Can I learn a language quickly

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Published on June 14, 2019

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slide 1: Can I learn a language quickly By CHRISTINA To learn a foreign language is one of the best investments in your life. Learning a new language is full of benefits: • You improve brain functionality thus make yourself smarter • open up career opportunities • boost memory and even make your decision-making skills better. All in all learning a new language can change your life. Many are put off though for two reasons. 1. The first being the old misconception that you can get “too old” to pick up a new language. This is filled with regret that you didn’t study harder when you were younger. However data shows that this is simply not true. In fact adults have many advantages over children in language acquisition. Pattern recognition and the ability to better rationalize structures are among them. So let’s rule this “reason” out 2. The second and most common reason is the time it’s thought to take to pick up a language. Of course tackling ones with different alphabets is sure to take longer but you can speed it up exponentially if you know how. Before we dive into those strategies let’s clarify. slide 2: What NOT to do Don’t go down the old-fashioned classroom route. Grammar books are useful reference tools but get counterproductive if you lose yourself in them. Languages should be learnt by living them not as a collection of maths formulas. Huw Jarvis a senior lecturer in the School of Humanities Languages and Social Science at the University of Salford summed it up nicely: “The primary purpose of language is communication – grammar is important but there’s a bigger picture. Language is no longer seen as being learnt through mechanical exercises it’s developed through students interacting and engaging”. If that isn’t inspiration enough here’re some ways to boost your language skills quickly and remember that “the secret lies in combination “. What TO DO Immerse yourself Learning a language isn’t done from the book it’s done by getting lost in its culture. Think of your brain as a radio receiver and getting more accustomed to the target language will make it easier to tune yourself in to its frequency. The Foreign Service Institute in Washington DC – where US diplomats are trained in foreign languages – takes this approach. Its associate director for instruction James North said that to learn a language “you need to invest not just the head but also the heart”. This could mean all kinds of things. Why not try reading children’s books The language would be slide 3: simple enough for beginners and you’d be getting a dose of the culture. You could even read classic fairy tales like Cinderella so you won’t be panicking about following the story. Beginners could also try watching TV with audio in their mother-tongue and subtitles in the target language. Or even try listen to a radio station in the target language – even though you won’t get all the words you’ll be training your ear. How about reading a Buzzfeed article in the target language Or making a play list Every little helps whether you realize it or not. Little-and-often practice is key and you’ll speed things up significantly. Use Apps Whether you have a lengthy commute or some time to kill on your lunch break the convenience of a language learning app is unmatched. They make practice fun visual and such apps as Duolingo let you set goals and send out push notifications if you slack. There are a rich range of paid and free options to explore and such added exercise will give extra edge and speed to your language learning. Repeat in your head If you sit down tonight and read about a new verb tense it won’t sink in immediately. Repeating it over-and-over again is key to making it second nature. But repetition doesn’t necessarily mean saying it – it could be thinking it applying it to different situations contextualizing it. Mark Manson author and veteran traveler wrote that you should “challenge yourself to think in slide 4: the new language” and even have “fake conversations in your head”. This kind of thought pattern will help embed the structures in your mind and make your connection to its radio frequency all the more stronger. So say you sit down tonight and read about a new verb tense. Think about it on your walk to the train station or in the shower. You’ll notice how much quicker it’ll be to build confidence. Practice with On-Line Tutor In the age of new technologies and worldwide net there are no barriers to learn a language from any place in the world with a real and professional on-line tutor by Skype or in the on- line classroom webinar room. Lonet.Academy is one of the platforms that offers a range of available on-line tutors for more than 20 languages: • Russian language on-line tutors • Arabic language on-line tutors • Spanish language on-line teachers and tutors • Italian language tutors on-line • Latvian language native teachers • and others… The process is very easy: just register on Lonet Academy find a list of tutors choose several and book a trial lesson with them. Process of payment is really easy and safe – you pay by card or PayPal and if the lesson has not been provided due to some reasons you still have the balance to re-book with another teacher or to try another language. It has never yet been easier slide 5: Make mistakes Remember that the main objective is to communicate. That should be your priority. That means not being afraid to make mistakes or putting yourself down when you do. The sooner you make mistakes and learn from them the sooner you’ll pick up the language. Simply because it means you’re practicing. After all that’s how languages are learnt. By being used.

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