Communicating with people from other countries, we often face a language barrier. The language of Love is universal, though you need to be able to express your thoughts and understand your partner’s feelings. In 2006 an American scientist, Richard Sparks, proved that any person could learn a foreign language. It is not necessary to have any super natural abilities.
In the first person
According to many linguists, learning a language with phrasebooks helps you to memorize separate words and gives a general idea how to make sentences. Besides that, memorizing entire phrases in the first person helps you to model a particular situation in your mind and imagine yourself there.
We advise: try to find a good phrasebook, learn the parts sequentially and memorize all the words. It should take 2-3 days to learn one part in the phrasebook.
The language experts deduced an ideal formula – to learn 30 words per day, 5 of them should be verbs. This method is developed for busy people, who want to learn a new language quickly. According to this formula, you should choose words that start with a different letter and change a letter every day in consecutive order. In other words, if you memorized 30 words starting with letter “A” today, you should learn 30 words starting with “B” tomorrow. When all the letters in the alphabet are used start again with “A” and so on.
We advise: to achieve good results you need follow one important rule – to learn the words daily. Do not allow yourself to have a day off.
It is probably the most pleasant method of learning foreign languages – to memorize songs with translation. Learning new words listening to a song also helps you to understand the way of expressing thoughts and then to use them the same way in your speech.
We advise: start with songs where the words are pronounced slowly and clearly. E.g. if you want to learn Spanish, start with a song «Besame Mucho» or «Megustastu». These are the ideal compositions for memorizing new words and listening to the correct pronunciation.
The psychologists, who learn the problems of language, make a conclusion that you need to listen to a foreign speech “unconsciously”. You do not need to understand every word or every sound, just listen the flow of speech and try to grab the general idea. This is the secret of understanding a foreign language!
We advise: try to relax and listen to the foreign speech as often as you can. Try to catch the melody of the language, the tone, to remember the most popular words and phrases without going into details. At the same time, learn the words in your phrasebook and listen to the audio-course repeating texts with translation.
The most reliable and effective method of learning a foreign language is the famous “method of immersion” created by Berlitz. According to the author, you should start speaking the new language from the very first day describing everything around you. Thus, a teacher and a student can create different situations, for example, to sit around a table and imagine that they have a dinner. In this situation, both participants try to describe and name the tableware, food and all the surrounding things only in foreign language. The main idea of this method of to learn separate words and phrases and only after that to start learning grammar.
We advise: if you learn a language by yourself, try to study 30 minutes every day! Divide the words by subject (dinner, shop, plane) and describe everything that you imagine around you. Do not be shy to talk to yourself and you will succeed!