LEARNING NEW LANGUAGE
If you are one
of the many students taking a foreign language course
either that be Chinese, English, German, French,
Korean, Spanish, Mexican, Japanese, Russian or any
you may be satisfied with little more than a passing
grade. But if you’d like to earn a top grade – and,
more importantly, if you’d like to actually be able to
put your language skills to good use eventually – here
are some tips that might help you to fully learn.
Learn Each Concept
Make sure you understand each lesson or unit before
tackling the next. In particular, most textbooks and
classes take a sequential approach to grammar. If you
don’t understand how to use direct-object and
indirect-object pronouns, for example, you’re less
likely to understand the concept of reflexive verbs.
Read other Materials
If your textbook or your teacher doesn’t make a
concept clear, perhaps a different approach can.
Reference books can be used for this purpose.
Exposure is good
Visit websites in your new language. Watching movies
or videos in you new language can help you learn how
words are really pronounced, even if you can
understand little at first. Purchase magazines written
in your new language. Music can also be useful as a
learning aid, although you need to be aware lyrics can
be frustratingly difficult to understand both because
unusual vocabulary or word order are sometimes used to
make the words fit the music.
Poor Pronunciation habits can be hard to break, and
your efforts to make yourself understandable will be
Converse with native
A native speakers can help you with pronunciation and
give you immediate feedback. You can also get the
opportunity to learn some slang and other colloquial
usage that aren’t in your text book.
For most people, learning is inherently enjoyable,
watch any preschooler to see how natural learning can
be. Look for ways to make language learning exciting,
whether it’s following one of the above bits of advice
or coming up with a creative way of you own.
Hopefully these tips will not give you the grade
you seek, but also provide you with a lifelong skill
that will enrich your life.