Introducing the Language Marathon from Parleremo…

Do you ‘hop’ between languages without building any real consistency to your study routines?

Are you juggling many languages all at once?

Would you like to learn a language, but feel you are just too busy?

Language Learners Journal is excited to announce that we have teamed up with the Parleremo Language Community to create a brand new and exciting language learning challenge!

Parleremo, meaning ‘we’ll talk‘ in Italian is a free language learning platform with over 1200+ members. It has resources for 35+ languages (and growing). Originally created in 2008 it reopened in August 2019. With some BIG changes, including the brand new (small fee) challenge to help ‘level up‘ language learning!

Practice writing by creating journal articles in your target language.

Online language challenges are becoming very popular for independent language learners as they encourage motivation and community support.

These challenges do have excellent methods to combine accountability and motivation to greatly improve language skills using social media.

Recently prices have soared for online challenges with the average cost now reaching triple numbers for a 30-90 day challenge!

However, Parleremo Language Marathon is slightly different as it is hosted on our very own secure platform with access to many resources, tools and a supportive community to help keep you on track of your language learning.

Practice pronunciation by making recordings in your target language.

Motivation is important, but discipline is required in language learning to make real progress. It’s the discipline that drives you forward even through those difficult moments, inturn this fuels motivation and the reward pathways in the brain.”

Trisha Dunbar,
Founder of Language Learners Journal.
Co-Creator of the Parleremo Language Marathon.

The Way it Works…

Choose between two options:

  • The Mega Marathon: Want to make real progress and level up your language learning? Discover what routine works best for you and commit to a minimum of 15 minutes per day language study for the next 100 days within a supportive online community.
  • The Mini-Marathon: Perfect if you want a ‘taster‘ of a new language, revive the love for a language you may have studied years ago OR to check out the Parleremo Randomiser, where a language is generated for you! Commit to a minimum of 15 minutes per day language study for 26 consecutive days within a supportive online community. (Recommended if you new to language challenges).

“The Parleremo Language Marathon is based on the successful Parleremo language platform. We have all the resources you need to kick start language learning with the aim of ‘leveling up’ your target language!”

Erik Zidowecki Director of Scrivermo Publishing
Founder of Parleremo and
Co-Creator of The Parleremo Language Marathon.

Benefits of the Parleremo Language Marathon


✅ Choose a language OR have one randomly generated for you when you create a profile for the Language Learning Marathon!

✅ Keep track of your language learning progress over 26 days (mini-marathon) or 100 days (mega marathon) with the Language Logs feature.

✅ Take part in mini-challenges and earn virtual badges and points to keep you motivated.

✅ Go head-to-head with other participants.

✅ Visit the video vault of languages.

✅ Check out our library of resources.

Record yourself speaking or write a journal entry in your target language using the tools on our platform and receive feedback from other participants.

✅ Chat with other language learners via the forum, messenger or video chat systems avaliable on the platform.

✅ Weekly live check-ins, workshops, and unlimited email/forum support throughout the challenge from our professional and experienced learning coaches.

Certificate from the creators upon successful completion of the Parleremo Language Marathon.

✅ PLUS lots, lots more…

Interested? Register here for more information on how to join the Parlermo Language Marathon or share this article with your language learning friends.

How to Find a Mentor Who Shares Your Passions

It’s important to grow as an individual. We all know how important it is to create new goals for the future, but if you can’t believe in yourself or feel directionless, growing on your own can be slow going. A good way to find more meaning and direction is to find a mentor who can offer advice and guidance. If you want to find a mentor who shares your unique passions, there are a few ways to locate the right person within your community.

Join a Group

Join a group in the local area where like-minded individuals spend time together painting, sharing their writing samples, or discussing photography. Joining a group will allow you to find someone who is an expert or more experienced in the craft. You can also make new friends who may be more experienced than you. You can ask to meet with your mentor once a month to discuss the hobby and learn how you can improve to become more skilled in your craft.

 

Attend Events

Attending events that are centered around your interest will allow you to meet other people and find individuals who can become your mentor. If you have a passion for horseback riding, attend equestrian events where other spectators and trainers are present. If you have a passion for dance or fitness, find a studio that fits your needs and attend local performances and workshops. You’ll meet a lot of instructors, students, and fellow dancers who might be interested in taking you on.

 

Look Online

Many different resources are available on the Internet, which will allow you to connect with people that have similar interests. If one of your goals is teaching, search for an online k12 school that can guide you on the right training to receive and assist you in applying for a position in the future. Check out forums where you can find answers to questions you might have about your hobby or passion and find the most knowledgeable people you can turn to there.

 

Enroll in Courses

Whether you enjoy knitting or baseball, you’ll want to receive proper training to grow and learn how tips and tricks. Find courses at local community centers or online that can assist you with your goals. Make it a point to connect with the instructor and ask for mentorship outside of the class to work harder towards your goals. If the instructor doesn’t have any free time in their schedule, they can guide you to other experts who can help.

 

Working towards your dreams and growing with your passions will require that you get out of your comfort zone and take a risk. By finding a mentor who can help you with each step, you’ll have a support system with someone who is more experienced and has learned from their own mistakes.


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Foreign Language Learning – 6 Tips to get you started…

Learning to speak a foreign language is not as easy as some might think, however, one can learn and understand it within a short period if determined and passionate about the language. 

Below are 6 language learning tips to help you get started and master any language of interest in the shortest possible time.

1 BE REALISTIC AND OPTIMISTIC

Anyone can learn a foreign language, but not all can learn at the same pace. Set your goals and evaluate how you can learn best having in mind a realistic plan to start learning the language of choice or interest.

2 KEEP IT SIMPLE

 Just like a fresher or a little child learning language for the first time, you don’t have to start by learning complicated terms or expression. Start from simple to complex. Start from common words and their uses. Start by learning the use of common vocabulary and common phrases and then you can practice how to make sentences with common words you have learned. Try and make sentences with words you say every day and take correction anytime you make any mistake.

3 BE A COPY CAT

 Repeat what you hear people say and practice making your sentences with them. Do not mind if people make a jest of you for speaking it correctly. People will always make a joke of you, but this will make you perfect. Think of things you always say in your local language and make sentences with them in the foreign language. Then start practicing to make conversation with them. You can buy some language learning software or buy some traditional language video tapes of interest that are subtitled. Play it and ensure you understand it as much as possible. Play it over and over again and mimic what each character says. Ensure you focus mainly on the pronunciation and accent. It will help you greatly in getting used to the different mouth movement and vocal patterns that make learning or speaking a foreign language intimidating and challenging.

4 LOOK FOR PATTERNS

When you plan to learn a more complex grammatical concept, you should try and simplify every idea. For example, in Conjugation, there are various patterns. Especially in Latin, there are patterns for every conjugation. You have to learn and memorize these patterns of 5 verbs and apply all patterns to all other verbs that you will learn. Some learners look at conjugation as being difficult and may also give up, but conjugation is so simple if you put in your time and effort to learn and memorize the patterns which you can apply to all verbs. However, this principle is not perfect as there are exceptions and other irregularities in those verbs that do not follow regular patterns. But looking for patterns is an essential and efficient tool to language learning.

5 SOUNDS

Focus on pronunciation, break each word into syllables and pronounce each one. Look for letters or groups of letters that make particular sounds when grouped, and you will be able to recognize them as they appear as new words, large compound words. This will make it easier for you to break the phrase down to smaller parts that are not difficult to sound out. Once this is done, start saying the words slowly while focusing on each syllable. As you become mastering it, repeat saying it at a reasonable speed.

6 READ AND SPEAK OUT LOUD

It is critical to read out loudly in learning to speak any language. It allows you to combine all the essential steps in language learning. Start with very easy to read books of age 8-13. The sentence is easy to translate and straight forward to read.

As earlier said, learning to speak any foreign language is not as easy as you thought it to be but you can master it within a short duration if you have passion and you devote your time to learning it.  

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