Monday, November 3, 2014

Learning a language – 10 things you need to know | Education | The Guardian

Panellists describe the importance and joy of reading for pleasure in another language. Photograph: Holger Burmeister / Alamy
1. Make realistic, specific goals

You have decided to learn another language. Now what? On our recent live chat
our panellists first piece of advice was to ask yourself: what do you
want to achieve and by when? Donavan Whyte, vice president of enterprise
and education at Rosetta Stone, says: “Language learning is best when
broken down into manageable goals that are achievable over a few months.
This is far more motivating and realistic.”

You might be feeling wildly optimistic when you start but aiming to
be fluent is not necessarily the best idea. Phil McGowan, director at
Verbmaps, recommends making these goals tangible and specific: “Why not
set yourself a target of being able to read a newspaper article in the
target language without having to look up any words in the dictionary?” Read article...

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