3 Things To Consider When Learning A Language

Learning a language can be very exciting. It has the power to help you see the world that is barred by languages that are non-native you people. Today, more and more people are interested in learning a new language. But most people forget to truly think about the process before starting.

Therefore, this article is here to help you by sharing some of the things you should consider when learning a language.

1.  When will you use the language?

If you learn a language, then you should use what you have learned or else you will forget it. Therefore, the most important step is to make a list of the situations where you could see yourself using the language.

For example, if you are a person interested in travelling then topics related to travelling will be important. You will need to learn how to greet someone, ask for directions, the order in a restaurant, and so forth.

After these situation topics have been recognized, the type of language needed to accomplish this should be identified. These include directional phrases, polite language, greetings etc.

2. Identify communicative goals

The main purpose of a language is to communicate. Therefore, while learning a language you should try to relate your language skills to actual language functions. These include shopping from the grocery store, understanding the main points from the news, or even making an appointment via the telephone.

Communicative goals highlight not only the written form of the language but also the spoken form of the language. The spoken form focuses less on grammar and more on speaking and acquiring the daily communicative skills often present in face-to-face interaction.

For example, you could set a goal with a target to learn the words of all the food items you normally purchase from the store. The more concrete and specific you are with the vocabulary, the easier you will find it to be when you navigate through the store. Also, it comes in handy if you need to ask a worker where you can’t find an item.

3. Create small goals and big goals

As you set goals, you will become more conscious of your own strengths and even your own weaknesses. Moreover, your approach to learning will become more reflective.

When you create small goals, it allows you to focus on the shorter steps you need to take in order to reach the bigger goal. For learning a language these small goals can be classified by the proficiency levels such as basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.

While the ultimate goal may be to pass an exam or to become fluent in the language, starting with the basics is the only way to move forward. Therefore, allowing yourself to recognize the power of small goals will be a rewarding and motivating experience. Moreover, you can even consider small goals to be mini victories after success.

Just remember, most people who have succeeded in their life are those who have set goals for themselves and targets that help them to keep going.

Persistence is key

When learning a language, the pace varies for each individual. In fact, some people learn a lot faster than others. But persistence will always bring rewards.

Using these tips should help you to keep up your motivation. While you can gain a lot of language ability in a few days, weeks, or months of study, without a properly thought-out plan you may not reach the end goal.

So, remember to focus on your personal goals, challenge yourself and create the opportunity for mini victories along the way.

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