Most language learning resources focus on the process of what YOU can do to learn a language.
But what I'm interested in is how a language is an organic, living, naturally occurring phenomenon, like rivers, trees, and humans, and what that has to do with efficient language learning, as well as what it has to do with the nature of life/God/the universe (as a bonus).
The mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci used a set of numbers (Fibonacci numbers) to describe how rabbit populations expand. The numbers are 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, ... (each number is the sum of the previous two numbers). This "golden" ratio also describes flowers, trees, rivers, seashells, galaxies, and the human face.
Language also grows this way in your mind -- particularly if you're a child. My goal is that it grow that way also in the mind of the adult.
The way it looks is that for every language you grew up speaking there are a number of situations you've experienced in...
1) MEANINGFUL: Ensure that it is the most meaningful to the client/student. Get to know your client/student, and the skills strengths and currently less strong areas. Build up both areas of skills and strategies in a positive manner.
2) ENJOYABLE: Allow learning to be enjoyable. It can be, even when preparing for a deadline or important examinations. Turn it into a game. Research shows that students, both kids and adults, learn faster and retain more if it is enjoyable. This can only happen if the tutor actually loves to learn and to see the student excel.
3) OWNERSHIP AND LEARNING PREFERENCES FOR FASTER COMPREHENSION: Provided the goals are being reached within the required time frame, allow the client/student to choose (or even create if the individual desires to) which preferred ways the client's goals can be reached. Ownership of the learning process, even if it is part ownership, enables clients to learn faster and to retain more. While not ignoring...
Learning a foreign language can be daunting, especially when you're a beginner and don't have the vocabulary to express yourself. Rote memorization works in the short term, but if that's how you're learning your vocabulary then your brain is more likely to forget the information later. I've studied a variety of foreign languages (though I'm not fluent in any of them (yet)): Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. In all my years of study, I've only found one method that allows me to really internalize the words: Context.
The only way to really learn a new word is to use it in its own context. I'm not saying that saying, "Es un perro" (That is a dog) once will allow you to internalize "perro" (dog). You will need to use that word in context multiple times. One of my cousins lived in Spain for ten years, and she needed to use a word in context twenty (20) times before she had it down. For me, it depends on the word. If it's something...
10 Tips to Advance Your Second-language Learning Process
Speaking a second language is a wonderful tool to have at your disposal. Not only is it fun and cool, but it opens doors to experience another culture in new, exciting and personal ways. And if you're working on speaking a language that others speak in your community, it can also open doors for you professionally. So, if you're itching for some tips to help advance your language learning process, have no fear…I'm here to share with you 10 of my trusty tips for how I learned to speak my second language! (How well do I speak it, you ask? Well, native Spanish speakers often think I’m a native Spanish speaker, just to give you some context.) These are all things that I did myself, so I’m confident in recommending them all to you! :) Let’s get started with some specific tips, and then move on to my more “philosophical” and general advice:
1. Watch television shows, movies and videos in your target language
For those working...
Learning German can be fun and does not have to be difficult. With an easy vocabular you can have fun going to the Octoberfest or getting around any town. Depending if you are left or right brain oriented I personally like to custom tylor each class to my clients. Everyone has different strength or weaknesses and it is to the teacher to find out each of those and give the client the very best experience in learning fast any language.
Are you interested in learning Spanish but need a more structured course to help you get started? I have a great beginning Spanish curriculum that is ideal for the school-age or adult learner. The focus of the curriculum is to learn the basics to actually communicate in the language. Lessons are fun and are infused with language and culture. Contact me for more information on the classes I offer and how I can cater to your individual learning needs.
Structure is necessary, it keeps things organized but unplanned topics can also present great learning opportunities. If the student is excited about something, we talk about it! There are always chances to learn new vocabulary words and even hit up some practice with grammar. After all, conversation is just that, going with the flow and seeing where things go. Be spontaneous amidst the structure.
Another aspect that is helpful and fun is to center lessons around my students. It's their life and their experience they'll want to share, so we work around that.
Kids games are fun even for adults! It's okay to play "Ispy" (Yo veo) when we are learning colors or talking about specific vocabulary. We even play scrabble for those who really want a challenge. It's a wonderful opportunity to see how many words you already know and learn new ones when I play words you don't recognize. Jeopardy is also another great game I like to include. If...
To make learning fun, I use tools that enable your memory to retain the learned information. I use the individuals most enjoyable activities, to teach with either flash cards, video, audio and personal favorits, such as hobbies and learn around those vocabularies. The interactive game comes in to play, when we use the verbs that go with this subjects, to fill in grammar, in self formed sentences.
Five major tips to making learning a foreign language fun:
1. Make it applicable to your life. Learn stuff that you think is important to you, things that you'll use the most often, and things that will stick.
2. Integrate the culture. Learning a language is more than just learning how to speak. You want to learn how to understand other people, and how they think.
3. Make it a part of your routine. Try to do something that you normally do in English in your target language, though you should keep it simple in the beginning. Read a short story in Italian, instead of a novel in English. Follow a recipe for a simple cake in French instead of a recipe for a cake with fondant decorations in English.
4. Get your friends in on the fun. Learning a language is undeniably a social activity. There's nothing more entertaining than trying to learn a language with your friends, and messing up while you do it...
Hello, my name is Miss Walker and I have been teaching and/or tutoring Spanish in one form or another since 1999. I have taught homeschooled, private schooled, and public schooled students grades K-12 as well as adults.
Are you serious about learning Spanish or any other foreign language? If so, the absolute best way to learn any additional language, after you have learned some basic grammar and vocabulary, is to be immersed in the language. By that I mean, surround yourself with nothing but speakers of the language you are trying to learn. Below are several suggestions to help you accomplish this.
1. TRAVEL TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY
The absolute best way to immerse yourself in a foreign language is to travel to a country where they speak the language as their native language. If you can actually live in the country, that is the ideal situation to aid you in gaining language fluency. While there, force yourself to not...