Learn a new lan­guage

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

It might sound like an im­pos­si­ble task, but ac­cord­ing to lan­guage ex­perts, you can learn com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills in weeks and mas­ter the ba­sics of a for­eign lan­guage in just a few months. While you might not reach the flu­ency that al­lows you to un­der­stand great for­eign lit­er­a­ture clas­sics, you can still quickly mas­ter con­ver­sa­tional skills that will meet most peo­ple’s needs for work or tourism.

It’s been proven that the fastest way to learn a new lan­guage is to just im­merse your­self com­pletely in the cul­ture. But if you can’t take a few months off to go live over­seas there are some other op­tions that will help. Con­sume as much me­dia in your cho­sen lan­guage as you can: read for­eign lan­guage books and watch for­eign lan­guage TV shows with­out the sub­ti­tles on. If you’re just start­ing out, read il­lus­trated chil­dren’s books or watch fa­mil­iar films so you know what’s go­ing on.

One of the best ways to im­prove your skills is to reg­u­larly con­verse with na­tive speak­ers - with­out re­sort­ing to English when you have trou­ble com­mu­ni­cat­ing. If you’re hav­ing trou­ble find­ing peo­ple that speak your lan­guage lo­cally, check out italki.com, a lan­guage so­cial net­work that con­nects na­tive speak­ers and teach­ers with stu­dents.

Your smart­phone can help too. Lan­guage apps like Duolingo, which uses a game-style sys­tem where users re­ceive ex­pe­ri­ence points for ev­ery cor­rect an­swer, can make lan­guage learn­ing more ac­ces­si­ble and fun. Other use­ful apps in­clude AnkiApp, which uses a more tra­di­tional flash-based mem­o­riza­tion tech­nique, and Babbel, which fo­cuses more on recog­ni­tion and rep­e­ti­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.