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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