04 Oct How to learn any language in six months
Chris Lonsdale, a psychologist from New Zealand who runs a company in Hong Kong, talks about language learning. He believes that anybody can learn a language in six months if they follow the five principles and seven actions that he has formulated after assessing all the research available on language learning.
Let`s see here the five principles:
- Focus on language content that is relevant to you.
- Use your language as a tool to communicate from day 1.
- When you understand the message you will acquire the language unconsciously.
- Language is not about accumulating a lot of knowledge but is rather a type of physiological training.
5. Psychological and physiological state matters - you need to be happy, relaxed, and most importantly, you need to be tolerant of ambiguity. Don`t try to understand every detail as it will drive you crazy.
And these are the seven actions:
- Listen a lot – it doesn’t matter if you understand or not. Listen to rhythms and patterns.
- Focus on getting the meaning first, before the words. Body language and facial expressions can help.
- Start mixing, get creative, and use what you’re learning.
- Focus on the core – the most commonly-used words, and use the language to learn more (What is this/that? How do you say ? etc.)
- Get a language parent – someone who is fluent in the language and who will do their best to understand what you mean; who will not correct your mistakes; who will feedback their understanding of what you’re saying using correct language, and uses words that you know.
- Copy the face – watch native speakers and observe who their face, and particular their mouth, moves when they’re speaking.
- “Direct connect” to the target language – find ways to connect words directly with images and other internal representations.