Have you even felt too old to learn a new language or gave it up because you thought you are not the gifted one for foreign languages no matter how hard you have tried? But, the truth is you might just use the wrong way to learn. Inspired by Julie Cleaver’s “10 ways to learn a new language”, we would like to share some of our ideas with you. In her article, she mentioned 10 efficient points in terms of learning a new language, and here we would like to highlight some very important ones.
“Learn the important words first”
“Do I need to have 3000 vocabulary words to start practicing conversation?” The answer is NO. You don’t need to know all these terminologies to have a daily chat. In most cases, people keep repeating certain words, phrases and sentences again and again. Think about it that in English 300 words make up 65 percent of all written material! Therefore, once you master these words with a little courage, you are off to go.
“Learn like words”
Due to the fact that English belongs to Indo-European language family, a family of hundred related 445 languages and dialects, including German, Italian, Celtic, etc, same or similar spelling can be found in different language with the same meanings. For example Mutter in German and mother in English. At the same time, as the result of sharing the root with Latin word family similar words can be spotted in these languages, such as absolute (absolute) and abstracto (abstract) in Spanish. Within its powerful influence on Asian countries, historically, economically and culturally, Japanese, Korean and Chinese system also borrow a lot from English such as Japanese nekku (neck) and bouya (boy), Chinese shafa (sofa) and qiao ke li (chocolate), Korean keopi (coffee) and diseuko (disco)… So, start the words with similar pronunciation and you may expand your vocabulary at an unexpected speed.
“Immerse yourself without travelling”
“I should speak Spanish fluently after I come back from my trip…” does that sound familiar to you? People always believe that travel to another country would be helpful to learn that language. It only works when you are completely into daily practice, positive interaction with local people and highly motivated regardless of any culture shock and lack of confidence. We’ve known people keep staying in the hotel rooms, only eat restaurant food or McDonald and complaining about their bad experience of talking with local people in English. Therefore, if this strategy doesn’t apply for everyone, why spend such amount of money and time to travel overseas.
We are surrounded by free learning resources, Youtube, learning website, chatroom, radio stations, thousands of online drama and movies in a different language. Learning a song is also excellent choose for learning pronunciation.
“Never too old to learn” if you have a right way to approach it.