Foreign Language Learning With a Twist
Learning a new language can be a frustrating task. It can be daunting, confusing and sometimes disappointing. When you first hear it, you probably said, “I could never learn that language.” However, you only have to make one decision to learn a new language - that is to tell yourself that you can indeed learn to speak in a different tongue.
Learning a new language isn’t impossible. Even when it may seem hard, there are a few tips to help you unravel your tongue in a jiffy.
Unlearn and Learn. While learning a new language, you have to unlearn your own language rules. This means you have to understand that a different language has different grammar, syntax, and comes from a different cultural context.
So you will have to say farewell, for a while, to your native way of thinking. You will have to absorb not only the grammatical rules of the language, but the cultural thinking of the people that speak this language in order to master it.
Listen a Lot. If you want to learn, you have to listen. Books are great for learning the basics but if you want to have conversational mastery of a language, watch their TV shows, listen to their music and try to pick up what they are saying.
Do not worry if it seems too hard at first. It should be. You will be able to pick up a word or two per line in the beginning. However, as you grow used to their way of speaking, you will gradually pick up more. And when you do, you will be surprised at how easy the language seems to be. It takes a willing ear to understand and speak a new language.
Don’t Be Shy. The first thing that you have to let go is your bashfulness. Do not be ashamed to practice the language with natural speakers – crooked grammar and all. You have to make mistakes to learn, and committing them in front of friends who can help correct your grammar and pronunciation is the best way to learn speaking the language fluently.
Practice, Practice, Practice. Make it a point to dedicate a portion of your day talking the language you are studying in front of a mirror. Your goal is to look as natural as possible even when you are searching for words.
Reserve an hour or so per day thinking in a different language. You could explore going though dialogues in your head in a different language. If you come by a phrase you are not sure of, it pays to have a dictionary or a phrase book to help you out.
It is possible to learn a new language. There are many people in the world who are bi-lingual or know more than one or two languages. Do not be intimidated by new and alien words. They are fun to learn and will open the doors for you to connect to other people across different cultures and countries.