Learning Language Fast Tip #20: Read classic children's books

Reading children's books work. Since you already know the story, it gives you a chance to mentally translate. Even better are songs from childhood.

Here's an example with my daughter's Itsy Bitsy Spider translated in Filipino.

Maliit na gagamba, umakyat sa sanga
Dumating ang ulan, tinaboy sila
Sumikat ang araw, sila ay natuyo
Maliit na gagamba, laging masaya
Although the translation is not very literal, the song still sends an almost similar meaning as the English version.

Find familiar children's books at your local library of your target language. Amazon is a great resource, if you're willing to shell out a few bucks.

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