I have been doing, and I am still doing, some research on foreign language learning. Where I currently live, a small town in Japan called Kurobe, it is something they are trying to do (rather clumsily). As I am still in the process of studying, and I believe that this study won't end that quickly, things that I might say here might change. I'll actually change this first post to reflect the current status of my researches. But, here it goes.Tips about Learning a Foreign Language
- These tips can be used for any language. Indeed, they can also be used for one own's conlang, which makes this thread highly appropriate for the forum.
- These tips are for those people who want to master a language. You can apply them partially for partial results. (Indeed, this is why I only have partial results with some languages.)
- I will also use many examples, using the various languages that I can speak and am learning. I have 5 such languages : French, English, Esperanto, Japanese and Swedish. I might also use other languages, I even have a conlang in mind for one specific example.
- Otherwise, enjoy the good reading...1. Learning a Foreign Language : Issues
When learning foreign languages, you have to face certain issues. Most of those who have learned a foreign language actually encountered them and had to live with them. I just want to make sure with you that I do understand the issues your are facing, someone of which you might not even be consciously aware of, and that my goal is to actually make sure that these issues, while challenging, are not problems or difficulties.2. Fun, Interest, Diligence, Every Waking Day3. The Process of Speaking: knowing the language; using the language4. Pronunciation5. The Power of Examples6. Going Abroad: how to make full use of your stay abroad7. Mistakes: using the language vs. making mistakes8. The Process of Learning: step by step, little by little, at one's own paceLinks and resourcesMark Rosenfelder speaking about why people learn languageshttp://www.zompist.com/whylang.html
Some people learn languages but most... don't. Educational programs, parents, finvenkist auxlangers and others want their children to learn foreign langauges. The conclusion is highly depressing for those who want to have children learn languages, but if does offer great stuff. I do not necessarly agree with the conclusions about the tips, but they are a great step in the good direction.