6 Wicked Ways to Learn a Foreign Language

by Lingoda Team
July 28, 2016

If you ask little children what they would like to be when they grow up, the chances are most of them will choose to be teachers. The interesting thing is, the number of teachers nowadays is huge and still increasing, especially those who teach a foreign language. Why is this happening? Because nowadays, there is such a great need of a language that people choose language learning more and more often. Teaching someone a language and everything that comes with it is a difficult task, but this is an even more difficult mission for the students.

We have created a list that will help you avoid the problems you encounter with language learning. Have a look at some of the most cleverly wicked ways of learning a foreign language.

1.  Tune up the learning process!

Music is the main force that moves the universe, so you surely like to listen to some nice tunes, too. Try to find a cool track in the genre you enjoy listening and include this in your learning process. Just make sure that the song is played in the language you are trying to learn.

Music can be an effective method of learning, especially because of the literary freedom it represents. You can use this as an advantage by finding songs with lyrics that are meaningful, convey a message and contain phrases that cannot always be found in the textbooks used in classes. Fortunately, you have the opportunity to choose from the wide array of topics and themes that music offers.

If you are willing to do this, singing can really help you improve both accent and pronunciation of the language. Listening to people singing in a foreign language is even better than listening to plain speaking. Why? Because it is catchy, fun and let’s face it – fun is always easier to remember! And the most amazing thing is – you can do this in the privacy of your own home!

2.  Movies, TV Shows and Language Learning

If you are a student, you are probably as addicted to the TV as everyone else your age. And the thing is, the adults around you constantly try to keep you away from technology because of this. Yes, it is true that students nowadays are addicted to TV, but this does not necessarily need to be a reason to avoid it. When you want to learn something, the best way to do this is by doing the things you love and make you happy. Watching TV should have the same effect on students as the case with music because who does not like to watch movies or TV shows?

When choosing a TV show, you can look for the cool movies such as Game of Thrones or The Vampire Diaries. Sometimes it is good to choose a classic that everyone enjoys such as Friends. This can be both fun and educational experience.

Speaking of movies, your best choices would probably be something from the genre you enjoy. Watching a movie can really help you focus since you will have to understand the language in order to understand the plot. Of course, this does not mean that you should not use subtitles. Visualization can help you connect the meaning to the word.

 

3.  Performance Poetry

Music and movies can really be a great way to have fun and get involved, but if you do this too often it can turn to be a more passive process than you expected. One other way of learning a language is by participating in some class activities. Performance poetry is one of the ways of learning a language, since by memorizing and performing a poem both the student who is performing and those who listen will learn easily.

You may find that often you won’t know all the words in the song, but this is okay. This is why there are teachers and dictionaries to help you learn vocabulary, memorize songs and even write. Writing is a great way of learning and expanding language skills. Have a look EduGeeksClub Guide to Essay Writing for tips on how to write.

4.  Online Groups for Better Learning

Online groups can really present an advantage in the process of learning a foreign language. These can be easily found on the social media nowadays and they can be helpful in the sense that the groups mimic situations from the real world. Additionally, this will give you the opportunity to communicate in the foreign language with other people besides those in school.

5.  Add Drama to the Classroom

Staging a play in a class can enrich your vocabulary and performance skills at the same time. You could pick out a scene from a musical in the target language and act it out! This can be a fun experience and you all will enjoy acting out characters! If you don’t want to be bothered with pages and pages of text, ask the teacher to allow activities such as talk show hosts acting. This can help you widen the imagination and creativity and practice the language speaking at the same time.

6.  Repetition is Important

The five methods mentioned above were all combining fun and games and obviously, being a learning process, this cannot be the only way to learn a language. One of the best ways of memorizing something is by repetition. This does not necessarily need to be a boring activity since you can choose words and phrases that are unique and unusual.

Learning a language can be a difficult and challenging process for everyone who is a student and this is why it is important for you as a student to find ways to keep yourself interested and involved in the language learning process. Follow these cleverly wicked ways to be able to get the most you can in and outside of the classes!

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Joan Selby is an ESL teacher and blogger. Former CalArts graduate and fancy shoelover. Giving creative touch to everything. A writer by day and reader by night. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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