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You have come to the sober realization that...
...we are indeed living in the  
21st century, and that...
. .."globalization"  is a reality that
impacts  our  lives  and  living
(in noticeable & unnoticeable
ways), and that...
...our successes will depend
more and more on our ability to  
collaborate and communicate  
within and across diverse
cultures, and in more than just
your and my language.
So, how should one learn a new language most efficiently and successfully?
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Especially MUSIC, SONGS, TV & MOVIES!
In today's world, the resources available to learn any language are as
DIVERSE, DYNAMIC, INNOVATIVE and INTERACTIVE as they are
PLENTIFUL! Take advantage of ...

  • friendships with Native Speakers [Verbling] & [Livemocha]
  • printed materials: books, magazines, comics [Nulu]
  • audio/visual and video tools [Multiple Languages Resources]
  • TV broadcast / movies / DVDs
  • radio: music, songs, CDs  [Research] & [Infographic]
  • online: applications, tutorials, tv, music, etc.
  • electronic devices & games [Zondle]
  • language forums, groups, clubs and parties

THE BEST WAY OF LEARNING A LANGUAGE, however, is to spend
some time living or working in the country where the language is
spoken.  
Total immersion is still the most efficient, effective and sure
way in which to learn the culture and language you someday wish to
speak fluently.
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As a trained linguist, language educator, career language learner and   
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fluent speaker  of multiple languages, please allow me to share with  
you  a  few  tried  and true methods, techniques, approaches, practices  
and tips, used  by successful language learners, and that will lead you  
to
language learning success.
Celebrate Languages
Celebrate your world!
 
Learn more languages here.
1. Believe that you too can learn any new language!

2. Believe in the immense power of “I can,” your brain, and your will
to succeed in learning to speak more than just one language.

3. Believe that the human brain (and thus yours too!), according to
neuroscience, is naturally set up for multilingualism! Anything less,
gradually but surely atrophies the human brain! Hence, the
prevalence of age-related brain debilitating diseases, such as
Alzheimer’s disease in monolingual societies (such as in the USA).

Historically, most of humanity has had the natural ability to
communicate in more than just one language, to suitably meet the
need to communicate, collaborate with, learn from, bargain and trade
with neighbors, much like we modern humans still do today with our
neighbors.

Consider: in Biblical times, it was a given that people speak multiple
languages. As all people in His day, Jesus too spoke at least THREE
languages (Aramaic, Hebrew & Greek).

Consider: in AFRICA, all Africans (regardless of their socio-economic
or political circumstances) still speak MULTIPLE languages, as they
have always done throughout their history.

4. Commit your efforts and time to doing all that which is necessary
to practice and acquire the new language!  [
i.e. use Flashcards]

5. Be resourceful, creative and adventurous in your study & practice
of the new language. Lower your inhibitions and take necessary
risks in the new language. Remember: nothing ventured, nothing
gained! You CAN succeed if you REALLY want to!
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If you are taking a class or a course...

1.  HAVE A DREAM,  realize its power, and MAKE  THIS DREAM COME TRUE for you!

2.  DEVELOP A GOOD ATTITUDE & MAINTAIN AN OPEN-MIND!  Have a clear personal
reason for learning the language. Set personal goals for what you want to learn. Leave
perfectionism at the door; It's OK to make mistakes & learn from them.
Take risks!

3.  STUDY EVERYDAY! A foreign language course is different from any other course you take.
Language learning is cumulative: that means, you cannot put it off until the weekend. Study
approximately 40 min. to one hour daily if you REALLY want to succeed in learning the language.

4.  BE VERY ORGANIZED, RESOURCEFUL, CREATIVE and … TAKE RISKS!!

5.  MAKE TIME!  If you think you “can’t” find time, then, MAKE TIME.  Watch LESS TV!
 
Research shows: those students who are more likely to succeed, watch less TV during the week!

6.  DISTRIBUTE YOUR STUDY TIME in 15- to 20-minute periods throughout the day. Focus on
a different task each time: vocabulary now, grammar next, etc. Get an overview during the first 15
minutes: spend 10 minutes reviewing dialogs, 10 minutes learning new vocabulary, 10 minutes
learning new grammar...so you'll at least have looked at it all. Approximately 80% of your study
time should be spent in recitation or
practicing OUT LOUD, not silently!

7.  GET COMFORTABLE AND PARTICIPATE IN CLASS -- even if you are not well prepared.
Class time is your primary opportunity for practice. Memorize, practice and learn the grammar and
vocabulary outside of class in order to make the most of class time. Spend a few minutes
"warming up" before each class by speaking or reading the language OUT LOUD!

8.  LEARN AND KNOW ENGLISH GRAMMAR. Grammar is the skeleton of a language, its basic
structure: you MUST learn it. Review a simplified English grammar text. Compare new grammatical
structures in your foreign language to their English equivalents.

9.   PRACTICE FOR TESTS. If the test will require you to write, then study by writing - including
spelling & accents. If you'll be asked to listen, then practice listening. Ask for practice questions;
make up your own test questions. Over-learn: study beyond the point of recognition to mastery.

10.  GET HELP IF / WHEN YOU NEED IT. Talk to your teacher. Form study groups with other
students. Use tutoring services, in person, or online. Do not wait until it is too late!  Act immediately!

READING and WRITING a foreign language are analytical skills. You may be good at
these if you are a logical person who attends to detail. Train yourself through practice
to notice and remember details such as accents and gender agreement.

LISTENING and SPEAKING are performance skills. You may do well at these if you are
naturally gregarious. Language students often have difficulty hearing and speaking
because they are anxious about making mistakes. Give yourself permission to be
spontaneous and to take risks.

...and finally, have tons of fun!
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Success is up to you!
It's not "Rocket Science!"
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You can indeed learn
new languages!
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Millions have, and so can you!
Go for it, and succeed!
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