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There is an opinion that some people are more gifted in languages than others. Certainly, if they choose a good learning method. In fact, it is only a matter of habit and your good will.
To help you succeed, we offer you 5 tips that will make your language learning process easier.
Listen to speak better
According to some linguists, we begin to learn our firs language during the so-called «silent» periond, i.e, as babies, we learn by listening to understand and reproduce sounds. We need to listen because it helps us to put in order the learned vocabulary and retain grammatical structures, therefore, to lay the foundations of our language.
Every day we receive lot of information, and if we do not make language courses, we find it hard to focus on a foreign language… Try to find music, videos, programs on TV or movies in the original version of your target language and listen, listen, listen until you get to understand and remember them.
A student who is interested in the culture of the country of the target language will make more progress in his studies, because it is more open to foreign language and communication with its native speakers.
Open your mind
According to some linguists, students who rely on the principle of regularity are struggling to learn the language's new expressions or grammar rules that contain a number of exceptions, and we can not move until that 'we can not admit them.
A student who sees an unknown word and hurries to the dictionary without trying to guess the meaning based on the context feels stressed during intensive courses, and sometimes he is forced to give up just because of this frustration.
Still, you can change your way of thinking just by adopting some exercises for example, find a song or a text in the target language and try to understand what it is, even if some words are unknown.
Some prefer to listen and repeat, others need to do exercises in writing. Each of these methods is useful, but they do not yield results unless they are not used together. Diverse techniques allow progress on different planes.
When you choose your language course, be careful that it includes four types of exercises: reading, writing, listening and conversation. If you take courses online or use books to learn a foreign language, try to focus on written exercises, listening and enjoy mobile applications.
You can be brilliant in grammar and spelling, but it is not enough to be good in the language you have to speak. How often the best students were stuck and stressed just for fear of being misunderstood by their speakers?
Don't be afraid of making mistakes in grammar or mispronounce words: these mistakes will teach you the proper usage and will make your language less academic and more «alive».