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LEARNING LANGUAGES

LEARNING LANGUAGES

Date: Dec 17 2008

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作者: nad1a

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MySpace TrackerIt's a common belief that living in a foreign country will make you speak its language perfectly. Then why do most immigrants in America speak incorrectly, even after living there for decades? It takes more than just that, then. Besides living in a foreign country, you also have to pay attention to grammar and pronunciation. But you don't necessarily need to travel for that. Internet and foreign language TV can do the job too. It's only up to you and your motivation!

How do you approach a foreign language? It's both different from the way we learn our first language and, at the same time, quite similar. In a way, you'd have to follow the same sequence. First, input and then output. First, you should be gathering examples of how the language works (grammar) and how things are called (vocabulary), through reading and listening, before you actually start speaking. Second, you start with easy and simple language before you try looking for ways to express more complicated ideas.

Don't force yourself to speak too early or focus on speaking rather than listening and reading. Speaking is immitation so, when trying to speak a foreign language, your goal is to imitate the grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation of native speakers. Speaking should be used to practice the grammar and vocabulary you have learnt through listening and reading. In the beginning, your goal should be to be able to express yourself in a simple but 100% correct language.

This is important if your aim is speaking fluently and correctly. Each time you say something with bad grammar, chances that you say that phrase again increase and it becomes a habit. You should stick to phrases you're absolutly sure about being correct. Try to avoid mistakes, even if you're a beginner and gradually build up your language skills. Anytime you want to say something, make sure you use phrases you have already heard from a native speaker or came across in a text. Don't try to make up your own expressions.

Some people would argue that pronunciation is not important. But if you want to give people a pleasant interaction with you, you should probably consider spending time on your pronunciation. With the necessary technology and persistence you can even learn how to speak with a natural accent. A little talent for imitating sounds would be of great help. Record yourself saying something that you have just heard by a native speaker and then listen to yourself and compare it with the original. While you speak with your American or British friends online, watch for the intonation, the way words are connected in the spoken language.

Finally, you have to be aware of that fact that learning a language is a gradual process. It takes time and dedication. It's not just a book that you can read overnight and be done with it. It takes years before a person masters his or her first language, being exposed to the language almost 24 hours a day. Whereas, with a foreign language, you're exposed to it only a fraction of that time. Living in the country the language is spoken can be helpful, but again, you need the right approach, which in my view is the one described above. After all, this is how I learned the foreign languages that I speak now.

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noway051

Sudan

I really benefit from this lesson, it gave a desire to learn another language.

05:53 AM Jan 18 2012 |

sweet soul

sweet soul

Saudi Arabia

really really cool lesson

thank you so much

08:39 PM Jan 31 2009 |

jimmy33

Guadeloupe

very very interesting and i think true

08:29 PM Jan 31 2009 |

jimmy33

Guadeloupe

very very interesting

08:29 PM Jan 31 2009 |

single_straight_guy

Virgin Islands, U.S.

you know your stuff , girl.

way to go

02:22 PM Jan 28 2009 |

ch3rrybl0ss0m

France

I have a question for yogita. What made her rate the lesson as 'awful' ????  :-(

07:27 PM Jan 27 2009 |

Nikos

Nikos

Greece

Nadia, your Greek is amazing. It's unbelievable you've only been in Greece for four years. People live hear for 15-20 years and still speak Broken Greek. 

06:44 AM Jan 19 2009 |

AnimeGirl

AnimeGirl

Russian Federation

Thank you for all your lessons :)

03:00 PM Jan 09 2009 |

nad1a

nad1a

Greece

Thanks, rajanmk and all the rest for your comments. I really appreciate them and I am happy it's been helpful.

 

All you have to do is, read this carefully and make sure you put it to good use.

:-)

05:44 AM Jan 08 2009 |

rajanmk

India

Thanks for your teaching, the way

student like to learn.  I believe, your

student will learn the language within a  very short

period and can speak english very well.

05:52 AM Jan 02 2009 |

rajanmk

India

Many Many thanks for your tips about the language.

The way you are teaching ,can grab the student very easily

learn the english and can speak very well within short period.

 Good luck

 

05:50 AM Jan 02 2009 |

blindguardian

Turkey

Thank you Nadia ;) I wish you were my teacher :)

11:34 AM Jan 01 2009 |

rajanmk

India

Indeed, it is very wonderful experience.

10:39 AM Dec 29 2008 |

nad1a

nad1a

Greece

Thank you so much, yogita!!!

Guess, rating it as "Awful" (one star) was just a mouse slip then :-)

10:34 AM Dec 29 2008 |

yogita12

yogita12

India

hey thanks for such a wonderful artical, it's quite motivating to me. it help me to improve my skills

10:06 AM Dec 29 2008 |

happy zhang

China

Many thanks for your suggestion,I think this must be very useful for my plan to improve my english.

08:15 AM Dec 29 2008 |

sseth

sseth

Turkey

NAD YOU ARE AN AWESOME TEACHER!

03:13 AM Dec 28 2008 |

foxing

foxing

China

nihao\
you do a real english teacher!
i really love the tips you gave it , it’s really really useful
i will try the best to read all the info gave by you
:D

04:17 AM Dec 27 2008 |

helen2569

helen2569

China

good article,thanks for sharing.

08:12 AM Dec 25 2008 |

reemy

reemy

United Arab Emirates

yah i agree with in your first point which is:
learn English when you visit foriegn country as what i saw from many ppl follow that styp to learn English as well as they need..

04:10 PM Dec 24 2008 |

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