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German Grammar

Articles and Nouns When starting to read German texts, apart from a basic vocabulary, it is nice to have a basic understanding of the grammar. It will not demand much study time, just read this blog or a wiki page and see what you can encounter. The most basic difference is that German nouns start with a capital, but there is more complex stuff about articles and nouns. For example, the English article and noun combinations "the village", "the city" and "the state" translate in German to "das Dorf", "die Stadt" and "der Staat". The first one as the neuter, the...


The Steps To Learn A Language Fast & Easy

Step 1: Get A Basic Understanding Maybe you already have a base vocabulary of the language that you want to learn. You might have picked it up at school, but we all know that after language education at school where not everyone is very motivated most of us end up with just that. A basic understanding. If you don't know anything about the foreign language you want to learn, get yourself any second hand coursebook from which you can pick up the highest frequency words and some basic grammatical lessons. Or see if there is a Blog article on our website already...


Learn Italian Simply by Reading

New: Italian Short Stories Now you can continue your vocabulary expansion with Italian Short Stories. Any new words encountered in the text will be learned when rereading the text until you are fluent, and can also be stored for practice, where the software will determine from the frequency of the unknown word in the text how many times you would need to test or study the new word to retain it in your memory. As opposed to the Fairytales product there's no audio added and as such the price of the product is lower. Example screenshot: These short stories were...


Dutch Grammar

Dutch Nouns Dutch grammar is similar to German grammar and to a lesser extent English grammar. For Dutch nouns, like with German, there are different definite articles ("de" and "het" both meaning "the") for which the correct article has to be learned by experience (it is "het dorp (the village)" but "de stad (the city)"). For this, extensive reading is perfect. Words and their articles are assimilated naturally. When you read a lot of Dutch texts you will only encounter the correct combinations of nouns and their articles, and as such it will become part of your memory. For the...


Extensive Reading with Spaced Repetition

Spaced Repetition - Fast, but Boring and out of Context To learn vocabulary there are two major methods, flash cards and extensive reading. Regular vocabulary training (learning word lists) has evolved to spaced repetition flash card systems. This comes down to learning and remembering all of the words in a relatively efficient way. However users of the flash card method often complain of boredom and becoming averse to the system. Another problem of this method which may well be the cause of this aversity is that one is trying to fill the brain in an unnatural manner. Your brain is filled with single...


French Grammar

Verb or Adjective Inflections There's no need to cram all French grammar before you have done any reading. The best way to acquire new knowledge is to experience it. So start reading and when you run into a peculiar verb form in French just look it up on a chart. Before starting to read French, it is useful to distinguish between language components and be able to recognize for example verb or adjective inflections. The main component of French grammar is conjugation of the verbs. For verbs in the present tense this is the same as with the English difference between...


The Need For Grammar

Learning Grammar In natural acquisition theory, grammar is not learned but acquired by long term observation of the language patterns. That means you hear your native language only used according to certain rules, which together make up the grammar. Accordingly you use it the same way. Grammar governs the composition of words from roots, and sentences from words in a language. When learning a second language, there is often much stress on the notion to acquire it artificially. Bits of grammar will be combined with new words and a short text where both the new words and the grammar are...


Learn Polish Through Reading

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Read Polish Fairytales and learn up to 2500 new words, because encountering them in the context of the story a number of times makes you remember them, or if they are low frequency words, because the software advises you on which words to practice. Learn about the Polish folk tales and the origins of Warsaw, all the while learning thousands of new words with ease. Learning new words in the context of a fun story is much more effective and easy than any other method, just read our Blog articles on different language techniques or our main menu item on...


Spaced repetition In Language Learning

Advanced Word List Cramming Language learning systems using spaced repetition help you learn words by reminding you on set intervals which words to learn. It comes down to smart vocabulary list learning. If you cram a list of words you might remember them on the next day's exam, but not the week after. Handy for a high school student, not handy for someone who wants to actually learn the language. A spaced repetition system would remind you to look at the words again the next day, then after three days for example, and finally after eight days of seeing them the...


Read Hungarian In Two Weeks

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Easy And Fast Use the Bermuda Word Method to get up to speed with Hungarian magically fast. If you have a basic vocabulary and a grasp of the grammar you can begin reading our Hungarian Fairytales product or our Hungarian Short Stories product. Both together offer you the possibility to learn up to 6000 Hungarian words, which will greatly enhance your ability to start reading Hungarian books and strengthen your vocabulary for listening, writing or even speaking skills. The Bermuda Word Method The Bermuda Word Method is Fun, Fast and Flexible. You'll be reading Fun stories where you pick up hundreds...


Language Root Learning

Do Roots Help To Read Faster? Most words of a language can be classified in word families and many word families are based on the same root. So for example 20.000 words can be from only 2000 word families which are based on just 400 word roots or stems. Dutch "begrijpelijk" (understandable) comes from the word family / verb stem "begrijp" (understand) which in turn is based on the root "grijp" (grasp). We can all grasp the meaning of this. Once you have encountered enough words within a word family you can sort of guess the root. Or vice versa, if you learn...


Learning to Read Italian

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Read Italian novels within a month! To summarize it, if you use Bermuda Word software, you will: A. Read fast even as a beginner with only a basic vocabulary, as the immediate pop-up translation helps you carry on reading without stopping to figure out a word. B. Learn new words even faster because of the pop-up translation and the added possibility of testing more difficult words C. Learn your new vocabulary in context of a story which will help you memorize even better. D. Make sure you retain all new vocabulary by making you test it a specific number of...


Language Learning In Context

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Tags Collocations, Learn To Read, Read A Foreign Language

Learning To Read A Language When learning a language, you will notice that words don't always translate directly. Especially collocations are often translated using entirely different words in meaning. When you have learned individual words and encounter such a sentence, you will not know what to make of it. That is why it is important to learn words while reading. This is the first step to building a useful vocabulary with which you can build sentences. When learning words through flash cards, you end up storing individual words in your brain which is very unnatural. Even when reading in the usual...


Learn Swedish Through Extensive Reading

If you are learning lists of words or single sentences in a language course, it may be difficult to remember them. When you read a book, you immerse yourself in a language, but it's fairly difficult to pick up unknown words from context only. The best combination, word learning through pop-up translated stories, is what we offer with Swedish Fairytales and Short Stories. You're not reading the standard texts on restaurants or hotels but funny, interesting or exciting stories. Every word is immediately translated during reading, if you hover the cursor over it, so you stay immersed in the story and reading of the text is much faster...


Read Advanced Dutch with a Beginners Vocabulary

Learn to read Dutch with two Bermuda Word products Start off with 150 pages of Dutch folktales, and continue getting reading fluency with short stories from classic Dutch authors. Because of the immediate in-context pop up translation you'll read advanced texts without difficulty, eventually learning up to thousands of new Dutch words. The words that you have a problem remembering are stored and can be doublechecked or practiced until they are part of your permanent memory. Dutch is hard to learn for many people as for example the correct usage of articles "de" and "het" (both meaning "the") are hard...


Repetition In Language Learning

Repetition Repetition Repetition When encountering a word for the first time when reading a text, you look up its meaning, but you will forget it immediately as well, most of the time. You might be looking up the same word over and over in a dictionary until it finally starts sinking in. Picking up the dictionary can become quite annoying. Old fashioned vocabulary list learning often consists of going over the same words again and again until you memorised them. Not the most exciting part of High School. Both come down to repetition. Repetition is the key to new vocabulary...


Learn a Language through Reading

The Limits of Regular Language Courses If you are learning a language to order spaghetti when on holiday in Italy, or enquire for a room in a hotel in Paris, I guess you can stop here. If you want to learn a language to be able to actually read it and have a more complete vocabulary when speaking it, you found the right method here. Whether you want to read about the land or its people, or to read works of the interesting authors any language has, you'll have to become fluent enough to pick up to 95 to 98% of the words...


Want to Read in French?

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Learn up to 4000 French words in Two Weeks! The Bermuda Word software will let you read the way you like, but all the while it will store any words that you look up (in a flash and with single meanings in context, not interrupting your reading). And if you want to be sure you master up to 4000 new words when you're done, set Teachermode to ON and the words you looked up can be practiced until the software thinks you know them, and to be sure you will be tested at the end of every chapter before you can...


Learn to Read Spanish

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Learn to Read Spanish in 2 Weeks? Yes, that's possible! Want to read Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende or Mario Vargas Llosa in their original language? Use our products to get up to speed in reading Spanish fast. We now have two Spanish e-books with software that will remember the words you don't know and will make you re-test those, and this way helps you to retain 100% of the words in the text. Spanish is the language most spoken after English And there are more native speakers of Spanish than English. Spanish is spoken across the globe. There's a wealth...


Learn to Read German!

Want to Learn Reading in German? This weekend we put up the German Fairytales and German Short Stories products, with which you can start reading German with Fairytales or by reading Short Stories by Kafka or the Red Baron in German with English pop-up translation! Without trouble you can master about 4000 new words after finishing all the chapters of the German Fairytales and the German Short Stories products!     German Immersion Reading a book in a foreign language is the best immersion you can have. Dozens of words are being absorbed per page. Although reading in a new language can...


Want To Tweak Your Bermuda Word E-Book?

Bermuda Word Tool Configuration The software that underlies our E-Books, if tweaked to your own learning abilities, is a powerful tool. With the Teachermode set to ON, it will take all the words you don't know and check the book to see how often you will encounter them, and then calculate how many extra times you will need to practice them to attain the correct Retention Factor.The Retention Factor is the number of times that you need to see a word's meaning before it is imprinted in your memory. Now for fast learners or students familiar with the foreign language...


Bermuda Word E-books How-To

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How To Use Bermuda Word Products When you just bought a Bermuda Word e-book you can start learning. But how? The tool offers a lot of freedom to choose. One way is just to go through the texts and read while picking up new words fast. Another way is to make sure that you remember new words and have the built-in Teacher make sure you encounter and/or test them enough times. Self Learning - Turn Teachermode OFF If you learn well by yourself and have the discipline to click on words you don't know and practice these yourself, you should go through the chapters freely and learn...


Learn to Read in Russian

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Want To Read Chekhov In Russian? You will learn to read Russian quickly and with fun reading our Russian Fairytales and Russian Short Stories products. Even if your current vocabulary is very small, the immediate pop-up translation per word in context will make sure you can continue reading and stay immersed in the story while learning lots of new words in a relatively short time. The Bermuda Word software will help you with phonetics, both with the audio provided and the phonetic spelling in the pop-up translation. Also, when you read in Teachermode where you will have to click on words that...


Opening

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Start Your Foreign Language Reading Here! Dear customer, Bermuda Word welcomes you into our shop. From today onwards you are able to learn reading foreign languages with fun and ease. At the opening of the shop we have twelve languages available to start reading but only two uploaded, Spanish and Swedish. We will follow up in the coming months with Dutch, English (for Dutch speakers), French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Russian. Our software guides you through the book, lets you look up any meanings in a flash and helps you memorize these by storing the words that you have trouble with. The number of...