So, I am taking a little break from my watching 13 reasons why and finally brought myself to write another blog. So here I am! Returning and writing as normal.
So lately I have been thinking about starting a club at my school for people who are learning a language and possibly need some help or some resources to help them in this endeavor. And so, since I am starting to run out of unique things to write about, I decided to bridge the gap and write a bit about learning languages and how to make it easier.
Korean Alphabet (Hangul)
First of all, would probably be the easiest. Try to find people to learn with you. Whether you take it in a class or a group of you meet up during lunch for a quick study session, it always seems to make learning vocabulary easier when it is in a group. I have tried learning 5 languages with actual dedication, Spanish and Chinese were in a class, and Italian, Arabic, and most recently Korean on my own. The 2 that I learned in a classroom were such easier due to the fact that there were many people around me interested in the language.
Next is to consider the order and find comparable languages. By order I mean when you learn what language. When you are younger, you learn languages easier, as you are more capable to learn difficult skills and ideas. This has a similar case when it comes to the order of languages. Let’s say you are a native English speaker who is wanting to learn Spanish, Italian, German, and Chinese. There is an order you should make that would make this list a lot easier to manage. You would start with German, as it is the family as English being a Germanic Language. Your second language is almost always the hardest language for you to pick up, as you have to get your mind around the idea of a different sentence structure and new mannerisms for languages.
Keep Calm and Learn German
I would then go for Spanish, as it is more prevalent in English speaking countries than Italian. This would be wise due to the fact that while it is a different kind of language, you would still have a solid base already having the same alphabet, not counting double L’s or tilded N’s. After that, go straight to Italian ad my second point of finding connected languages. Spanish and Italian, if I remember correctly, are 57% the same, so it would be easier for you to learn as you have already figured out a very similar language to it. Another example would be Dutch to German or Dutch to Afrikaans, which is supposed to be the easiest language for English speakers to learn.
Spanish Flag (Bandera De España)
And lastly you would go Chinese, which I am now learning. I would suggest taking this as either your first or last Foreign language, due to the fact it is so different. It can either make you completely rethink everything you thought previously about a language, or it can really ruin your day. To me, Chinese is Easier than Spanish, but it really depends on the person’s mindset and their way of thinking. With Chinese, a person who likes to paint would probably have an advantage due to the Characters. Most are pictograms, meaning they derive from a picture of something, like the Sun, fire, and house characters (日, 火, and 马).
One last great thing to remember is to try to practice as much as possible, and. if you can, talk with native speakers. I use an app called HelloTalk (which a lot of you read my blogs from actually) which helps me to talk with native Chinese, Italian, and Korean speakers. And, if you type the code Fi3M, you will get a free 3-month membership. Along with that, one great language blog I use and read is the site “fluent in 3 months” which is where I got this code from. Give it a good look if you have the time. It really does help.
Anyway, that is all for today. If you guys liked it, feel free to give it a like and a follow me on Facebook or WordPress right down below! It really does help a lot and I will see you all tomorrow!
Ni Mingtian Jian!
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