how to learn another language well?any keys ?any skills?

@wseayuan (374)
China
October 11, 2007 9:58am CST
hi friend ,are you studying another language expect for your mother language?for example franch ,chinesa,or english.ihow do u learn it?any skills?any keys? thank you
7 responses
• China
9 Jun 08
i'm learning english now.it's very hard to me.but i have interest in it. so i can perserve to study it. even i have no best way to study ,i believe i will be success soon.every day listening BBC news, reading english novels,writing daily diary.speaking with foreign friends.sometimes speaking with myself. i often do the same as you. surf internent to learn other's experience about learning english language.
@Blinda (26)
• China
8 Jun 08
listen more,speak more,read more,write more.
• China
7 Jun 08
maybe see movies and listen to the music in that language is a good way to improve your feeling about it,but interest must be the best teacher for you.
@evansw (43)
• Indonesia
18 May 08
My mother language is Indonesian: the easiest and simplest modern language. The downside is it's difficult for us to learn other languages (which will seem much more difficult). Yet, I managed to master 3 languages: English, Chinese and Hokkianese and learned 3 more languages (Japanese, Korean, Spanish). I learned English and Chinese through tutors. It took me 5 years for English and 7.5 years for Chinese. The tutors ceased teaching me after considering that I could accompany them as teachers as well (and which, I did). I later teach English and Chinese. My family speak Hokkianese everyday, so it's not a problem for me. At first, I listened to English-speaking seminar tape (training) about a topic (any topic), and couldn't understand it. I fell asleep and the tape kept running. I repeated this over and over again, until after around 2 weeks, I decided to notice what was said. And it was incredible, I could understand each and every word. Then, I learn to love the language and the culture as well. So, what is polite and impolite for each culture, I learn them all. I try to put myself in the society (although not physically). It helps a lot. So, when teaching Chinese, for example, I give the students Hongbao (red pack containing money) during Chinese New Year, I get the students to sing the theme song of Full Moon Festival: Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin, and so on. When teaching English, I also get the students sing American pop songs which are very easy to get here. During presidential primaries like this, I can tell students the procedure before getting elected US presidents, and tell stories about past US presidents. Students love stories. As students, I find the stories myself out of my curiosity. And I wish you the best of luck in learning languages.
@julianarw (1524)
• Netherlands
21 Oct 07
Hi, My mother language is Bahasa Indonesia. My second language Dutch and English is my third language. At this moment i learn Dutch. How? I went to school to learn Dutch language for 1,5 year. And now, i only just read children books and try to remember new word everyday and talk Dutch with my husband. Yeah...my Dutch is oke but not too oke for work at the office in here :(
@erhardtg (64)
• United States
16 Oct 07
I and my husband speak different languages (although we are both filipino's[ from Philippines] he grow up here in the States and doesn't know how to speak filipino language anymore), I speak tagalog (filipino language) and he speak english. He wants to learn the language again so he enrolled in an online language learning. Also from time to time, I tried speaking with him in tagalog and then translate it..he picks up words. By the way, there are lots of online resources for different language translation available on the web, try searching it.
@Margajoe (4721)
• Germany
11 Oct 07
Hi! The best way for me to learn new languages, is to live in the place they speak the language. When I was 14 we moved to Holland and I learned to speak dutch within one year, read and write within one and a half. I read a lot of Donald Ducks and kids stuff. That helped me to understand the words better. I went to school at that age to and got some extra lessons. Now I am over 40 and since one year living in Germany. Did not now how to speak German. But within the year I can read and understand it almost perfectly. Just the speaking is not easy. I think I say it right, but they don´t always understand me. The tv here is all changed from english to German. So I watch alot of tv and listen to the words. I think I will have to go to some language study , to get the language more perfect. But, that is my best advice, live or visit the country that speaks the language you want to learn. And don´t be afraid to ask questions or say you don´t understand. That can be very imbarising, saying yes and not nowing what someone asked, lol. take care.