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The Art of Learning a New Language #Tipsandhacks


The Art of Learning a New Language #Tipsandhacks


Banana bread, crafting and language learning are just afew of the hobbies that we saw emerge over the course of 2020 as we began to adjust to life in lockdown.  

Today we look into language hacks for those of you looking to expand your communication techniques through the art of language. According to official polls becoming fluent in a new language takes approximately 750 hours of study.

Learning a language is an enriching and gratifying skill we can acquire over a lifetime. Why is it so difficult? Maybe a thought splashes at the moment in your brain that you could never become bilingual; if so - get ready to take some notes.

You don't want to spend another several years learning a language you aspire, so here are few ways to learn a language fast! 

Know Your Motivation

In my opinion, the first thing that backs up every task is motivation and desire. If I am not motivated or excited enough for a new project, it will soon become a burden rather than learning. If you don't have a reason to learn a language, you are less likely to stay motivated in the long run. No matter your motivation, once you've decided on a language, it's crucial to commit.

Find A language Partner

I think it's a great way of going about it. There should be no hesitation in asking someone else for help. So do it! It shows that you take learning seriously and do whatever it takes to become a master's desired skill.

Having someone with whom you can speak, and that's the idea behind learning a new language.

Talk to Yourself

It might sound weird to you, but speaking to yourself in a language is a great way to practice it. When you do practice on your own, it can help cram loads of new vocabulary into the brains and build up the confidence for the next time you speak with someone else.

Listen

Out of all expert language-learning tips, undoubtedly the best one is to listen. Yes, if you want to speak, listen first. It's nature's rule. It is inherent in the species genome that infants first listen and learn to tell from this trait. So, you need to learn to listen before you can learn to speak. Every language sounds strange for someone hearing it for the first time. The more you expose yourself to it- the more you become familiar with it, making it easier to speak and comprehend.

Maximise your Time Investment

Commit to as many hours as possible to devoted language learning and embed learning into your daily routine. When it comes to language learning, time is the greatest asset, and better learning is the endeavour—so prioritise your investment to see desired results.

There is no shortcut at all. A fool proof way to learn a language to its fullest is to invest the time—it's so common sense and logical.

Have Fun with It

Think of some fun ways to practice the new language you aspire to learn:

  • Make a radio play with a friend
  • Write a poem.
  • Talk to whomever you can
  • Have a movie night with subtitles

Do not Be Afraid to Make Mistakes

Humans learn by making mistakes- a saying you must have come through. I believe in it. As kids, we never afraid to make mistakes, but as adults, mistakes are taboo. When it comes to learning a new language, admitting that you don't know everything is the key to growth and freedom. Let go of the ego that haunts you.

Value Fluency over Accuracy

Another important tip is to prioritise or value fluency over accuracy. Let me explain what I mean by "fluency" and "accuracy." These two are distinct entities. Fluency is the ability to express me easily and articulately. Accuracy, on the contrary, is the ability to be correct and precise.

The ultimate aim when learning a new language should be to use it fluently, not accurately.

It has nothing to do with denying the importance of accuracy. The thing is that you may have lapse when using s new language, and that's okay. It takes time to master the art of anything, and you will master it soon.

Watch Others Talk

Pronunciation is as much physical as it is mental. Look at the way others talk. However, it might sound a bit strange to look at someone while they're saying words and then to try to imitate that sound and phrases as much as possible. Believe me, it might be difficult or felt insane initially, but it will be fruitful, and indeed, you will master it. 

Take Away. 

Remember, the best motive of speaking a language should be communicating with others. Being able to have a conversation is a pleasant reward in itself. Reaching your milestones one after the other will make it easier to stay motivated and keep practising. And don't worry about your current speaking ability! If you begin any interaction with, "I'm learning, and I'd like to practice…" most people will understand, encourage and happy to oblige.

 
Dr Ayesha Gulzar, PharmD, Doctor of Pharmacy, Research and Medicine
Editor and Founder: Katherine Elyse Blake, BSC Nutrition, ANutr

 

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