Taking classes is a usual thing to do if you want to learn something. However, it is not necessarily the best option if you want to learn a language. You get tons of assignments, never ending new word lists and so on. Also grammar and rules aren’t always easy or fun! More likely- it’s stressful and unnatural. So are you familiar with a situation, where you put all the time and effort and still don’t remember any of new words? Or you try hard to learn grammar over and over again, but still didn’t understand it or it’s not easy to apply it in real life? Or even if you you finally figured out how to use grammar, however your sentences seems stiff, boring and unnatural?
The main point is- there are alternative ways to study and these are more promising. Do not sit in boring classes, instead – experience them. Make it fun- make it count.
There is an important distinction between language learning and acquisition. According to some studies, the later happens through active experience, also while you keep in mind your motives and conceptualization of how the language can be used in the future. In other words- you have to actively indulge in the process and also to keep being motivated. However, your goal is not the learning process itself, your goal is the results! So keeping that in mind, we prepared an explanation on how to get these results in the best way possible to learn languages.
Learn like children.
Firstly, think about children. The age at which they start to use grammar and logically use their language is approximate five. However, it was never the case, that they had to listen to their mom explaining all the perks of grammar, pronunciation or irregular words conjugation etc.. Children would never sit still through. But all of us learned somehow and are fluent. How did that happen? In order to acquire the language the learner needs sources of natural communication, interesting and challenging environment. And language classes lack natural communication part and are usually boring. So what you need is to find the environment where you can use the language, where you can write and read what truly interests you and more importantly- where you can move at your own pace. It has to be self-initiative and interesting. Also, teachers in classes are usually seen as saviours at all kinds of situations. However, children don’t have their *savior* in terms of language learning. they learn by listening, speaking, absorbing all the surrounding information and experiencing it. They learn naturally and that’s the best way there is so far. If you want to get the results as fast as children- learn as children do.
Why you should not depend on a teacher while learning a language?
Think of it this way: even the best singer’s performances will be considered poor, if his songs are boring. Also fairly average singer with proper songs could be considered good and become successful. Makes sense? Same is with language classes. All the variables, like content, grammar and so on are significant, but the teacher- as a head of the class- is essential. If you choose a class and the teacher is using bad material, is not giving attention to everybody or as it was stated before- helps you too much- it’s not worth it. Your time might be wasted by trying to memorize long wordlists that are useless or by writing sentences you would never use in real situations just to learn the grammar. You might waste your time, money and get minimum results. The best way to acquire language is by participating in natural situations using it. You can never speak like a native if you learn from artificial situations in class.
If you want to sound like a native- speak with them!
When you reach the level of basic fluency (knowing words that everybody uses frequently) the best way to deepen it, is by speaking with natives. It could be very stressful for you. “What if I don’t understand what they are saying?”- you ask. Well, that’s the main point. They speak quickly, use slang, might mumble or their voice pitch can be unusually low or high and you won’t understand at first, but the longer you listen- the easier it’ll get and you yourself will be able to use these slang words. No classes can prepare you for that. Even if you are best in class, if you diligently studied all these words there will be a lot of unknown ones in the real world- and that’s where we live haha.
Micro and macro language learning environment.
Language learning environment could be divided into two main levels: macro and micro. Micro level environment includes everything what you have coutious impact with (mainly while speaking and listening): your friends, family, loved ones etc. Micro level also involves books we read and media we consume. All of the text above, were micro level studying aspects. However, macro environment is equally important. Studies show, that information, which comes with your surroundings, such as speaking passerby, commercial on the bus and random street signs is unconsciously adopted into your long-term memory and that information can be used anytime. The secret in fluency is combining both levels. However, if you don’t have a possibility to live in France for a year, but you really want to learn french fluently, there is another way to do it. And that is simply living the language. If you are able to create various situations, where you can actively use it- it will work out well. You have to live the language as natives do. All these shopping lists should be in french, thinking about your morning commute- french again, deciding what movie to watch- yes, in french. And that movie should be in french and with french subtitles too. You got the idea.
Learning a language in order to become fluent is 24/7 work. However it is not that difficult if you start learning correctly from the start. Don’t waste any time- do not attend classes, but better adopt this science proven methodology- you will be happy about it and see the results faster than you think. We hope this information helped you if you were struggling with a decision in between taking classes or learning in alternative ways.
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