Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year. Hope you all had a relaxing and enjoying winter break.
Here in California, the winter break was dominated by stormy weather, so we had spent most of the time inside together by enjoying various activities.
Two weeks ago, I had shared my last post of 2021 as my wish list for year 2022 ( 8 things that I want to accomplish in year 2022) . I am glad that many of you have found my wish list inspiring and interesting.
Honestly, after writing and sharing my wish list with you all, I felt a sense of dedication and determination for completing the list. In fact, during winter break, I had already started working on few of these.
During last week, we three (me and both girls) had started learning “Korean language” and had a great experience. It was an amazing learning experience and we had spent some quality together as a family.
What are some incredible benefits of learning a new language? And what are some ways to make this “Language learning experience” easy and interesting? Read the post to know more!
Benefits of learning a new language
Learning a new language offer many benefits for students and grown-ups both. For students, it opens the door of new career opportunities and for grown-ups, it is an excellent way to explore a new culture and literature.
Here are some amazing benefits of learning a new language:
- It stimulates your brain and helps in preventing mental aging. Learning a new language act as a challenging activity for your brain cells and create a new neural pathway in brain cells. While practicing and learning new grammar rules and vocabulary, you automatically improve your cognitive functions.
- Learning new language is also help in increasing attention span and improve your memory. For small kids, it is a great way to enhance their creativity and build a new set of vocabulary.
- In practical over-competitive world, learning a new language increases your career opportunities drastically. Nowadays, bi-lingual and multi-lingual individuals are high in demand. Multinational companies always give a preference to bi-lingual and multi-lingual candidates who can help them grow and expand their over-seas market.
- It might be surprising but learning a second language helps you in master your own language too. It helps in multiply vocabulary in your first language and improve your communication skills too.
- Learning a new language also help in improving problem solving skills and boost your self-esteem and confidence level.
- This is great way to learn, explore and appreciate other culture. Learning new language widen your travelling opportunities and help you in making a deeper connection with wider range of people on both personal and professional front.
Check out this informative by mla.org that summarize “language learning benefits” so well.
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Though learning a new language offer many set of professional and personal benefits. But learning path is not as easy as seems. Definitely, it requires a proper set of pre-planning that includes a solid action plan and defined goals.
Here are some easy to adopt ways and practical tips that can help you in learning a new language with ease and less stress.
7 effective tips to learn a new language!
Be clear about your motive/purpose (find out your “WHY” factor)
Mental preparation is key to achieve success in any area of life. The same thing applies to your “Language learning journey” as well. there could be various reasons for learning a new language for different individuals. For some people, it might be an essential thing for their Carrer growth and exploring new career opportunity, while some may want to learn it just a hobby or for fun.
Finding a clear purpose (or reason) is mandatory to stay motivated in your language learning journey with consistency and for longer period. As another effective alternative, you can write down your purpose on a piece of paper clearly and firmly. This small step will help you keep committed and motivated for achieving your language learning goals.
Make a practical action plan that includes short term achievable goals
There are various ways to learn a new language. Along with traditional and offline approach, nowadays various online and digital options (like language learning apps and other online resources) are also available that can help you in learning new language vocabulary while you on the go.
For being consistent in your language learning routine, it is important to make a solid action plan as per your individual learning style. Explore and analyze all various learning options such as reading textbooks, using an app, joining a class, or following a YouTube language tutorial and observe that works best for you.
After exploring all options, make a language learning action plan and set some short-term achievable goals. This step will give you a clear vision and help you in stay motivated towards your language learning journey.
Start with language basics and focus on learning basic phrases and commonly used words!
Now, it is the time to get started with actual learning. for easing the extra stress, it is best to Divide your language learning in various categories. Such as:
- Learning basics that includes history of language, alphabet etc. Learning alphabet creates a solid foundation that helps in building writing and reading skills related to selected language.
- Next focus on learning and memorizing basic and commonly used phrases and words such as: sorry, thank you, how are you? Etc.
Take your time and keep practice the basics properly for few days. When you learn some basic phrases initially, it boosts your confidence level and you feel more encouraged to move on next level.
Work on building vocabulary and learn basic grammar rules
This one is next important step to take your learning journey one step further. Building a wide word vocabulary is must to learn and understand any language better. For being better organized, it is best to categorized words and vocabulary in different categories such as food items, animal-birds, emotions, body parts, etc.
Try to build a set of 100- or 200-word vocabulary in the beginning. Learning a good set of basic vocabulary will help in creating a basic foundation and increase your confidence level to move on next level.
Along with basic vocabulary, try to focus on basic sentence structure and learn some basic grammar rules. Though, it seems like a boring part, but learning “Basic grammar rules” is must for making your language learning journey smoother.
Practice basic & short conversation
After learning basics, learning a new language is all about “Practicing the conversation” and making it a part of your daily routine. Creating a language learning atmosphere is must for keeping your learning momentum on. If you are learning a new language as a family, you can practice small and basic conversation with each other. Or you can take a help of your friend (if he/she is native speaker of that language), to be fluent in basic conversation.
Many times, people feel hesitant in speaking new words and phrases in another language and feel stressed that “they will make mistake” but breaking this barrier is must to learn and gain a confidence in new language learning. The more you practice, the better you get end results.
Consume media (movies, music) & read literature, books
This is another exciting way to make your language learning journey interesting. Consuming media like watching movies and listening music is best way to create a connection with language. Consuming media improves your listening skills and help you in understand pronunciation pattern. This small step teaches you many important skills that help in speaking and understanding a new language better.
Keep a creative approach (like using language learning flash cards etc.)
Language learning may become a boring and overwhelming experience, if you did not keep a creative approach while learning. This step become most important, when kids are involved in your learning journey.
Kids want something exciting and interesting ways to keep the learning momentum on. You can use flash cards or can make language learning charts by using colorful pencils and marker. Adding these visual attractions, keep kids creatively engaged and inspire them to stay motivated for longer period.
Personally, I am using these ways to teach my girls Korean and Hindi language simultaneously. Last week, we had made some “DIY flashcards” for language learning. How to make this language learning flash cards? And how to use them to enhance your learning journey? Will share all this information in next post. So, stay tuned!
So, these are easy tips to learn a new language. What are your thoughts? Please share with me!