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How to learn a foreign language?

Perhaps you think that there are many ways and you're right. However, if after a year, you failed to learn the language, enough to be able to enrich it further by yourself , it means that the learning method was wrong.

Possibly you can agree and you will try another method. Well, the point is that in reality you should not use any good methods, they do not exist except one. Only then, will you call it a method? To distinguish it from so called methods let's call it the natural way of learning language.

If you do not know what I mean, I explain:

Imagine a child who neither knows any language nor knows anything about the world nor has any teachers except parents. Despite this the child relatively quickly learns both, the world and the language.

You can probably say that you are no longer a child, and therefore it is more difficult for you to learn so easily like one. Nothing could be more wrong! Actually, you are in a much better position because you do not have to learn the world. Just skillfully take advantage of your knowledge, follow the rules learning like a child and your learning of the basic of language will be very short - Just take a similar path!

Think about it, and you will come to the conclusion that primarily we learn the language through dialogues. When we were kids, parents had been talking to us all the time. The fact is that such dialogues alone would not have given any results if they had not been supported by a related situations.

Language is an abstractive tool and to make it work there must exist lots of mental projections already created in our mind among the objects, situations and actions that happen in the real world. These must be associated with words, expressions and structures of the language. Understanding the language means that we are able to link its content with the corresponding situations that we can imagine.

These associations should incorporate all our feelings and emotions. All our senses are normally involved in the process of learning. Therefore, the dialogue, which is the first natural language learning tool must be accompanied by other incentives as much as possible, especially visualisation.

As a result, what you hear and what you see is associated with your feelings and reminds in your memory creating a structure ready to be used in similar situations that you may encounter in the future. But just listening, feeling and understanding is not enough to be able to use the language in the speech.

To do that you must be able to play both sound and structure. Consequently, you must speak by coping and repeating the sound you heard as many times as necessary. Remember not only hearing, but also the organ of speech is involved in memorizing and creating brain matrix for your future speech.

And finally emotions. To understand language expressions we have to, at least partially, live situations and feel emotions associated with. We have to be able to recall those feelings. And here again, you have an advantage over the child. If you do not learn a language completely different from your culture, you have no trouble reading the emotional charge that is included in both intonation, as well as in what you can see.

If you can engage other senses, such as touch, smell, taste, feeling hot and cold in your learning the better. Of course, all these may not be always possible, but remember you should have the opportunity to engage at least your sight and hearing.

Finally the effort. To learn foreign language not effort is required. Just feed your brain with stimuli the way described above. You will feel comfortable and happy. If you do not enjoy it, something is wrong, probably something is missing. Tell your expert to explain the situation that you do not understand, preferably in body language.

In summary, let us remember that learning a language is a cognitive process which produce the relationship between what we experience, and the way of expressing this in language.

You probably noticed that language learning is often ineffective, now you understand why, and it is worthwhile to go between people who use it and let your instinct guide you, listen, repeat, ask, etc. It's true. Guided by instinct, you commit less errors, similarly to parents raising their children. Reject the so-called methods and believe your instinct, and your progress will amaze you.

You already know what you should do, and now let me explain what you should not, while learning a foreign language. If you have doubts, think about a learning child and you do not commit an error. So here are some tips:
  1. Start learning from spoken dialogues preferably dialogues, supported by visualization. Dialogues must be related to specific situations which you can observe, analyze and memorize, all together with the sound, pictures and related emotions. These situations should be typical such ones you can meet in everyday life.

    The question is, can you do this alone? Well, it is difficult, so it is better to have someone to help you, but if you have a teacher who insist to lead you through a path different from the natural, refuse and look for someone for whom the language you are learning, is the one of his his mother. Let's call them conventionally EXPERTS.

    The Poliglot program also helps experts, partially relieves and releases them from some tasks and problems, but cannot replace them completely.

    To chose your experts be careful and get them from the social an cultural group similar to the one you belong to otherwise you may shock your future interlocutors with expressions that they do not normally use, coarse language, slang, etc. or on the contrary you may be perceived as somebody pretending to be from higher society. In both case it is better to learn popular formal expressions and use them wisely.

    It does not mean you can not take advantage of traditional schools and teachers, if you want, but do it when you get the level of your language proficiency corresponding to a native 4 years old child.

  2. In the first stage:

    - Do not read, do not write

    - Do not study grammar

    - Do not learn the words, imagine them

    Get all meanings by feeling.

  3. In the first stage of learning, once you master the linguistic structures, you have to start to create your own expressions by modifying and adapting the ones you already know. If you do not create your own expressions modeled on previously known and if you do not speak them out loudly you will never be able to speak.

    It is clear that it is better if your expert can correct your wrong pronunciations if necessary but if not you can record your speech and compare with original one. Have this in your mind that if any native speaker do not correct you because of their kindness, they strengthen your mistakes.

    And that is basically all you have to follow or not. Now let's get to what's next.

  4. In the second stage of learning you can learn to read. Do it loudly but if you do not have anyone to correct you, do not read anything you have not heard before, and do not read if you do not understand the text. It is better to have your expert to correct you if necessary.

    Take advantage of materials with text and audio.

    - First listen,

    - Then listen and track the text.

    - Then repeat parts of the text, loudly of course.

  5. The third stage is writing and this you can learn yourself, copying the whatever text you understand and can properly read. In this stage of learning never let anybody to dictate you any text, COPY IT instead!

    You should also know that while writing by hand, you remember visually and physically but do not worry, if you use a PC keyboard effectively, you'll get a similar effect.


  6. Finally, you need a little advice. In order to effectively control the first stage, the most important one, you should try to use experts. They can help you a lot applying the method of dialogue, familiarizing you with the narration, speech modes, tenses and other tricks of language. Get them whenever and wherever you can. Tell them what you expect. Without their help, your new language will be poor.

    What kind of help it is and how to do it is instinctively known by every parent. Implanting all this as features in computer program, so far, is probably not cost-effective. Your EXPERT using our relatively simple computer program, and developed guidelines will help you to learn quickly and easily. That is exactly what we want. The program can be used on computers, laptops and smartphones.

    Witold Wojcik