Monday, 31 December 2012

improving your english

In 2013 you can commit yourself to becoming fluent in English:

This is from

The Year of English

December 31st, 2012 

Aaron Knight (the author of PhraseMix) has launched a new initiative called “Year of English”. You enter your e-mail address to commit yourself to becoming fluent in English in 2013. Every day in 2013, you will receive a newsletter with lessons, advice and assignments.
Of course, I know that it’s hard to start learning English every day. To pull it off, you have to get pretty excited about English – more excited than you are about other things you do, like checking Facebook 50 times a day. Still, sometimes we need a nudge in the right direction; a daily reminder can also help you stay on track.

It looks very interesting: I might sign up myself for some good ideas:

improving my second language

In 2013 I intend to get going with my German, using a few techniques:

Reading for Pleasure:
> or I might try the original Fairy Stories from the Brothers Grimm: Die Märchen der Brüder Grimm: Gebrüder Grimm: Bücher

As this is a wee bit difficult, I'll also be:

Pausing and Thinking:
> The method from How to get the most out of English texts | Antimoon
> and whether it's really worth all the hard work: Is “pause and think” worth it? « The Antimoon Blog

> The method from How to improve your English Speaking and Fluency: shadowing - YouTube (see this blog 10th Sept)

Keeping it Simple:
> The method from How To Speak Fluent English Easily? Use Your Active Vocabulary! - YouTube (see this blog 10th Sept)

I will not be keeping a vocabulary note book or looking at grammar rules!
I will be checking out German-language websites, doing at least 5 minutes of German a day, watching films and videos, writing to and telephoning friends in the German-speaking world: keeping it as active and fun as possible!
I'll let you know how it's going!