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CTDL 107: Learning the language

Interesting piece today over at Gearfire on learning a new language. I like the concept below of how certain apparently disparate subjects actually share some similarities in how you approach them.

trying to explain to my friend why she was so good at Computer Science. She is an artist by nature first, and it suddenly hit me that the reason why she could program so well is that art and programming work very similarly: one must look at the big picture first (what do you want to create?), then focus on the little details (a certain color for an area of a painting, or a certain line of code for programming), and then focus back on the big picture to make sure everything is working right, and the process repeats until you’re done. I tested this theory of thinking with other friends, and it worked out that certain subjects interconnect with others in the way of thinking about them.

Your goal is to figure out how you think about your subjects.

[From Tips for Learning a Foreign Language | GearFire - Tips for Students]

I studied French in high-school, and of course have forgotten virtually all of it through 12+ years of disuse (I did use it a year or two after graduation when I visited France with my family). There have been numerous times I wanted to pick it back up, or learn another language, but haven’t found the proper motivation (there’s enough English out there that I can easily read and consume in only English for many more years before I have a real need to branch out). How do you learn best? and how can you apply that to linguistics?

As an addendum here’s another story on remembering new things (like languages) using a Memory Palace.

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