Today, there are several ways to customize the learning of languages, considering motivations, preferences and of course, time
From an early age, perhaps the three or four years, I keep with me the memory of my mother, a French teacher, talking to a strange-looking ladies, very pale, clear eyes, a strange language. To be aware that it was the French, he had assimilated a number of words and phrases for socializing and a bit of interest.
Then, still in the primary came the first English classes in high school. At home there were several resources to practice the language, heritage my brother two years older. Comic books, children’s books, cartoons, which devoured like candy my grandmother. Thus, the classes began to have an uncomfortable pace and my distraction become routine. Were enough English classes to start my imagination float and hours lengthen as a slow and endless centipede. As the teacher repeated explanations or perpetuated relatively easy lessons, I did the homework of other materials, to take time to play after school.
In an article in the British Newspaper The Guardian, several young people responded to the question ‘What would motivate you to learn a language. ” is no surprise to me that the vast majority have chosen interactive and practical reasons, such as exchanges, conversations with native speakers, watch movies in other languages and learn through games and applications.
Years would pass before I understood that language learning had become a passion. The classroom is a distant memory and the passage of time absorbed a number of habits to practice foreign languages beyond the confines of four walls, which in addition to more fun and interesting, helped me to speak 3 languages fluent level (Portuguese, English and Spanish), another advanced level (German) and understand relatively well over two (French and Italian). Here are some of my tips for those interested in languages and new ways of learning.
- Take every opportunity as if it were the only
A topic always in vogue to achieve fluency is living abroad. Undoubtedly have frequent contact with the language can accelerate mastery of the language, but then why do some people learn faster than others? The answer is simple: in addition to natural fitness, commitment and practice. To come and live in Germany, something that always bothered me was the sudden change from German to English. It was common to ask something in their language and listen for a response in English in counterpoint. My German was not beyond the intermediate-low, but it hardly mattered. The more they responded in English, but I insisted on German, regardless of all possible errors that I commit. It was almost a game, who got tired first! The result is that after almost a year, when I decided to attend a course, I entered the B1 level, the third level by the Common European Framework Reference for Languages.
- Talk with natives for a few hours may be better to study months in a school.
The ideal time to practice their language skills often when you are absolutely relaxed, or in an informal situation. When I was doing Masters in London, two discoveries have left me stunned. The first was how much my English flowed accompanied by wine dinners. Or simply fun people who made me feel at ease. I noticed that the fear of making mistakes lurked in the depths of my mind and often inhibited me. To overcome this, I relaxed and started to pay more attention to others than me. The second was that when passing to copy their expressions and how to pronounce the words, my accent improved, was very light. My vocabulary has also increased considerably and then turned the game and started to observe my grammatical errors often compared to the way the natives spoke. I realized that not only learned more as well as more fixed the new words and expressions. It was a process of observation of others and self-observation. All while now.
- Time to learn or have fun? How about both?
Replace the film voiced by with legend. Watch movies and series twice, the first in the Portuguese version, the second in the original version. Read letters and listen to music without looking after. A foreign word a day sent to your girlfriend or your boyfriend. Travel or attend events with international themes. Read stories to children in a foreign language, or the original of your favorite poems. Have you ever wondered how the poems of Charles Baudelaire sound in French? What is the true style of Charles Bukowski in English? Or do you have another favorite Charles? Or Henry? Whatever their idols or favorite pastimes, involving them in language learning potentiates memory. You will be amazed at the amount of new words that will slip your tongue when you need to use them.
- Travel as much as possible
Traveling to other countries is an unforgettable experience, both in terms of cultural absorption as personal growth. Confront your worldview and customs with absolutely different people, enriches and transforms. But do not forget that your holiday can gain an even more local connotation if you try to speak a few words in the language of the country. And may be even more fun.
On my first trip to Italy, I tried to learn some words to address the people. I bought a phrase book and every day sought to read the vocabulary of a situation, how to order at the restaurant. The result is that when he was in Rome, in the early days got tips from locals on what to do beyond what is found in the tourist guides. I also discovered that the Italians understand Spanish better than English and reward your effort to say a few words in Italian quite receptively.
- Take control of your learning
There is only one way to learn. Each person is best suited to different methods, times and situations. What are your favorites? Have you ever asked this question before? Remember that there is nothing better than learning having fun and maybe try something completely different to surprise you positively. Your girlfriend takes too long to get ready? Her boyfriend, friend, colleague, never shows up on time? Ten minutes a day is already enough to study. What matters is to follow your own pace and keep the frequency. Every opportunity account. Then learn in the park, at grandma’s house, waiting for the doctor’s time. Put the headphones on the way to work, or join a friend who is in the same process for a chat, like the protagonists of our video.