And some minutes right before February ends, I'm publishing the last video of my own challenge, #feblangfever This month I did videos in all the languages I've learnt! Here is the 13th language (not counting my Brazilian attempt), #esperanto .
Esperanto is an absolutely fascinating language. It's the most widespread artificial language and it's not only easy to pick, but also very different from any other language due to its logical approach. For instance, Spanish was also very easy for me, but Esperanto is easy not necessarily because of the similarities (although there are a lot) but because it's very logical. It really makes you think about linguistics. In total I've studied Esperanto for not much more than three days but in a very short time I was able to have an overview of the way it works and learn a lot of grammar (it's better than my Japanese or Russian). I will definitely put it on my language goals list for 2019!!
Did you know that kids whose first foreign language is Esperanto learn other languages more quickly afterwards? Esperanto probably has a similar effect to that of Latin, since I guess both languages give you some sort of mental structure that is helpful for language learning. That's my unscientific take on it.
Bye February! No more weird videos on Instagram for a while 😂
Do you read in other languages? I do! I read solely in English now except for some fictions. As for Spanish, I don't have quite the level yet, but I working toward it! I'm reading happy Potter in Spanish now and it helps me soooo much, because I get to see vocabulary in its context. Furthermore, I use the Kindle to make sure I can search for vocab super easy and make notes! (Free stock photo)
I don't use physical dictionaries anymore! During my last move from one place to another, I decided to give them all to my little brothers.
The answer is simple : I wasn't using them. They had come handy when I was in school because they helped me a lot with vocab, my English dictionary was very good because it gave me examples where the word was use, and that's priceless!
Today, they were just taking dust because it takes me too long to look for a word in the dictionary... It's so much more simple to search on the internet. I like Linguee and word reference. When it comes to reading, as you may know, I'm all about my kindle, and it's so much quicker to click on the word to see the translation than to search in the dictionary... I know I may come back to them later! For example, my cousin read the entire French dictionary for an exam (she is studying to be an orthophonist) and that has help her so much! Maybe I should do the same to take my native language, french, to the next level too. Only time will say!
🔽And you, do you use dictionaries? Tell me in the comments below!🔽
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