It is not easy to become a polyglot as it is quite time consuming and it is important not to lose focus. This article deals with the suggestions given by polyglots to young polyglots who want to learn more languages.
Choose the right language
Choosing a language is not something that is easy and it requires some thoughts from your end. Some of the questions that you can consider before choosing the language are:
- I already know a few languages and why am I learning another one?
- What languages can be helpful to me?
- What the available resources I have regarding the language I have chosen for learning?
- Do I have the time for the language lessons?
If you already have learned many 2-3 languages already, then you can consider learning a language that is completely different from the ones you have already learned. If you already know English and Spanish, then you can try languages like Bengali or Hindi. You will come across many online courses as well and you can enroll yourself in these in order to learn the language of your choice. You can choose more than one as well, but make sure that the number is not more than 2.
Get over your mistakes
Most young polyglots have the fear of using the language they have learnt and that is a grave mistake that they commit. Some polyglots do not get the confidence of getting the spelling right while sending a letter or a postcard to a friend and many feel that they might sound fun while speaking the language they have learnt. These are the only ways of developing your language skills.
Set stepwise targets
Learning languages are not easy and if you are thinking that you will get to learn many languages in a very short time, then you are mistaken and hence, it is important that you set your targets right. Concentrate on 1 or at the maximum 2 languages and for the initial few months, make your basics right. Then move on to vocabulary and then to grammar. Move step by step.
Learning a new language is like a flow and you must have already experienced it and so if you find yourself stagnant at a point for many days, there is nothing to be worried about. These things happen and are a part of being a polyglot. Get over it as it might happen that in future, when you start learning a hard language, you stay stagnant at a place without any progress for many months.
Build a strong foundation
Foundation matters and make sure that you make it strong as then only you would be able to learn the language in dept. concentrate on the vocabulary first and the basics consist of 200-300 words that are commonly used and then focus on how they are used. Once you have your vocabulary right, there is no looking behind.