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Learning a new language:
Understanding the process

By Global Training GPOD

Learning a new language is often considered to be a daunting task. While we all have at one time or another dreamed about speaking multiple languages, we often lose interest quickly because there are so many new things to learn or we never actually start. For most of us, it usually boils down to us just losing our motivation or giving up way too soon.

For this month’s blog I have decided to scour the internet in search of some useful information and tips on how to learn a new language and not lose our minds in the process. The problem with using the internet though is that there is so much information out there and choosing the most appropriate becomes a challenge on its own. So, I have decided to sort the tips by the most common suggestions that pop up throughout most of the websites I searched. So, without further ado…let’s get this party started.

1. Set clear achievable goals from the start

It is really important to set goals that you can monitor your progress as well as achieve. Being overly ambitious is great, but setting too high or a difficult goal can be counterproductive and often kills motivation when not achieved.

2. Start with short useful phrases

I found a plethora of sites that recommend starting with the top 100 useful words in the language. Many books and courses often have you starting out with learning fun but not too useful vocabulary. Some examples are: rooms in a home, kitchen items or even animal names. While these are interesting, they are not going to help you when dealing with everyday language. Do some research about useful vocabulary or even look into what consists of the survival language and build your vocabulary list from there.

3. Good pronunciation goes a long way

Nothing is more frustrating than when you say something and the people look at you like you were dropped on your head too many times when you were a child. Speaking from experience one of my biggest pet peeves when using Japanese in the beginning was when I spoke to someone and due to my poor pronunciation, they looked at me with that what the %’#* did he just say? Then, go directly to my wife and talk with her. This drove me insane and often caused a lot of counterproductive movement in my language training. A lot of this can be avoided by focusing on the use of proper pronunciation. Take your time and listen to how the word is being said by a native speaker. If you don’t have a native speaker nearby, thanks to this amazing magical new technology called the “INTERNET” you can easily find the proper way to enunciate a word by doing a quick online search.

4. Don’t be a chicken…

Many of us are afraid or embarrassed to make mistakes. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make(no pun intended) when learning a new language. As humans, we learn from our experiences and often remember our mistakes. This often creates a clear marker in our brains so not to make that mistake again. Another important point is that when we are scared of making mistakes we tend to use the same “safe” language that we already know. By doing this, we are limiting our opportunities to increase our language range and overall fluency. In short, we are taking away valuable opportunities to expand our knowledge.

GDI will support you

I hope this blog gives you some encouragement and some useful tips to help you on your journey to learning a new language. As always, if you need any assistance, feel free to reach out to us here at GDI website. See you next time!!!!!!