András Orisek

Creating Your Simple Book

my tips on how to radically complete and transform a language learning book allowing quicker progress.
1. Be careful of synonyms: if “go” and “walk” appear in the same lesson, learn just “go” and cancel “walk”.
2. Words of the same category (names of months, colours, days of week, fruits, numbers etc) are confusable. Learn just two or three of them and make the rest invisible both in wordlists and texts. Learn the rest one by one later.
3. Take 4-5 of most important sentences of each lesson, write their translation on the edge of the page. Keep practicing them, don’t bother much to the rest.
4. Link the difficult words to something and note your crazy story near the word. Others would laugh, but you will memorize more quickly.
This spirit of simplification in the learning process will help you think simple and start to speak easier.
In the presentation I will take my own concrete examples from different languages to show the above mentioned simplification and transformation ideas.

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  • Yvonne Chi says:

    Hi Andras,
    Thanks for the tips! I find it very interesting that many people recommend learning the antonyms and related words (such as colours/numbers etc) together as a chunk, whereas you’re recommending to simplify and make it more digestible. This is very helpful 🙂

  • Andras Orisek says:

    Dear Friends, Polyglot Fellows! Thank you very much for your positive feedback! Hope to meet you live on next conferences!

  • Ermy says:

    Another excellent presentation, Andras! Really enjoyed it. Simple and effective! Thanks!

  • Rasa says:

    András, thank you very much for your helpful insights. It seems sometimes that it’s easier to achieve a certain language level than to go to the last page in a textbook😊 I’m struggling with my Spanish textbook right now.
    Thank you especially for the examples in Lithuanian:) Feel free to contact me in FB when you need an interlocutor in Lithuanian 😊

  • Jhony Andrade says:

    Thanks for sharing András!

  • Anita-Lean says:

    Thank you András. You changed how i look at my textbook.

  • Baz says:

    Hi Andras

    Thank you for uploading this lecture. As a native English speaker just starting to learn a second language, I have found your approach immensely helpful and I have adopted it immediately. I like the straightforward and practical tips. It has made me realise how much time and effort I have spent working on vocabulary that can be “set aside” for now.

    Kind Regards


  • Stasera says:

    Hi Andras.
    Thank you so much for your presentation! That exactly what I needed for. I was stuck with German and other languages because I did not wanted to learn 20 names of countries because I know that I am not going to use them. But I like the text book and tried to follow it… and outcomes are: I stopped learning and begun all over again…. Now I know what to do! Thank you again, Olga

  • Andras Orisek says:

    Hi Mateo, thanks for the positive feedback. If you have any other questions when trying these tips don’t hesitate to contact me (you can find me on Facebook)

  • Mateo says:

    I wish I could edit my previous comment, I agree with you *on* not learning synonyms first. Anyway, thanks again for a wonderful presentation!

  • Mateo says:

    Thank you, I’d never thought about many ideas shared here such as crossing out words or sentences entirely! I agree with you with not learning synonyms at first. I’ll have to try out avoiding antonyms because I do precisely the opposite. However, perhaps by only learning the positive verbs, for example, one can easily say “not” or “opposite” + that word, and still be understood. Very interesting, thanks for the food for thought. I’ll surely be trying out many things you’ve explained. The many practical examples also helped form a clearer understanding of the ideas shared. Cheers!

  • Andras Orisek says:

    Hello, I have already written about it to Richard and the team. Thanks

  • AndyR says:

    I have the same issue as Johanna: “Video unavailable: This video is private.”

  • Johanna says:

    Can’t play video. It says “This video is private”

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