Question on @Quora: What works the best when learning a new language?
Learning a language is a life-long journey. The founding father of Singapore, the late LKY, was still learning his last Chinese lesson the night before admitting to hospital in February 2015. He passed away on 23 March at age 91. Like Bill Gates, both of them have only ONE regret in life – mastering Chinese language !
One can never claim to be an expert even in his mother tongue.
Below is my own learning journey with 5 languages – 3 spoken & written (Chinese as mother tongue, English as 2nd language in secondary & high schools, French in university), 2 at only elementary level (Japanese and Korean):
1. Chinese: as a child we learn how to speak before how to write Chinese characters. This is also the helpful tip for foreigners who want to learn…
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See the Ang Mohs learn to sing Chinese operas in just 3 months …
Music is “trans”-language barrier. Just like Chinese singers can sing Italian Opera, now the Americans can sing Chinese songs — neither of them know the meaning of the words in Italian or Chinese.
China Mamamia Audition — 9 min 30 sec
What a surprise, she sings well and actually memorised all her English lyrics without understanding its meaning…
She sang English songs but she does not understand the text (^o^)