If you’re like me, you are probably super excited about learning a language. You probably also enjoy what I call “The resource round-up”. What is the “resource round-up”? It’s that exciting stage right BEFORE you dive into learning a new language when you scrounge for resources to help propel your learning to new heights. I’ll talk about how to do a proper round-up in a future post.
For now, let’s assume you are all “resourced up” and ready to explode! I’ll paint the picture. You’ve got a dozen free language websites in your favorites with all the vocabulary lists, grammar points, common phrases, native audio, and encouragement you could ever possibly want. You’ve gone on an Amazon.com shopping spree and now you have 6 or 8 or 20 new books including multiple courses, vocabulary books, dictionaries, verb guides, and who knows what else because you really haven’t looked them over that well yet. Maybe you’ve downloaded some podcasts, audio courses, or even some simple audiobooks. Maybe your bookshelf looks something like one of mine:
Maybe it looks like a less (or even more) extreme version of mine. Basically, we are assuming that you are 100% totally geared and psyched up to drive your shelf into Language World and kick some major butt. You’ve got the firepower. You’ve got the attitude and the confidence. You’ve got the desire. What’s stopping you?
Oh yeah… What do I do now? I always run into this too. Honestly, it doesn’t get much easier the more languages you know. I’ve never started two languages the exact same way. No two languages are the same, why should the methods be?
You may be saying “Great advice Sherlock, what am I supposed to do now?” Well, bear with me for a little while longer and I will have you ready to move on from “Resource Round-up” to “Language Launch” in a matter of minutes. Read More