My method of learning new words in another language: repetition
This is how I’m thinking of doing it:
Method #1: repetition
- Have Google Translate translate an English word into another language.
In this case, Google translated “great” into the Estonian “suurepärane”. Here’s how it sounds on Google.
- Click the audio button 20 times.
Enter repetition! Here’s how suurepärane sounds 20 times in a row.
- While I click the audio button repeatedly like a madman, I will also be doing a screencast audio recording.
I use Camtasia. (I bought this program a long time ago, and it still works)
- Then I listen to this recording a bunch of times.
More repetition! Multiplication of repetition.
I stumbled across this technique while hitting the audio button over and over yesterday. Google Translate speaks the word at different speeds. That was so much fun, that I blogged about it. For the blog post, I recorded Google saying the word over and over. And then guess what? For the rest of the day, I found myself saying suurepärane, suurepärane, suurepärane. It was so much fun to be walking down the sidewalk saying suurepärane, suurepärane.
Thus, I’ll do this roughly every day. Or maybe once a week. Something like that.
Method #2: use
Of course, the best method of remembering these words is through use. So I’ll also teach my three-year-old daughter these words.
This particular example uses Estonian. But I’m not setting out to learn Estonian. That’s too massive and intimidating for me. Every time I start to “learn Estonian” I give up.
Instead I will be learning some words here and there in different languages. Estonian, French, even Ewokese. Just to get a different palette of words. A cross-range.