Free Reading Material For Any Language

Are you a language learner? Are you tired of spending your precious money on overly expensive shipping? Don’t you just wish there was a way to get free learning materials mailed to your door, free of charge? Well, I have found a solution. Simply email: ThisIsSoNOTaScam@hacker.net, your social security number, and your bank account number, and you will find that books magically appear at your doorstep within 14 business days after emailing us!

Okay, all jokes aside, I have actually found a way to get free reading material. Yes, free, that means no fees for shipping, and no fees for the actually booklet/text. And yes, it is completely legal.

“How,” you ask? Well, have you ever heard of advertising? It’s truely a beautiful thing. To be able to spread innovative ideas and cool gadgets with other human beings, is truely one of lifes greatest wonders! Advertising can lead to an array of different things. For instance free stuff! You know, those refridgerator magnets that you stick on your fridge, or those pamlets/brochures that you never read. You know you always throw them away before the sun sets, don’t lie. Have you ever thought for once that maybe they could be useful to you and your language proficiency? Of course you didn’t, because that’s ridiculious! Or is it?

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If you can read it these are about traveling to Sweden and Norway, but it's still reading practice!

This is what I recieved a few days ago. Like I said, it was completely free, and it was mailed to my house. Actually, this is only a fraction of what is to arrive. If you want to know how I did it, read on.

Just to clarify, you will not be recieving published books such as Harry Potter. Instead, you will be able to get your hands on brochures, pamphlets, trial magazines, and trial newspapers. If you aren’t interested any of the above, then I am afraid that this isn’t for you, but I have found that the language in them can help improve your fluency in a language.

Now, assuming you don’t live in an area where your target language is spoken, here is how you can get your hands on these:

Step 1: What do you want?
– Decide what type of material you want to read. Do you want to read for relaxation? Do you want to challenge yourself? Are you interested in reading about medicine, or new recipes you can integrate into your cooking? It’s good to think about what you want, but don’t overdo it or you will be let down. Depending on how widespread your target language is, there can be a wealth of material to choose from. Please, try to be open-minded, and not too picky. If you happen to be stumped, then skip this step and move on to the next.

Step 2: The Search
– Whether you have or haven’t already decided what you want to read, as long as you have a general sense of what you may want, that is fine, because now your options will truely be unraveled before your eyes. Type in keywords such as: free magazine, free newspaper, free brochure, or free catalogue in your target language. In German, this would be: gratis/kostenlos Zeitschrift, gratis/kostenlos Zeitung, gratis/kostenlos Broschüre, gratis/kostenlos Katalog. If you do not know how to say these in the language you are learning, use a dictionary to help you and check with a native speaker. When you find something that interests you, click on it and check if they mail to your country. If you truely feel like you cannot find anything, despite typing in the appropriate search words, try looking for things such as college brochures, or if you are religious look into magazines about your religion. In extreme cases where material is very limited, have a trusted friend who lives in the target country collect and mail over a few pamphlets, and magazines from free events.

Step 3: Order
– I think this step is self-explanatory. If you have a hard time reading the order form, feel free to use a dictionary.

Step 4: (Optional) After Ordering/While Ordering
– After you request or while you are ordering your stuff you may be presented with the option of recieving free email-based notifications from the company. I suggest that you opt for it. Sometimes there is also an option to recieve even more stuff, outside of the computer, which I always recommend.

More:
• Although this is not completely free, you can get a ton of free or discounted stuff just by buying from small businesses(mainly small bookstores if you want to get reading material) and explaining that you are a foreigner learning the language. I know for sure that in most asian countries, native speakers get really excited when they hear about foreigners learning their language, and are willing to help them even more by giving them more supplies, but this will obviously be different for you if you are learning languages such as Spanish or English, which are commonly dubbed as “easy.” This is even more effective if you are able to chat them up in person.

Well, now that I am all out of ideas,
thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope I helped you. ^^

Happy Learning~

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Reflecting

오랜만이죠? It’s been about 2 weeks since my last post—so much for posting regularly. This summer felt extremely long because I had so much fun and learned so much new things. I’ll admit I haven’t been entirely sticking to textbooks recently but I think that has made a huge impact on my grammar knowledge. There’s still lots for me to learn in terms of set expressions specific to the language and grammar but listening and especially reading no longer feels like a hunt for a new grammatical structures and concepts. Now I try to focus more or less on meaning and of course that means the continuation of the long mangled path of acquiring vocabulary and forgetting it maybe even 10 times or 20 times before finally internalizing most of its various usages. I guess this stage is called Intermediate? Whether it is or if I can still be called a beginner I no longer care because I can actually pickup native material(with scripts of course) and learn something from it without feeling like I’ve thrown myself in the deep-end of a pool, unable to float. Being able to listen and read things outside of textbooks is such a good feeling.

Since school has started I need to prioritize so I will be returning to my textbooks but “learning” the content will not be my focus. Textbooks are like Teachers, all they can do is introduce new information to you and/or point out things that they think you may have overlooked, but they cannot do your tests and assignments for you. In the case of language learning they cannot speak/write/comprehend everything for you, they are merely there for assistance.

여러분 안녕하세요!

Hello, this is my first post on my very first blog(EVER). Since  this is my first post i’ll give an outline* of my daily language learning routine:

• Listen to dialogues over and over  from Lingq/Ewha korean/Intergrated korean(i’ll usually choose one and stick to that same dialogue for an entire week). I do this for 1 hour a day. 30 minutes in i begin to shadow untill i fully understand what is being said.

• Try to read a magazine or search for things in korean(even if i don’t understand 90% of the content)

• Take notes on things i think are important(new common verbs or words  i come across like “겠습니다”). When i say i take notes on them, all i do is write the word down on a sticky note and stick it in my notebook, because writing the word and saying it in my head will help me recognize it later for when i learn their specific usages. Okay, i’ll be honest, if the structure or word intriuges me i will lightly dabble it.

• Talk to myself in Korean. This may sound crazy but since i live in the U.S. its hard to talk to koreans because there aren’t any people in my area who even know that there is a south and north korea, let alone know that either country is vastly different. Also by the time im done with everything its about 8am in korea and im sure most people are busy with school or work during such hours.

• Try to think of new sentences and make stories out of them in Korean. This also supplements speaking to myself outloud because i can retain the information such as new vocabulary more effectively if i am using it.  However i assure you most of these sentences have gramatical errors because i love trying to experiement with what i know and what i have dabbled.

• Post my mini stories on Lang-8 to get corrections. I usually write these corrections down in my notebook and dont study them. The reason for this being, is that usually my main problem is grammar and vocabulary, and studying them in a lumpsum is counter productive for me. If i study grammar and vocabulary at the SAME TIME I will begin to stress about how much i don’t know so i put it away to review later, for when i learn these new grammatical structures or if its new vocabulary i don’t worry about it. I know i’ll eventually aquire new words through reading and all of my listening.

Thats pretty much what i do each day. Typically i’ll spend an hour and 30 minutes studying and 2 hours exposing myself to authentic content, if you dont count my shadowing/attentive listening sessions.  By the way none of this is in chronological order, except for the listenings.

*Please Note: This is a rough sketch of what i do, i usually switch it around often but, this list is the core of my learning.