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Keeping it Real

Now, let's get real when it comes to learning a language.

1. Make a regular commitment

Make time for your new language. When you expose yourself to a new language frequently, you pick it up quickly and easily. The longer you wait between lessons, the more you'll forget (and quickly!). So make time for your language, there are plenty of opportunities to learn, practice and review your language capabilities. Regular repetition is the key to learning any language, so don't be afraid to cover material again, and again and again!

2. Don't be shy

Learning a language will eventually involve using it and that involves making mistakes in the beginning. DON'T BE AFRAID of sounding strange, awkward or silly. If you don't open your mouth and speak, you'll miss out on making new friends, or getting the information you need (especially in an emergency!). You will impress people with your attempts at using the language.

4. Proceed at your own pace

Don't feel pressured into thinking you have only one chance to learn information before moving on to new material. Read and listen to lessons or parts of lessons as many times it takes to make you feel comfortable with what you're learning. You have all the time you need to learn. If you rush through, you make less progress.

5. Take Notes

Use a notebook and start a language journal. You'll learn much more quickly and effectively if you write it down or rephrase it in your own words once you've understood it. (Include any vocabulary, grammar, practice and examples, phrases from dialogues and more). Take your notes with you to review whenever you have extra time such as waiting for a bus or train, at the airport, while dinner is cooking, etc.

6. Don't worry about pronunciation

Listen to your audio several times. Listening is very important - you can't reproduce the sound until you hear and mimic it. Don't be afraid of sounding strange or being laughed at - how many celebrities, scientists, politicians, etc. speak English with a foreign accent, and still communicate. Just practice and don't worry about 100% perfection.

7. Go ahead and make mistakes The more you speak and interact, the faster your mistakes will go away. So jump in and start talking! If you find you're making a large number of errors, take things more slowly and practice the parts that are giving you trouble. Even when you speak to a native speaker and he or she smiles at your performance, remember that it is usually a friendly smile and they admire you for your effort as well as for what you have already achieved in their language. Native speakers generally focus their attention on the content of your message and not on how you should speak correctly. Look at errors as part of your learning process and do not let them discourage you from practicing. Without practice you cannot be successful.


Book Cover
Why Language Learning is Important
The Facts to Support Language Learning

Don't Believe the Hype
Keeping it Real
Do You Have the Time to Learn?
Learning Pronunciation
Learn by Using Dialogues
Learn by Using Audio
Learn with Grammar
Do Your Exercises
Learning Vocabulary

The Teaching Environment
Communication Strategies
What Should Be Taught?
 • Teaching a Basic Foundation
 • The Formalities
 • Basics of Grammar
 • Basic Verb Needs
 • The Power of Verbs
 • Focus on Meaning

What is Power Language?
What You Already Know
Power Verbs
Power Charts
Power Grammar

What is Gender?
Expand Your Learning

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