English Language Learning Tips

Tips To Learn English

author: George Williams

helpful tips sticky noteDo you have any plan to pursue your further education abroad? Will you need English for your career or your education? If so, you may wish to investigate your options for learning, or improving, your English skills.

The TOEFL Test: TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) is a test used by many colleges, universities, government agencies and exchange and scholarship programs in the US, UK and Canada as a means of evaluating the language skills of a person whose first language is not English.

You can find TOEFL study guides easily online with other recommended resources listed. You may be able to access some of the sample tests and prepare with personal study. Or you may look for a class with an instructor to help you prepare for the test.

ESL Classes: ESL classes are a common means for students to learn English with group of classmates. These can be in the form of an evening class with various individuals attending or may be part of a college program during the day.

The course length and the topics covered will differ from country to country and school to school. Some summer programs are geared for international students to gain a basic grasp of the language before starting studies in English taught classes of the college or university.

Since the standards of passing a course, or the course material itself, will vary drastically, some students may feel that the language skills gained upon completing the course does not equip them to handle school work or social interactions adequately.

Some schools offer students and alternative of home-stay programs for students. Home-stay programs benefit the student by placing them for several weeks or months with a host family that speaks English. The student is then able to immerse him or herself in the culture and social speaking of the English country they are living in. There are also online ESL programs that may be suitable for distance education, especially if programs are not readily available in your area.

Private Tutors: Another popular method of learning English is with private tutors. The materials and methods used by ESL tutors will vary greatly and it is important to establish what material will be used and to feel comfortable with the tutor. Asking friends or other students for references can be helpful in finding a good tutor.

A combination of these English learning methods will be effective as well. You can take a summer course while staying with a home-stay host family and then arranging for private tutoring during the school year. Making an effort to use your new language skills regularly in social situations will improve your progress regardless of the program or course you are using.

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Foreign Language Learning Roadblocks

He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kunst and Alterthum

Taking out the Roadblocks in Foreign Language Training

taped mouthDo you want to learn a new language but you simply cannot find the time to practice? You may feel that you are too old to learn which can stop you from learning the new communication skills that you could benefit from. You may not know where to go to get started. Sometimes you may be travelling and may find it difficult to find the time to learn.

Are you one of those people who cannot connect the dots to see that learning a new language can benefit you in work, travel and also in your personal life. Have you ever met someone where you couldn’t understand what they were saying? The language barrier can hinder us from being able to relate to people from other cultures.

You can learn a new language regardless of your present situation. The first thing you must do is decide what language you want to learn. There are many methods to learning a foreign language. So, once you have decided what language you want to learn, you must now decide what the best learning environment is for you and fits your schedule.


It may be difficult to find time in your busy schedule if you work long hours. You may also travel which can interfere in your ability to learn a new language. If you have children, you may find it difficult to find any time to learn a foreign language. Children can stop you from attending training programs or to attend any classes. If your children take naps, you can use this time to learn the language you want to learn.

There are learning programs that can fit into any lifestyle. Explore the Internet to find the various ways to learn a new language. You could find thousands of programs that fit your lifestyle.

Scheduled classes are a great way to learn a language, if you have the time. Classes allow you to build up social skills as you can work in a team situation. You can have private classless or you can work with a partner to help build communication skills.

You can join beginner to advanced classes, depending on your level. In some classes, you may start learning conversation methods so that you can use everyday grammar and vocabulary. If you are going on a business trip you may be able to take a quick language learning class. This can help you by providing many helpful skills that can let you improve business communications and relationships. You may also be able to customize classes to fit into your work style and schedule.

On the Internet, you can find many centres to learn. You may be able to arrange the classes to fit your lifestyle and schedule. You can learn from home or on the road, all you need is a computer and an Internet connection. You can learn at your own pace which means you can use any spare time that you have during the day to improve your ability. You could also use Cds, DVDs, videos MP3s which can also help you to learn at your own pace. If you can, you can use a foreign exchange program or work with a foreign partner as well. This can be through emails, on-line voice communications, Instant messaging and some other options. Learning with a foreign exchange partner or a friend can help both of you to build new skills.

Connect with the world by learning a second language.

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Learning A Foreign Language – 5 Mistakes Commonly Made

 “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein

Top 5 Mistakes You Can Make When Learning a Foreign Language by Topp Alice

learning a languageThe Internet has made it easier for us to explore what we want. With a few clicks, you can see different places, talk to people from different countries, watch movies, or even learn new languages. If you are particularly inclined to know what phrases like Intercambios De Idiomas, encuentra penpals, or cursos de Ingles con videos mean, you need a good dose of effort and patience. There are also certain mistakes you must avoid if you want to master a new foreign language:

Not listening well

Language experts suggest that you need to be a very good listener when learning a new language. You might notice how babies stare at you when you are talking and mimic the sounds you produce. You need that kind of focus and willingness to learn. Intercambio de Lenguas or language exchange can only happen if one is ready to listen. This will help you develop a new vocabulary and learn the structure of the new language.

We listen everyday to people we communicate with on a daily basis but it can be difficult to practice when you are faced with a difficult foreign language. What you can do is to find TV shows, movies, and music using the new language. You can also join social networks that help people learn new languages.

Not being culturally curious

Your natural curiosity and attitude are among the biggest factors in how you will progress when learning a new language. If you are interested in learning Spanish but not keen on learning different aspects of the Spanish culture, you might face more challenges in learning the new language.

Studies have shown that language learners who are culturally curious tend to be more receptive to the foreign language. Experts also encourage having amigos por correspondencia or friend pen pals that use the target language.

Using a single method

Relying on just one method to learn a new language is not enough. You might be learning from language books but the process can be faster if you will watch videos, talk with native speakers, and watch different media using the new language.

Using different methods can help you acquire more skills that you need to master a new language. If you are looking for a language course or an online language community, make sure that you will be able to practice listening, writing, reading, and speaking.

You are Easily Frustrated

Right from the start, you need to set your mind that you cannot learn the new language in a snap. You will be learning new words everyday, learn rules for the new language, and encountering people who know the language you are trying to learn by heart. Try to conquer the challenges you face by utilizing the resources you have like the friends who speak the language, videos, books, online courses, and social networks.

Being too Afraid

Any negativity towards learning a foreign language can slow you down. It can be quite overwhelming but knowing what resources to tap can make life easier for you. Remember to use the new language so you can improve it as you go along.

Do not be afraid to make mistakes, be it spoken or written, since they give you the opportunity to correct the errors before they become part of your system.

Youspeakit.com is a social network for languages that encourages Intercambios De Idiomas [http://www.youspeakit.com/es] or exchanges of languages. If you are curious to learn a foreign language, please visit [http://www.youspeakit.com/es].

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Why Studying Business English Is Important

They had nothing in common but the English language.” ― E.M. Forster, Howards End

In today’s business world, the study of English is very important. Communication, both verbal and written is necessary in dealing with companies in many countries.

The author gives some reasons why it is necessary to study business English.

Business English and Its Importance in Business and Professional Success – By Eliza Raymundo

English speakersWhat is Business English?

Loosely defined, business English refers to English language used in international trade or business. It is a specialized area of English language learning and teaching because it is largely attributed to non-native English speakers who study the subject to enhance their chances of doing business with companies from English speaking countries.

Largely depending on the intention for which learning is intended, Business English can refer to the study of business English vocabulary used in the fields of trade, business, finance, or international relations. If the study focuses on techniques on business presentations, negotiations, correspondence, writing and other skills needed for business communications, then it can be classified as the study of Business English communication skills in the workplace. There is really not much difference between the two classifications, as vocabulary and communication skills work together to achieve a common goal – to develop or enhance both written and verbal English skills for business or career advancement purposes.

Why Learning Business English Is Important

Around the world, there is an estimated 1 Billion people learning English. Many factors point to the reason why learning English has seen exponential growth in recent years, but it all boils down to the English language being the “global language” of business, politics, international relations, culture, and entertainment for so many countries worldwide. And that is just an understatement as in fact, while English is not an official language in many countries worldwide, it is the language most often taught as a foreign or second language.

Business Leverage

The rapid growth in technology for global communications notwithstanding, there are still many companies and individual professionals who fail in their quest for business or professional success. And oftentimes the failure primarily lies on one of the most basic foundations of making business relations – the language spoken. Undoubtedly, the English language is the global language for business and having a good command of English will definitely give one who is eyeing globally competitive business or career a clear edge. Any communications problem, whether personal or business, translates to losses, zero result in negotiations, incompetence for global business, or will just simply leave you ill-equipped to carry out international business.
Career Growth

Going down on a more personal level of career success, having the right Business English communication skills will surely equip you with a liberating confidence and ability to express yourself in the English language. It will surely be an advantage in interviews, thus giving you more opportunities to widen your career prospects. Or if you are not looking for a new job, having the confidence and ability to speak Business English is one way of enhancing your potential for earning by making you stand out for career advancement or promotions. Studies show a steady growth in the number of companies worldwide requiring employees who have bilingual skills.

Internet Proficiency Means English Proficiency

Research shows that 80% of the amount of Internet web content is in the English language and that content relating to business written in the English language largely comprises this figure. It goes without saying that having a good grasp of business information, data, or terminologies in the English language is very important to have a good understanding of the wealth of business information available on the Internet.

Eliza Raymundo is a contributor for PowerUp English and Business English Is Not Enough! blog.

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7 Secrets To Learning A New Language – A TED-Ed article

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

A repost from TED with tips on how to better learn a new language.

These tips make sense and should help you with your language learning. Put them into use, try them and see how learning a new language can be made easier.

How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

by TED Staff

By Krystian Aparta They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their secrets to mastering a foreign language. Their best strategies distill into seven basic principles: Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable […]

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Learn A New Language Through Self-Study

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” ‒ Flora Lewis

We all learn languages at different speeds and use different tools and methods to become fluent.

The author gives some suggested methods to learning a new language through self-study

Self Study Approaches For Learning New Languages – By Avery Parker

girl self-studyingLanguage classes are structured backwards for the way many people learn languages. When we’re learning our first language we don’t study grammar and verb conjugation. Instead our parents and early caregivers teach us vocabulary and lots of it. As a course of our learning, we misuse the language and are corrected and the grammar is sculpted and molded as we improve our use of the language.

When I set out to study new languages on my own, I tried to emulate this model. I put myself in the point of trying to absorb lots of vocabulary first and then try to learn grammar by hearing correct grammar rather than reading a book about grammar. I many times will pick up a general guide to a language so that I can learn some basics. Most books or book and audio courses though only give you a structure to work from, you have to fill in a lot of the rest of the work on your own.

One of the most important things you will need to undertake is learning vocabulary. When I initially started my self study process for studying languages I focused on TV content and reading. I tried not to get slowed down with words I didn’t know, but would pick a book that I was familiar with in English. Over time I started to learn meanings for words just by their usage. I forced myself to continue and managed to learn quite a bit of vocabulary this way.

If I were starting out again however, I would have been making use of spaced repetition software all along. Spaced repetition software is also known by the initials SRS. This is essentially note card software. I’m sure that you remember making use of note cards in school to memorize facts for tests. Well, the SRS software is more sophisticated than that, but it builds upon the same principle.

Scientists have learned a lot about long term memory and short term memory. The key to the note card software is moving information to long term memory through a process called spaced repetition. In other words seeing a fact once today puts it into short term memory. Seeing it again tomorrow reinforces that and the next day, then two days later. At this point, it’s starting to be made long term. Finally the spaces between seeing facts are gradually spread out. It’s said that it would then only take seeing some given fact like a vocabulary word once in five years to keep it fresh for another five years.

Popular titles of spaced recognition software are Mnemosyne and Anki. I personally use Mnemosyne more and have a database with a few thousand words in it. Each time now that I read in a book or newspaper or hear a new word on TV I will record the word with it’s definition in the database and that way it gets added into my routine for learning.

Since I’ve added the spaced repetition software into my routine I’ve noticed my vocabulary has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, I’m comfortable that I know multiple ways of saying some of the same things. I have made use of Mnemosyne primarily and in addition to seeing the word in my second language and having to produce from memory the translation, you also see the word in your language and have to produce the word in the language you are studying.

Studying a new language is not something you do in one weekend and then you’re finished. Studying a new language is a long term goal. I set five years for myself to spend looking at one language. I feel as though I’ve achieved a decent level of fluency in that language after five years. It is something that you have to commit a consistent amount of time to on a daily basis though.

Since there is a great long term time commitment you should have very good motivation for learning a language. Otherwise, you may set yourself up for failure out of the starting gates. Don’t build up obstacles for yourself like “I never learned it in High School so I just can’t learn another language.” Anyone is capable of learning a language if they’ve first learned their native tongue.

Once you’ve made a certain amount of progress in your vocabulary, try to branch out and find more materials in your new language to start testing and improving on what you have already learned. Keep practicing your skills in as many ways as you can. This is part of the key to making what you have learned a part of your long term memory and really becoming confident and fluent in your chosen language.

If you continue to follow this guide you will become more fluent in your chosen new language. Good luck!

Avery Parker has been interested in languages for most of his adult life and maintains a site at http://www.studynewlanguages.com where he has listed many of the great online resources for assisting in language learning. This interest in languages has also been fueled by an interest in Radio and TV and of course, there are many online resources that can be used for language learning. You can learn more at http://www.onlineradiotv.com

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Some Very Good Reasons (7 actually) to Learn A Foreign Language

Any man who does not make himself proficient in at least two languages other than his own is a fool.” ~Martin H. Fischer

Why should you learn a foreign language?

Here are 7 good reasons why you should want to learn a foreign language now.

Learn Foreign Language Now – 7 Good Reasons – By Terry Shurts

language globeIn this article I will illustrate the importance of learning a second language for the broadening of one’s life and opportunities. You will learn the role of a second language in:

* Expanding your social life

* Gaining more business contacts

* More business opportunities

* More employment opportunities

* Increased knowledge of other cultures and places

* Travel

* Keeping your brain sharp

The importance of learning a second language is greater today than ever. As the world keeps shrinking with greater advances in communications technology and modes of travel, people are moving around both physically and in cyberspace at an ever-increasing rate. Immigration and tourism are growing rapidly in many countries. You may live in a country with one “official” language but chances are that many other languages will be spoken in that country.

Your Social Life

If you live in an area where your next door neighbors’ primary language is not your own, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to speak their language also? You can get to know them on a more personal basis, get invited to more parties and more easily ask for help if you need it. Of course, if you don’t care to talk to your neighbors or you live in an area where everyone speaks the same language, this would not apply. But what if you are the type of person who likes to spend a lot of time on-line? The Internet brings the world to your desktop! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to chat with someone on the other side of the world in their own language?

If you are a single man or woman looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right, why limit yourself to only those who speak your own language? The perfect one for you may speak a different language! Many relationships like this are made but are problematic because of the lack of communications. Having a good knowledge of the other’s primary language is a tremendous help.

Business

If you own a business or work in sales, the importance of learning a second language should be evident. Knowing another language allows you to develop international business contacts, prepare advertising targeted to markets that speak another language or do sales work in neighborhoods with mixed languages. Expanding your market is one of the best ways to increase business, so why not learn the language of the market you are interested in? You have probably read stories of advertising screw ups where a product name or advertising copy did not translate well. You can prevent this type of thing from happening by learning the language.

Your Resume

The importance of learning a second language for business opportunities goes for employment opportunities as well. Having at least one other language on your resume is a big plus. It means that you are more valuable to the employer because you can help with more customers, deal with more business contacts or help prepare more targeted advertising.

Know Your World

If you are the type of person who likes to increase your knowledge of the world, learning a second language can be very helpful. It’s almost impossible to learn another language without learning something about the people who speak that language as well as their customs and their geographical origins. Likewise, if you really want to study a different culture, learning their language is very important in developing a complete understanding of it.

Travel

The importance of learning a second language for travel purposes is obvious. Although some English is spoken in almost all countries, if your only language is English you may have a difficult time of it. Take for instance an experience I had while traveling in Thailand. The restaurant at the hotel I was staying at had a limited menu for Westerners in English. Being unable to read Thai at the time, I chose what sounded like an intriguing breakfast item of Yam and Toast. While nibbling on the toast with butter and strawberry jam that was served, I patiently waited for my yam that I assumed was being cooked. I soon realized that I was actually eating the yam (Jam) on my toast!

Even though people in another country may speak your language, sometimes things don’t get translated quite right. Having a good knowledge of the primary language in the country you are traveling in can make for a much more pleasant stay. Not only will you avoid some mix- ups but you will be more able to make friends or even develop a romantic relationship.

Flex Your Brain

Scientists have known the importance of learning a second language for brain health for some time now. A 2004 study done by researchers from University College London found that learning a second language alters gray matter – the area of the brain which processes information – in the same way exercise builds muscles. So if you want to keep your brain healthy, learning other languages can help you do it.

In conclusion, learning other languages is good for your social life, career, recreation and your health, so start learning one today!

Copyright 2008, Terry Shurts

Terry Shurts is a world traveler, author and foreign language lover. He recently wrote a report on how to start learning a 2nd language. This free report is called Your 2nd Language Guide and is available at [http://My2ndLanguage.com]

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Learning a New Language – Some Advice

I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.” ~Jane Wagner

In today’s world learning and knowing a second language is important. So what does it take to learn a new language?

The article below gives one view of the steps that you need to consider when learning a new language.

What Does It Take to Learn New Languages? Can Anyone Do It? – By Mark D. Nicholas

learning a language benefitsLanguage learning has become a highly discussed topic in recent times, due to a variety of reasons. People are now more aware than ever before of the benefits of language learning. It improves cognitive efficiency, helps in building new friendships, expands employment opportunities, enhances personality and can even help you impress your friends. The rise of economies such as China and India has also greatly increased the need to learn languages such as Chinese and Hindi. But is it really for everyone?

Growing up us a child we would all be taught one or maybe two languages. It didn’t seem like much of a challenge back then probably because we ‘lived’ those languages rather than ‘learned’ them. A great deal of vocabulary and pronunciation was fed to us by our parents and those around us to speed up our learning process. Learning the mother tongue was never a chore. Could this also mean that children are better at language learning than grown-ups? Having a stress-free, clear mind like that of a child certainly helps in learning a language faster, but couldn’t an adult do the same? Countless studies and success stories have proven that it is indeed possible for adults to start learning languages and learn them well. Age is certainly not a barrier when it comes to learning languages. But there are certainly some aspects that will determine your rate of progress in learning a new language.

1) Dedication.

Your dedication and commitment towards learning a new language, is vital in achieving your ultimate goal. This is because there will be days in your language learning journey that you will feel like giving up. All the new words, the new pronunciations can be at times overwhelming. But if you’re dedicated you will keep at it. Consistency is key in learning a new language. You need to continuously enhance your vocabulary of the new language and regularly be in touch with your learning material. Neglecting your lessons for long periods of time will mean you lose all the knowledge you gained and all your hard work will be in vain.

2) Good Memory.

Certain language tutors would tell you that they will help you learn a language without having to memorize anything; nothing could be further away from the truth! It is inevitable that you memorize certain words and language patterns when learning a new language. Does this mean you need to have a memory like an elephant? Certainly not. Relieving stress and clutter and organizing your work routines will greatly improve your memory. It is also proven that people remember better what they understand. Thus when learning and memorizing new words try to create patterns and links to words or things you already know. This will help you memorize them better.

3) The perfect language learning material

Your dedication and efforts will get you nowhere without the correct language learning material. There are so many language learning materials available at present that it can be quite over-whelming choosing the best language course. Most of the courses just do not offer value for money and do not deliver what they promise. An ideal language course should be economical, engage you in a way that stimulates your interest, be taught by a native speaker so that you emulate the native accent, enhance your vocabulary of the language; thus helping you engage in everyday conversations, help track your progress; thus keeping you motivated and fits into your busy lifestyle. A once a week language lesson will just not do it, if you’re serious about learning a new language. This would mean that the traditional language lesson in classroom will not help you learn your new language anytime soon. The solution? Online language courses! Online language courses are flexible and will help you fit in a lesson into your busy lifestyle. But be wise when choosing an online language course since some courses just do not offer value for money. Do your own research and obtain the feedback of other users of a language course before you make a purchase. Best of luck on your language learning journey!

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Is One Language Easier To Learn Than Another Language?

I picked up a new language a few months ago. It was just laying on the ground, dirty, so I scooped it up and popped it in my mouth.” ― Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

Learning a second language can be difficult. Is there one language that is easier to learn than others? Read the article below to find out.

Learning A Language: The Easiest Language To LearnBy Jeffrey D Nelson

Why learn a languageLearning a language can be, well, is, a daunting task. Nouns, verbs, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions (I hate prepositions.. especially the languages that don’t have them!) It’s tough to learn any language, but the benefits of being bilingual are a strong pull even for the most cowardly of us all. I propose, in the eloquently written paragraphs that follow, a plan to decide which is the easiest language to learn… for you.

Why should I learn a new language?

Learning a language can be a fun experience. A new language means a new culture, a new world, a new way to see the world in which we live. It means peering through the looking glass into a new world; one dominated not by our own prejudices or our old way of thinking, but by the history of another people. It means looking at a new world; or, at least, the old world in a new way.

Aside from the many benefits that exist with regards to just learning a language, the benefits of being bilingual are many. I use the term “bilingual” loosely. Someone who can reasonably communicate in two languages, in my opinion, is bilingual. Even 10 minutes per day, consistently, over a long period of time, can have a great impact in language learning.

Let me be clear here – you will not be fluent in your language after learning a language for 10 minutes per day for six months. That is a fact (unless you are some sort of genius, but even then I doubt it).

So what’s the point?

The point is, we need to remove our rose-colored glasses with regards to language learning. Learning a language is messy; it’s not clean. It’s not linear, and it doesn’t reduce down to a nice equation of x+y=z. As it’s said, it’s more of an art than a science. Sure, there is a lot of science involved, and there are a lot of proven techniques and best practices.

None of that matters, however, until you figure out the most important aspect of learning a language. The most important question to ask yourself in language learning is why. Why do I want to learn this language? Why do I want to speak this language? Why? Once you can answer that satisfactorily you are well on your way to learning a language.

Is there an “easiest language to learn” when learning a language?

The easiest language to learn is the one you are most passionate about, or at least the one you have the best answer to the question why. If you don’t have a fairly solid need to speak a language, then there is very little point in doing it and very little chance you will succeed.

Several lists exist out there of how many hours it takes to speak a language well depending on what your native language is; the government loves this kind of stuff. None of that matters. The only thing that matters is your desire, your motivation. Without it, you aren’t going to put in even the smallest amount of time (500 hours) to be “conversational” in another language.

What are some of the good why’s?

Here are a few good why’s off the top of my head:

  • Connect with your spouse: You marry someone who speaks another language and you want to connect with them in their own language. This is a great one.
  • Connect with your family: You have family members who speak another language and you’ve always wanted to learn it to be able to converse with them.
  • Connect with your roots: Your family came from another country (Mexico, Norway, Germany… ) and you want to be able to speak the heritage language but were never taught; now is your chance!
  • Connect with your future – You want to take your destiny by the horns and break out of your monolingual box! I can respect this one! I’m not sure if it’s practical, but I’d like to think it is.
  • Connect with another culture – If you really love a certain culture and want to further connect with them, learn their customs, get a more in-depth look at their lives and how they think, you have to learn the language. Language can be a means to an end, if the end has a strong enough pull.

There is an obvious pattern above. To learn a new language is to connect with something new and powerful. This connection has a draw to it. It’s deep and not superficial. If you just want to impress someone, look cool, or be able to write “I speak language x” down on a resume, then you’re probably not going to get real far.

The Japanese are very intense language learners and concentrate on English from a young age. Their thought process is that English is important and a precursor to success. Because of this, they spend a lot of time force-feeding English to their children. The children don’t connect with this because, well, children don’t connect with future success 15 years down the road. Therefore the children hate it. Is it effective? Yes, but only because the children can’t stop. These methods don’t work if you have free will… which I’m guessing most of us do.

How can I learn a new language?

Skinning this proverbial cat has as many methods as verb conjugations in Spanish. What is the best way to learn a new language is a question that plagues the world of language learning. Countless research studies, anecdotal evidence, trial and error, and just-wing-it attitudes have produced results in every form; from horrible to incredible.

The common thought process in the practical language learning community (as opposed to the theoretical – linguists, etc) is to get out there and do it. One must read in the language, speak the language, study the language, get together with friends in the language.

In my humble opinion, it mostly boils down to exposure. As long as you are getting the right kind of exposure, meaningful exposure, you can certainly get to a decent level in a language in a reasonable amount of time. What level that is, and in what timeframe, depends a lot on the individual person and their level of commitment. I would surmise that in a matter of six months a person should be fairly good at it.

So what does this all mean?

Nothing wagered nothing gained, right? To me, this all means that if you want to learn a language, do it! If you have always wanted to order your food in a French restaurant while sipping wine, then make that your goal. If you want to be able to talk fútbol with the local waiter at the Mexican restaurant, do that.

Learning a language doesn’t mean being able to do everything in that language; that is impossible. It simply means to learn something about the language, to do something in the language. It isn’t a waste if you set out to learn a language and only learn it to a beginner level. You will never lose that, although it will get increasingly rusty, but it will always be there. You have a whole lifetime to build on it, so get up, get out, and learn something today!

Go learn a language today. Teach it to your kids. Raise some bilingual babies. Give them the numerous benefits of being bilingual. They will thank you later.

Jeffrey Nelson

Jeffrey Nelson is an author living in a bilingual family. He is raising his son multilingually with his wife.

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Language Learning Through Goal Setting

The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” – ‒Ludwig Wittgenstein

Many people really want to learn a second language but just can’t seem to get going. One of the things that will help is to set some goals .

The article below explains how to set your language learning goals.

How To Set Goals For Language Learning – Author: Cynthia Blake

practice, practice, practiceGood intentions aren’t enough to learn a language. Unfortunately this is an endeavour that will take a bit more planning and commitment. There are so many people that say they “would like” to learn a new language, or that they “want” to learn Spanish. They go out to the store, buy Rosetta Stone, use it a few times, and then never go back to it. Why is that? Why do people fall off so quickly? The language learning industry thrives on failure – they want you to come back and buy more language learning books. The next new language course that promises to learn itself for you.

The real problem is that people do not set concrete goals for themselves when it comes to learning a new language. They have these vague notions of what they’d like to do. However, when it comes to learning a language you have to need to learn it rather than want to learn it. There is a big difference here, although it might seem that there’s not. The reason that most people can learn a language pretty quickly when they are stuck in a country and immersed in it is that they NEED to learn it. They can’t just fall back on their own language all the time.

So how can you do this when you’re learning at home? Well, you have to create artificial needs in the form of small goals with concrete time lengths. Say that you want to be able to order dinner in a restaurant in the language of your choice. That has a pretty concrete endpoint. Also, you should set a time frame. Say that you will complete this goal in a month. Then figure out what steps you need in order to meet that goal. Obviously you’ll have to learn some vocabulary that is specific to food and restaurants, as well as some greetings and other things.

Another thing that tends to set people back is their attitude towards the language that they want to learn. If they see the language that they want to learn as difficult and impossible, with dozens of obstacles, they’re never going to get anywhere. However, if you look at the language as a friend you want to get to know better you’ll have much more success. This is a method promoted by many omniglots.

The basic thing is, you have to take a more proactive approach towards language learning if you really want to get anywhere.

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