How to Learn a Second Language

Friday, 08 Apr 2011 04:38 PM

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Many wish to learn a second language. The goal may be to make yourself more marketable or it may be to allow conversation with the locals while traveling. As everyone has their own learning style, no two people will benefit from the same program. No matter which program you choose though, there are some things that will help in this quest. When you go to learn a second language, here is how to do it in a productive way:
 
Choose a program that matches your learning style. Some have to see the material in order to fully grasp it while others must hear the material in order for it to be processed. Find a program or class that takes this into consideration so the actual learning will be easier. If you are constantly struggling to process the material, you will get less out of the class and take much longer to pick up the essentials.
 
Once the program has been chosen, you are ready to begin. Learn each concept fully before moving forward. This will increase your understanding of the language and allow you to progress at a faster rate. Think back to elementary school. If you didn't master addition and subtraction before moving on to multiplication and division, you most likely struggled with math throughout school. Learn from this and master one area before moving on.
Don't focus on pronunciation and grammar until you are comfortable with the concepts. Pronunciation needs to be emphasized if you want to be understood by others. The sooner you learn pronunciation, the easier it will be. Habits are hard to break so don't fall into any bad ones early on. Grammar should also be held off until you know the vocabulary. Good grammar won't be helpful if you are using the wrong words as your audience will be unable to grasp what you are saying.
 
Search for someone to help with your learning. Although books, CDs, and other learning materials are helpful, the best way to learn a new language is to practice it with a native speaker. Depending on the language you are trying to learn, one may be difficult to find. Don't give up. The more practice you have, the better you will be able to speak, read, and write the language you are studying. A native can help you to correct any mistakes and he or she will help you to become familiar with the culture and other aspects you should be familiar with. Learning a second language is much easier when the above tips are used.
 

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