Immersion

Autoplay your way to L2

The world should probably give the guy who gave Netflix streaming the auto-play feature a Nobel prize because he is a genius. (This might be an exaggeration, but if everyone just calmed down and got a Netflix account who would have time for war?)

Easy to binge and hard to turn off without making an immediate effort to stop it, the autoplay feature is both a welcome and notorious companion to our Netflix experience. If you don’t act fast (and who does?) then you may get sucked in to the next show…. and the next show… and the next. If you want to apply this deceptively simple addiction to your language learning experience, you can, and it’s easy.

 

Smart Video for Youtube

Get this Chrome extension to set Youtube to autoplay and auto-replay a video.
You can also make a playlist to auto-play several videos. Now find all the L2 themed content your heart desires. Youtube has plenty of it. Make a playlist hours long so you never have to worry about stopping and restarting, and then just run it all day.

Tubalr

This site gives you the option of making playlists of the youtube videos you choose and then will loop that playlist. Tubalr also makes suggestions about other related videos.

Stop binging on Bob’s Burgers and start getting addicted to the language you are studying. Imagine, when your friends or family look down condescendingly at you sitting on the couch and ask, “What did you

Bob's Burgers

Bob’s Burgers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

do today?” you can respond, “Study.”

To learn a language is to love a language.

To learn a language is to fall in love with that language.
You’ll learn its ways. Its movements. You’ll obsess over its texts. [1]
And being in love is perhaps the best way to learn because in this state learning becomes natural. You naturally devote attention to the things you love. your beloved is no chore or check on a to-do list.
You are never done with your beloved.
And you are never done learning a language, even if you achieve ultimate, maximum, beyond 9000 fluency. If you don’t maintain that language, it will leave you. [2] You have to stay in touch. You have to maintain that relationship. You have to be humble enough to accept your own shortcomings. You’ll have to make sacrifices. You’ll have to pay the cost,
but it’s fun too. Like a relationship, its not all commitment and sacrifice. Sometimes its coffee or movies or traveling.

 

1. See what I did there?
2. Ask any polyglot.

Read More or Die!!!!!

Read More or Die (ReadMOD) is the mother of all immersion contests. This game is not for the faint of heart…. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating all of that. It can be as intense as you want it to be, but if you want to win you better be one hardcore immersing ninja.

In this reading contest, competitors from all over the twitterverse come together to see who can read the most in their target language(s) in a month. You can set personal goals or go for the gold, but beware the Black Dragon.

I love this idea because it encourages people to put down the grammar books and just start playing with the language. The best part? ReadMOD is happening right now! After seeing it, I immediately registered and picked my German copy of Lord of the Rings, Die Zwei Turme to be exact, and submitted an entry. I don’t have much of a prayer of catching up, but I’m going to set a personal best that I can challenge next round. I hope you’ll join me! Do you summer reading in a different language!
Learn how to play here: http://readmod.wordpress.com/category/how-to/
Register here (it’s free of course!): readmod.com

My inaugural ReadMOD submission:

I’ll be reading in German, Greek, and Latin (shhh….).
If you want, you can stalk my German progress here: http://readmod.com/rounds/201406/de
Greek: http://readmod.com/rounds/201406/el
Latin: http://readmod.com/rounds/201406/it