Learning a New Language Part 2
Learning a new language maybe challenging depending on what your strengths and weaknesses are. However, one can learn a language effectively by immersing oneself in the language. What I mean by that is that it’s important to try and think in the language you are studying. Therefore, experience, learn and ‘try’ to understand the culture. Watching movies, reading books and magazines, listening to music and living among the people are some great ways to achieve this.
Also, study and compare the similarities and differences in the sentence structure between that of your native tongue and the language language you are studying. Educating yourself about the history of the people or the country itself is essential when understanding idioms and/or expressions.
Pronunciation is very important when learning to think in the language you are learning. This can be improved by speaking more with native speakers or by watching movies and listening to the music in that language. As an E.S.L. teacher I would sometimes begin my lessons with pronunciation exercises. This does require some time and effort; however, it is a great way to build muscles in your lips, jaw, tongue and throat.
Technology has made the world smaller than it used to be. We are now more connected than we’ve ever been. Now there are no excuses for not being able to practice your English speaking skills or meeting foreigners online or in your native country.