Every person and animal in the world uses some form of communication in their day to day life. Communication allows us to convey a message, interact with others and express our feelings. There can sometimes be a barrier between different cultures and languages, but it is really important that we start understanding other countries’ languages. English is one of the most widely spoken languages across the world and more and more people are looking to improve their skills in this popular language. There are many ways in which you can refine your knowledge in a language from music to television and it doesn’t have to feel like a chore.
Have you ever listening to a song once and then been able to recite the lyrics word for word just a few minutes later? If you have a musical mind then you might just benefit from this as a language learning technique. One of the most effective ways of learning can be to listen to music in English and sing along. The catchy tunes will stick in your mind and you will be able to remember the tricky words and phrases you never thought you would remember.
If you have a favourite television programme or film then you might want to look into the English version, or whatever language you’re trying to perfect. Put on the subtitles or simply listen to the rising and falling intonation of the words. If it is a television show that you are already familiar with then you will probably already know the storyline. Try and match up the words in your head to the phrases they are saying and you will soon be able to understand a whole new
Travelling is truly one of the best ways to soak in a new culture and learn a brand new language. Listening to naturalistic conversations and talking to people in that language will really help you to get a hold of the new dialect. Go on a trip to the country that you’re interested in learning about and try to rely on your knowledge to get you through an entire day. Order food from a restaurant, ask for directions and tell a taxi driver where you’re staying. These true to life interactions will help you to build your confidence in the language you’re learning.
Practise makes perfect and the same can be said for learning a new way of communicating. The more you can speak in the language you’re trying to learn, the better you will get. Perhaps you are trying to learn the language with a friend and you have the opportunity to speak to each other in this way on a daily basis. Get chatting and don’t be afraid to make funny mistakes, this is one of the fun aspects of learning.
A combination of all of these methods will help you to become proficient in English or any other language you are looking to learn. Learning a language is an enjoyable and enriching experience, which means you can share your thoughts and feelings with a wider variety of people.