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24 October, 2017 in Student's Life
How to Learn a New Language in 2017: A Revolutionary Method
What made me really interested in learning foreign languages is the intricate and complex system each language has. At first sight, everything is so difficult when you start acquiring a new language. However, with time, you notice that the elements are really interrelated and form a surprisingly understandable structure. When you ask yourself, “Why is it important to learn different languages?” the answer I can give you is that further, you delve into the intricate vocabulary and grammar structures and learn not only some superficial rules but also gain in-depth understanding of the specific way of thinking of that nation speaking a particular language as their native one.
How to Easily Learn a New Language?
Even though learning a new language may seem a really taught challenge, I have decided to dive into it completely and understand the whole process from another prospection. Surprisingly, I found out that the process can be divided into four logic steps, which helps to learn languages more efficiently. Let's give it a closer look:
Step#1: Start with Learning Pronunciation Rules
Before learning grammar explanations and the rules of building sentence structures, you should learn pronunciation and basic vocabulary. It is crucial to learn the rules of pronunciation as in the process of acquiring a new language you will come across a variety of new words, so you must know how to spell and pronounce them. What is even more important, learning pronunciation will help you understand others when you happen to visit some foreign country. Therefore, training your ears and mastering great pronunciation is one of the benefits of learning a new language. Make sure you use video and audio materials recorded by native speakers when learning pronunciation.
Step#2: Learn Definitions of the Words, not Their Translation
Definitions will help you expand your vocabulary, improve your ability to provide explanations and interpretations in the foreign language, and also gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and cultural meaning of specific words.
Step#3: Train Your Vocabulary Efficiently
Find a list of 1,000 most frequently used words in your foreign language. As a rule, such lists are really helpful as they will give you a chance to understand almost 70% of the texts you read. Learning new words, try to put them in a specific context: build sentences, think about your routine tasks in a foreign language, and create some situational dialogues/texts.
Step#4: Master Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking Skills
Speaking previously about how to learn a new language, we have already mentioned the importance of pronunciation. Still, listening comprehension entails understanding the content and the message. Find some materials for listening, where you need to listen to the text, dialogue or a situation and further do some exercises to check on how good you were at grasping the information. Such exercises can be successfully done only when you have sufficient vocabulary for a specific level. Regarding speaking comprehension, you should also practice a lot (preferably with a tutor or a native speaker). Nowadays, you can find a lot of online platforms, where you can communicate with others either in written or spoken language.
All in all, these are the main tips for mastering a new foreign language. Try to implement some of these principles in your daily practice and you will be surprised what progress you will make.
And by the way, I found one very convincing video for you. It's about four legitimate reasons to learn unfamiliar languages by John McWhorter, linguist and speaker of TED talks. Enjoy watching!
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