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From a Different Angle by Andrew Swift

Learning a new language is a long and time-consuming process that, at times, can be frustrating. As with most things in life, instant success is not something you will achieve in reaching your language goals, it's a long hard battle which, if you want to win, you'll have to work hard at. But what can we do to make things easier?

Most who learn a new language don't have the luxury of being in a country where the language is used by the local population. This, of course, speeds up the process. However, there is something you can do to replicate this, you can maximize your exposure to the language by changing a whole manner of things in your daily life. I'm sure you've heard all the tips before, for example, turning your phone settings to English, listening to podcasts, using English audio or subtitles on movies, etc etc but additionally, you need to start THINKING in your new language.

The most rewarding achievement on your long journey is when you have a full and unassisted conversation with a native speaker of your new language. The key to communicating effortlessly and readily is having the ability to process your thoughts in that language and not having to rely on your brain to translate everything before you speak. To master your new language, you need to snap out of this habit!

It's important not to run before you can walk so before you start trying to debate philosophy or discuss the spacetime continuum, try talking yourself through everyday and rudimentary tasks, this is a good place to start. Imagine you are doing the housework or going through your morning routine but you have to explain (in your head) everything that you do. When this becomes second nature, challenge yourself a little more by summarizing the plot of the movie you've just watched or when you get home from work recount the steps of your day in English.

The possibilities are endless but they all have one thing in common, they all require you to make the effort to do them. You need to make things happen. Your English lesson must not stop when you leave the classroom or end the skype call, you must take it everywhere with you until it becomes part of the way you think.


Andrew Swift, brit anyanyelvi mentor 

Andrew specializációját, a WISE Personal üzletágat ITT tudod megtekinteni