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Do you have a talent for learning languages?

There are numerous reasons to want to learn a language (HERE), but many people seem to think that only certain people can learn them, that there is some kind of special talen. We hear language learners say things, such as “I’m no good at learning languages!”. As a language teacher I have heard this a million times. Is there really a special talent? What makes some people learn faster that others?

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I truly believe that there is no such thing as being good at learning languages, everyone is capabale of achieving this feat. But what are the ingredients for success? An important thing is to have a clear plan (HERE). You should set small objectives, such as read for 15 minutes per day, review flashcards for 10 minutes in the morning, This way you will be able to do it with ease. If you follow the simple method (HERE) to learn a language, you will find it easy and enjoyable. I have narrowed it down to several points that I will put in order of importance.

  1. Interest. If you are not interested you won’t manage it. It’s called motivation! You need to love a language to learn it well. This helps with the amount that you use the language you have chosen to learn. After all, the only thing you need to learn a language is to have a lot of contact with it. It is as simple as that! Make it fun, dynamic and creative to prevent boredom. Use games to make it enjoyable. I recommend  EASYESLGAMES for this because the games are simple and easy to play.
  2. Opportunity to practise. To learn a language you need to do one simple thing, use it! If you use it, you live it. The internet is a fantastic resource (HERE) to find opportunities to use the language you want to learn.
  3. Understand  how you personally like to learn! A clear understanding of the way you like to use your time (HERE) will help you as a learner to take advantage of the time you use a language. Also, – clear understanding of your own language gives you a helping hand.
  4. Consistency is key. Study every day, but for a short time so that you don´t get tired or burnt out (HERE)
  5. Interaction with other language learners. Language is about interaction and communication. Don’t do it all alone! Find people with this common interest and get inspired, there is always a new opportunity around the corner (HERE).

So if there is no such thing as a talent for learning languages what are we waiting for? Spread the word and let’s break this erroneous view that only a select few can do it. I always use the context of a ‘dim’ friend I have back home in my town, (let’s face it, we all have one) even my friend was capable of mastering his mother tongue through using it and listening to it every day. Try to use these ideas as a way of motivating students and become more effective language learners.

I hope these little tips are useful!

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