Our author Lena wrote a book about language learning. In this book you get tips about how to find a language partner, how to integrate your learning process into your daily life and how to learn wherever you are.
Who should read the book?
The answer is very easy: Everybody who wants to learn more about the process of learning.
But: The book is in German (”Sprachenlust – von der Liebe zu lernen”). So you should either be a German native or a German language learner to understand the content.
Sprachenlust – von der Liebe zu lernen
The book consits of five chapters which includes, among other things, a list for every language learner, methods and tips how to learn a foreign language and the “manifest of a language learner” (created by the author).
But we want to allow you to gain an insight into the book. So here we go:
#1 Use lexical fields to learn new words.
A new word belongs always to a lexical field with a lot of other (new) words. You can learn new words while thinking about generic terms and their subsumed concepts, about opposites or about same or different parts of speech. Here are a few examples:
1) generic terms and their subsumed concepts:
- house (generic term)
- door, window, floor, roof, … (subsumed concepts)
- good – bad
- child – adult
- cold – hot
3) same or different parts of speech:
- time: day, hour, year, minute, week, second, … (same parts of speech)
- family: parents, children, to marry, related, brother, … (different parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, …)
Lexial fields could help you to build a knowledge map in your head to get in touch with a lot of (new) words in an easy and fast way.
(Chapter in the book: How to learn new words correctly – So lernst du Vokabeln richtig)
#2 Concentrate on the important aspects.
You have a lot of possibilites to use a foreign language: you could read books or articles, listen to music, podcasts or audio books or you could watch television (including films and series).
As a language learner it could be difficult to understand every word. But the truth is: That’s not necessary. It’s enough that you concentrate on the most important aspects. You should understand what the text, the show or the film is about and be able to give a résumé. From day to day you will improve your language skills, in particular your reading and listening comprehension.
(Chapter in the book: Listening comprehension – 7 tips for today – Hörverstehen üben – 7 Tipps, die du noch heute anwenden kannst)
#3 Get in touch with the most beautiful words in German.
The book “Sprachenlust – von der Liebe zu lernen” is written in German and because of that you will find also a chapter about the most beautiful words in German, including – for example – the following words:
- Weltenbummler (der) – English: “globetrotter”
- Schmuddelwetter (das) – English: “dirty weather”
- Tohuwabohu (das) – English: “chaos”
- Firlefanz (der) – English: “trumery”
- Kaffeekränzchen (das) – English: “coffee morning (circle)”
(Chapter in the book: The most beautiful words in German – Die schönsten Wörter im Deutschen)
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