“Memorize the phrase book:” a language learning experiment

22 Dec

I am always interested people’s language learning projects and in new learning techniques. Ziggy’s  blog Memorise the Phrasebook is both and I recommend you take a look. Here is his description:

“I’m conducting an experiment to see if I can learn a language (Spanish) by memorizing a phrasebook.

I’m doing this because I think it is possible for almost anyone to learn a second language and I am looking for the easiest, cheapest, least time-consuming way to do so.

Language learning via immersion (i.e. moving to a society where the language is spoken and forcing yourself to learn it) certainly works, but it is expensive, time-consuming and not really viable for me.

And besides, in my opinion, language learning is not particularly fun. The fun part comes after you’ve reached a certain proficiency and can actually use it.

I have a phrasebook with 1500 phrases and am learning 10 phrases per day.”

I am now in the market for a Japanese phrasebook with mp3 files. Any suggestions?


3 Responses to ““Memorize the phrase book:” a language learning experiment”

  1. ziggyvanwd December 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Hi, Jeremy, thanks for the plug. In terms of a Japanese phrasebook with mp3 files, you might like to try this one: http://www.amazon.com/iSpeak-Japanese-Phrasebook-MP3-Guide/dp/0071492976/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419279759&sr=1-5



    • jecgenovese December 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

      Thanks Ziggy, I have ordered the book you recommended. Good luck with your blog!

      • ziggyvanwd January 2, 2015 at 12:42 am #

        Good luck. Please let me know how you go.

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