Language learning steps

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Fifteen usual conditions you are going through while learning a foreign language and how to achieve success

  1. Beginners’ enthusiasm – everything is interesting, understandable and it all makes sense. 
  2. Things are getting complicated, and grammar is becoming boring (no matter how dull you may find it, grammar is very important!).
  3.  It all makes sense in theory, but you still can’t understand people because they seem to talk too fast.
  4. It seems like you can only understand your teacher and no one else.
  5. You have lost your enthusiasm because you think – the more you learn, the less you know.
  6. You are slowly starting to communicate and you make a lot of mistakes (which is normal, how else are you going to learn? I had misspelt a word yesterday without noticing until a dear friend saw what I did, it is only human to err).
  7. You can understand only certain words or phrases in a certain context (this means you are on the right path).
  8. You are beginning to assemble all the grammar, words and expressions you have adopted so far (this means you are now aware of the language structure and, therefore, seem to understand how it works).
  9. You can use simple expressions, but you still need to improve your vocabulary in order to express yourself the way you want (don’t worry you have your whole life ahead of you to work on your vocabulary).
  10. You are finally making progress, you can now communicate in stores, restaurants, markets etc.
  11. You are trying your best to improve your communication skills and this is when cartoons, music, movies, comic books and books take action. Besides the language, you are gaining a new perspective on the natives’ culture.
  12. People can now understand what you are saying and you are getting more confident with time.
  13.  You can finally create thoughts in a foreign language instead of translating every expression from your mother tongue.
  14. This is the time where you can work on your accent, learn new challenging words, improve your grammar and take your communicating skills to a whole new level.
  15. You become fluent and, therefore, have no fear to express yourself in your new language and apply for a new job, citizenship, scholarship or anything else you may need. You are richer for a whole new language and that is a lot!

I have mentioned some of these issues so that people can adjust to them without major difficulties. If you find yourself in any of these stages while learning a foreign language, you need to know that it’s all part of the process. All you have to do is not give up! My experience in working with people showed that all who were persistent managed to achieve success!

Your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure!

Век живи – век учись!

Tévhit, hogy a magyar nyelv megtanulhatatlan!

Uz malo muke, ide nam od ruke!  🙂