Twitter: 5 Steps to a Better L2

Twitter!

Love it or hate it, it’s playing a big role all over the internetz right now.  This is a short post about 5 ways you can use Twitter to get better at your L2.  Any of you language learners who already have a Twitter account are most likely already doing some of these things, but you should read it anyway. Then get back to your L2.

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December Project: A Manga a Day

12月だよ

Time to give myself a holiday present.

That’s right, more Japanese knowledge/fun.  I’m going to do a project this month that will improve my Japanese as well as my time management skills.

If you wanna know more, or the title wasn’t obvious enough, there’s more after the jump.

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New Experiment: Extensive Reading

Don’t be fooled by the title.  I’ve been using extensive reading in my studies for a while now.  But I’d like to try some new things, mostly inspired by another extensive reader I recently came across online, Liana.  I really recommend you check out her blog.  This post in particular is very useful for Japanese learning extensive readers.

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動き出そう!

言語は単に口から一方的に音を出すだけのものではない。言語は意思を伝達する為の手段である。

考えてみて下さい。もし話す時に体を全然動かせかなったとしたらどうなるか。

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Self-Study and the Classroom: Introduction

Hello hello.

You crazy awesome language learners have heard it all before: Classes are terrible for learning a language.

Although I tend to agree to some extent, I have to say that having access to native speakers and other learners who are genuinely interested in learning on a daily basis is very encouraging.  In fact, that’s what class is to me now, not a time to learn necessarily, but a time to simply add more fuel to the “I-wanna-learn-Japanese” fire.  Even so, I’ll learn new stuff sometimes.  But that’s not what this post is about.

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Remember the “Self”

In an age of Internet Language Gurus, I’m noticing a disturbing trend among some language learners.

I think many people are forgetting the “self” aspect of self-study.

Taking a break from laughing at 医龍*, I decided to have a look see around some language blogs.  It’s just something I do from time to time. It’s part of my “always experimenting” mentality.  Anyways, I’m browsing the forums of said blogs, and what I saw was shocking, disappointing, and rather frustrating.

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