The study of foreign languages is one of the most important topics today. Publishers produce tutorials, the Internet offers online programs and video blogs. But the question remains: how to motivate yourself to study language and how not to quit?
Likestory.net gathered some great tips for those who want to learn a foreign language.
1. Set goals
It is very important to define for yourself why you need a foreign language. To work? For communication? Or maybe you just want to read books in the original? Even the desire to travel and make new friends abroad, not resorting to the help of others, a very specific goal that will help to generate a certain language learning program. I had students who tried to study English well, because everyone already know him and I have. In this scenario, lack of motivation, a lot of wasted time and zero results. Such students usually work doesn’t add up. It is impossible at the appropriate level to learn what you absolutely need.
2. Surround yourself with the atmosphere of the target language
A regular couple of hours a week with a teacher is certainly good. But if you want to achieve faster and better results, and even more interesting ways – try to use the language in everyday life. Follow literary trends and novelties in the movie? Start to look and read the language. Follow the news? The time has come to abandon the Russian. Reconfigure the phone and the social network in a new language. Let a new culture into your life, and it will go faster.
3. Just don’t be afraid!
Most annoying, when people stop to learn the language because “it was too hard for me, I don’t know.” But there is a simple truth: absolutely nobody knows everything. You will not be able to read in the original, to talk and to work in a new language, just don’t begin to do it. Yes, it’s scary, but it is a step that cannot be avoided. Position “I’ll start to read it when they join vocabulary” does not work. How could you not studied the language, prescribing exercises, to start it really use hard always, and to delay the moment of overcoming the language barrier makes no sense. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes in dealing with the media – because they are people too and learn other languages. Don’t be afraid little understood in the book or the movie – at first you will understand two words, then five. And after a while you catch yourself thinking that quietly enjoy the text without thinking about what you don’t know. Language is the experience, not the number of learned words or rules.
4. Slightly oversize goals
For me, learning a language is akin to training in the gym. In order to achieve some result, we do a little more than can. To lose weight or build muscle it is impossible, making the same number of approaches or, for example, working with the same weight. In the end, the training program, after which you came out from the audience barely alive, it seems children after some time. Also tongue is a muscle that needs to pump! Bolder study, be interested in what you have not yet passed, but don’t forget to do my request. And even if the head is a little swollen from the amount of information is a sure sign that you did good, next time will be easier.
5. Create a stressful situation
I’m serious! Have you ever thought that people who had on the situation to move to another country with no language, start speaking it after six months, as we learn in school the language for ten years and can’t any words to utter when meeting with the media? Paradoxically, it is emotional and stressful (in a good way) of the situation our brain and memory remember the best. In a situation when you were in unknown country and you urgently need to learn how to live it: in a banal everyday situations, like buying bread – can’t be choosers and you’ll find a way to do it. For example, here in Moscow you can often find lost tourists – safely runs up to them and offer help! It will be terrible, but then you analyze the mistakes and never repeat them not.
Which for some reason everyone is afraid of. It’s a double-edged sword, and it is important not to fall into extremes. There are two types of people: those who believe that grammar is not important at all, and those who are just sitting on the grammar exercises. Regarding the first group can give you an example: remember as you talk to immigrants from other countries who come part time. Very often they are wrong, for example, in gender and number, in the construction of sentences. They have no purpose right to speak, so in any case can not blame them for mistakes. But remember a trivial example like: “sweet Strawberry-red, come buy!” Want to meet beautiful girl in a bar abroad and do not consider grammar important? From the point of view of literacy, sound you’ll also. With the second type of people all the way around, and here everything works the same example from the eternal seat above the exercises at school or College. You can sit at least ten years, but you don’t. All aspects of language should be studied and practiced equally, if you want to fully use the language and to be prepared for any linguistic situation.
7. Pick quality materials
Suggest not be confined to textbooks – they provide the basis around which you already own increasing experience. Moreover, they very quickly become obsolete. Very easy to check the quality and relevance of the textbook: look at the year and be sure to scroll through, paying attention to vocabulary. Unfortunately, even in the latest editions can be found misspelled words. Not a good sign, but it does not mean that we should immediately get rid of such materials – try to check the relevance of words and sentences, checking that they write about a particular expression of media on the Internet, asking the teacher or friends from abroad. Any information you could check if you are not lazy.
8. Learn as convenient for you
We are all different and different remember new information. Someone is a fast learner, someone needs to repeat the same thing a hundred times. It is neither good nor bad, or in any case does not mean that someone is smart and who is stupid – it’s just different ways of perceiving. I believe that tongues is available to all, just with different people need to work differently. A good teacher takes into account the characteristics of the student and adjusts the program to suit him. Feel free to ask questions or to ask something again, to ask you to explain the rule once again or to take an extra job at testing. You learn and in your best interest to have at the output a decent result.
And not only on peace but also on the Internet – because it unites us and gives the opportunity to chat with people from those countries to which we will probably never get. On the Internet you can always find current information about the language, consult with native speakers, make friends from other countries and communicate with them. The Internet is an incredible amount of news, educational portals, social networking and blogging, storing information, which you will not find in any textbook. For the other language forums or social networks you can find a lot of interesting words and expressions that you do not give the teacher. Sin not to take advantage!
Better and faster learning the languages of those countries and cultures that we are interested in. It is very difficult to learn that it’s boring or unclear. Once in University I had two years to learn the language of a far Eastern country, the people and culture which I not only was close – just didn’t like. Two years of cramming and stupid thoughts that I won’t use this language in life – in the end, not remember any one rule. To have fun with all of life, and language is no exception – after all, language is not just a set of words, a new culture and psychology, a different world, which expands the boundaries of and continuously develops us.