Considering taking up a new language? Not sure the questions to ask or what to expect? Here are a few tips that may help you on your way to adventures into not just a new language but also into a new culture. Such as learning Spanish, through your experience in learning its phonetics and sentence structures you will be diving into a culture that extends as far back as the Roman Empire and Roman Senate. Turkish will take you all the way back to the vast steppes of Central Asia and the Altai Mountains of North Asia. This sounds grandiose and maybe a little frighting, but think about it this way many words and phrases in cannot be translated from one language to another or lose their greater meanings in translation. By understanding various languages you can have a deeper and often more delightful experience when you engage these cultures, whether through literature or travel to the locations and or homelands of the language you have chosen to study.
Most people in this busy world don’t have time to study during the day because of financial needs that forces them to work longer hours. Many people seeking to learn another language turn to audio learning material but soon they become lax in their practice and the language study goes to the back of the mind where soon it is forgotten. The best way to learn a new language is from face to face lesson with a qualified instructor. The reason being is that many language have unique facial movements for unique sounds, in which audio lesson cannot provide this type of instruction. Also if you have a question about how to say this or that with an instructor you can have your questions addressed in class. So how do we obtain the best results if we are so busy in our daily life. The answer is evening and weekend classes. So let us take evening classes for example; you just got of work, which was frustrating and tiring. Now you have to go to your evening Spanish class, but your head hurts and you don’t want to study because that is kind of like work. Change that thinking, think of your class the same as going to the gym or sitting down at home playing your favorite video game. Why a video game or any game at that? As humans we are naturally competitive, we find enjoyment in playing and greater gratification in winning. So start to think of your language class as a game and you want to win, you want to raise to the next level. Ask you teacher to make a level score sheet that you keep on you. As a students of languages as well as an instructor have documented the use of Lingual Level Score Sheet (LLSS) for students of lingual training and have seen excellent results. You get scored for using the language, doing the homework, reading book, comic, watching movies, etc. It makes it fun. So now that you have gotten excited lets give you some tips about what to ask and expect for your first evening class.
When starting a new language, within your first classes you will encounter a brief introduction to the language’s phonetic pronunciations, simple self introduction and salutations. Depending on your chosen language of study and your ability to recreate certain sounds this part should be painless. Also you will become acquainted with your instructor and his or her background. Do not shy away from asking questions or from setting forth your wants and desires for learning your chosen language. Even if your reason for studying is just to get out of the house or a hobby that you are interested in taking up.
Questions to ask your instructor so that you become more comfortable with him or her. Ask about their background, where does he or she come from (some instructors maybe from another country that’s native or official language is the one you are studying) opening up the cultural experience. If your instructor studied the language at university ask him or her why they choose to study that language, it may give you a push or inspiration to study harder. Inquire what advice or supplement materials he or she might suggest to make your learning experience fuller and more satisfying. Your first lesson should be relaxed and laid back, be open with your instructor about your plans and goals for learning the language. All of these things combined together will get you off on the right foot and make your studying from that point on more enjoyable. Remember learning can be fun and relaxing, learning a new language is an adventure that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere. Just remember to learn a language correctly you need to take the time to learn face to face, that is the best way and your instructor will become your support.