Do you want to learn a language and translate from tagalog to english but are afraid?
No wonder: the study of languages is an uncultivated field of delusions. We have all been misinformed in some way – let’s say we were not “deceived”. So, probably, they “lied” here too (.
This article will help dispel myths, and with them doubts about language abilities and language in general. In most cases, it is necessary to change your established attitudes, your view of a particular situation in order to stop worrying about your failures.
I think my advice will be especially useful to those who are just at the beginning of their “linguistic path”.
Our hit parade of “myths”:
1. “Oh no, I’m getting late”
It’s never too late to learn! Let young people be more receptive to languages and have better abilities, everyone has the ability to learn, regardless of age. In addition, adult students have more experience and are more goal-oriented. Scientific research confirms that adults have the great advantage of having a wider vocabulary, which allows them to learn more effectively.
Personally, I had students 60+ and they did an excellent job with the material. After all, no one is asking you to quote Shakespeare’s sonnets.)
2. “Oh no, you have to cramming grammar”
Grammar is only part of the language system. And far from the only one. Without a doubt, it is necessary and healthy to speak correctly. But the main thing in the language – especially at first – is mutual understanding, so do not forget about the skills of speaking and understanding by ear. And many other “extra-linguistic” factors.
By the way, grammar itself is really effective only when it is studied in a certain personalized context.
3. Grammar korean to english is too hard
Nothing like this! English grammar, of course, has its difficulties, but in comparison with other languages it is more simple and understandable: a simple category of nouns, in which there are no cases and only two forms – singular and plural; in the category of verbs there are no cases characteristic of other languages; logical timing system.
It still depends on what your first language is and whether you have studied foreign languages before.
4. “I have no talent”
The newborn also does not have the ability to speak. And yet – if there are no organic disorders, everyone learns to speak. As they say, the main thing is desire. And labor, without which “you can’t catch fish from the pond.”
5. “It’s better to learn English with a native speaker”
Not necessary. The main thing is that the teacher should be a professional in his field, knowing the methodological system, being an interesting person, possessing excellent communication skills.
“He knows everything about the language as he is a native speaker.” Yes, but you do not need to know everything, especially in the early stages of learning.
“He has a better pronunciation.” Yes, but the teacher has a system of techniques that he will use to give you the correct pronunciation.
The native speaker, of course, has a better command of the language, but cannot always explain why it is worth making one or another choice of action in the language. But the teacher can.
6. “Language can only be learned abroad”
Abroad is a great way, of course, but NOT the only one. What now, to abandon the dream if there is no opportunity to visit the country?!. The result largely depends on your desire, your determination, the principles and methods that you adhere to in training. After all, if you really want to learn a language, you can do it anywhere – in courses, one-on-one with a teacher, or by watching movies. And even a trip abroad is not a “magic pill” against the language problems you face at home.
7. “Cramming is not fashionable and ineffective”
I hasten to disappoint you – cramming works great.
Just with the advent of the communicative method (by which most language schools work), much of the “old school” system was forgotten. Meanwhile, you can remember something only by remembering, and if other methods do not help – or they are not available – you can use the most direct and simple.
8. “British English is real English”
The most “correct”, “pure”, “formal”, “official”, but not the only one. Think about other countries and other varieties.
9. “I don’t have time”
Yes, of course, we are all busy, time flies very quickly, there is not enough time for anything. However, the question is not to spend a lot of time on training, but to organize it correctly. Think about when during the day the material is best absorbed, when the brain works best and learning is more effective, and set aside this time as “study time”. Even if it’s only half an hour. Mark this time in your diary and try to consistently study at that time.
In addition, each of us has his own pace and it is not necessary to “drive horses” trying to achieve the unattainable.
10. “To learn to speak, just talk”
Teachers in the classroom force you to talk as early as possible and as much as possible, sometimes remaining “in the shadows” themselves and giving students the opportunity to speak.
Fact: conversation is an imitation of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation of a foreign language. To be able to speak out, all this must first be known, heard, seen, read. To train conversational speech, you must first form it. Just by talking, you will not increase your vocabulary and learn new grammatical forms, but you will practice what you have already learned.
Let’s not underestimate the positive aspects of speaking, though: speaking improves your fluency and allows you to identify gaps in those aspects that were mentioned earlier.
Well, admit it to yourself – believing in a huge number of myths, you most likely justify your own laziness, right? Analyze the situation – what exactly causes difficulties in learning – the material itself, the methods used, do you like the place where the classes are held or the people with whom you study? Understanding a specific problem will make it easier to find ways to solve it. The secret to successful study is strong motivation and understanding of the challenges you may face. And don’t compare yourself to anyone, your path to learning a language – just like your path in life – is unique.
Remember that obstacles remain in our path only when we allow them to remain …