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How do you learn best?

Some people are visual learners – for example, my mother is trying to learn Mandarin Chinese, in the more complex traditional script (which is used in Taiwan). Because she’s an artist, the characters aren’t very difficult for her. However, pronunciation and vocabulary are. For others, they remember conversational points easily, but have trouble with the writing or with grammar. Some people use flash cards, some people repetitively write phrases down to remember them, others use CD exercises, and still others try and relate the subject to their own interests.

How do you best study? Curious minds wish to know!



  1. Con-rin said,

    April 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Hey, Con-rin here~

    I’ve used just about everything you’ve listed! I personally think that the best way to learn a language is to practice it a bunch of different ways. I don’t always have a lot of time to devote to it…but anything you do will help. For me, the BEST practice is actual interaction with people using the language, whether written or spoken.

  2. April 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I think I learn best by audio/video and repetition. I haven’t tried to ever learn a language, but when I have to learn something new for work, I usually have paperwork with me that I go by. After a few days or so, I have memorized the important parts to the point I don’t need the paper anymore.

    I’d love to learn Japanese, and have a Rosetta Stone demo disk with some Japanese on it. I am also considering using the iKnow website that Danny Choo has recommended. I just need to get a headset for either one.

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