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2021-02-04 00:01:09

Language learning tips that don't work

Language learning tips that don't work

Marko Jukic, an expert in theoretical linguistics, believes that there is no one who knows how to properly learn to speak a foreign language. He explained why schooling , immersion, and other well-known methods don't really work.

Attempts to master a new language (especially by adults) often end in failure. Over the years, people have been attending courses, watching webinars, purchasing educational literature - but they do not get the desired result. Immersion in a foreign environment rarely helps you achieve good results. But still, there are few who manage to learn the language! This means that someone has the secret of how to do it.

When we start learning, we imagine how we will soon speak at the level of speakers. Almost no one understands that only a few students achieve the desired result. But if everyone understood this, few would start training. Survivor's mistake? Let's consider the most common methods of studying foreign and determine the reasons for their ineffectiveness.

Study in schools

Despite the fact that in educational institutions you can find the necessary materials, get the opportunity to communicate with native speakers and study it at any level, there is one problem. This is a method available to most, but according to statistics, less than 1% of Americans are fluent in the foreign language they studied in schools. Not because they don't attach any importance to it - they just have little faith that they will learn the language.

Statistics are not always a reliable indicator, but they are close to reality. It is difficult to find a person who has mastered a foreign language well at school. You can go to, say, French lessons for years and not even learn to speak it fluently.

It is also difficult to find someone who is fluent in the language after taking commercial courses. There is not a single company on the market that could produce many new specialists with 100% success. Otherwise we would know about it.

Dive Wednesday

In fact, you can learn a language by immersing yourself in a foreign culture. Many people are in favor of this method, and there are indeed those who have been greatly helped by it. But for the purposeful study of the language, this is not suitable: firstly, this method is impractical (not everyone can go abroad for a long time or often make short trips); secondly, immersion in the environment is not an effective method for everyone. It happens that a person lives abroad and is content with basic language skills, without pumping them. You will not be able to get competent explanations about certain processes. Perhaps this method is one of, but not the only and not ideal.

Learn like a mother

Remember how you learned to speak the first language. In theory, this will help you figure out how to master another. But you can hardly remember: this process does not fit into the framework of a particular model. Moreover, such training can take many years.

Finding an effective method for learning a foreign language takes a long way of making mistakes and even frustration. Having studied the available methods, you can come up with new ones based on them, your own, which will become the only true ones for you.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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