Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How to Learn a Foreign Language?

Have become "dumb" in overseas? Can't speak or understand local language? Don't worry. Just go through the following tips and I'm sure your disappointment will soon be away.

1) Always spend some time in the public gatherings: in the crowded market, in the bus stand, in the local church, etc. You’ll hear all sorts of speaking. All of them are quite necessary for you. You’ll get an instant lesson. You’ll learn the frequently used words and expressions about how to call others, how to address others, how to use angry words and how to use some local words even if those are colloquial.

2) You’ve to know the names of the daily commodities. I mean you need to buy vegetables, fish, cloths and household accessories. But how to make them understand? Go to local market with a note book. Mark the particular thing, get the local name, and note it down. Write minimum twenty words a day. You’ll learn a lot in a couple of days.

3) Note the words of daily use like: Good morning, Good afternoon, Thank you, Welcome, How are you?, I’m fine, etc. (in local language).That’s are quite easy to memorize and practice. Use them right and left with whomever you happen to meet. You’ll also receive the instant reply from others. You’re going to be a native speaker shortly.

4) Try to manage a local man or woman as your friend. Mix with him or her, speak, laugh, gossip (rightly or wrongly). You may be mistaken in using words; no problem; use your hands or head to indicate your thoughts. Interestingly, you’ll learn to speak, to communicate informally. Go with him or her to bar, to park, to market. Necessarily or unnecessarily try to exchange your ideas; your learning will go on.

5) In leisure, keep a kid with you with whom you may spend the moments. You’ll learn rapidly. This kid can teach you the easiest words and daily experience more conveniently. You’ll find it funny to learn. Thus, you can make fun and learn. Don’t forget to note the new words down.

6) Always try to attend public meetings, church, sermon, etc. You’ll find various people exchanging their views. Follow their speech; write the words you understand clearly. Sit in the first row. Try to exchange your view. You’ll learn some new and different words.

7) Live in a semi-urban area. People are careless in speaking with a foreigner in rural areas. They never speak anything artificial. You can learn the colloquial words from them. Mix with the local family with people of all ages. They’re your whole-day teachers. You’ll learn unexpectedly and incidentally. You’ll have the opportunity of making situational talks and this is absolutely free of cost.

8) If you wish to learn with accuracy, visit any local language school. They’ll be happy to teach you their own language. On the first day you’ll learn some words including welcome notes. You may follow the syllabus. Thus, your writing capacity will increase. Most important fact is that you need to practice with the teachers.

9) Buy the daily newspapers, read the headlines, see the pictures. Try to make out the meaning. Note down the common words. While walking along the road or visiting a market place or a busy area, take time to watch the signboards. You’ll find it interesting to read the signs. You’re bound to learn the written words.

10) Throw off your shyness. Go on speaking. Don’t care about the accuracy. Pretend as if you understand everything. If you don’t understand anything, request the speaker to repeat. If anybody laughs at your mistakes or mispronunciation, share the laugh. Most important of all, you need to listen and to speak carefully without being passive learner. Be active & confident, and you’ll become a native speaker quite unconsciously.