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Aug. 25th, 2010 | 11:30 pm
mood: awakeawake
music: Running Wild - Adrian S.O.S.

I finished reading "Don't worry, be German" a couple of days ago. The book's too expensive to buy really – I refuse to shell out 15 EUR for a frigging *softcover* –, but fortunately, the bookstore has nothing against people reading books there, and even offers comfy seats so you can do so. *s*

The reason I'm mentioning this now is that the author, at one point, lists a number of tips for learning new languages, tips that I thought were good enough for me to remember. Here they are, paraphrased, for my reference and perhaps yours, too:

  1. No English (or whatever your native language is) in $LANGUAGE class, period.
  2. Speak as much $LANGUAGE as possible.
  3. Dare take linguistic risks.
  4. Don't count your mistakes!
  5. You'll make lots of mistakes in the beginning. That's perfectly fine.
  6. When you make mistakes, laugh at them.
  7. Get as much help from others as possible.
  8. Every day is a new opportunity to learn!
  9. *NOW* is the best time to learn $LANGUAGE!
  10. Everything that can be right will be right. Find ways to express yourself.

I probably should check if the library'll have the book at some point and actually copy them verbatim, but that's the gist.

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Kint Sonnemont

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from: kint
date: Aug. 25th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)

I really, really need to get over 3/4/5. I'm so worried about making a mistake... but that's how one learns!

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 25th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)

Aye, it is. And yeah, that's the hardest part, isn't it?

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from: mondhasen
date: Aug. 26th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)

I checked our State library system and we don't have this anywhere yet.

My favorite hangout on yiffnet was #pantherchat, and I was always impressed with the fluidity with which the German furs could speak English. *sigh* I never picked German, though, and had to rely on online translators (pretty primitive in '97 and not much better now).

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 26th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)

You should try learning it — it's never too late. :)

Yeah, the book doesn't seem to have been translated to English yet; amazon.com doesn't carry it, either, although amusingly, they DO offer "born to be german" as a search suggestion when you search for "John Doyle".

If you can find it and translate it, though, it'll be a fun read.

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