This week, I am listening to videos about Mexican foods as well as other videos. Two videos deal with popular Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos and enchilladas. One video deals with visiting a Mexican market, which I found great for learning vocabularly.
To get the most out of the videos, I replay them numerous times to understand words and phrases that are difficult to understand. When I encounter new words and phrases, I enter them first into Quizlet to build and manage my word and phrase lists. Afterwards, I use Anki, a spaced repetition software, to help me memorize the new words and phrases. The two software can be synchronized, so word lists from Quizlet can be easily passed to Anki.
Anki is great vocab memorization tool because although my Quizlet word lists grow quickly, Anki only shows me with greater frequency, the words that I haven’t yet mastered. Words, which I indicated to the software are easy, are displayed with less frequency. However, sometimes I do use Quizlet to memorize words in the order that I would like to see them, not when Anki wants to show them to me.
Also, this week, I ran into Idahosa Ness’s Mimic Method. I like his ideas, so, I am going to supplement my listening with the flow overlapping techniques he teaches using the Audacity software. I plan to use this tutorial to get started.
This week’s videos
Notice that instead of just learning the words, I am doing a bit of research to better understand dishes and how they are used. In this way, I am not going to forget the words as easily as if I had just memorized them without any context.
Tamales are cornmeal dough rolled with ground meat or beans seasoned usually with chili, wrapped usually in corn husks, and steamed. 1
Barritos are flour tortillas rolled or folded around a filling (as of meat, beans, and cheese). 2
This is a corn or wheat-based tortilla with fillings of various sorts. Taco shells are usually harder than burritos.3
Fruits and Vegetables
- apio – celery