Is creativity the key to language learning?

  1. Translate your own text, not someone else’s. Import interesting news articles, paste discussion from online forums, or just ask the website to grab something random from the internet if you’re feeling uninspired. You get to choose what to translate, and how to go about it. The site will track your changes and give you an “attaboy” for making progress.
  2. Write a story. Even if you only know three words in a language, you can arrange them in a way that describes your current situation and write something unique to your life. Anything from your morning commute to a fantastic space-wars story could be expressed in your target language. In doing so, you’ll find yourself grasping for new words you wouldn’t need to know otherwise. Hitting the online translator for something you actually need to know in order to express yourself will really make the words stick!
  3. Write a song. How better to express yourself than in song? Like writing stories, the barrier to entry is lower than expected. Just two words that rhyme are enough to make the first lines of a rap or poem. Just end each line with words that rhyme, and you can fill in the rest like a puzzle. Whether it’s a song or a rap, it’s easy to appreciate the beauty of a language once you start piecing it together yourself. Writing a songs, raps, or poetry will help you find new words. Moreover, your special tune will always remind you of the context in which you first learned and used those words.

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