input based learning

I just wanted to quickly write about this great post on Steve Kaufmann’s blog: seven principles of input-based language learning. The principles in there are very valuable, especially for those who are new to language learning and may not have thought about it this way before.

On the topic of input, i’ve hit a few milestones lately. I’ve passed 300 hours of listening and TV content in german, and I’m over 550000 words of reading in german. Right now i’m working on Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch (book 4 of the series). I really enjoy listening to the audiobook while i read, which matches Kaufmann’s recommendation of both listening and reading at the same time. For some languages (like chinese) i find it difficult to get audio with transcripts, but there seems to be a wealth of german audiobooks available.

Anyway, i’m halfway on my way to reading 1 million words, and i certainly won’t stop at 1 million because i’m enjoying it so much. I’m going to try to increase my pace in reading this month, since reading has more language content in it than tv, and i haven’t yet picked a new tv series to get obsessed with. I should be finished season 7 of DS9 this week.

4 Responses to input based learning

  1. Natalie says:

    Hey! I discovered your blog recently and I find it to be very interesting. I am a language learner myself–I study Russian. Thanks for posting the article.

  2. andrew says:

    For over a year I’ve been using similar tactics to learn French. Just to clarify, you listen in German and read in English, right? thanks

  3. doviende says:

    no, i try to read nothing in english. Everything is in german.

    In my opinion, you should only use english when you absolutely have to, maybe because you only know a few hundred words in your target language and are a total beginner. You should switch to having all of your content in the target language as soon as possible.

    3 months ago, i was reading GERMAN harry potter with GERMAN audio. I didn’t understand that much of it, but i just kept listening anyway. I highlighted a couple of words per page and went back later to look them up. The most important thing is to just keep going as much as possible, even if you don’t understand. it will slowly add up and pretty soon you’ll understand a lot.

  4. David says:

    Meine Muttersprache ist Deutsch (aus Österreich) und habe selbst große Freude am Erlernen vom Sprachen.
    Momentan spreche ich weiters Englisch und Spanisch, und sehr bald (März) werde ich Französisch beginnen und später sicher auch noch Portugiesisch. Mindestens.

    Wenn man einmal angefangen hat, will man nicht mehr aufhören, nicht wahr?

    Ich freue mich immer sehr, wenn ich Menschen treffe, die es wagen, Deutsch in Angriff zu nehmen.. Leicht macht man sich’s damit bei weitem nicht, aber das muss ich dir wohl nicht erzählen.

    Viel Spaß auf jeden Fall mit dieser wunderbar flexiblen und fein auflösenden Sprache.

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