Whether you are an avid traveler who loves to get lost in unknown countries and cultures or a high flier professional who needs to handle clients from foreign countries, the knowledge of multiple languages always comes handy. In this article, we will give you few online and offline tools and strategies to help you get started with learning any foreign language the right way.
Take Help from Computer Software
‘Rosetta Stone’ has its pride in being the top language learning software in the whole world. It relies on “a natural method that teaches the new language directly, without translation”. The site is excellent for beginner language learners. For advance speaking, there are software like Tell Me More and others.
Learn the Basic 100 Words
In the book, ‘Using Your Memory’, Tony Buzan says that in any language, there are hundred words which comprise at least 50 percent of all the words speakers use in daily communication. If new foreign language learners can memorize these hundred words, the task becomes easier. Therefore, you can either buy his book or search online for hundred words in your target foreign language.
Focus on Business Words
Often we need the education of any foreign language is to establishing long term business relations with associates in foreign countries. Like business English, other languages are also primed to have words which are primarily used in the business or professional sphere. Therefore, if you are learning a foreign language for professional reasons, we recommend you to look for learning centers focused on teaching business oriented words for daily use.
Foreign language learning has become easier with the introduction of language apps. If you are using iPad or iPhone, make use of Pocket Language apps. These apps teach languages like Japanese, Chinese, German, French, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish and English. They teach vocabulary and pronunciation skills. You can even record your voice and compare it with the app language to match the style of the native speaker.
In simple words, Mnemonics is the art of linking images to words. For instance, a ‘carpet’ in English is known as ‘tapis’ in French language. So using the art of Mnemonics, you can imagine an oriental carpet with the image of a ‘tap’ woven in the middle. Take another example. ‘grumpy’ in English is known as ‘grognon’ in French so you can imagine a frustrated man ‘groaning’ with discomfort. Can you see the interlinking between ‘tapis’ – ‘tap’ and ‘grognon’ – ‘groaning’? This is known as Mnemonics and it is a very popular way to learn any new foreign language. It is also known as the Link Word technique and it is founded by Dr. Michael Gruenberg.
Use Online Communities
There are many online learning communities like LiveMocha.com wherein a new language learner is paired with an expert of that language. The expert takes on the role of a guide and mentor for the learner and helps him/her to learn it. Online communities use mediums like text, chat, video and audio to help learners master a language.
Total Immersion Technique
In this technique, there is no interference of the native language of the learner. Usually, a new language learner uses his/her native language to understand the foreign language by rules of collation and transliteration. But, in the total immersion technique, neither the trainer nor the learner uses the native language in any form. Communication takes place through the target language right from the beginning. The trainer uses gestures and pictures to illustrate and explain the target language.
If you have good memory and adaption skills, learning a new foreign language will become very easy.
This guest post is contributed by Diksha. She is a Social Media Specialist and part time blogger. She loves to write and exploring on higher education in India and abroad, jobs and career in different field . Currently she is working with StudyNation.com- leading educational portal for helping the students.