I'm at different levels in three different languages I'm learning (French, Hebrew, Russian/Lithuanian). How to proceed in each?
I've been learning French since I was twelve, but it was mostly in school, so I'm not very good at it. I can write fairly well, but I have horrendous listening and speaking skills. I also don't like to read large amounts in French (doing the accent in my head is tiring). I'm at the point where I've learned enough—probably way too
much—grammar, but I don't know enough to really (so I believe) benefit from watching French movies. I'm figuring I'm at a fork in the road: either live in France, or my French skills will deteriorate. I blame my lack of reading and listening skills on having so much grammar drilled into me at school. But what can I realistically do to improve my French? I don't mean in general, because I know I should ideally join a class or move to France or talk to French people. But I can't right now, realistically. I've had a lot of French penpals, but obviously that only helps with writing. You know. With French, I pretty much want to get better at conversational French. Even children's movies in French are too hard for me! Would it be worth the try though?
I just started learning Hebrew, but it's surprisingly hard to find good resources that teach anything past the alphabet. What's really important to me is to not ruin Hebrew for myself by learning way too much grammar, so I want a book or tape or some way to learn Hebrew more "naturally" than I learned French. I'm taking a class at our temple...but, er, it's not really fast-paced. My main goals in Hebrew are 1.) Not to learn it the way I learned French, and 2.) Be able to test out of Hebrew 101 when I transfer this spring! I know a few roots in Hebrew, and very few words, but I don't want to learn too much more grammar right now. I found a great Hebrew comic book
, and that's probably the kind of stuff I'm looking for right now.
I mostly want to learn Russian in case I can't learn Lithuanian, because I want to visit Lithuania. I'll have to re-learn the alphabet but I know "hello", "thank you", and that's about it. Are there any good Russian resources?
There's pretty much zero Lithuanian resources anywhere! Should I even try to learn without taking a class in Lithuania?
Thanks for any help you have! I'm mostly concerned with Hebrew, and I'm secondly concerned with Lithuanian. I'm at vastly different levels in each, but I'm wondering if there are any alternative, unusual, interesting methods for learning a language that I'm not aware of.