HOW TO LEARN LANGUAGES EFFECTIVELY TEXT: Monika HARMADYOVÁ | PHOTOS: Courtesy of Lýdia MACHOVÁ
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On 13 October 2015, a very interesting lecture took place at the Faculty of Arts. It was attended not only by students, but also by the general public who united around a common goal: a sincere wish to improve their language skills. The lecture was delivered by Lýdia Machová, a PhD student at the Department of British and American studies, who currently teaches Simultaneous Interpretation & Introduction to English Studies at the Faculty of Arts at Comenius University in Bratislava while also working as a freelance interpreter. Lýdia is an experienced language learner, currently working on her eighth foreign language. Lýdia gave an absorbing presentation with numerous useful tips on how to learn languages effectively, followed by a discussion which gave space to questions from the audience. She talked very engagingly and enthusiastically about her true passion, which she has found in foreign language learning. And this enthusiasm of hers she passed on to all of us in the lecture room! Here is some of her advice you can bring into practice right now. Language learning is IN! LISTENING
Download a podcast application on your smartphone, e.g. Podcast Addict for Android, iTunes for Apple. Pick topics that you are interested in through key words and download respective episodes in order to be able to listen offline. The application also offers interesting functions, such as a volume boost or a speedup/slowdown of the speech. Try to listen to podcasts regularly while carrying out routine activities in your everyday life.
Do not be shy and come to participate in a language meeting. It is a great way to talk naturally in a language of your choice with native speakers or passionate learners. Join Facebook groups, e.g. English Tea Time, German Language Exchange Meetings, FLEM – French Language Exchange Meetings, Russian Standard Meetings, Hablamos español Bratislava if you are interested.
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