In today’s global market, an advantage is the number of languages you know. Most people have knowledge of only one language aside from the native one. Even if it’s enough, learning a language, at least one more will certainly expand your horizon.
Learning a language
What you have to take in to consideration:
- The language that you decide to learn.
- The purpose for which you want to take this step.
- How much time you are willing to invest in the process.
Whether you want to take this step for touristic purposes, to improve your resume or just for fun, there are some stages you might want to take in to consideration when you start, such as:
- It is important to find time so you can do some reading and listening every day. Listening helps you accommodate with that specific language and accompanied with reading, it will all be more valuable than a course.
- The first step in learning a language will also help you in noticing the words and the way they combine in phrases. Making your own vocabulary lists, will help you in no time to make your own sentences. In this step you must not get discouraged if your pronunciation is not the best.
- Make sure the materials that you are using are related to your field of interest. Not only will you not get bored but it will also amplify your interest for learning and will reduce your learning hours.
- The use of language learning materials designed for children is recommended also for adults, as they are able to deliver the same results.
- Using subtitles for your preferred language by following the text according to the audio track is an efficient way for anyone learning a language.
- Try to focus less on grammar and more on meaning.
- At one point you are going to need a conversation partner. Try looking for people in your community or the Internet which is an untapped resource for such needs. This will give you the opportunity of being critiqued and taught by a native speaker.
Learning a language fast and well can’t be done without exposure to real authentic language as this is extremely important and that if you see this process as being relaxing and enjoyable the amount of information accumulated will be higher. If you know at least two languages and are familiar with both cultures, you can become a professional translator.
No matter how hard learning a language on your own can be, don’t get discouraged along the way because nothing comes easy. There will be plenty of reasons for you to want to give up. Taking a break when that comes will help, as it would exposing yourself to the language you want to learn by watching TV or movies in that language. Good luck!