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It doesn't require pain or frustration. It can be fun, exciting and enlightening.
Of course, to have this experience you do need to know a few things. You need to find and use your hidden talent -- something we call the Third Ear. The Third Ear takes you step by step along a path to think about language learning in totally new ways. Ways that help you realise you already know how to learn any language. You just needed to be reminded. Rating details. It requires quite a mental shift!
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It is that way, because it is! One thing we agree strongly with is that vocabulary learning is so much more important than grammar initially, as it can give you so many tools to communicate. With words, coupled with hand signals, and actions one can communicate a great deal of information. This is my approach too, with the Words a Day! Which is that the most effective language learners treat language learning as a tool to communicate , rather than an academic exercise to get perfect every time.
Unfortunately too much of school and institutional study emphasises 'right and wrong' , whereas language is all about communicating. If someone thinks language learning is difficult An important early step in language learning is to make a mind shift and recognize that you can do it. You've done it at least once with your mother tongue. Too many learners strive for immediate perfection In many a school environment we are taught that things are right and wrong.
Too much grammarating can get in the way An emphasis on grammar, which is generally what is hammered in schools, universities, and other formal learning environments, can stifle communication. Yes, grammar is the structure onto which the 'agreed conventions' of a language works, and it is important to learn, but trying to get grammar perfect, can mean you may never actually communicate. Language is about speaking, about talking. If you immerse yourself in a language, the grammar will come Can write beautifully, read complex foreign texts, but can barely speak a word In The Third Ear Chris documents cases of people that can write perfect prose in a foreign language, but can barely speak a word.
Other cases of people with excellent grammatical skills but unable to verbally communicate for fear of making an error. I've met many such people. Some of the French interns that have worked for us can write extremely good English, but will barely utter a sentence. Many people in the aviation industry have degrees in languages but will not do a public announcement in the foreign language in which they are qualified. You will make mistakes in language learning One thing about language learning is for certain.
So get on and make them One has to overcome the fear of sounding stupid, or saying the wrong thing. Just accept it. You probably will Grab some foreign words and phrases first
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