How do we learn languages?

The most important thing about learning languages is to have a passion for the new language. I think this is self-explanatory, because passion motivates you in any issues. If you don’t have a inner desire you will eventually loose your aim rapidly. You need tacticts to motivate yourself: join a group, busy yourself with special cultural things that interests you, read your favorite books in English or watch english movies.

But nothing can replace the contact with native speakers and the communication with them. They can correct your speaking skills better than just reading a book and they are able to give you alternative sayings. A very good opportunity to do this is to use your pc and a internet connection to chat with people all over the world. There are different kind of chats in the world wide web, but it is very hard to find a matching dialog partner. Sometimes, the generally dialog phrases ‚how are you, where are you from‘ doesn’t help to improve yourself. To really get in a highly interesting and varied dialoge you have to find a partner who also want to improve his language skills. For this case you will find a special chat on You have to be registered first to get into chat.The website administrator will check your account informations and after that he will give you the permission to enter or not. This is a really good method to deterrent shady people.

Another wonderful thing to skill your language knowledge is to read bilingual books. I began to read „22 Short Stories“ by dtv, because I found it exhausting to read a long story in a foreign language.I think you stay tuned on learning languages if you always have some feelings of success. If you read 4 pages of a short story you will get earlier to the end (for me it’s a big feeling of success!) and you have not to fight with those long boring pages that could emerge in every long novel.
But there exists also books with vocabs and grammar or translation exercices. While reading you are forced to activate your language knowledge and use the words with your active treasury of words. Yes, there is a big difference between your active and passive word pool. The passive wordpool means in your brain exists many words, but you do not use them. You read and understand a text, but the same words doesn’t come to your mind in a conversation. This occurs in every language, either in your mother tongue. To get the passive words into your active word pool you just have to use them.There are many tricks to do this:

  • read an english text with your voice and not just in your mind
  • listen to audiobooks and repeat the sentences on your own
  • translate common items you see over the day
  • listen to songs and sing them
  • listen to the radio or to movies. It is not important that you understand every single word. You can just let it run in the background: children learn language unconsciously

This is only a small part of how to learn a language. At last, everyone has to find his own way to improve his skills. But all methods have one thing in common:

practice, practice, practice and never give up. You can’t learn a language in one day, it is a long process and it is no shame to make mistakes. Nobody speaks another language perfectly after one day. Sometimes you think you make no progresses, but it also an progress if you understand a sentence you have not understand weeks ago 🙂

And finally I offer you this link to listen to some english podcasts. Have fun!!


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