Would you like to learn a foreign language but get sweaty palms when you think of grammar and vocabulary?
The good news is that if can read this, you can have fun learning a foreign language.
It’s child’s play.
Have you ever heard a kid say, “Geesh, I wish I knew my grammar and vocabulary better, so I could feel confident asking for some candy.”?
Or does the kid just ask for the candy?
You will notice that the child doesn’t get self-conscious or hesitate if she isn’t understood.
Nor does she ever give up. She keeps trying until he gets her point across.
Children love to play. That is why they learn so fast. Everything is a game and they are totally involved.
Have you noticed how much more you remember and how much better you learn anything when you are having fun?
Be a child. There are so many advantages to being a child and most of them are great for learning. So here is what you need to do if you want to learn how to speak any foreign language with ease
• Be Playful. Play a game. Buy a basic phrase book or Pimsleur course of the language you wish to learn. Use your imagination to come up with situations where you would be super motivated to be able to tell someone something. Make it simple. Imagine you want a glass of water or to go to the bathroom. But make them ridiculous, so you have to laugh at the thought of ever telling another adult what you are doing.
• Be persistent. Keep at it. Never give up. Remember the child asking for the candy. Desire is the mother of achievement. Focus on what you want to communicate and what you want the response to be. Language is a means to an end, not the end itself.
• Relax. Be a kid in a candy store. Make learning a language a trip to Disney World. As they say in the movie Lion King, “Hakuna Matata. No worries.” Make learning a foreign language a safe haven, an escape. It you make it one, it will be one.
• Imitate Sounds Not Words. Don’t get hung up on sounding like a native speaker. Be a baby. Babies learn language by repeating the sounds and exaggerating.
• Name Everything. Never miss a chance to name every object that you can see in the room. Again it is a game, so don’t worry if you forget or have to repeat a number of times before the names start to stick. Carry a crib sheet with you wherever you go and write down anything you see that you don’t know, so you can look it up later.
• Get the gift of Gab. If you are alone, invent an imaginary partner and carry out detailed conversations. The more you use a language the more it flows. Most people are afraid to talk. Imagine that you are fluent and that you are easy to understand. If nothing else, your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation with greatly improve.
These are some of the techniques that you can use as an adult that work great for children and is why you are able to read this article.
This works for me — and I speak, English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese, so I know what I am talking about. No empty theory here.
So baby yourself and have a riot learning a foreign language.