Learning Language Through Osmosis!
August 8, 2008 3:31 PM Subscribe
Does anyone have any tips or strategies to help in learning a new language when living in a foreign country but not doing a formal study program?
posted by andoatnp to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
While this is a general question that I imagine could apply to people in a variety of different countries attempting to learn different languages, I'll use my specific information in case that can help people give advice.
I am in Israel for the year trying to get much better at speaking Hebrew. I came here with zero Hebrew knowledge and did a 5 week immersion program, and now I am here for the rest of the year.
What should I be doing over the course of the next year to improve my Hebrew? I try to talk to people as much as possible, but I don't really know past or future tense yet and my vocabulary is weak so people usually try to switch to English?
I have the textbook from the course I took that I can continue to work through on my own, but I want to get as much benefit as possible from actually being in Israel. What should someone do when in a foreign country (where most people speak English) to aid in learning the local language?