Are you wondering how to learn foreign languages? Read this article and remove any doubts about language skills and talent.
At the age of 16 I was after five years at school. I went to high school. In the first class I couldn’t create even a few simple sentences about the past holidays.
It is obvious that I lacked the talent. I believed in it, and the reality confirmed this conviction. I don’t have a talent, I can’t, I can’t.
But a moment. We are awakening today, eight years later, and reality looks radically different. I am happy to discover the world by speaking in 3 languages and learning with wild curiosity a total of five.
But maybe this is not a mysterious talent? Maybe something else was missing, however? And where did it come from, however, that I can and still can do so?
There are different definitions of free communication – for some it is going to be understanding different topics, for others it is going to be fluent speaking. What does it mean for you to “speak in a foreign language”?
First of all, don’t be afraid to use this language. Many people are afraid to speak for fear of being stuck, which is absolutely irrational – only in this way can we ever achieve fluency in a foreign language. I believe that freedom of communication comes when the stress of using a foreign language is overcome.
At what point in your studies did you feel that you are able to communicate in a foreign language?
I remember the moment of breakthrough that I experienced during my studies. After the first year of my studies I decided to go to England as a babysitter. After a month spent on attempts at communicating with the family, all the aversion to use the English language disappeared, and for the first time I felt that I was able to communicate effectively in that language.
Knowledge of English, taken from a high school or even from college, is very often a passive knowledge that can and will allow us to understand the film, read a book in English.
There is no one universal method of learning a foreign language.
I think passion is a very important element of learning a language. I’m not talking about the fact that you have to study history right away because of your love for the language. If we love the culture, music, films of one country, our motivation to learn will only benefit from it.
This is directly connected with the need to stay in the country where our language is spoken. I am convinced that without a 2-year stay in England, I would never have achieved the current level of English.
Now I learn German and Italian. I am convinced that the knowledge of one language from a given group makes it much easier to learn another. Learning Italian or German, with a good knowledge of English, is not as challenging for me as someone who does not speak any foreign language.
During learning a language everyone develops own methods and manners. Those that have proved their worth can be successfully used when learning another foreign language.