem obvious, but it bears repeating: to learn a language, you need to memorize a lot of stuff. Active recall is the best way to memorize, and flashcards are the single most straightforward way to study using active recall.

People talk about reinventing the wheel as a waste of time, but humans reinvent writing all the time…

I’m going to move on to reading, because no matter what you want to do, large parts of my method (like flashcards) require that you have at least rudimentary reading skills.

Ok, now you’re really, actually, honest to God ready to start learning

Sorry, I know it’s been a ton of prep work to get to this point, but by making sure you’re starting off right, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble down the road. Luckily, the next step is fun!

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Polyglot, globetrotter, writer. Creator of the Belter language for The Expanse. www.nickfarmerlinguist.com

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Polyglot, globetrotter, writer. Creator of the Belter language for The Expanse. www.nickfarmerlinguist.com