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Celebrities catastrophic effect on the environment
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

With our current understanding of the climate crisis, it’s safe to say that everyone is trying to be more sustainable for the sake of the environment,...

Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Los Robles Regional Medical Center benefits from the varied talents and experiences that volunteers offer, ranging from high school students...

Time T.O. Vote
Time T.O. Vote
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Senior Maya Campo turns 18 in April, and she is ready to make her voice heard this November. As the presidential primary election nears, seniors...

Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Many Lancers students are familiar with the SAT; a paper test with over a hundred questions of varying difficulty. Now, CVUSD is introducing...

Around the Business Table
Around the Business Table
Julia Pineda-Dominguez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

The Majors program provides students with the opportunity to speak with mentors in many different careers. The program consists of monthly meetings...

Moreno heads to Washington
Moreno heads to Washington
Aandrea Pineda-Dominguez, News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

It was finally over. The bell gave its shrieking cry and off went hundreds of students to enjoy their freedom, at least for a moment. For...

TO Acorn With Permission
Lancers lose a forever friend
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

Bill Gemberling has worn many hats at Thousand Oaks High: student, teacher, coach, sports announcer. But taxi driver? “I was one of (Brett...

Unexpected La Reina closure leads to transfers
Abigail Kerns, Assistant News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

escribing how La Reina families felt upon receiving the news that their school, which opened its doors in 1964, will be closing at the end of...

New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ February 20, 2024

In March of this year, Dreamworks is set to release a Peacock exclusive TV show and movie sequel to the beloved 2010 MegaMind movie. The trailer...

In Fastbreak Fashion
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ February 14, 2024

Lancers lead the way in the second half. The Great Oak Wolfpack came into Thousand Oaks Tuesday night for the CIF quarterfinals and with them...

Perserving in Penalty’s
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ February 14, 2024

The Lady Lancers traveled to a neutral site in Anaheim to take on the Katella Knights in the second round of the CIF-SS girls soccer playoffs....

Kanye - He's Back at it...or Maybe Not?
Elijah Brown, The Lancer Staff ♦ February 14, 2024

Kanye West's new album “Vultures 1”, many nationwide were skeptical at first about Kanye's new album considering the controversies he has...

It’s Valentine’s, Baby
It’s Valentine’s, Baby
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief ♦ February 14, 2024

St. Valentine’s Day commemorates the death of St. Valentine, but for others, the holiday marks a day of birth. Junior Chokee Weezer was born...

Health Science Majors Program hosts their senior showcase
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief ♦ February 12, 2024

Last week, the seniors in Health Science Majors hosted a showcase, featuring various professions that they hope to pursue in the future. At the...

Advancing Again
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ February 12, 2024

The Lancers left campus during lunch to travel to Temecula for their round two playoff game, and the ride wasn’t enough to stop the Lancers....

Learning A Language From Home

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Now that almost everyone has had an opportunity to reflect on their current lives and goals, learning a new language seems like the perfect way to spend time in quarantine.

While no one should feel pressure to be productive during these difficult times, it can always be fun to try something new or improve old skills.

In case you wanted to spice up your daily routine at home, here is a list of some of the best ways to begin your language journey.

Listen to music in your target language

This is a popular method for a reason. If you want a quick and easy way to brush up on your language skills anytime and anywhere, this is a great solution. All you need to do is find a playlist in a new language and try translating the lyrics as well as you can. For even less effort, just sit back, relax, and soak in the foreign words.

Watch TV shows in your target language

This is another perfect way to improve your listening and reading skills while binging your favorite series. The subtitles should always be on while watching TV shows and movies, but there are a couple of different ways to utilize them. For beginners, either listen to the show in english and have the subtitles in the target language, or listen to the show in the target language and have the subtitles in english. If you are more familiar with the language, listen to the show in the target language with the subtitles on in the same language.

Talk to yourself in your target language

It may seem weird and embarrassing to talk to yourself aloud, but it is one of the best ways to boost your conversational skills. Narrating your morning routine can expand your vocabulary, improve pronunciation, and make you a better speaker overall. The most important part is making mistakes, as they are key to bringing you closer to fluency.

Think in your target language

This is very similar to talking to yourself in your target language, except it can be done anywhere at any time. When you attempt to think in your desired language, you will begin to realize what vocabulary and conjugations are crucial to expressing yourself. It will take some time, but soon enough you will be able to think in your target language without giving it a second thought.

Create vocabulary sticky notes

While you are stuck in the house, you might as well decorate with some colorful sticky notes. Put sticky notes on the most commonly used items in your home with the translation in your target language. These objects are the things you use the most, so it is helpful to know what they are called in the language you are learning. The language will be everywhere you look, meaning it will always be in the back of your mind.

Use internet resources

Even if you are not enrolled in a language class, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on learning a desired language. There are countless videos on YouTube with culture, vocabulary, and grammar tips. You can learn a new language through fun and engaging apps like Duolingo, Mango, and many more. If you prefer a more structured learning style, think about hiring a tutor through sites like italki and Verbling. You can even listen to podcasts while you brush your teeth. You have the whole world at your fingertips–take advantage of it.

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