It has to be done, sooner or later you will have to join a profession of some sort. This post will guide you through this process of finding the right career choice that fits you and your specific needs.
This is the second post on how to learn and pass English. Some of the tips and techniques mentioned here can also be applied to other languages as well. If you haven’t done so already, I’d invite you to read the first post in this series entitled how to pass English.
Understanding difficult subjects
If you want to learn how to pass difficult exams you need to first revisit your definition of the word ‘difficult’. Don’t be deluded by the word difficult. How many students haven’t had their dreams shattered by this word. How many a men have not lost themselves in the wilderness of their own self delusion merely because they believed that things have an inherent difficulty in them. Too many, that’s for sure.
What makes the word accolade anymore difficult than the word acceptance? Is it the number of letters used? Nope, in this case the latter word has more letters than the former but is viewed as more difficult. Why?
Simply because we have a wrong understanding, that’s why. I had a teacher once who correctly stated: “There are no difficult words – only words you haven’t heard of”. We tend to call the unknown difficult while in reality, it is no more or less difficult than that we already know. This is the mindset you need to have before acquiring new vocabulary.
Memorize the words and their meanings and then try to use those words in their appropriate context. Once you’ve used a word or phrase continuously, you’ll stop to perceive it as difficult.
Now before I dismiss the notion of there not being difficult subjects I do need to state that there are indeed subjects that are perceived as more difficult than others. This we all know from experience. However it is important to understand that although we may view it as difficult someone else sees it as easy. The difference between us and this other person is that the latter has understood the concept and thus finds it easy. If you want to be able to transform a difficult subject to become easy you’ll need to first understand it.
That’s why you should invest a lot of time to pose questions to the teacher in the beginning of a ‘difficult’ course. As soon as you don’t understand a word, phrase or concept you need to investigate it further. Don’t leave it to the future because chances are that you will never look into what that particular thing meant and will only later find yourself to be troubled when it shows up on an exam or in a real life scenario.
Do your homework, learn first and it will help you out later.
Don’t be afraid to ask when you do not know, we all need help every now and then. There are many myths about tutoring and hiring tutors which is why I think it is important to clear the myths and tell it like it is. This post will attempt to do just that, a starting point towards finding yourself a tutor.
What is the best way to study? Great question, this article will attempt to answer this question.
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Learning a new language and want to know how to best tackle it? Nadas problemas, just follow the guidelines set up in this article to get going!
You see, there are a number of things to consider when learning a new language.
If you are unsure of which language to study, this article by LingoLib gives you an overview of the best languages to learn.
1. Establish The Purpose
Why are you learning this particular foreign language and not another one. Are you 100% absolutely sure that you are willing to invest the energy, money and most importantly the time that it takes to learn a new language. If no, please take some time to think things through. It is often easier to change track in the beginning.
2. Be structured
You are by no means obliged to enroll in a language course in able to learn a new language (even though that might be helpful), however it is important that you study in a structured and organized manner. Make sure you are always keen on observing the time that you have allocated to study. Don’t put it off! If you for instance would only study as little as 1 hour per day you would learn the basics of that language within a few weeks. The more time you invest the more you’ll be able to learn.
3. Don’t forget about pronunciation
You can’t claim to have mastered a language until you are speaking in a fashion that is understandable by native speakers of that language. Put some extra time to learn how to pronounce all the letters and make sure you verify that your pronunciation is indeed correct. Remember, you should put some extra energy into pronunciation in the beginning of your journey. Once you’ve grasped how letters and words are pronounced it is fairly easy to guess how a new similarly structured word ought to be pronounced.
4. Grammar is key
There are different theories on how to best learn a language but they all include someway or another the acquiring the internal logic of that language, otherwise knows as its rules of grammar. Studying directly and exclusively from a grammar book may not be the best way to achieve results. Instead make sure you have a solid textbook + a grammar book that is used as a way of reference and not as the primary literature.
5. Compile word lists
Whenever you learn a new word be sure to place it in your word list. The longer time you study the language the larger that list should become. Make sure you rehearse the list every now and then to make sure that you still remember the old words.
6. Track Progress
How can you know if you’re improving if you aren’t tracking your progress? Define explicit goals; when do you want o be able to communicate in that language, how many words do you wish to have learned before the end of the year and so forth. The beauty with goals is that it gives you a frame of reference, an ability to see where you’re doing fine and where there’s need of progress.
7. Immerse yourself into the language
Don’t limit yourself to textbooks. Immerse yourself into the world of that language, if you truly want to learn a new language you need to talk, walk and breath in that language!
How long does it take to learn a foreign language?
Well it depends, for instance, this article on how long does it take to learn Spanish claims that it takes about 23-24 weeks to acquire that language. Other languages may differ of course.
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