7 Ways To Help Master A New Language

7 Ways To Help Master A New Language

7 Ways Help To Master A New Language

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Learning a new language is fun, but it can be stressful, too. Trying to remember the correct articles, spelling, or pronunciation of foreign words can get confusing, especially when you’re studying Romantic or Germanic language where it’s easy to get tricked by false friends (don’t even get me started on irregular verbs).When it comes to language acquisition, if you don’t have the opportunity to practice the material everyday you can’t get better, but you don’t want to overload your with the material either. Your initial objective should be to achieve a base that allows you to communicate even if you have to use your hands, draw pictures or point, this will build your confidence; fluency will come with time. Listed here are various ways you can achieve this:

Applications. Apps like Duolingo, Babbel, Lingua.ly, Sonic GmbH’s iTranslate, and Bravolol Limited’s phrasebooks are great tools that provide pictures and audio to help with word recognition and pronunciation. Duolingo is a popular app and one that even I have used to get better at French. It has different levels, and a chart that allows you to keep track of the progress you make. The information classified into beginner, intermediate, and advanced stages all of which allow you can test out It starts out by introducing basic vocabulary like food, colors, commonly used verbs before incorporating things like the past and imperfect tenses, and irregular verbs. Exercises range from word matching, to written and oral comprehension.

Post It Notes. Do not underestimate the power of a well placed post-it note. Memory pretty much works in two ways: short-term memory and long-term memory. Many of us assume that just because we’ve seen a word ten times that it’s permanently ingrained into our brain, but that’s far from the truth. Large amounts of information are retained through recognition and repetition over long periods of times. Label household items in the language you’re studying and try to refer to that item by only calling it the name on the note. You’ll find that over time your brain will automatically start to associate the new word with that object and you won’t need the post-it note! Remember, if you are immersing yourself in an environment where the language you want to learn is frequently spoken, it’s going to take a lot longer for you to learn it, and you will start to forget some of what you have learned.

Foreign Friends. It's been said that the best way to learn a language is in bed, but you don’t need a Brazilian boyfriend to learn Portuguese. There are a ton of awesome people all over the globe looking for people to exchange with, and they know how to keep it professional. My advice: find someone who wants to learn your language just as much you want to learn theirs. If your native language happens to be what they are studying they’ll always be eager to practice which will keep you on your toes too. Social media already connects allows us to mingle with people from all over, but websites like Polyglot might give you a better chance of exchanging with someone who actually interested in exchanging language and not phone numbers. When creating a profile on these kind of websites your safety and privacy should be of the utmost importance. Note: **It’s okay to be friendly and share a bit about yourself with other people, but never divulge more info than you need to, or info that could potentially be used against you.**

Music. Music has been used to teach even the most complex material and nothing helps improve pronunciation and oral comprehension better than few good tunes. To help me better at French and German, I hit up Spotify’s Top 100 global hits list, and specifically searched for artists who were from countries where French or German was spoken. Not only did this put me on to two of my fave European artists (the musical/lyrical genius Stromae, and Germany’s hilariously eccentric rapper Alligatoah) but it also improved my oral comprehension and pronunciation of both languages immensely. Another technique I would use was a sing-along method, which is pretty straightforward: download the lyrics and practice singing along at the same time. Doing this helps improve how well you can comprehend and recognize the words whether they are written or spoken.

Film and Media. Watching movies in a foreign language is another way to improve your oral comprehension. Streaming sites like Netflix andHulu have Foreign/ International movie sections that categorize films and shows by country. Find a movie that you like, and practice watching a few scenes without the subtitles. Even setting the captions match the language of the film is great practice.

Books. Sometimes our ability to read a foreign language comes easier than our ability to speak it. You can improve your literacy skills by reading children’s story books and workbooks. You’ll need to learn the alphabet before trying to tackle any new language anyway it's best to practice with material that introduces the information at the most basic level.

Youtube. Ah, yes, the website that has it all. There are all kinds of language introductory videos on Youtube that produce the experience of being in a classroom. Try to find two or three of channels that look like they upload consistently and have a large following. This can help speed the learning process up and keep you on track.

I took French for two years and I remember my French professor would always remind us that "foreign languages were meant to be spoken; not just heard." So that's my tip to you. Practice speaking the language as much as you can- even if it's just to yourself. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Ask questions. Be polite. Be consistent. The world is your oyster..♥

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Renee Walter

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