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Nov 07

Step 2: Getting used to the sound!

I might be lazy regarding vocabulary lists and grammer, but I still have standards: I want to get the accent right!

So the second thing I did after learning the numbers and the alphabet is trying to find something to listen to when doing other things. Cleaning, cooking, the laundry, driving in a car or commuting by train are boring tasks that only need your hands, not your brain, so you can easily spare a little bit of your focus to listen to a podcast, a radio show or an audio book in the language you want to learn.

So, google translate, what is a book in Romanian? „Carte“. Okay, „Carte audio“ in youtube, will I get any results? Yes! „Alchimistul de Paulo Coelho“ – I don’t need a translation to know what that means. Do they have any Harry Potter? They do! Obviously J.K. Rowling doesn’t mind much her audio books being published on youtube in Romanian. Of course you’ll never find it in English, it’s way to good to be free. But in Romanian? Found all seven books! Thank you!

(If you’re reading this, J.K. Rowling, (which I suppose you won’t) – I love your books and I’ve spent quite a deal of money to buy them in German, English, French and Japanese because there’s nothing in this world that helps you learn a language better than Harry Potter! So I hope you forgive that I’m using free sources as well if they’re available!)

Oops, I’ve just seen they have been removed – so J.K. Rowling does mind after all. Such a shame, I’ll have to listen to Paulo Coelho instead – also a very good author. It doesn’t matter anyway, it’s just for the sound of the language!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some kind of a genius, and OF COURSE I don’t understand a word! Which doesn’t matter at all, that’s not what it’s about. It’s about getting used to the sound of the language. I want to know what I’m going to learn. I want to know what is gonna sound like if I get it right.

Go to: Step 3: Words!