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Language Learning: 12 Tips for Success, Continued

So, you've committed yourself to learning a second language. The EduMetrics Institute has some tips to help you succeed. This is a continuation of the article beginning at language learning tips, page 1

Tip 9 —Go play: One way to really get your hands dirty with language learning is to take a trip to a country where your language is spoken. Nothing will excite you so much about learning German An old German-style house in Germany as spending a week or two in Berlin or Munich. In another country you’ll be immersed in the new language and you’ll learn even more. Everything you read will help you build your vocabulary, everything you hear will help you practice your listening comprehension, and everything you want to say will be in your new language. We don’t recommend this if you are just barely beginning to learn, but if you’ve already had some practice, nothing can accelerate your learning more than this type of immersion. Plus, it’s fun to see new places, meet new people, and experience the culture you are beginning to connect yourself to linguistically.   

Tip 10 —Don’t sweat the small stuff: In the beginning of your experience with a foreign language, you will want to understand every word that you hear, assuming nothing about what people are trying to tell you. Russian nesting dolls are intricate art from an exotic location. Given the speed with which natives and other fluent speakers use the language, you won’t be able to catch every single word in the beginning of your language experience. In fact, you may only catch a few words. Don’t worry about it. Try to pick up as much as you can. See if you can get a general gist of the conversation or a written document by looking for key words and phrases. You’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised by how much you DO understand, even after just a couple of months.

Tip 11 — Get a Daily Dosage: Learning a language is a time-intensive undertaking, and an investment in your communication abilities for the future. Many of our friends have done the unthinkable and forgotten what they took so long to learn. Language knowledge is NOT like riding a bike. You have to work to keep up your ability. Unused vocabulary slowly starts to disappear from your mind, then go the verbs, the grammar, and finally the fluency you may have once enjoyed.

Don’t let this happen to you! Try to get a daily dosage of your new language, even if it is just a couple of minutes listening to the radio or reading a book. Talk to friends in the language. Take classes in the language. Do all you can to use your new knowledge, and it will stay with you for a long time. Whatever you do, don’t stop learning your language or stop using it altogether, or your hard-gained ability will disappear. Invest for a lifetime.

Tip 12 —Have Fun: Above all, make your experience fun! It’s really enjoyable to speak with others in a new language. It’s exciting to be able to order your favorite dish in Spanish at the Mexican restaurant. The lyrics to the opera are always more poignant in the original language than any translation. Reading books in a new language is a fun diversion. Speaking with your friend in your own “code language” can be an exciting way to tell secrets. There are so many reasons to learn a new language—to experience culture, to travel, to conduct business, to understand the lyrics to your favorite song, to communicate with your newfound friends, and much more. Remember that learning a language is fun, not a chore, and you’ll be sure to enjoy the process a lot more.

We at the EduMetrics Institute wish you the best of luck with learning a new language, no matter which one you may choose to learn. May you encounter great success in expanding mentally and increasing your intelligence through language learning. Follow these tips, be persistent, work hard, and practice as much as you can. With time, your new language will come to you. HAPPY LEARNING!

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--Article by Brandon Stephenson © EduMetrics Institute, August 2006

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