How to learn a language in 6 weeks
I have ways of making you speak…
Have you recently moved to a foreign country and are trying to learn the language but it feels like an impossible task?
Well in truth, it is.
To learn an ‘entire’ language is impossible and somewhat daunting, I mean, just how good is your memory?
Languages are constantly evolving and new words are being added all the time as other words are falling into disuse. It is estimated that the English Oxford Dictionary has about 600,000 words.
That’s a lot of words!! Yet you only need about a 1000 to have a reasonable conversation.
Many of those words are no longer used, and of course not all known words are used by everybody, so we can break it down to about to about 20,000 words that are used by the average American. Still a lot…
However, this is the good part, you only need a vocabulary of approximately 1000 words to be able to converse.
Small talk covers weather, talking about ourselves and getting what we want, to begin with…
When we eat out and shop we only need to say; ‘I would like…please’ and thank you. That is basically it, unless you want to complain about something or discuss the latest nano technology.
Set a ‘realistic’ goal — by this I mean something that you feel you can achieve in a time limit you can also set yourself. So you wouldn’t say “I am going to be fluent in 2 months”. You would be putting yourself under too much pressure and unless you studied 8 hours a day you would never reach that goal.
So getting by in 6 weeks is more realistic.
Studying every day of course!
Learning will depend on how much you are prepared to work. The more you work the better the results!
Verbs terrify the life out of English people, especially, but they are a necessary evil. (They are friendly once you get to know them) If you invest your precious time into learning them, as tedious as it might seem, you will get a nice solid foundation to build on.
Hang on … what is a verb?
Verbs are words that describe an action.
To eat, to drink, to sleep etc
Best way to learn them is integrated into useful phrases rather than learning them parrot fashion, however, it all depends on the individual. The shadowing method in either case is very effective.
Listen and repeat
Listen and repeat
Listen and repeat!
These are basically things. Table, chair, TV, etc. In many languages nouns can be masculine and feminine (well at least for the time being — who knows where gender in language will be in 10 years time?)
This just means that a noun has two or even three articles.
What are articles? I read a good one the other week…
Articles are ‘the’ & ‘a’
‘The’ is the definite article — ‘the book’ (a specific book)
‘A’ is the indefinite article — ‘a book’ (any book)
These are words that describe other things. They give us the information we need.
The large black car.
The tall slender woman in shabby clothes.
These are also a must. You would be surprised how, to begin with, we don’t need too many.
Large table, small cat, blue car,
Time, days of the week, months and numbers
When making plans, appointments or booking a table in a restaurante you need to know what time and what day. Days of the week must be learned off by heart along with the months. Numbers are also very important, but you don’t have to learn up to 1 million though — to begin with you can start with a more realistic goal of at least to 31 — which is the same as an average month. You can add onto that once you are confident enough.
Make sure that when you tell the time you stick to the hour, until you master numbers above 31.
People like to talk about themselves so it is good if you can learn to ask how they are, what they do, what they like, if they have children/grandchildren, etc.
Once you grasp the basics of a language, the rest will come with practice. It is essential to hear the language you want to speak daily, either from the TV, youtube songs or a even a neighbour (some of those folk in the mountains can be a bit difficult to understand ). News papers and magazines are also good because the have ‘snippets’ of information and are not as scary as a novel.
Children’s books are also good — preschool.
I have a few more tricks up my sleeve…
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