Here’s a copy/paste from an article in February:
Next week NativeSpeakerTeachers.com has it’s twice-yearly Free Trial Lesson Offer, a chance for anyone who hasn’t yet tried a free thirty-minute online lesson with a native speaker teacher to do so.
For years, the one thing that was missing from my own language learning was interacting with a real person.
Once I figured out that, no matter what else I did, if I wasn’t speaking and listening ‘live’, ideally with a native speaker, I wouldn’t feel prepared and able to do so when the need arose – well, I gave it a shot, not without some trepidation, mind you.
One-to-one online lessons were the missing piece of the puzzle, and for me, affordable. Ok, since I’ve been minding Roomie (and another little animal before her), I’m down to just the one language/30-minute conversation a week – at one point I was doing four!
But chatting in Swedish every Wednesday lunchtime is a good way to maintain what I’ve learnt, and to pile up lived experience of interacting with Swedes in their own language. Next time I visit my wife’s relatives, I’ll be prepared, if not anywhere near perfect.
Personally, I think everyone could benefit from taking 1-1 lessons, even if (especially if) you just chat with your ‘native speaker’.
But you don’t have to take my word for it – that’s what the free trial is for, so you can check out for yourself whether you think it’ll help.
Anyway, more about the FTLO on Monday, and/or go to NativeSpeakerTeachers.com and get on their mailing list.
Other than that, I have little to add. It’s Friday, much of Europe is afflicted by storms, and I have a thousand emails to answer, plus a ‘to do’ list that I’ve been terrified of even looking at for much of the past month.
Guess I’ll keep this short then!
With reference to the cut/paste above, earlier this morning I drove Bug to his petting zoo, then, on the way back, listened to the news headlines in Swedish.
It was the usual – Gaza, gangland shootings, the extreme right-wing political party dominating the polls, public transport fares likely to go up as local authorities are forced to make savings, and a heavy snow warning from SMHI.
Nothing exceptional then, just a routine family chore combined with a light workout for the language-learning components in my brain.
Later today I aim to fit in the prescribed thirty-minute-minimum daily walk (which I’ve been neglecting of late due to tendon pain) and, while I’m doing that, listen to France.info (rolling news, interviews, discussions.)
Over the weekend I’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen – carbonara on Saturday, ‘testo bread’ for the evening, chicken and roast potatoes at Sunday lunchtime, then pizza in the evening.
So that’s another three or four hours of radio. Maybe Spanish and Turkish, depending on my mood.
Radio – through smartphone apps – works well for me, as I can slot it into my daily routine, combined with other things. TV wouldn’t work, for the same reason. And right now, with Bug keeping us awake half the night, I’m too sleepy to read.
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