Learning a new language is an exciting prospect, and the first few weeks are intense. Full of work, studying, stretching your brain, and trying not to burn out, this crucial time is both fun and exhausting!
It’s important that you try to use your language as often as possible and come up with translations to words you don’t see often to shock your brain away from the sometimes boring texts and study materials you might use.
For example, if we look at this site, we can see something we probably don’t use every day unless we’re a man with facial hair – beard trimmers. Well, take a look and try to come up with the best translation. You’ll learn words that will come up later in conversations and you’ll be surprised to hear yourself saying things that appear out of your subconscious!
In French, we might say tondeuses à barbe. Later you will find yourself using the word from trimmer separately from the word beard, thus giving yourself two new words just by learning a random phrase in your perusal of interesting sites on the net.
Language learning doesn’t have to be boring!
On this same topic, there are some things that will help you out with the language you learn. One of those things is getting to know a bit of the culture. You will better understand phrases, colloquial terms, and inflection if you know some history and cultural practices. For example, you shouldn’t be try to tell an older Greek gentleman that he needs to go to www.beardguide.com/best-nose-hair-trimmer to get himself a new grooming tool if you see hairs sticking out!
Remember that learning a language by speaking to another person is also incredibly important. These people might be able to give you random phrases like we discussed above and can also help you with the cultural aspect of your education. A native speaker is such a powerful learning aid compared with any other tool or kind of material. We highly recommend it as the premier way of getting to know another language. Read More →