HOW TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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Learning a foreign language is not a matter of reading some grammar rules and memorizing some vocabulary words-- although those are important activities, not to be ignored. Acquiring a language is learning a skill, not a body of information. It's as much like learning to swim or ride a bike as it is like learning about the Revolutionary War.

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HOW TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGELearning a foreign language is not a matter of reading some grammar rules and memorizing some vocabulary words-- although those are important activities, not to be ignored. Acquiring a language is learning a skill, not a body of information. It's as much like learning to swim or ride a bike as it is like learning about the Revolutionary War. That is, you must not only understand the ideas and concepts, have information at hand, but you must also make your body accustomed to using that information in physical activity: in this case the physical activity involved is speaking, listening, writing and reading. You need, then, not only to memorize and understand, but also to practice! Here are a few brief suggestions on effective practice/study techniques. See your instructor if you have questions, or need help in developing an effective study technique. 1. Make your mouth or hand do what your mind is learning Study out loud. DO go to the lab or do the lab activities online several times!!! Study with a friend, thus involving yourself in speaking and listening. Try to write sentences or a short paragraph using the skills you have practiced orally. If you study by reading silently, you draw only upon your visual memory. If you study out loud, you double your efficiency by adding auditory memory and you make your mouth work, helping with pronunciation and speech. Augment your learning potential even further by writing what you have read and sp

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