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Learn a language through other languages

Martin I. Bragalone


I just ordered two new Glossika triangulation packages and chose to have Brazilian Portuguese as the source language.

I had been learning Portuguese via Spanish for a short while and by no means am I in B2 – the level that the Glossika fluency series aims to equip you with. I was considering having Spanish as my source language but I really wanted more practice in Portuguese. Therefore, by making Portuguese the source, it would force me to pay attention to words that I didn’t know and I can always look them up in the PDF.

If you are considering jumping into a new language and still feel that you need more work in a different one, I recommend doing as I did by making the former language your source – it’s a great way to practice without feeling guilty for “moving on” to a new language. You can have your cake and eat it too!

As I had also started learning French and Russian not long beforehand, I decided to try out the triangulation package with these languages as the targets. Excellent choice. What’s great about all of these languages being Indo-European is that you can more or less guess a lot of unknown words. For example, in the sentences below, the Portuguese word “Cadeiras” was a word I had either heard and forgotten, or simply didn’t know as it sounded nothing like any Spanish word I could think of.

  • PB: Estas cadeiras não são bonitas, mas são confortáveis.
  • RU: Эти сту́лья некраси́вые, но óчень удóбные.
  • FR: Ces chaises ne sont pas très belles, mais elles sont confortables.

I couldn’t guess the word in Portuguese nor French, but ironically, it was the Russian word “сту́лья” (stulya) that made it clear to me: these were some kinds of furniture. Since stools aren’t usually “confortáveis,” I was able to guess that these were chairs. Then, I realized the French word, “chaises” was also a cognate to English “chairs.”

After going through that inductive reasoning activity, I had no problem recalling any of these words. I believe that’s also partly enforced by the nature of the Glossika sentence method. I’m Happy overall with Glossika courses!

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