Using a dictionary
You will also see that some words are linked. Click on the link and you will find a dictionary: looking at words is also learning. Even if you know the words, look anyway. Learning how to use a dictionary is an important skill for the independent learner.
- See how the words are used in the examples
- Listen to the pronunciation
- Don't just look at the meaning
How to learn online
If you want to learn a language online by yourself, you are almost half way to learning it. I say this for a very simple reason:
if you have motivation (or a reason) to learn, you can learnin contrast
if you lose motivation, you are probably going to stop learningSome good news
You're here: that tells me you have motivation and so you have a chance of learning. There's a good chance you're probably here by choice. That's the best kind of motivation to have.
Some bad news
But it's only a chance. There's still the danger that you lose motivation. This is the downside of learning by yourself: it's easy to lose motivation - there isn't a teacher there to help you.
The help - more good news
I'm a teacher, I think I can help you. What I am going to ask you to do is think about how you are going to learn a language. I believe you need to do this teacher thing because you are going to become your own teacher.
Language is communication
To help you, I am going to tell you that language is communication. This is slightly too simple, but I think most language professionals would agree with this idea.
Your first task is to answer this question:
"What is communication?"
You will find an answer as a comment to this post. Don't look now. Think. If you can, talk to someone about it. It really does help to try and find your own answers. One reason for this is that you will need to talk and use the language and using the language is the best way of learning it.
You can learn to communicate by talking about communication.
Do you agree with my answer? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think communication is. Do you have any good words you want to share? You should find lots in the dictionary.
Another, another task
This is a thinking task. How are you going to communicate online? This is the important question. I have ideas I want to share. If you want my help, ask.