Oh lala Barryck is blogging about foreign languages today.
Yes my friends! Just from the fact that I’m on the train and in my compartment I am surrounded by the United Nations A Spanish lady to my right, a mustachioed Brazilian big man to my left (He is next to me as I write. Am hoping he does not understand the ” a mustachioed Brazilian big man : P ” … Pray for me) in front of me and a French couple and finally a Moroccan woman next to them who seems like she doesn’t want to hang up the phone talking loudly with this extra American accent. I wish I could understand what the Brazil and Spain are talking about. They appear to be in a total Hispanic delirium. Two very different languages. That’s exactly the moment where I regret my Spanish classes. I do remember this phrase though: “Tengo la camisa negra”.
Foreign languages are still for many of us more a disability than a problem. However, learning is a personal challenge. We actually keep on procrastinating without realizing that we are growing day by day and our little brains are filled with more and more. What makes us gradually losing our ability to memorize easily. Ex: It is easier for a 5 years old child to learn by heart a full page of text than an adult can. It’s a scientific fact! Wow too much for the scientific section of the post (haha).
Here are the 9 tips that I personally used to learn and develop my Inglés!
- Will: I want Yes I can. If you clicked on this page link is because you are looking to learn a foreign language! The process is triggered don’t go back on your steps. The will is most important point in this easy adventure. Without Will nothing happens. We’ll have to have the will and resentment to learn a language that is totally alien to us.
- Patience: Patience is the second factor of success in learning a foreign language. You will not learn the language in a day or a month. Especially if you do not follow particular courses.
- Have fun: The fun of learning a foreign language it’s actually not in the language itself. But in the culture that surrounds it. If you try to learn Japanese I would not need to hold a speech on Japan’s culture. French? Oh my Gosh French language the most romantic city in the world, where you go shopping, kissing in the streets. Oh la la. See? You are smiling now. Voila.
- Read: Read as much as possible. (Read what) EVERYTHING! Anything that lands in your hands. I remember I was reading the lyrics of Michael Jackson to follow him and sing with him by heart. Now there ‘s websites opportunities offered and millions more interactive pages to learn easily. And this is exactly what will get you to understand what you’re reading. You will develop what is called visual memory. (“make sentences” See below)
- Watch the news: View news in the language you want to learn. BBCNEWS, CNN (for English). The first day you will not understand ANYTHING, but it is precisely this that will spice up the challenge! you try again and again and I can guarantee you that after the first week you will understand the context of the subject, then a sentence , then at the end of the month you’ll recognize the words you read. What is extraordinary about this is that you hear yourself trying to impersonate the announcer with certain words to try to develop your accent!
- Watch movies and shows: In the appropriate language version! : Try this with the subtitles at the beginning then you will see you no longer need subtitles after watching a full season of “Friends”. Oh hey did you know that Friends has been translated to many many languages! Now watch your favorite TV special in the language you want to learn. Fun Fun…
- Write sentences: Do you remember in class? Our teachers used to give us five words and used to ask us to make sentences? Well this is the solution to all your ills believe me. It’s like Painkillers. It’s just a natural process. We try to understand the word, we construct a sentence, we rewrite the word in a sentence, and hop VISUAL MEMORY the word is engraved in the head! I swear it’s true is boring at first but the result is just Waouuh. After 3 words per week (I am large as a teacher I know!) You will develop a rich vocabulary of more than 156 words in one year! My father told me, like all fathers indeed, “My son, when I had nothing to do in high school I used to learn the dictionary by heart” Bullshit! He worked as I showed you!!
- Talk: I remember my mother thought I was lost the day she came into my room and saw me talking with my reflection (stop laughing I was just imitating a Michael Jackson speech : $). I assure you it was a very deep conversation in English. I did not even see her. She listened to me and after a good minute, sprinkle me with her glass of chilled water. (Wallah so cool I always feel cold in retrospect). I was not talking with my reflection because I wanted to. No. This is because in Djibouti at the time nobody spoke English and I had to find something to speak it. So here, the opportunities are there to talk! No excuse is acceptable. You can learn a foreign language. Not with you-otherwise be sure that all doors are closed.
- Be willing to be corrected: The problem is that whether we are ashamed, or are so perfect in other areas we prefer not to be pictured as an idiot. LOL. I speak English with my English teachers and they correct me at every word. And despite this, I went and learned again and again. Want to learn? Stop being ashamed. Shyness is a bad thing Yes it’s a bad thing that will stop you in your process of learning a language.
I think I’ve covered all the essential points. Now take these tips follow them and then tell me.
If you have other suggestions that I have not mentioned please let me know and share with us in comments below!
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