Learning A Foreign Language Quickly

Learning a foreign language quickly is easy with many available resources.

It has been estimated that for everyday spoken usage the average person only uses about 500 words of a language. It can be as little as 300 words.

The implications of this are important for anyone learning to speak a foreign language. It means that instead of tackling an all encompassing learning course and the total concept and vocabulary of a language, one need only concentrate on those essential words that will provide a working ability in the language.

Learning a language the traditional way can take a long time, maybe years. But learning the basic spoken words can be much quicker. This basis can then be used to learn more - using the language itself.

Suggested steps are as follows:

Firstly, get a feel for the language, the people and country involved. Enthusiasm is important and this can come from things like admiration for the culture and history or romantic associations.

It is also important to feel the rhythm and sound of the language. Some languages can be quite musical in their flow and pronunciation.

Secondly, carefully consider problems with pronunciation. It's always better to have a native teach you and better still to live in the country itself while learning. Correct pronunciation is essential.



For Westerners, Asian languages can present big pronunciation problems and the same applies for Asians learning Western languages. This is because the mouth and tongue are often utilised differently in pronunciation.

Thirdly, it is necessary to make a brief study of the grammatical construction of a language. How do you construct a sentence? Do adjectives come before or after nouns? How do you make past tense, present tense and future tense? Just a basic understanding is enough.

Fourthly, make a list of essential words to get you started. Start with hullo, goodbye, thankyou, please, yes, no. Then try words like I, me, you, him, she, they, them. Next try important verbs like to be, to get, to want, to go, to come. Then try words like where, when, there, here, this, that, to.

Learn the posessives, like mine, yours. his, hers,theirs.

Choose words you want to use now and develop them from there. With just your first few words you will be able to construct sentences. But even when you get more fluent keep to simple sentence construction.

Don't try to do too much at once. Take it a step at a time and build on what you have. Soon you will find that the few words you speak can be used to expand your ability because you can ask questions. But, especially in the early stages, practice, practice, practice.

Adjectives and adverbs are great for adding colour to language but only learn them as you need them. Maybe start with things like big, small, tasty, beautiful, good, bad.

The most important thing of all is achieving correct pronunciation and this has to be established from the very beginning.

Learning another language will widen your horizons and give you greater insight into another culture. The people of that culture will welcome you because you have paid them the compliment of learnig their tongue.

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