Rhamos Vhailejh wrote:
...creating an immersion environment...
Like dissecting a book, eh?
Here are several things to do to create an immersion environment:1.) Music: target language only
Get rid of all your non-target language music. You may even want to go so far as to sell or give away your cds & delete all your mp3s if you know they will be a distraction. You can only listen to target language music now. 2.) Movies: target language only
You can only watch films in your target language. But here's the thing: absolutely no subtitles allowed. If you watch with subtitles you won't learn anything because you'll just be reading the translation. You can, however, have target language captions or subtitles when you watch.3.) TV: target language only
You can only watch TV in your target language. Again, no subtitles allowed.4.) Radio: target language only
You can only listen to radio in your target language.5.) Books/Magazines: target language only
Put away all your non-target language books, magazines, & other print media. From now on, you can only use target language print media.6.) Computer/Internet: target language only
Try to put all your PC programs in your target language. Try to surf target language websites only.7.) Friends: target language only
Just try to befriend as many people that speak your target language as possible & hang out with them.8.) Food: target culture style
Try to eat foods of your target language's culture as often as possible.9.) Thoughts: target language only
This is probably the most difficult one. Try to think in your target language as much as possible, especially as you start to get advanced & near fluent.
Neqitan wrote:But anyway, it would be nice to see some people who've made it just with self-study and without living in the country. Has anybody here have met somebody who was able to?
I consider myself to be a "disciple" of a guy who calls himself "Khatzumoto". He's an American (apparently from Utah) who taught himself to fluency in Japanese within a year & a half. He had learned enough to read technical material, conduct business correspondence and job interviews in Japanese. And that was before he had even been to Japan.
There's also a guy named Moses McCormick who learned several languages to varying degrees of fluency while living in Ohio. He's a "language exhibitionist" on YouTube; calls himself "LaoShu" followed by some sequence of numbers.