Why several languages at the same time?
Organizing the language learning process
There are countless reasons why anybody would want to learn a foreign language. It may be for business reasons, relocation purposes or just for broadening one's perspective over the world we all live in. In this article I will speak about an organized method I use to learn several language at the same time. The reason why I want to learn more languages at the same is purely time related. I strongly believe that it is more efficient to get into different languages concomitantly, rather than waiting until you reach a certain level on one language and then move on to the other. Personally , I study French, German, Russian and Chinese and the goal of fluency in all for is not very far from me at this point in time.
Let's get started! The first thing that you need to know is that any languages is divided in several aspects and you need to approach each one separately before blending them and achieve fluency. I divide the aspects of the language as such:
Vocabulary represents the words you learn from that language. When it comes to learning vocabulary for several languages at the same time , I suggest that you take a category (e.g. body parts) and create in parallel tables with the same word translated in each language you are studying :
This way way, each time you want to revise new words, you have them well-written in your notebook.
When it comes to grammar I recommend using the exact same method as in vocabulary! Write down the grammar rule for each language (e.g how to create past forms of a verb) and then create a parallel tables like above. There is a very important aspect I need to add in regards to grammar. It is not essential to learn grammar if you want to just ,,speak'' a foreign language. I believe that you need to learn serious grammar only if you are VERY serious into the language. I know many people who speak Russian for example, and even though they cannot name the tenses or they types of modal verbs they are using in their phrases, that does not seem to bother them. So don't get to stressed when it comes to grammar because when it comes to speaking a language casually, it will not be as crucially important as the other aspects.
- Speaking & Listening
Now these are without a doubt the most important aspects of any language. That is why most say to ,,speak'' a language , not to ,,know'' a language. When it comes to speaking and listening a language I recommend two activities.
- Search for language podcasts on the internet. Podcasts are awesome. It would be just like having your teacher on an Ipod or mp3 player. There are podcasts where you can choose the topic you want to hear about and then, just by listening to the podcast you can improve your accent, and listening skills considerably. Most language podcasts also provide a transcript of the content so you can check if you didn't understand a word or a phrase.
- Sign up on LiveMocha. This is a language learning community that will not only give you the right tools to learn your language , but also encourage you to do it. You will meet people who will want to learn the language you speak and who can teach you the language you want to learn. The website is very easy to use. Go check it out!
And of course, as a bonus, you will want to travel to a country that has as official language the one you want to learn. This is the IDEAL way to learn any language: to go there for a few months and picking it up will be inevitable.
So there you are! I hope you enjoyed this article and good luck in your quest!