You Can Learn A Second Language No Matter What

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Education, Language | 0 comments

You Can Learn A Second Language No Matter What

Language Schools

The other day I typed in “Language Schools” into Google and generated a massive 95 million hits. After popping my eyes back into my head, I questioned simply how many public schools, junior colleges, and universities are offering second language studies in the United States. That should be a similarly overwhelming yet mysterious figure.

The ultimate mystery in all of this is actually why, with all the opportunity to learn a second language then why aren’t so many Americans multilingual? The truth of the matter is that about 9% of Americans have a real bilingual ability. Yet, there are numerous public and private schools providing second language lessons, let’s not forget about the thriving companies in foreign countries providing Americans the opportunity of “ending up being fluent” in other languages.

With all these chances, Americans are only at a 9% bilingual rate while Europeans are at a 52% bilingual rate. Have you ever wondered why? I have.

For the past five years, I have actually been approaching my second language-learning odyssey using non-traditional techniques. I did not start with grammar as first courses. You know what those are. If you took any sort of second language courses in school, including Latin or Greek, then you obviously started learning the language with a grammar book.

Conversation Is Important

What did this effort provide you? Well if you “persevered” in your classes was a capability to write sentences. The almost universal experience of students who begin their second language learning experience using the grammar-first approach is that when they attempt to speak the language, or perhaps go overseas for a year abroad, all they can utter is:

“I need to go to the restroom or can I have a cheese sandwich, please?”

It does not matter where we live, the way which everybody uses to speak our native tongue is the very same way in which we should approach our second language learning. There is a distinction and real difference when it comes down to choosing a core curriculum where you will first fluently learn the spoken aspect prior to learning the grammar.

Let me go out on a limb here: If you do not approach your second language learning with this method, rather than  the grammar-first method, you will not really learn how to speak the language. And I’m pretty sure you would be more interested in speaking the language rather than learning how to write it.

So How To Move Forward?

One technique accomplishes something while the other technique offers you something you do not necessarily need for the moment. I myself, am a long way from having the ability to read and talk about various subjects in Spanish. But, I can discuss basic news occasions, go to the supermarket and handle myself. I can basically do most anything I have to do in Spanish. I want to grow linguistically where I will have the ability to communicate with other people.

Right now, I am still in the early phase of learning Spanish which is fine with me. Keep in mind that I did not get to that stage by taking a grammar-first course. I can do exactly what a lot of five and six-year old Spanish children can do. Believe me when I tell you this: I’m probably better than most Americans at my level of Spanish.

So, how did I do it? I used the same method I unconsciously used when I was learning my mother tongue, English. I am learning Spanish using the very same way all Spanish-fluent people use in learning how to speak as kids.

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5 Tips That Will Help You Become Better At Learning Spanish

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Education, Language | Comments Off on 5 Tips That Will Help You Become Better At Learning Spanish

5 Tips That Will Help You Become Better At Learning Spanish

So, if you do not have enough money to pay for a Spanish language school located on the beach in Malaga, Spain, here are some alternatives that will certainly help you become better at speaking Spanish. And that’s of course to learn how to use it for all purposes. Spanish is an amazing language that you will enjoy using as well as learning. So here’s what you can do for your Spanish!

1.Look For An Online Course

There are such a variety of courses online. And finding the proper online course suited for you will help you become better at learning Spanish. Especially if you have a rather busy schedule, an online course might be the best solution for you. Trying to attend courses in a classroom might not suited your timetable. An online course will not only teach you the grammar but it will also teach you the dialect. Learning how to speak or understand the language first is more important than learning how to write it. That’s only true for the beginning. Once you feel comfortable speaking, then you can proceed in learning how to write the language.

2.Get A Tutor

img_1A mentor will help you learn the dialect, as well as be a good example for you. You will gain significantly more from actually speaking and training with someone. He will be there to give you positive criticism when you need it and correct your mistakes instantly. This is especially true if you continue to make the same mistake unknowingly. It will be more difficult to correct yourself later on.

3.Select In Local Language Center

There are lots of language centers that you can try and experiment with. It could actually be considered as a fun activity or a side hobby. It can also be a great way to meet people with similar ambitions as you. I would highly recommend visiting your local colleges or universities to check whether they have weekly meetings in the Languages Department. They can also provide you with some suggestions and can give you guidance on how to improve your language skills.


4.Online Friends Who Are Native Speakers

Well social media is great these days and meeting new friends is easier than ever. Try to meet people online who are native Spanish speakers, trust me your language learning skills will reach new levels. If you can’t meet people online than there are online groups where you can interact with individuals in Spanish.

Again if you have a busy schedule and cannot attend any focus groups, then the solution is simple: Skype. You can find a Spanish instructor and use Skype as the learning platform according to your schedule. Although focus groups are still more beneficial to you, your schedule might not permit it. The next logical step for you to consider is on-the-go classes according to your timetable. And Skype is the way to go!

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