Linguistic immersion ... at home

Dear Chatterbug Community!

Since we can’t travel anymore :earth_americas: , let’s exchange tips for an “home-made” linguistic immersion :smile: :house_with_garden:!

As I was learning English and then German I used to:

  • Put sticky-notes everywhere to learn the names of things I used in my everyday life - within a few days I redecorated my kitchen and bathroom :sweat_smile:

  • Read in the target language a book I already knew well - after reading three times Harry Potter in French, switching in English was easy and would not alter the pleasure of reading :blush: :closed_book:

  • Put my apps - Fb or messenger apps, for exemple - in the target language :left_speech_bubble:

What about you? Do you have your own tricks to live and breath in another language without leaving home :wink:?

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These are really great ideas! When I started learning German I rewatched some childhood cartoons like The Magic School Bus and animated films by Hayao Miyazaki. (watching dubbed movies and TV shows distract me, I always want to figure out what the actor is saying!) I also tried to find music that I liked in the target language. It was the best feeling understanding the lyrics of a song! :blush:

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I know that COVID times have allowed a lot of folks to (re)discover a bunch of activities they can do from home (yes, that includes baking bread and doing yoga) . Why not integrate language learning into your new routines? That might mean seeking out recipes, cooking videos, Youtube workouts, video games, podcasts, etc in your target language. It’s a chance to learn a set of vocab that you are actually interested in applying everyday!

P.S. For anyone interested in learning English through yoga, I would recommend ‘Yoga with Adriene’. All her videos are free on Youtube, she speaks slowly and leads awesome yoga practices for beginners/intermediate yogis!

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Great advice!
I also like the option of audiobooks. I use the audible app, where you can slow down the pace in increments of 0.1 (and, surprisingly, it doesn’t affect the audio quality too much). When I start listening to a new audiobook in the target language (in my case, French), I begin with a slowed down pace to get used to the narrator, the particular vocabulary, etc.and then after the first few chapters gradually increase to full speed.

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Good idea to adapt pace, @ameliea !
Do you have any recommandation of good Audiobooks for people learning French :slightly_smiling_face:?

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@Leocadie I’m afraid I don’t really have any good recommendations, I’m rather still struggling to find something suitable myself :see_no_evil:

The only advice I have is to avoid novels. Two reasons: First, they tend to be full of lengthy, detailed descriptions of things, people and places, often using fancy or rare adjectives. Second, they are usually written in the passé simple. I feel both aspects are not really useful when you’re trying to improve your day-to-day vocabulary / everyday language use.
Thus, I try to go with something from the popular science / psychology / “self-help” genre. I’m currently listening to the French translation of Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit” and having a hard time to deal with all the neuroscience lingo (I’m somewhere around B2 level myself, at least in terms of reading/listening comprehension).

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That’s a valuable advice, thanks @ameliea! If one wants to read a novel as a beginner, then it may be a good idea to start with a book one is already familiar with in its own language :wink:!
Wow, I’m impressed! Have a nice time listening to Charles Duhigg!

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