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If you are learning a language, and it is not fun, then you're doing something wrong. See what can be changed. When your brain thinks that some word is not necessary for your nearest activities, it tries to forget it as soon as possible. Even an adult needs motivation, and two most common kinds of motivation when learning languages are necessity and fun. ...


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It is difficult to give specific advice without knowing what your goals are, so here are some general tips. Do extensive reading using graded readers. (See this question about Japanese graded readers.) Extensive reading or "reading for pleasure" means that you find texts that are roughly at your level so you can read them without consulting a dictionary or ...


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Fun is very subjective, so I am not sure if my approach will work for you. However, what helped me was: writing a blog; participation in online discussions; doing research or studying something (formal education and self-learning); reading; watching films. Of course, all of these should be done in your target language. All of these activities greatly ...


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Apparently constructing an imaginary memory palace (instead of using a real place) is the way to go. It is only harder to setup in the beginning, but after that it should be as efficient as the loci method using a real place. I will google, and maybe I will find some tips for constructing imaginary memory palaces.


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I would strongly recommend learning the correct pronunciation from the start instead of a pronunciation based on a different language, for several reasons: You will later need to invest time and effort to unlearn all the incorrect pronunciations. This time is better spent on something more productive. You might get confused when using listening materials ...


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Another variety in the same line as the other answers ("fun is important") is reading novels or novellas, or short stories in the target language. Clearly this presupposes a somewhat advanced level of knowledge. I did and do the following when learning: get a novel, maybe one that is popular in the country where the target language is spoken, and first read ...


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As Olga pointed out, it all depends on what you experience as "fun". One way of expanding your vocabulary is extensive reading, which is also known as reading for pleasure. This requires texts where you understand roughly 95% of the words, you so can infer the meanings of the other words from the context. This way, you can expand your vocabulary just by ...


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It's easier to memorize a pattern than a paradigm. Instead of memorizing the conjugation, you could memorize a rule to identify it. This is more useful when you're trying to understand a text, rather than to be able to express yourself in a language, but ability to express yourself is also better after a lot of exposure to the language, which would make ...


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You should memorize two things: The prefixes and suffixes that apply to ALL the binyanim. Here is an example of what I'm talking about. A full conjugation example for each of the seven binyanim. Don't waste your time memorizing the conjugation of every single verb. This knowledge will give you 95% (I'm making up this number, but you get the idea) of what ...


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There are several things you can do. Gabriel Wyner's book Fluent Forever advises using flashcards (e.g. in Anki): on the "front", you put a sentence using the verb form you want to learn but you leave out the verb; the "back" then has the conjugated verb (or the whole sentence), possibly with a note about the verb (e.g. the infinitive and/or the root). In ...


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It seems like you need to put extra attention into verbs, so I would recommend the following techniques that you might not be using: Mnemonics: You probably know what mnemonics are, but just in case, they are a variety of techniques that assist with memory. A common way to use them with foreign languages is to convert pronunciation of the word you don't ...


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Verbs For the verbs, you don't need to learn the conjugation of every single verb individually. Latin has four basic verb conjugations: First conjugation: model verb: amāre. Second conjugation: model verb: tenēre. Third conjugation: model verb: dīcere. Fourth conjugation: model verb: audīre. You learn these four conjugations by learning all the tenses ...


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You start with a false premise. An SRS like Anki does remove words. It removes words when they are too hard to learn by marking them as leeches. The default condition for a leech is answering a card wrong at eight separate days. The basic premise is that the amount of time spent on a card that gets correctly answered is tiny. Let's take an example. I'm a ...


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If you are willing to put in some intensive study (since it's a "short" period of time) and you are looking for a type of "flashcards on steroids", consider using SAFMEDS. SAFMEDS is a technique developed in the context of precision teaching, a type of instruction and evaluation developed by Ogden Lindsley; the abbreviation stands for "Say All Fast a Minute ...


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I agree with the previous answer's point of having fun with it, but to address that specifically, let me say that the easiest way to learn a language is to learn the words to songs you like in that language. Music makes everything easier to remember. Also, turn on closed captioning on movies in foreign languages and read along as you watch them. Another ...


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Interestingly, not only second language learners, but also children often have trouble learning homonyms, for instance according to this study. This is however not always the case. In this other study with visual support, children were more accurate in responding to homonyms than to novel words. Thus, my guess is that a possible strategy for learning ...


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Since you are only interested in writing the forms correctly, you might want to learn the endings as a short mnemonic, just like one often learns days, months, numbers, etc. You need to memorize "ons, ez, ent". Just learn the sequence however you prefer. When you need to actually write the verbs, you get the sequence from your memory, check which ...


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Let's take an angle from the philosophical representation of your situation, if you don't mind. It doesn't really matter what you are learning, unless you are capable of to use what you've learned. Learning a lot of similar words, phrases, plus in short period of time, can totally kill your best intentions. Believe me. First thing first: you should not ...


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