What's the best way to learn a language?
How do children learn a language?
How do they do that? They listen to each other and repeat. That's also how they learn their own language.
When children are born they grow up listening to their parents and to their friends for about two years before they actually start repeating. Then they start saying words and sentences but they don't study grammar, they don't study how to read or write until they're much older. They do, however, have an enthusiasm for copying what the others say, copying the good language and the bad language.
So what's the easiest way to learn a language? Listen, listen, listen, listen and repeat - even if you don't understand. Listen and repeat! Slowly you'll pick it up, you'll understand from context and you'll be able to use the language correctly without studying the grammar. You'll be able to pronounce it correctly if you've been copying the pronunciation you hear rather than how you remember the words are written.
So listen and repeat! Listening comes way before speaking and there are a myriad of possibilities to listen to & repeat authentic language on the internet nowadays!
Try listening to and repeating what native speakers say on the VOSCREEN.com website – fun, excellent for listening practice, comprehension and pronunciation practice:
- listen until you think you can repeat what they said (repeat! Not translate!)
- check the subtitle to compare with what you said
- don’t worry about the terrible Google translator translation – we are practising comprehension of the words in English and pronunciation – not translation!
- Repeat what you hear (not what you read!!)
- Continue with next 5 seconds film
- Practice, practice, practice.
These are just a few tips to help you along with your fluency.
Please write in the comments box below how you find this method works for you.
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