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Welcome to My 6 Tongues (cat/spa/eng/fra/deu)

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Hello, I'm Joan. I am a native speaker of Catalan and Spanish, my third language is English and I'm learning French and German. I speak my languages with different levels of fluency, and I'm still struggling to consistenly integrate all my languages into my daily routine. Thats why "my 6th tongue" is still a project not even a work in progress, but this concept allows me to keep learning even though right now it's a distant goal. Catalan, Spanish and English are fully integrated in my daily routines. That's not still the case with German and French, I'm working on it. To keep a language it should be first part of your life. My C-level of English took me several years of study, nowadays I have developed a method that allows me a faster progression with German and French. I've learned a lot following some 'linguists' or 'polyglots' on youtube. They have been a source of inspiration and ideas. With this blog I want

Comentaris de Steve Kaufmann sobre l'aprenentatge d'idiomes

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Steve Kaufmann és un dels poliglotes més coneguts, bàsicament per la seva presència a Youtube i a events internacionals relacionats amb el multilingüisme. En una visita a Barcelona va ser entrevistat per la ACN (Agència Catalana de Notícies). Parla uns 20 idiomes i diu que n'aprèn més fàcilment amb 74 anys que ho feia quan en tenia 15. Fes clic aquí per llegir l'entrevista de l'ACN (octubre 2019). Fes clic per escoltar una altre entrevista a Tarragona Ràdio (setembre 2019). Instagram: @My6Tongues

Tips to learn Catalan (by polyglot Alex Rawlings)

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Alex Rawlings is a polyglot, citizen of the world. He was born and grew up in London and he is living currently in Barcelona. You can learn from his experience learning multiple languages with his book  " How to Speak Any Language Fluently ". In this video he gives some advice to learn Catalan. Enjoy!! Instagram: @My6Tongues

EUROCOMROM- The Seven Sieves: How to Read All the Romance Languages Right Away

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The EuroCom   method was created to encourage multilingualism in Europe. It was presented by Til Stegmann from the University of Frankfurt. This method teaches you to take advantage of your knowledge of one Romance language in order to read the other Romance languages. All over the book there are exercises for reading articles, ads, different texts written in different Romance languages. The method explains how to read 5 Romance languages simultaneously. The version I have uses Catalan as a sort of bridge language to learn how to read Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and Romanian. There are other versions of the book that use another Romance language as a bridge language: Eurocomrom - Els set sedassos (CAT) Eurocomrom - Les sept tamis (FRA) Eurocomrom - As sete peneiras (POR) ... This method takes a text written in a Romance language and applies seven filters ( sieves ) to it in order to 'decipher' the meaning. The 'sieves' or filters are: Fir

Writing Skills by Anne Laws

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Even though English is my 'best' foreign language I try to keep improving a bit every day. I struggle sometimes when I have to write something in a formal setting. Fortunately I found a book in one of my local libraries. I like checking the space they devote to language learning and I find some times little gems. This time the gem is a book called 'Writing Skills' by Anne Laws. It is designed to help non-native speakers to write business texts effectively in English. Even though you have a good level of English, it is still probable that some meaning gets lost in translation. You can find reliable sentences/expressions about stating understanding, making references, generalising, explaining, giving opinions and recommendations, expressing obligation/necessity, expressing degrees of certainty, focusing attention, contrasting... Here you have some examples from the book: About focusing attention... I should like to draw your attention to Clause 12

Michel Thomas Advanced French

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I think Michel Thomas Method is a good kickstart in order to learn the languages it covers. In my experience, the best part of it is that you can achieve an A2 level very quickly, let's say in about 60 hours. In my case, after studying French at school and get a good level (I even used it comfortably working in the South of France) I lost my fluency because I devoted all my language study efforts to English for a long time. Michel Thomas Advanced French helped me to refresh my previous knowledge of the language. What's is interesting about this method is that you "only listen", no homework, no memorization.  The courses are recorded in a classroom situation, you can listen to the teacher (Mr Thomas) and two students, you become the third student in the class. It's a good place to start but you will need additional material for your reading and writing. After this update of my French with Michel Thomas, I will follow my French routines with th

My current routine

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Currently I use English everyday, it's my preferred language for reading, watching videos and so on. Anyway,  I try to improve my English just using it as much as I can. I have conversations with teachers twice a week in order to reduce my accent. I have also started some routines to keep learning French and German. My goal is to consolidate my B2 (French) and my B1 (German) before summer. French is a lot easier for me, I find that written French is very similar to Catalan. German is more challenging even though my English helps me sometimes while studying it. I think you have to follow some kind of system that covers the language as a whole (grammar, basic sentences and a good deal of vocabulary), for this purpose I like Assimil even though I have tried other methods. I try to keep in contact with the languages on a daily basis. This is my current routine.                                     Instagram   @My6Tongues

"Polyglot - How I Learn Languages" by Kató Lomb

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Kató Lomb (1909-2002) was a Hungarian translator and a simultaneous interpreter. She has had a great influence  on how others learn languages. She herself spoke 10 languages and was able to "translate technical documents and enjoy fiction in 6 more, and understand written journalism in 11 more or so". I've found her book "Polyglot - How I Learn Languages" very interesting, I like her point about how useful is to know a language even at a low level: "We should learn languages because language is the only thing worth knowing even poorly ", because "well-intentioned sentences full of mistakes can still build bridges between people. Asking in broken Italian which train we are supposed to board at the Venice railway station is far from useless". About her METHOD , some main points are: devote 60-90 minutes a day time spent in language learning is lost unless it reaches a certain -daily and weekly- concentration "one sh