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One of the challenges of learning a foreign language is that you're constantly learning new vocabulary and grammar, yet you also need to meet words that you've previously learnt regularly enough for them to stick in your mind and become part of your active vocabulary.
Here are some resources that you may find useful and enjoyable:
- Duolingo enables you to learn languages whilst translating the internet.
- Anki allows you to build and practice your own vocabulary lists.
- Memrise uses memory technology as you work through courses. You can read about how it helps you with your language learning. When browsing courses, if you use the search function, you can type in say 'A level French' and find courses such as:
- You might like to take the 1,000 words vocabulary challenge.
Reading in your language is an important habit to get into. It is not easy, but the more you do it, the more enjoyable it becomes. Do ask your teacher to recommend texts that you could try at your current language level, and look at magazines / newspapers as well.
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There are a range of ways to approach reading, and it's good to vary what you're doing. Sometimes you might read a short passage and look lots of words up, other times you could read to get the gist, and only interrupt yourself to look occasional words up. You may also like to explore parallel texts, as these have the language you're learning on one side and the text in English on the other, which can be very helpful.