How to learn a language.

@urbandekay (18314)
June 3, 2007 10:29am CST
To speak a language is to be master of a technique. But I find it very hard to learn a foreign language, any one have any tips for learning I would be most grateful. all the best urban
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• United States
3 Jun 07
I found that the best way to learn a foreign language is to learn with someone; there are two ways to do this: visit the country which speaks the language you want to learn (you did say you want to visit a few places, right?)thus, you will learn along with the locals or join a class - again, in the class you must try and speak as much as possible without worrying about making mistakes. I found it is really hard to learn alone along with tapes/DVDs. Hope this helps - PS - By the way, what language are you trying to learn? (I won;t be surprized if you say latin, that is if you don't know it already)
@urbandekay (18314)
3 Jun 07
No, I know very little Latin, I am trying to learn Kiswahili, there is something very beautiful about this language. I have a cd which helps, it even analyses your pronunciation. all the best urban
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• United States
3 Jun 07
Kiswahili is also known as swahili and is spoken in Africa, right?? Well, in that case I guess getting there is a bit out of the way but you could take an intercative course on the internet, which will help you a great deal with the pronunciation.
@urbandekay (18314)
4 Jun 07
Spoken in East Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda mainly. I picked up a bit when staying there. Just like the sound of it and feels to me as if it is spoken with a relaxed mouth and in the back of the mouth like English. I don't know if Linguistic experts would agree with that, about either language, but that is how it feels to me. If it helps to make it clear German and Arabic feel like they are spoken in the throat and Eastern European languages feel like they are spoken in the front of the mouth with a tight hard mouth. all the best urban
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• United States
3 Jun 07
I am trying to learn Spanish myself. A lot of people say the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. Maybe go to the country where the language is spoken. If you can't afford that, go to the library and get tapes and dubbed movies.
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@urbandekay (18314)
3 Jun 07
Hi lovelylady... well I started learning it in the country where it is spoken and it is the only language I have made any progress with, perhaps because it is easy to pronounce but know I am home it is hard to make progress. Good luck with Spanish all the best urban
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@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
3 Jun 07
There are different techniques and depend of the individual perception. Some learn more visually, some-when they listen. Some use special notes with words...some prefer to visit courses, some learn better allone...
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@maribea (2366)
• Italy
3 Jun 07
I remember you telling me that you find hard learning a foreign language..well, learning a language can be quite hard, the more different it is from our own language the harder. But I think that if you like learning languages and if you do want to learn it, there is no real difficulty. The first thing is not to be afraid of making mistakes and not worrying too much about them..then you need to know a bit of grammar and vocabulary and then..then the best things are reading books written in that language, and of course speaking (and writing) with a mother-tongue speaker!!! I am sure you can learn any language if you want and like it...of course it will take a bit before you can be excellent but the more you learn the more you love it!!! this is what happened with me with English and I hope I can improve my English and then start studying another language...maybe Spanish...if you want, of course, I can help you with your Italian!!!
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@urbandekay (18314)
3 Jun 07
Hi, Well maybe I'll try and learn Italian next with your help! all the best urban
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@maribea (2366)
• Italy
3 Jun 07
oh It was just a suggestion..anyway seeing you already know a bit of Spanish..why don't you go on and try learning it with someone??' maybe you can join a class or find a Spanish friend to practise with..of course you can also go to Spain on holidays...I am reading you want to learn the language of Kenya...wonderful language..I listened to a cousin of my father speaking it..but now it is ages since I see her..a bit difficult finding someone from Kenya..but hope is hope!!! I wish you all the best with your study then!!!
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@urbandekay (18314)
4 Jun 07
Spanish, no I know no Spanish, hmmm wonder where you got that idea? all the best urban
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@abroji (3247)
• India
4 Jun 07
I think the easiest way to learn a foreign language is to have regular conversations with a person talking that language. Reading books in that language will also help. To me English is a foriegn language. But in real sense it is not. English is an official language in our country and also it is used as a link language among people talking defferent Indian languages. Some people are good at learning to talk various languages. I think learning french, German etc. will be easier to you English people.
@abroji (3247)
• India
4 Jun 07
Here in India same is the case with Hindi. Every noun has a gender. That's the main reason for me to find it difficult and uninteresting to learn the language even though I studied it in school upto tenth standard. My mother tongue is Malayalam, and I can speek another Indian language Tamil also, but not Hindi. Thank you Urban.
@rosie_123 (6118)
4 Jun 07
Well undoubtedly the easiest way to learn a language is to live in the country, or certainly to be surrounded by it all day, so that you hear it constantly. No amount of book learning or studying can take the place of having to communicate on a day-to-day basis and actually hearing the everyday language, in my opinion. I was bought up bi-lingual with an English Father and a Russian Mother, so I could speak both languages fluently before I was about 4 years old, and because my partner is from Argentina, I learnt fluent Spanish very quickly just from living with him, and hearing him speak to him family on the phone, and also listening to Spanish-speaking radio and TV stations that he prefers to listen to at home. Some of the cassette/audio tapes you can buy are pretty good I think, as you can just leave them on in the background – when you’re driving, on a cassette player when you’re out jogging or whatever, or just round the house when you’re doing housework, so you get the “subliminal messages” from them. I do believe that some people are naturally more gifted at languages than others – I also speak fluent French and Serbo-Croat and I’m sure being bought up in a bi-lingual household made my ears more receptive to languages from an early age, but I’m sure anyone can learn with a bit of patience and perseverance. Good Luck
@urbandekay (18314)
4 Jun 07
Oh, I love the sound of Russian as well, I am interested to hear if it sounds different to you from Eastern European languages as it does to me? all the best urban
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@rosie_123 (6118)
4 Jun 07
Well I guess it depends on which European language. The Slavic based ones such as Czech, Slovak, and Polish are actually quite similar to Russian – the “stem” language is the same, so to me, they do sound similar, and I can understand a lot of Polish for example, though I cannot always express myself in that language. But some other Eastern European languages such as Hungarian and Romanian are a totally different story – for some reason Hungarian is actually very akin to Finnish, and I’ve never known quite why!!!
@urbandekay (18314)
4 Jun 07
Interesting, it was Polish I was thinking of, not really the words but the cadence and timbre, which sounds somehow very different to me all the best urban
@missak (3311)
• Spain
4 Jun 07
I have learned french in the school, I started very early age so it was easy and natural. But then I had to learn english at a higher age and it was more difficult. The most helpful for me was to hear englsh songs (amazingly Bob Marley's) and then search for the lyrics, the translations, and try to sign them myself. This way I learned a lot more than with books and school techniques.
@urbandekay (18314)
4 Jun 07
That's very interesting Missak, I had thought about songs, I find remembering lyrics and poetry easy all the best urban
• India
4 Jun 07
Hi urbandekay! I know 4-5 languages myself. I learned from the learn language books and was never scared of talking in public in that language. I also use to watch movies and news of that language. I would like to add that if you have the will to learn you can learn.