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Posted on: February 3rd, 2017 | 0 Comments
When learning a new language, it is important to remember that it doesn’t exist on its own: every language has many aspects that can be used to understand it and the culture it comes from. But after you learn the basics, it can be hard to know where to go. This is especially true for people who are so used to only seeing the world through one cultural framework. With the help of Access 2 Interpreters, here are six methods that can help you embrace a different culture by learning a new language.
Embrace the Language’s Popular Culture
An easy way to understand a culture’s values and gain exposure to a new language is to immerse oneself in its pop culture. This is as simple as watching movies and television shows from the country whose language you are studying, listening to music from that country, and reading books or magazines in the new language. These are great and simple ways to gain exposure to a new language.
Listen To The Language Being Spoken
Besides just helping you gain exposure, watching movies and TV from that country also lets you hear native speakers of that language. Every language sounds different, and it is important to see how words and letters are pronounced in order to speak correctly in that language. This brings us to subtitles: it’s tempting when watching a movie or show in another language to read along with subtitles in your own. Instead of using subtitles in your native language, set them to the language you are trying to learn to help learn pronunciation.
As for learning vocabulary words, this as easy as posting sticky-notes around your house on everyday items with its translation into the new language. This is perfect for learning everyday words such as door, telephone, and computer.
Talk To Yourself
Don’t feel like you have to always have a partner to practice with. It might be strange at first, but talking out loud to yourself is a great way to practice and hear yourself speaking the new language. These self-dialogues can be anything from just narrating what you’re doing, or having an imaginary conversation with someone. Speaking practice is incredibly important in helping you learn to communicate effectively in that language when you do speak it to someone else, or even a native speaker.
There are many online resources from mobile applications to websites, which can help you develop language skills. But it can also be as simple as changing the settings on your phone and computer. As stated earlier, exposure is key to learning a new language, so setting your phone or computer to that language is great because these are items that many people extensively use every day.
Yes, you read that correctly, mistakes are an important and necessary part of learning any new skill. This is not different for a new language, so don’t fret if you can’t remember a vocabulary word or use an incorrect tense because it’s perfectly normal. Remember that you are learning this language for the first time, so you won’t be automatically fluent.