- Set the language on video games, editing softwares, social networking sides, skype etc. to the language you’re learning.
- Have song lyrics in the language you’re learning translated until you understand all(or most) of it and listen to these songs over and over. This helps you getting used to words and phrases as well as their meanings.
- Write memo notes, grocery lists etc. in the language you’re learning.
- Find a penpal who is a native speaker of the language you’re learning, and who also needs help with learning your native language(or another language you know fluently). Write to each other in the languages you’re learning for the other one to correct it. (examples of websites to find penpals for language exchange: interpals.net, busuu.com, sharedtalk.com)
- http://ivona.com/ pronounces any text pretty accurately in a good selection of languages.
- Watch films in the language you’re learning, first subtitled in your native lanaguage so you understand it, then watch it over again subtitled in the language that’s spoken.
- Read fairytales and watch children’s cartoons in the language you’re learning.
- Listen to speeches in the language you’re learning. Here it’s usually made an effort to make the words as clear/difficult to misinterpret as possible, which will make it easy for you to catch up with.
- Use the language whenever possible and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
- Ask a native speaker to tell you how sounds are oftened ‘simplified’ in casual speech. An example of this in English, “what do you want to do?” would be ‘simplified’ to “whaddaya wanna do?”.
“I enjoy controlled loneliness. I like wandering around the city alone. I’m not afraid of coming back to an empty flat and lying down in an empty bed. I’m afraid of having no one to miss, of having no one to love.”
Kuba Wojewodzki, Polish journalist and comedian. (via thatkindofwoman)