Thursday, December 25, 2008

Language Course

I subscribed to a language course -absolutely free- three days ago. It is not teaching me any language, but give me tips how to learn new language. I have passion with language. One of my dreams is to speak in seven languages. Is it impossible? No, it's possible. I do not mean to master in seven languages. What I mean is I can speak the basic conversation in seven languages. Now I can speak four languages. I'm thinking to start my fifth language next year, but still do not make a decision which language is my fifth language. My list is Vietnamese, because I born there, Chinese, because it's a biggest language in the world or French. I happy if anybody can give his/her opinion about this.

Back to the topic, here is the lesson one from the course. The author give his permission to share his article, and I want to share it with my readers...

It's a FACT!

Anyone can learn a foreign language. They can also do it easier
and quicker than they ever believed they could.

Even if you flunked languages at school, don't consider yourself
an academic, or doubt your ability to ever speak in a foreign
tongue, the truth is that you simply haven't been going about it
the right way. If you approach it correctly you WILL learn a
foreign language, and quicker than you imagined you could.

This five part mini-course will give you a start on some of the
most crucial techniques that you need to learn a language. By
the time you have finished you will be far better equipped to
learn any foreign language you choose.

We have much to cover so lets get started.

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"How to learn any language, on your own, as quickly and easily as
possible"

The definitive guide to learning any foreign language.

Click here -------> http://www.freewebs.com/anylanguage
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Part 1 - Choosing the language you want to learn

Many, many people make a huge, critical error, before they even
open up their first textbook or speak their first word in a
foreign language.

They choose completely the wrong language to learn!

Some people may have the motivation of a job abroad to go, to or
a close family member or friend who speaks a foreign language and
the decision is made for them. Most people however don't have one
specific language in mind or may be unsure of which language
they want to learn.

If people don't start on the right language for them however they
are setting themselves up on the road to disaster.

A good proportion of language learners, far too many, give up
within six months of starting. Many of these quitters started on
the wrong language for them and their enthusiasm simply burned out.

It is terrible waste of time and effort if you start on a language
like Chinese, only for three months down the line to decide that
the language is too difficult and you just don't have the
motivation to put up with the difficulty level.

An experience like this may well end up putting you off starting
to learn a foreign language ever again. It's a terrible waste
because anybody can truly learn a language, but far too many
end up giving up because their approach was all wrong.

So your first step on the road to success is making sure that you
have chosen the language that is right for you.

There are two key factors in choosing which language to learn -
usefulness and difficulty level.

Usefulness first.

You have to got to ask yourself a number of questions to
determine if a language will be useful before you begin. If it is
not going to be useful then you really should choose something
else.

You may have your heart set on learning Thai for example. You have
got to be realistic with yourself. Will you ever go to Thailand?
Will you ever get the chance to talk to a Thai person? Will you
be able to obtain books, films etc. in Thai.? Will you be able to
use Thai in you career? If you answered no to most of those
questions then you should seriously think again. If you choose a
language for nothing other than fascination you will give yourself problems.

When choosing always think about the following factors.

- choose a language where you are likely to visit the country
where it is spoken, even if it is just on holiday.

- choose a language in which you can regularly talk to people who
speak the language in question.

- choose a language that will be profitable for your career or
social life.

- choose a language where you will easily be able to obtain
good quality courses, books, newspapers and films. You would have
great difficulty with this if learning Thai.

Considering all of the above, it is always best to choose a
mainstream language rather than an obscure one unless you have a
particular reason for learning that obscure language (job, travel,
relatives etc.). Mainstream languages will always offer you more
chances to practice, better instructional materials, and a far
greater chance of success.

Mainstream languages are French, Spanish, German, Italian,
Russian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese etc. Choose one of these
and you can't go wrong.

Now onto the second factor, difficulty level.

It is worth noting that no language is ever too difficult for
anyone to learn. But going back to the Thai example, if you choose
Thai for mere curiosity than anything else you will have problems.
Thai is extremely difficult and if your motivation is less than
100% you will probably end up giving up.

If you are 100% committed to learning a difficult language, such as
Chinese for example, you will succeed, but if you try learn
Chinese half-heartedly, you will no doubt end up giving up.

So where possible, choose a language that is easier to learn and
you will end up having better success. You will progress more
rapidly, be able to read newspapers and converse with natives
sooner, and have an overall more pleasurable and motivated
journey.

The easiest languages for native English speakers to learn are
the Western European languages such as Spanish, Italian,
Portugese, Danish, Dutch and Swedish. French and German are more
difficult than all of those but still at the easier end of the
scale.

The harder languages are typically the languages of Eastern Europe
and other parts of the world such as Russian, Polish, Greek,
Turkish and Arabic. The very hardest languages are typically the
Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese or Thai.

Overall to ensure your success on your foreign language learning
journey you have to pick a language that will be both useful and
not overtly difficult. Be sure that you are fully set in your
mind before you start and you can't fail.

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We still have many more language learning tips coming up in the
next few days. See you in part 2.

All the best,
David

http://www.freewebs.com/anylanguage

davidfisher@iespana.es

P.S. Please feel free to forward this report to your friends and
colleagues. If you have received a forwarded copy you can get the
complete course by clicking the following link.
www.languagepassion.com/popup

2 comments:

alongwairnazz said...

Assalamualaikum. How r u ustaz? still remember me? Asrul..hehe. This is my first time visiting ur site. Very nice and im not ashame to try writing my comment with english too.

NIZHAMA said...

Salam asrul, thanks for your visiting... it's not hard to write in English, right?