Studying a foreign language has always been a challenge for most of the people. We are used to thinking and act in mother’s language, and that’s why it comes hard to start making up sentences in other languages.
Talking to an English School Director from Ukraine, who represents Oratorica (in Russian it sounds like this: Tsentr izucheniya yevropeyskikh yazykov) we discovered top difficulties a person has to face when studying a new language.
Top challenges one has to overcome when learning a new language
One of the biggest problems is to set up your mind the right way. Yes, this sounds a bit strange, but because we are human beings, our brain has to adapt to new conditions. A good way to overcome this barrier is to expose to the new language gradually. Don’t start with lots of information from the very first day; it may be overwhelming for you. Create for your brain the ideal conditions for study, excellent, and quality material will help enormously, pleasant teachers and relaxed atmosphere makes the difference.
An important thing to be emphasized here is that a genuinely great enthusiasm the very beginning could burn you out too quick. So be vigilant to keep your inner fire bright to guide and motivate you. Thus, our advice for you is to start out simple and to keep adding more and more information on a daily basis to your background. In such a way, you adapt quickly to the new language.
Overcome your fears of making mistakes. All people are making them, especially when learning something new. Even if you think that you speak horrible in that language, keep talking. Train your knowledge. Sooner you’ll discover that you keep improving. Be perseverant and results will come.
Several students forget the playing part. An excellent way of learning a language is to study from different sources. Don’t rely just on one source or book, add variety. Studying from various sources will ensure you can compare different styles and ways of teaching. Read books, listen to music and audio books in the language that you are interested in. In one – two month you’ll see several improvements. Your needs to get more and more of that language will be a sign of success.
Another mistake is that people think that sentences have to be the same structure as in their mother tongue. Our advice is to focus a lot on sentences structuring. Even those that start know a foreign language quite well do make this mistake. They translate word-to-word, without trying to think in that language. It takes some time, and you have to be stubborn to accomplish this, but it is the only way to use a word right.
The most critical error someone can do is give up too early. Stay interested. Learn about the culture and traditions of countries that use that language. You will be impressed to discover daily something more. For sure you like discovering. So, put sufficient pathos in the activity you are involved in, and learning will come by itself.