Tips On Learning A New Language-sayu-02

UnCategorized Learning to speak a new language is a long and arduous process. Fluency doesn’t happen over night, and it usually takes months, if not years, to really master a foreign tongue. When I learned Spanish, it took me almost a year and a half to truly feel like I could converse adequately and fluently with native speakers. I learned a few tricks that helped me in my language pursuit that I will now gladly share with anyone undertaking the task of learning a new idiom. Learning a new language is, as totally cliche as it sounds, a lot like eating an elephant. It can’t happen in a day, or even a week or a month. It must start with small steps and lots of patience. When I first started to take on the Spanish language, I decided to start a vocabulary book. Whenever I heard a new word that I hadn’t heard before, I’d write it down in a little note book. Then, instead of heading immediately to a dictionary to look it up I’d wait and try to hear it the word again in context. I soon learned I could figure out the meaning of a quite a few words just by listening to the other words I did know that surrounded it. Writing down new vocabulary words also helped me learn to listen to native speakers. I found that listening to a native Spanish speakers having a regular conversation outside of a classroom setting improved my .prehension more than just about anything else. In my Spanish classes we learned vocabulary and grammar, but I didn’t really get to hear it spoken. When I had the chance to listen to someone just talking in Spanish it was like all the learning I had done in class came together and actually made sense. It was like seeing a small part of a painting and then backing up and seeing the whole landscape. If you’re trying to learn a new language, see if there’s somewhere you can go to just listen to people talk for a while. Even if you only get a few words here and there, you can start hearing how grammar principles .e together to form sentences and phrases. After I had started to feel a little more confident speaking Spanish I started to engage with native speakers in conversations. I would usually approach someone and tell them I was just learning the language before launching into a full blown conversation. This way they knew to be a little more patience with me as I stumbled and searched for words. Talking with people who know the language natively does so much for the language learner. It helps to gain confidence in speaking and .prehension of seemingly abstract rules and words. It also helped me build a friend base of native Spanish speakers whom I could go to for reference while I studied. If you’re learning a new language, remember that learning the correct accent in very important. I’ve encountered many American Spanish speakers who speak grammatically perfect Spanish but aren’t able to be understood because they never learned how to really speak like a native, that is, with a native sounding accent. Pronunciation of a word is just as important as .prehension. Have a native or master speaker listen to you speak and then correct you on accent errors. I’ve found with most foreign languages the accent is made or broken in the pronunciation of the vowels. Learn to say vowels well and you can master the rest of the accent with relative ease. If you’re going to spend the time to learn a new language, spend the time to learn the accent. Many people want to learn a foreign language to boost a client base in a business. Business vocabulary can differ greatly from regular vocabulary learned in a basic level language course. I didn’t realize this until I took a Spanish business class in college years after I had learned to speak fluent Spanish. I was amazed at how much I didn’t know about the area of business vocabulary. If you’re involved in a business that is global and need translation for certain documents, make sure to access a business language dictionary in the tongue you want to .municate in. Also, there are many wonderfully useful business translation services and document translation services that you can use to edit your foreign business writings. Lastly, the most useful thing I was able to do to master the Spanish language was, of course, live in a Spanish speaking country. I had the opportunity to study Spanish in Spain for a summer and found my level of proficiency double in the few months I was there. Not everyone had the chance to live in a country where the language they are learning is spoken but even a few days trip can help someone vastly improve language .petency. I realized that learning to speak Spanish in the Unites States had one major draw back. I could always fall back on English anywhere I went in public because, obviously, English is the first language here. When I lived in Spain I had to use Spanish everywhere; in the metro, at the grocery store, buying clothes and eating out. I struggled and fumbled a bit but in the end I found I had increased not only my ability to speak but my ability to .prehend immensely. So if you’re embarking on the path of language learning, take some time to do it right. I studied Arabic and French before tackling Spanish and never mastered either of the two because I didn’t have the patience to do really study hard. I decided with Spanish that if I was to actually learn the language I needed to knuckle down and do what I could to speak it well. Learning a new language doesn’t have to be a full time pursuit. It just requires the patience and endurance to stick with it until you feel confident conversing in most any situation. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: