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Published on Aug 3, 2010
Vlaugust, Day 3
In this video, I give two pieces of advice for learning a foreign language. 1. When you're talking in a foreign language and can't come up with the word you want to say, describe the thing or action instead of trying to remember the specific word or instead of looking up the word in a dictionary. 2. Adverbs (and adjectives) are the most helpful type of vocabulary words to learn once you get past a certain level in your language-learning.
This advice is mainly aimed at students at the late-beginner/pre-intermediate level, I guess.
Before I realized these two things, I was too shy to use Japanese at all because I knew I wouldn't have enough words to say what I wanted to say, but now I don't feel so nervous to speak. :D
I really hope it's helpful!!! I wish someone pointed this stuff out to me when I was still a beginner!