Learning a New Language Part 1
What is the most effective and fastest way to learn a new language? This is a common question asked by many. It’s a tough question to answer, primarily because everyone learns differently. However, there are a few things one can do to make sure that you are learning the language in the most effective way possible. I would like to take a look at a few things to consider when learning a foreign language.
The first thing a new learner should work on are greetings. In all languages it’s customary to know how to introduce oneself. In most countries, cultures and languages around the world people greet one another from the moment the sun comes up to the moment the sun goes down. There are greetings that are used for different times of day; for family members, friends and strangers alike. Therefore, how we greet one another not only changes based on the time of day, but changes depending on the relationship we have with someone. As a result, learning the everyday greeting/common greeting in a language is very important.
Secondly, building a large vocabulary is also important, because it is key to understanding what is being said and to learning the names for people, places and things (nouns). Therefore, focus on learning and understanding the vocabulary used most commonly in the language you are studying.
Thirdly, learn the basic sentence structure and grammar; how sentences are built. Learning and understanding verb tenses and how verbs are conjugated is important as you move from building basic sentences into more complex-compound sentences. Additionally, learning nouns, pronouns, articles, singular, plural, masculine and feminine forms of that language are also important when speaking a new language. It makes the transition from basic sentence structures to more complex-compound sentences easier and more natural.
Something that goes hand-in-hand with learning new vocabulary words are colloquial expressions. There are colloquial expressions, fixed expressions and idioms that are used in every language. When traveling to a new country on vacation one thing most people tend to do is learn basic expressions regarding certain questions they might have. In conjunction to learning vocabulary, why not broaden that by learning colloquial expressions or idioms? Fixed expressions, colloquial expressions and idioms are an essential part of learning a new language.