Top 5 Language Learning Tips

Below we have listed our top 5 tips to help you in your Language studies…

Pronunciation- It is vital that you take the time to listen to and learn the pronunciation of the language right from the start. If you get this part of the process correct from the beginning it will make the whole process much easier for you.

Study -Study for 30 minutes per day in your spare time. Studying for any longer than this can be detrimental due to fatigue and individual attention spans. Mastering small amounts of information before moving on is much more beneficial that trying to do too much at once.

Read -Regularly reading Course books, Magazines, Graded reading material, Newspapers and advertising literature in your spare time will give you an excellent grasp of both the language and the culture of the country or countries in which it is natively spoken.

Listen – Listening to your favourite music, watching videos / films and terrestrial TV programmes that are spoken or sung  is a great way of learning the language.

Write -Writing one essay per week in your spare time and having it corrected by a native speaker is one of the very best ways to rapidly perfect your language skills.

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Here in Thailand, we really give a sh*t

Westerners may turn up their noses at the mention of bodily functions but that’s not the case in the Kingdom where faecal phrases are a key part of the language

With five minutes to go before the meeting, I need to make sure Natthapon has all the required documents. But Natthapon is nowhere to be found. A cigarette break no doubt.

“Where’s Khun Natthapon?” I ask his co-worker, an attractive young lady by the name of Ploy.

Ploy looks up from her desk and points stage left.

“He gone to sh*t in the toilet,” she announces blank-faced, then returns to whatever is occupying her attention on the PC screen.

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How to REALLY Learn a Foreign Language

You take the classes and do all your homework. You might even be able to have real conversations now. Congratulations.

But to get past that intermediate level, and really own a language, you’re going to have to dive a little deeper. The experience will be so rewarding – I promise! You will look at the world differently and find new ways of expressing yourself that just aren’t possible when you’re limited to one language.

Languages are so beautiful, and they all have words/expressions that lose a lot of meaning when translated. For example, in French you don’t say “I miss you,” you say “You are missing from me” Tu me manques. It’s almost as if telling the person that they are a part of you. When they leave, a part of you does too. You see how much more romantic that is?

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Bobbin

I remember a friend of mine, an American who lived in Rome, starting to study German. His Italian was impeccable, but for some reason he wanted to go to Berlin to study Russian. So first he needed German. He found an old novel without a cover in a second-hand bookshop and started to work his way through it with an Italian-German dictionary a page at a time, listing words and their translations and committing the lists to memory.

I looked at one list and it contained a variety of improbable items – lens, coal, enticing, spuriously, bobbin.

Bobbins

Bobbins

I said to my friend, why would you need to know a word like ’bobbin’? And he replied with a shrug, languages are pretty big. It doesn’t really matter where you start. You just have to pick a corner and go.

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Thai Pronunciation

These videos are a good basic rundown on how to pronounce some of the Thai sounds, also you may learn a few new words.

01 My Thailanguage School – Study Thai verb to… by MyThailanguageSchool
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Language Learning: Start With What You Love

So I’m learning languages, with my toddler, but as we visit each country then eventually leave, I’m realizing: right, I have to keep studying these languages… forever.

That’s the thing. If you don’t use it, language slips away faster than New Year’s resolutions. It’s a never ending battle. You have to be constantly persistent! It’s — hey wait, a second.

That’s a really negative way of looking at it, no?

Anyway that was me before. I had a really bad internalized attitude about language learning. Whether I picked that up from growing up in a monolingual culture or because the deeper I go, the greater the challenges (and sometimes the frustrations) — it occurred to me in the past year that my conversation with myself about studying languages was all wrong. I don’t “have to keep studying these languages forever”. I get to study them. In fact, I decided to stop using the word “study” which had become so tied up with guilt and obligation that it wasn’t the joyful, amazing, interesting thing that had drawn me to want to learn language in the first place.

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Why Should You Learn Chinese?

My first answer is maybe you shouldn’t learn Mandarin. Chinese is not the easiest language to learn. Basic Chinese grammar is easy but Chinese has tones and these are difficult for some people. Reading and writing aren’t really difficult, but there is a lot of memorization involved. When it comes down to it, learning Chinese is a lot of work. I may be missing something, but I can only really think of four reasons to study Chinese.

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Learn To Read Chinese In Eight Minutes

To a non-Chinese speaker (like me), and especially to a Westerner (like me), Chinese is the most impenetrable family of languages on Earth. While there may be only an eighth as many syllables as in English, the tonal variations for each syllable in Standard Chinese impute vastly different meanings. The word “ma” can mean linen, horse, mother or scold, depending on how your tone rises or falls.

So what are you supposed to do if you’re interested in diving into the culture and language spoken by 15% of the world’s population? You could start by learning to read Chinese first–a more attainable goal. But how? There are some 10,000 Chinese characters in common use. Basic literacy, according to the Chinese government, starts at two thousand characters. A solid grasp of a daily Beijing newspaper requires knowing around three thousand. An erudite Chinese reader should recognize five to seven thousand characters.

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Language Learning – The Various Methods

Bahrain - Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al-Fateh Fort

There are many ways in which a new language can be learnt. So, if one is talking about an adult who wishes to learn a new language, then he or she has the option of choosing a method which makes it extremely easy for him to learn the language he has in mind. More often than not, people would love to learn a new language due to many reasons such as:

  • Impending foreign travel
  • Personal interest
  • Pursuit of educational degrees which call for better understanding of a particular country’s culture and
  • Even as a hobby

Regardless of the reason why you would like to learn a new language, here are a few methods that you can explore.

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How to pronounce foreign languages

Even if you can’t master a native accent, the key is to be clear and comprehensible. Anne Merritt offers five top tips.

The tongue, lips, teeth and breath all contribute to the way a sound comes out of the mouth. The tongue, lips, teeth and breath all contribute to the way a sound comes out of the mouth.

Many language learners will work tirelessly on their pronunciation skills, spending long hours (and sometimes large sums of money) in hopes of attaining that clear and perfect native accent.

In this teacher’s opinion, it’s a goal that sets you up for failure.

First off, it’s incredibly hard to imitate a flawless accent, especially as adult learners. Moreover, it’s not essential. Instead of trying to pass as a native speaker, language learners should instead focus on honing their pronunciation so that it’s clear and easy to understand. It’s a far more attainable goal, and one that can be reached with the following tips:

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Worldwide Spanish Use Increasing

Within three or four generations, about 10 percent of the world’s population will understand Spanish, according to the most recent annual report from the Cervantes Institute on the state of the Spanish language.

The institute, which publishes the report known as El español en el mundo (Spanish in the World), also says that if current trends continue, by 2050 the United States will have the largest Spanish-speaking population of any country thanks mostly to a relatively high birth rate among U.S. Hispanics. However, the report doesn’t make an attempt to assess the likelihood that those trends will change, as could come about, for example, if birth rates were to drop or Latin America were to become stronger economically.

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Learning languages of region is critical for Thais

Experts warn if Thais don’t prepare their communication skills now, they’ll struggle when the AEC takes off

Learn the languages of our neighbouring countries today or be losers tomorrow. This is not an overstatement given that the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is going to create one economic community for citizens from 10 countries.

Although some Thais living along the borders can use their neighbours’ languages, this is not enough to brace for human and business flows in the region, which will bring changes to Thailand and build strong relationships with people from other Asean nations.

Educators whose task is to help students and other Thai people enhance their foreign language skills urged Thais to start learning their neighbours’ languages along with improving their English now, otherwise they would probably find themselves late.
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6 tips for language learning acquisition!

“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules”.

Anthony Trollope

The fans and users of the World Word Exchange avail of our plentiful resources for many reasons. Whether you are super passionate about a particular language, have an interest in specific parts of the world to where they want to travel or want to take up a new language as a hobby; the aim is the same: to be able to speak a language to the best of their ability. We supply the tools while the rest is up to you.

So, language learners. How do you build your  language skills to the best of your abilities? And how do you keep everything in your head once the information is there?

We’ve compiled some tips which will support you on your wonderful adventure and render your language skills even stronger than they already are.

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10 Tips For Learning A Foreign Language

I’ve always enjoyed Italian opera and their cuisine as well as culture Dante Alighieri to Umberto Eco which caused me to create this article on 10 tips for learning a foreign language.  This is why I decided to sit down and learn a new language. I made many mistakes, but I also got some very useful tips on learning a new language that I would like to share with you. These tips can be applied to most western languages. So here they are.

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Being Bilingual Can Make You Smarter

learning-spanishThere is a way you may avoid dementia, strengthen your cognitive skills, and heighten your intelligence. All you have to do was learn Spanish or another language.

 

If you’re like most you would love to be able to speak a second language.  But then, you recall your experience in high school foreign language – boring rote memorization and long hours with little progress – and perhaps it doesn’t sound so good any more.

 

Most people recognize the many benefits of learning a foreign language:  You can travel to foreign countries and feel comfortable, be a more productive and enticing employee in today’s competitive job market, and immerse yourself in the vast cultures that surround you.

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What is language?

Daniel Everett recently gave a talk on his language-as-a-cultural-tool idea at our UC Irvine Center for Language Science.  (Here‘s a decent review of his recent book.)  It was an entertaining talk but misses the point, in my view, regarding what language really is.

Today I’m reading a very nice review paper by Agnes Roby-Brami and colleagues on the relation between language and praxis (suggested by a sage reviewer of a submitted paper of mine).  It’s worth a look.  Very informative and scholarly, but that’s not what I want to talk about here.  Instead I want to focus on their definition of language:

Language refers to a system of signs (indices, icons, symbols) used to encode and decode information so that the pairing of a specific sign with an intended meaning is established through social conventions.

This definition is exactly the kind of conception about language that lends itself to Everettesque monologues about language as culture.  Yes, yes culture is reflected through language, but it doesn’t mean that language IS culture.
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Fun activities can boost language learning: study

Playing simple games using words and pictures can help people to learn a new language with greater ease, according to a new study.

Researchers from The University of Nottingham found that using fun, informal ways of learning not only helped complete novices to acquire a new language but also made more traditional methods of language learning more effective.

“The results of this study have implications not only for language learning and teaching, but also for anyone interested in improving their knowledge of a foreign language,” said researcher Marie-Josee Bisson of the University’s School of Psychology, who led the study along with Drs Walter van Heuven, Kathy Conklin and Richard Tunney.

“They show that informal exposure can play an important role in foreign language word learning. Through informal exposure, learning can occur without intention, in a more effortless manner,” Bisson said.
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Pensioner Jeffrey is minding his language

NOT content with being able to speak three languages already, pensioner Jeffrey Riggs has set out to learn another SIX tongues.

The 68-year-old Plymothian – who already speaks French and German as well as his native English – is now learning Polish, Thai, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Japanese. And before the end of the month he will have his first lesson in Mandarin Chinese.

Jeffrey Riggs is learning Polish, Thai, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Japanese. Before the end of the month he will have his first lesson in Mandarin

Jeffrey Riggs is learning Polish, Thai, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Japanese. Before the end of the month he will have his first lesson in Mandarin

He said: “Most people ask me if my mind gets clogged up learning all those languages at the same time, but I find it to be quite the opposite.

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Learn Chinese with television

Sometimes students who are learning mandarin are confused about learning with television. Television is great for learning Chinese. The pictures make it easier to understand than radio and because you can see who’s talking, you get a better idea of what people mean. The biggest secret is just watch their “body language”!

Watch programs that you find enjoyable – whatever you watch will help you to improve your Chinese.

Here’s a guide to learning as much as possible while watching Chinese television:

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New York teen learns 20 foreign languages in just four years!

Timothy Doner from the Lower East Side of Manhattan tells the Daily News about his linguistic journey from general language-learning malaise to becoming a polyglot with an arsenal of about 20 foreign languages. He shares what he thinks of language education in the U.S. today, the perks of being multilingual and what he might do with his remarkable ability.

American Polyglot Practicing 20 Languages

Most teens stuggle to master a few sentences in Hebrew for their bar mitzvahs.

Not Timothy Doner, now 17. He began studying Hebrew — and then taught himself about 19 more languages in the four years that followed.

Doner is what is known as a polyglot — someone who speaks many different languages. While this is common in many parts of the world it is extremelty rare in the U.S. where most people speak one language, or two at most.

His uncanny ability with language led him to produce YouTube videos about his experiences and these have garnered a huge fan base in the past year.

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Songkran song

During Songkran festival in Thailand, this song called รำวงวันสงกรานต์ Ram Wong Wan Songkran is played everywhere. In case you would like to sing along, here are the lyrics.

วันนี้เป็นวันสงกรานต์

wan-níi bpen wan sŏng-graan

Today is Songkran day

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Learn Chinese lessons for kids online

China is no longer an emerging country but is now the fastest growing and soon to become the biggest and most important economic force in the world. So smart kids learn Mandarin Chinese. In this age where being competitive is regarded as an indispensable quality, being able to speak Chinese is going to be a great asset.

Now is a good time to ensure that your small children start learning Mandarin. The best time to learn any language is as early as possible. Although it is hard for parents to imagine teaching their kids Chinese lessons at such an early age, it is a very logical decision as the earlier they start the better.

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Why should you learn Chinese?

learn-ChineseChina is a country that is emerging as one of the strongest global economy in the last two decade and is the world’s biggest holder of foreign exchange reserves with the reserves touching $3.0447 trillion US in March 2011. Many countries around the world are interested in business with China and are actively involved in learning Chinese language to understand and enhance the business opportunities.

Napoleon Bonaparte said that  “China is the sleeping giant. Let her lie and sleep for when she awakens she will tremble the world”.

Nearly two century after the visionary statement of the legend, China’s dormant economy emerged so drastically that economic power that country holds now directly affects and facilitates the pace of global market.

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Are You Learning Foreign Language The Wrong Way?

About the Author: Joyce Del Rosario is a career and education blogger and she is a part of the team behind Open Colleges and InformED, one of Australia’s leading providers of Open Learning and online accredited distance education.

Most people would agree that there’s no one right way to learn a foreign language. We’re all different, and as such, we tend to learn in different ways. Some of us are visual learners; others are auditory learners, while others are “do-ers” and learn best by carrying out a physical activity.

That said, there certainly are “wrong” or at least largely ineffective methods of learning. Popular advice tells us that we learn a language by hard study and memorization, as well as forcing ourselves to speak, whether or not we have a perfect grasp of the grammar and vocabulary.

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free advanced Spanish lessons online

Try these Spanish learning resources -

1-Massachusetts Institution of Technologies – MIT offers over 1,900 totally free courses for on the language learners. which include Spanish lessons. Course offerings contain  oral communication and sophisticated Spanish communication.

2- 123TeachMe – Its free and offers basic and also conversational school which covers terminology, grammar and conversational Spanish. 123TeachMe has resources only with regard to kids, which includes video games and quizzes.

3- Discover Spanish – Free podcast Spanish lessons.

4- Insta Spanish – Has free Spanish podcast lessons suitable for all levels of students. On the site you can also find Spanish talking pen pals, a good e-learning newsletter and also a forum.

5- Learn Spanish Online – Learn Spanish Online offers 903 totally free pages of Spanish grammar and audio files. Language learners will find all they will need–from accents through to grammer.

6- BBC – The BBC offers a large database of info with regards to learning Spanish. Students will find courses, speaking info and fast solutions.

7- Radio Lingual Institution – The Radio Lingual Network has two totally free study podcasts for students to build their own Spanish speaking confidence.

8- Study Spanish – This teaching website offers free seminars for  learning  Spanish. The seminars consist of pronunciation, grammar, terminology, verbs, idioms and more.

9- Vocabulix – Vocabulix offers over 90 terminology lessons for developing your Spanish skills. Users  will also access verb drills and also verb conjugation tables.

10- Babbel – Has a fun virtual school for studying Spanish, English, German, Italian and French. It has excellent virtual courses and  grammatical exercises.

11- WorldWordExchange – There’s quite a lot  free stuff here if you sign up and hunt around, and the people that run it are very nice so try asking them for some extra free lessons if you like it.

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