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REAL CONVERSATIONS: THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE

REAL CONVERSATIONS- THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE

Though it is clear that a balanced approach to language learning is the best all round approach to achieving fluency in a language, it is clear that there is one part that most people fail to practise sufficiently. The sales ploys of many language learning methods that insist you can learn a language exclusively by using an app are simply a myth. We are in favour of people using apps as a part of their language learning routine, as set out in our methodology START, but there is no substitute for the application of language in a context and more specifically, using language in a real situation like a conversation.

The problem is that people find it difficult to get the opportunity to use their target language (the language they are learning) outside of class time. This is why it is so important to have a language learning partner, go to language exchanges or sign up to a language learning website so that you can find the time to speak in real life.

When learning a language it is essential to remain motivated and this is why language learners should be involved in conversations that are suitable for them. They should be at the correct level (A2, B1, B2, C1) and also be focussed on a topic that they have some understanding of.

There is an obsession with having a native teacher who can ensure that you pronounce well and speak accurately, but this is useless if there is a lack of understanding between you. This is why it is recommendable to do a language exchange with someone who also speaks your mother tongue. On the other hand, what you can do is meet another language learner who has a similar level to yours so that you can improve together.

The final thing is focus of the conversation. Although repetition is essential in language learning, you will not advance if you only repeat the same conversation all the time. To enhance your language learning skills, you should have CLEAR AND RELEVANT TOPCS to speak about with practical examples.

 

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