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Today’s guest is Gustavo Olivares from Chile. Coincidentally, we have all languages in common, but on different levels. He is the owner of the website www.clubdeidiomas.cl, where he gives advice on how to learn languages.
- What languages do you speak and at what level?
Native Spanish, English B2, French C1, German B1, Portuguese B2. All languages are certified, except Portuguese.
- How do you choose the languages you learn?
I learned my first language at school. Before the Internet, I learned by the old methods, i.e., for 14 years of primary and secondary education I had at least 8 hours a week of English classes. I learned by osmosis without any special effort: I just sat and learned. It was a very inefficient learning.
I also learned a little French. At that time in Chile, French was taught, differently from today. Back in college, I decided to improve my French and I began German. I decided to learn more languages for two reasons: to have a professional advantage and to meet exchange students who came to my school during college days.
- When did you begin learning each language?
I learned English at school. The French I started again at the university along with German. I finally began Portuguese last year.
- How often do you use each language?
I use a lot of English because I read a lot online. Portuguese I use daily now because I have a Brazilian girlfriend. The French and German I should use on purpose to not forget them.
- What materials and methods do you use?
My method is explained on my page. It is basically a combination of websites, starting with Anki to learn vocabulary, after that I begin to read to follow with Duolingo and to watch TV series. And to improve my grammar I start writing in lang-8.com.
- Share any thoughts/tips you’d like with the readers.
The most important thing is motivation. Enjoy the study. Do not think about studying for money, do it for yourself or to grow as a person. So they’ll gain a greater worldview. Seek someone to talk to and ask for help and visit pages from polyglots: we have already a proven method based on our own experience. Do not be discouraged: here tenacity is well rewarded.
Duolingo is a free website/application for language learning. The idea of the creator of the site to make the website free was very creative. While the users are learning, they help doing translations and Duolingo customers pay for the service.
I joined the website in July 2012, when it was not yet as developed as today, and I ended up forgetting the method after a couple of weeks. I only used it again in mid-2013 when I downloaded the app on my phone. Since then, I began studying with some regularity with it until I completed the French “tree”.
How it works?
As I said in my last post, since Monday (10/07) I’m putting what I’m studying on twitter to anyone curious.
Materials and Methods
For grammar I use a book in the traditional form. A book with a lot of exercises to fill blanks and verb conjugation.
I am currently using the workbook “Diccionario práctico de gramática “.
To improve my level of understanding I do the following activities: