Education And Instruction: How To Learn A Foreign Language

Tips, instructions and product suggestions on how to make learning to speak a different or new language easy.

Whether it's for a new job or just because you want to, learning a new language can seem like impossibility to some people. You can teach yourself a foreign language, though - it just takes time. Learning thousands of new words in a different language is like being a baby again and learning the language all over again. You have to be willing and open to accept a new language to have the best results with this challenge. Some languages seem easier to learn than others, maybe because many of the words are the same or similar in your own language, but others seem extremely hard to learn. Nouns are usually the easiest way to begin the new language and you can make this easier by using scraps of paper to label various noun words in your home. Label the doors, light switches, walls, chairs, bathroom, kitchen and other items around the house by writing it in the foreign language and taping it to the items. This can also be done with cereal, milk and juice, or shoes, jeans and coat, and so forth. Make a special effort to say the word aloud when using or even walking by the item. Many nouns in languages other than English are considered feminine or masculine, therefore requiring a specific word for each. If a word is feminine, like "flower", it may require a different ending than a masculine word, like "car". In some languages, for example, most feminine words end in "a" whereas the masculine words end in "o". When using feminine or masculine words, usually the preceding word "the" is different for each. You may be required to use "la" before a feminine noun and "lo" before a masculine noun, but each, "lo" or "la" represents the word "the". This may seem insignificant, but feminine and masculine correctness is very important in some countries.

Incorporate the new language into your current language by simply substituting one or two words from the foreign language into your every day speech, but of course, only around family and friends. It's not wise to combine two different languages in the same sentence in front of a new client, for instance. Speak out loud when you're home alone, too. If you're leaving to go to work, say "I am going through the door", but substitute "door" for the word that is appropriate in the language you are studying. Speak in the foreign tongue as frequently as possible and even invent sentences to say such as, "the couch, the chair, the door and the radio are in the house. Repeating words or phrases makes it easier to learn many words at one time.

After learning many nouns, begin to focus on the words for "I", "me", "you", "we" and so forth. Although the word "you" is the same for one person or many, in English, it may be different than that in another language. Begin to substitute the new language for the pronouns, but continue practicing the nouns you've learned. After you feel comfortable with using the pronouns, move on to another group of words, such as colors or animals. Learning words in groups is a big help in mastering the language.

Conjugating verbs is often the most challenging part of learning a new language. In English, the phrases "I am", "he is" and "they are" are basically the same thing, but the base word is changed, depending upon the reference. The same is true for most foreign languages. Some verbs don't change the basic word, like "I jump", "he jumps", and "they jump", but other verbs do change the base words, like the word "am". Learn each of these changing verbs in the formation of "I", "you" singular, "he/she/it", "we", "you" plural, and "they" along with the proper form of the verb.

Sometimes two words sound exactly the same, but mean completely different things. Learn the correct spelling for the words as you're learning the words themselves. This is easier than learning the language, then going back to learn how to spell correctly. You can check out books or go online to find English-to-Spanish dictionaries or English-to-Italian and other languages. There are also special tapes or cd's that can help you to learn a foreign language. Just set your mind to it, practice then practice some more, and soon you'll be speaking several different languages fluently.

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