Everyone has heard about the benefits to learning another language. Many of you are already on your second or third language.
If you’re like me, and you’d like a new language to learn, then it’s never too late to educate yourself regarding more techniques for language learning.
For instance, if you watched a particular show or movie or listened to a song over and over again, wouldn’t the very repetition solidify words or phrases that you may not have already thought about using? Shouldn’t it work regardless of what language you watched or listened in?
What about the idea of bringing yourself back to childhood whilst learning a new language? Learning a language as a child is the most ideal time, but if it’s too late is there anything that can actually be done?
Why can’t you take your inner child out and see if they can help? Bright colors, fun pictures, games, etc. These are things many of us remember fondly of elementary school. The best part? Not only do these techniques get children’s attention, but it helps with memory. Why should that be any different from now?
Most of all read! Read until your heart’s content. Reading helps the flow of grammar, the understanding of subjects and the ability to delve deeply into the writer’s mind.
Many will say speaking is the most important part of language learning, but every conversation and person has a different drive. If your best friend only speaks about geography how are you supposed to learn about the arts or sciences in that language? That’s where reading comes in.
Before you read, though, tap into your inner child, or watch “Im Juli” for the thousandth time, remember to set a goal for yourself and stop worrying. Be as low key as possible because stress is the key of memory lapse.
A connection between the stress hormone cortisol and short-term memory loss in rats was found by researches from University of Iowa.
Language learning should be fun, not a punishment. You won’t get anywhere with stress, or if you do it’ll lengthen the time that must be spent on that particular language. Nothing good comes from being forced, so have fun!