Here’s the second selection of advanced language learning materials for attendees of New Year, New Language 2024. If you missed yesterday’s email, check out the first selection here:
How I got off the intermediate plateau in German and Welsh (using exams)
In these three posts, I show how I used an advanced exam to help me get of my “wonky” intermediate plateau (writing skills were the weakest for me). My experience and tips are of relevance whatever your language. Things went according to plan with German but with Russian, well, the road was a bit more winding!
Then, one year later:
Terrific Technique One: translation
In my New Year New Language conversation with Kris Broholm, I mention the value of translation as a technique. In this popular post, I explore why translation has got an undeserved “bad name” and why we should give it a go:
Let’s get physical!
Online events like NewYear, New Language are great, but what about trying an in-person event? There’s a great community out there, an endless source of inspiration. And, while the two main events have “Polyglot” in the title, they really are for anybody who loves learning language (whether one or several):
Extra resource: Widening your advanced vocabulary
A quick pep-talk from the mean streets of the “City” (London’s financial district).
Recommended courses for upper intermediate / advanced
Luca Lampariello’s Become a Master Language Learner (Level 2) “Overcoming the Intermediate Plateau” is my top recommended general methods training course.
Olly Richard’s “Uncovered” upper intermediate courses are a great launchpad for the journey to advanced. Available in a range of popular languages. The golden thread running through each course is an enticing story, which keeps you engaged from unit to unit and helps you to absorb the language without realising it. He calls it “StoryLearning”. Here are the links to the courses:
I’m proud to partner with Luca and Olly and if you sign up for one of their courses using my link, a small commission will help my work here at Howtogetfluent.com (at no extra cost to you).
Look out tomorrow in your inbox for a third sect of advanced language learning resources .