Part of my language learning strategy
I have finally decided to incorporate part of a learning method I have been reading about to help with learning Navajo. I have been going back and forth between books, listening….(overwhelmed)….I need consistent strategies.
There is a language acquisition method used by AJATT and Spanish-Only I find to be very intriguing. What they do first is immerse themselves in the language, that means listening and watching anything in their target language. I can’t really explain everything that AJATT and Spanish-Only say as to why they prefer this method, please refer to their sites for more information.
This is how it basically works. You listen to your target language; I mean…hundreds of hours of listening. I have been thinking more about this learning method, I have decided to incorporate the listening aspect. I am going to listen to a ton of Navajo; and I am not talking about audio full of vocabulary lists. I have
conference addresses, the Navajo Nation Radio Network, KTNN Radio, YouTube videos, etc.
I’ve decided to include more hours of Navajo into my day. I have successfully included about an 60 – 90 minutes of Navajo in my listening regimen for the last two or so weeks. I have missed a day or two for whatever reason, but I immediately picked up listening again the next day. I am going to increase the number of hours that I listen; I am thinking maybe 3-4 hours a day from now on.
Three hours may seem like a lot and that listening this much might interfere with other things throughout my day. I don’t think it will. I should be able to find these hours without much trouble. I commute about a total of an hour every day to get to school, and I catch the bus to work which is another 30 minutes. That’s half of my goal already. I have audio uploaded onto my iPod, so I don’t have to go very far to listen to something. I can get the rest of my listening at home while I do errands around the house or do homework that doesn’t require me to read for comprehension. I have yet to find a way to include other things to include in my day like grammar, speaking and some reading. There are no rules to learning a language, so I am taking the advice of others learning experience and adding other things I think I need. But one thing is for sure, I will be listening.
Now…this is one of many ways to help learn a language, and I am going to try it out. It will be a little tricky, there is a lot less audio to listen to compared to Spanish and Japanese, but, I still think I will benefit from listening.
I am interested in knowing how other people are learning Navajo, so please comment below.
What are you doing and how is your progress?