New Language

Can you teach yourself a new language?

 

Once upon a time, the only way to learn a new language was by interacting with a person who could speak it, be it a teacher or your gardener. Learning took place in a one to one or one to many setting. But what if you don’t have a class that teaches Mongolian (or mandarin) nearby?

 With the advent of technology, these limitations are no longer applicable. You can now learn a new language from the comfort of your home and at your own pace. Just like any other skill, a new language can be learned.

 Over the last decade, many language training companies have perfected the art of delivering lessons via multiple modes. Apps like Dualingo have gamified the approach to language learning, making it more practical and easy to use.

 You can take a lesson whenever you are ready. There is no need to sit in a class or wait for a teacher. The app will show you how a word is written and even play you the audio so you know how it sounds. By using multiple methods of teaching, these apps are making it easy to pick up a second language.

Full immersion is the best way to learn any new language. But everyone cannot afford to spend that much time learning. The next best alternative is to watch movies, read books and play with flash card based games that introduce you to new words each day. Using self-paced learning tools and apps, you can slowly teach yourself a new language.

 You can break down language learning into sections like word recognition, pronunciation, grammar rules and sentence structuring. Each day focus on one category after reviewing your learning from the last lesson. Constantly dip back into previous lessons.

 Speaking in a language is probably the hardest activity for your brain. So don’t be surprised if you get a slight headache after your language learning session. It just means your brain is really getting a lot of new data to process.

 Using these techniques and tools, and by being a bit disciplined with your approach, you can easily learn a new language on your own. After your learning session, give your brain enough downtime to assimilate the material. Once in a while, watch a movie in the language you have chosen to learn. See how much of it you can understand without subtitles. The more you pay attention, the faster you learn.

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