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The explanations of basic computer skills appear in several videos and detract from the language learning portion of the course. At the same time he goes in depth into installing and running imacros on a computer. This is probably too complex for many computer users to follow as he presents it. Again, this would have been more usefully explained in an annex video.
Specifically I believe you can ignore these videos and not miss anything important. I have marked these as videos to completely skip in the Video Notes. These videos may have been created or even required by Creative Live, so Mr. Wyner perhaps should not be held accountable for them. It does a good job of sharing the science of language learning as well as practical organization and tools to learn a language efficiently.
My Recommendation: Skip this video. Summary: This video discusses why learn a language and how language fluency can benefit you in your health, financially and intellectually. Gabriel discusses having clear goals helps achieve fluency and then asks the 4 students in the audience what each of them has for language fluency goals and why.
He also discusses his personal experiences on learning languages efficiently.
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One key point is that time is the input in the learning process and the output of this system is language fluency. My Recommendation: Go ahead and watch this video. When a person has a personal connection to a word they are much more likely to remember the word. Another study showed that visual memory is significantly better than just seeing or hearing a word.
My Recommendation: This is a key video that provides the base for the series so is a must-watch video. Summary: Begins discussing the free and paid tools available for language learning.
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This video focuses specifically on the types of books available. My Recommendation: This is a good background video for language learning but not a necessary video. Summary: As the title suggests this video introduces the Anki software to the viewer. Gabriel shows the specific steps required to make an Anki flashcard, add sound files and add a picture. Forvo is briefly mentioned and its audio files are downloaded for placing in Anki. Other digital tools are reviewed:. It is used for capturing image examples of words and sample sentences.
However, there is a significant amount of time in the video dedicated to extremely basic computer usage like keyboard shortcuts, how to drag an audio file, jumping from one program to another, how to change keyboard combinations.
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My recommendation is to watch this video on regular speed when he goes through Anki, and if you are a regular computer user to watch the parts on how to use a computer on double speed. Summary: This is an explanation of how to create language flashcards on paper and implement a spaced repetition system for practicing the cards based on using a Leitner box. Gabriel also answers questions from the audience. My Recommendation: If you are not going to being using Anki or similar software with electronic flashcards, then watch this video.
Otherwise, watching it is optional. His focus is to use Anki to learn sounds. Memrise allows for user-created flashcards.
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Summary: more background on Japanese students of L vs R, i. Long vs Wrong hearing the sound translates into pronouncing it better, without practice or specific teaching discusses IPA. Summary: He answers a variety of audience questions, including a great explanation of why learning pronunciation is important and how it can help you with others. My Recommendation: Watch this. He shows how to create sound cards in Anki to practice hearing and identifying sounds. He introduces the websites Forvo. It is an extremely useful video and must-watch if you will be using Anki for your flashcards since his shortcuts will save significant time when creating cards.
Summary: -Gabriel shows how to make special characters for different languages, how to add a keyboard for a specific language. He also explains backchaining which is learning to pronounce words by starting with the last letter, pronouncing it, then pronouncing the last 2 letters of the word, then the last 3 letters, 4 letters, etc.
Summary: The hosts and audience give feedback. He answers audience questions. There is a discussion of what topics are upcoming. My Recommendation: This is not a necessary video to watch. Summary: There is a game-show intro with the 2 hosts guessing words in different languages. Summary: Weiner starts by discussing the differences in keystroke shortcuts between Macs and PCs. You may skip this section if it does not interest you begin at of the video. He goes into detail about first learning the most frequently used words in a language. For example, it is much more important to learn the word mother than the word niece since mother is used 79 times for each time that niece is used these and the following frequency numbers refer to English.
My Recommendation: Must watch. This is a core part of the course and language learning. Summary: Wyner reviews how to build flashcards, the types of flashcards you will create for language learning and what information to include on your cards. There is excellent information in this video. Summary: He again goes through how to set up imacros, and multi-searches as a first step to create Anki flashcards. Skip the first 7 minutes of the video if you are not interested in this.
He mentions Forvo again and how to use it. My Recommendation: Only watch this if you want more practice creating Anki flashcards. Otherwise, skip it.
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Segment 15 — Asian Flashcards Total time: Summary: This is a great presentation on how to create flashcards for Asian languages. My Recommendation: Watch this even if you are not interested in Asian languages. It is a must-watch video for Asian language learners. Summary: Wyner answers how grammar works in your brain, starting with children, using English as an example. This applies across different languages. The end-result is that kids and adults learn languages in the same way.
The advantages kids have over adult learners for language are they are fearless, they have less life distractions job, family, etc. The advantages adults have over children include problem solving skills, more intelligence, better learning techniques, are more apt to learn a language. This is a core video for language learning.
Summary: In this video Gabriel covers how to learn abstract words through the creation and memorization of stories, based on a format of Person — Action — Object. His concrete examples with learning when French verbs are regular or irregular and the 8 ways to make words plural in German are great practical examples of how to apply his methods to learning. My Recommendation: Must-watch. Benny at the Great Wall Of China - the year-old travels the world learning languages.
Practise with someone online before you travel. One huge misconception in language learning is that the best way to learn it is in the country. I have met so many English speakers living abroad who learn nothing and gravitate towards other English speakers that prove this is far from true. The trick is to hit the ground running, so you can already speak a little. Starting from scratch in a country is way more likely to lead to issues and giving up.
As such, you can speak every day right now thanks to Skype. Benny says that you must be prepared to learn 'Tarzan talk' - where the gist of the sentence is there, but perhaps the formation is not quite correct. Learn vocabulary using mnemonics. One of my weakest points when I got into language learning was my bad memory with words.
No matter how often I tried to drill a word into me through rote repetition, it never stuck. It turns out way more fun techniques can help even the foggiest of brains to hold on to the words. For instance, if you were learning French, you might make an associate with train station for 'gare' as Garfield the cat, frantically running through a train station you know to catch a train to Bologna for the world's lasagna eating competition. The sillier your mnemonic the better. A great site that helps you with examples is memrise.
Practising before you visit a country, and then being confident enough to carry this on when you arrive can be huge helps. Make time even if you're busy. One of the biggest reasons people give for not learning a language is that they are 'too busy'. In interviewing thousands of successful language learners, I have found that having lots of free time is definitely something they tend to share.
It's more about using their little free time wisely. If you watch a lot of TV, consider making a sacrifice for a few months and using this time for language practice. While you take public transport, you could be using this time to learn, and you can even listen to audio while driving.