The annual language lovers blogging competition organized by ba.bla and lexiophiles is on. And we are delighted that Language on the Move has once again been identified as a Top 100 Language Lovers Blog. We would love to get into the Top Ten … and for that we need your support!
You can show your appreciation of our year-round efforts to share exciting sociolinguistics research in multilingualism, language learning and intercultural communication by voting for us at http://en.bab.la/news/top-100-language-blogs-2017-voting. Voting is easy: you just have to click on the ‘Vote’ button next to Language on the Move (or another blog of your choice, of course; there are one-hundred fantastic language lovers’ blogs to choose from).
The competition is accompanied by a social media campaign to share language learning tips. So, we thought we’d give you an additional incentive to vote for us: the Top Ten official Language on the Move Language Learning Tips!
- Read, read, read! The soul of your target language is in its literature.
- In language learning, your imaginary friend is your best friend: Practice conversations in your head!
- Nothing like muscle memory in language learning: Get pen and paper and start copying!
- Do you keep a diary? Try writing as much as you can in your target language! No need to be afraid of mixing languages there.
- Good old-fashioned memorization: Learn the lyrics of a song or poem by heart! Sing or recite them often!
- Not secret but really works: Easy readers with bilingual source and target language text.
- Stay away from native speakers for a while! May sound counter-intuitive but learning works best if scaffolded.
- There is no silver bullet. The more different ways you can find to practice and the more regularly you practice, the better.
- Language learning is like running a marathon: you have to be in it for the long term.
- Be prepared to be transformed. Language learning is not just learning a new set of vocabularies and grammatical structures. It will change you and you’ll end up finding a different you.