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Think Like A Native – Using your thoughts to improve your language skills

 

11650593_850429428375065_1268473140_nIn learning languages like Japanese and Korean, I have found one of the best ways of privately encouraging my learning, especially when unable to communicate with others in that language, is to make effort to communicate with myself.
Over recent months, due to breaking up with my Korean ex-boyfriend and terribly missing my Japanese best friend, I have neglected my language studies and this site in favor of taking time out to heal – trust me, you guys didn’t want to be witness to that mess! While this has somewhat dulled my abilities, I have found that regular practice in the privacy of my own mind has helped to preserve my understanding a great deal.
IMG_0844.PNGIt can be hard to find opportunities to communicate in languages not used in the area you live, so I decided to do my level best to think in Japanese and Korean wherever possible.
Going about my day and trying to think of the Japanese or Korean words for items I see and trying to string together the correct sentences goes a long way to help keep me focused on retaining what I already know, while also encouraging me to learn more.
When I dial a phone number, I try my best to think it in Japanese or Korean as I dial and that not only helps to improve my abilities, but I find helps with my concentration. If I am not sure of the word for a letter, I’ll just go with English and ensure to look it up later so I’ll be able to recall it the next time.
Of course, if you aren’t fluent, this isn’t an incredibly easy task, but it does serve as a way of revising a language when you cannot practice in conversation with others.
Even if you only use the odd word here and there, it will still help to build that comfort and understanding that will make learning faster and smoother. It will also help to make you able to fluidly move between languages – an ability that will serve you well the further you improve in all your language studies!
This has been a very short piece, I know, but I wanted to make something quick and simple as a way of getting back into things. Thank you so much to everyone who has waited patiently for me to be ready to return – I really appreciate your patience and all the supportive messages I have received in my time away!
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Bigger and better: Expanding Learn With Amy

lwa photo tagHey, guys! It’s been a few days since my last post, so I just wanted to give you all a quick update as to what’s going on with things.

I have just had some really good news – I have just been promoted (again) at the restaurant I work at, and I will start my new position when we re-open in January. We’re closing up for Christmas on the 23rd and I only have one day off before then, so I might not get to post a LOT before Christmas, but I will be posting as much as possible over my holiday time and making big plans for the website, that will come into effect in the early months of 2015.

So, I wanted to share some of the announcements for the site with you all:

Firstly, we are indeed expanding onto Youtube!

I’ve had a few people asking if I would be making videos, and I am very pleased to say that I will be doing so and that as many posts as possible will be paired with a video to match! So that is the plan.

In answer to a few people asking, I am not entirely sure whether I will start vlogging. I’m not sure that my life is interesting enough to vlog and, with work, there isn’t an awful lot to vlog about. If an interesting event comes up that seems worth recording, I’ll consider vlogging it.

 

Learn with Amy books!

To help aid in learning, I’ve decided that Learn With Amy will expand into books and other learning materials. These will include books for adults and children as well as workbooks and courses.

 

We are also opening a store!

No, not a real-life store (yet), but the website will grow to include an online store where you can buy Learn With Amy books, clothes and personalised and custom things designed by me.

 

The website’s getting a makeover

The website, still with its little downy baby feathers, is going to be getting a makeover and will have a bright, stylish new look.

This might cause some technical difficulties as we work out the kinds and add all the new features, but we’ll make sure any problems are fixed as soon as possible.

 

Collaboration!

I’m planning to collaborate with number of online content creators and hopefully organise interviews with some exciting people! I’ll keep you updated on this as much as possible!

 

Comics

You already know my KPotD (Korean Phrase of the Day), but I’m expanding into a wider range of comics very soon! I’m going to be playing around with some ideas and trying some styles out, so any feedback and opinions are very welcome!

 

This is a lot of exciting news and I’ll be working very hard to get this all rolling, as well as settling into my new position in my workplace, so bear with while I get Learn With Amy to its next step in its growth.

So let’s make 2015 great together!

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