Learning Languages – Tips and Benefits
If you decide that learning languages is something you really want to achieve, then you ought to be able to use any of the learning methodologies which are normally associated with learning a language or skill. These are the visually, the aurally, kinesthetically as well as reading and writing methods familiar with all teachers. It is important to find a course which offers all of these learning styles, as we all learn using one or many of them.
I’ve seen articles written saying that you can learn a language in 3 months. It is not something I could master, from my own past experience. However, it is possible according to the list of people who have achieved this and with that in mind, I am about to follow my own advice and implement the following tips.
Learning languages tips :
1. Decide which language you want to learn first.
Is the language you selected to learn, because the culture of the country inspires you or is it the opportunity to work in the country or even the fact that you will be visiting the country in the foreseeable future? Either way, you should be inspired one way or the other.
2. Decide for yourself which type of learning styles suits you best.
Are you more a visual person, in which case you will learn more by watching videos and films.
3. Set aside time each day.
Create a timetable for your study time and stick to it for at least a month. The practice of sticking with a timetable, will be a major help in forming a new habit which will become second nature in time.
4. Simple practice techniques.
Prepare two basic sentences in the language of your choice, to practice each day. By the end of the first month, you will have sixty sentences in your repertoire. Certainly not to be sneezed at.
5. Connect with others.
Find someone locally who already speaks the language and see if they will help you with conversational German or whatever language you decide to study for the odd hour here and there. You could exchange a skill of your own as payment in lieu.
6. Structure your learning.
Find a course which will help you whether it be an elearning course or a local college course. There is a lot to take into account when choosing a course. You can read more by clicking here.
7. Turn learning languages into a pleasure!
Find your favourite films or your favourite books in the language that you want to learn, so that you can have a reference point from either subtitles in the film or a reference guide by using the book in both languages. For instance, check YouTube video songs such as Ave Maria by Helene Fischer which has German translations added.
8. Advanced techniques for learning a language.
If possible, do a student exchange with someone in the country you want to learn the language with.
9. Daily steps
Put sticker notes written in your chosen language, on all appliances and items around the home, in the car and anywhere that you spent time.
Learning Languages Benefits :
It has been stated by many professionals in the mental health field, that learning a language can deter many aging diseases, such as Alzheimer.
The following video is from http://www.everydayhealth.com/alzheimers/bilingualism-may-slow-alzheimers-progression-9826.aspx and certainly makes food for thought.
It is only through practice and tenacity that you will achieve the skill in being fluent in learning languages but the benefits of having ventured into learning a language will far outweigh the effort that you will put in.