Simulating German Immersion for Fluency
I decided to make another video with details for creating an immersion simulation specific for learning German, complete with techniques and resources. Click here for the full video on how to simulate German immersion. I mentioned a lot of resources in the video so, here is a complete list of what was mentioned:
First of all, what is immersion? Immersion is the deep mental involvement of something, for example in a culture or language. Language immersion is praised as the best way of learning a language. The two most common ways of learning a language by immersion is by either moving to a country where your target language is the native language (simultaneously being immersed in the culture) OR by taking a foreign language course that is taught exclusively in the target language. Some people do both.
Let’s say you can’t afford to pick up and go to Spain for several months. Maybe you’ve checked around and courses to learn Romanian are just not in your budget. Don’t fret! There is STILL a way for you to benefit from immersion. Click on the pic above to view my latest YouTube video on how to reap the benefits of simulating immersion.
Gleaned from a plethora of language learning tips I've shared on my Instagram account, here is a video of me sharing my top 10 language learning tips. I have used these help me refresh my German when it was starting to wane. I am fluent and am currently using these same principles to refresh my French & Spanish an get back up to speed. Click on the picture above to watch the video.
I had been receiving suggestions to make an introduction video speaking in the languages I know. So, here is a brief introduction in English, German, Spanglish (yes, Spanish + English), and a really poor attempt in French. Join me in my journey to refresh my Spanish and French as well as help women of the African diaspora improve their lives by gaining access to language oriented opportunities.
1. The higher the level, the more grueling they are. While A1 and A2 exams are relatively quick, B1 and B2 exams can take up more than half the day. C1 and C2 can take from 1-2 whole days to complete.
2. It’s all or nothing. This isn’t a test in your high school foreign language class. This is an exam. That you’re paying for. That you’ll have to shell out even more money for if you fail. Do your absolute best. Go all in.
3. Smaller test centers tend to be less nerve wracking. Have you ever taken a standardized test with just a few other people in the room? Now take that same test with 50 people in the room. Ok, now try 100. It went from 0 to 100 real quick, didn’t it? Try to pick a test center that may be smaller and have less traffic, if at all possible.
Picture this: six months from now you’re proficient in another language that allows you to earn more as an employee, a freelancer or an entrepreneur by taking on more projects and adding more contacts to your network. Think this isn’t possible? Think again! According to the Foreign Service Institute, there are 10 languages that native English speakers can master in as little as six months of study, which makes this attainable. In case you’re wondering which 10 languages they are, read the rest of my article on Bauce Magazine here.
Did you hear about the free tuition for New York residents? I bet you thought to yourself, I sure wish I could get a degree for free? I mean, who doesn’t want to be awarded a degree without a hefty student loan to pay in the end?
What if I told you that it was possible to complete undergraduate, graduate and even doctoral studies without racking up thousands in student loan debt? Practically for free? Would you be willing to sign up? If so, read the rest of my article on Bauce Magazine here.
Whenever anyone decides to start learning a language, there are always certain topics that most people take specific interest in: learning curse words, how to flirt and or use slang to sound cool (am I lying?). That’s all well and good, but how far will those get you when you are trying to haggle or tell a doctor that something hurts? They won’t take you very far, but knowing how to do these 3 things will:
Many people shy away from using the word “fluent” to describe their foreign language skills. It seems to be one of those elusive dangling carrots that we, as language learning rabbits, always seem to be in pursuit of and never seem to be able catch.
This is because a lot of people (both language learners and multilinguals alike), have the wrong idea about what it means to be “fluent”. By refusing to identify as a "fluent" speaker, many multilinguals downplay their skills this way. This can send the wrong message about your proficiency level. If you want to send the right message, you must first understand what it really means to be fluent. Here are 3 things no one tells you about language fluency: