Hello Guys and Gals!
Get a cuppa and a snack.. this is a long one..
This post I hope will be useful to those who are learning a new language at school or in your own time. I also hope that it will be helpful for those who want to learn a new language but doesn’t want to pay loads of money for a language course.
Okay guys, this is a little note to all those Brits out there. We are lazy at learning languages and it needs to stop. When I was in secondary school I didn’t see the point in learning a new language and I wasn’t motivated. I didn’t see how it was going to benefit me.
However, since then I have lived for a year in Spain and have been traveling a lot of France so a second language would of made my life so much easier.
*STOP THE STEREOTYPE*
Why is it important?
Communication – communication is key and developing your communication skills only make you a better person.
Employability – having more than one language on your CV opens up many more exciting opportunities in the work force. Employers love having staff members who are bilingual.
It takes time!
Its frustrating AS F***. Trust me. I know. But it is worth it so try not to be discouraged. I’m dyslexic and it’s especially hard for me but you have to find a way to learn that works for you.
Some people spend years learning languages. It doesn’t happen over night and it takes time!
Know your apps – Here are my favourite 3 apps
Duolingo – Free
This app is amazing and offers loads of different languages. It allows you to learn in a fun, visual way and does get quite addictive.
Hello Talk – Free
You can have actual real conversations with people from different countries in a kind of whatapp chat.
*Do be careful though with who you talk to and what information you give out*
Memrise – Free
This free app lets you learn a language by using a range of tools and playing games. Its really fun and there is loads of languages to choose from.
Stationary and visual imagery
Get a new book and some coloured pens! This has really helped me write everything down that I have learnt. I can also take the book anywhere and revise in my spare time.
Label objects or put phrases/words around your room this way you constantly see them and/or start to associate the object with its word.
A couple of tips
1- If you’re at uni join language exchange society or any language society. Mine was for £3 for the whole year.
2- Make friends with international students or people from another countries. You can even get in touch with bloggers from other countries. I am in two blogger chats who are currently learning french and Spanish.
3- Familiarise your self with media in the language that you want to learn. For Example; music, podcast, tv shows, films and books.
*For podcasts, I use Coffee Break French. They have loads of different languages to choose from, just type in Coffee Break into Spotify or Itunes and brows all the languages that they have to offer*
4- Be confident. I get so worried about speaking a different language to people from that country just incase I say something wrong but I’m not helping myself. Confidence is key.. And I need to personally work on that.
5- Don’t give up!
I hope this helps and motivates some of you to learn a new language. I know that right now.. It might not seem important to learn a new language however, you don’t know what’s going to happen in your future so you might as well be prepared.
Please let me know in the comments what language you are learning or want to learn.
Speak Soon, DarcyFern x