What Language Learners Need

What a language learner needs more than anything else is

INTERESTING CONTENT

Ten Reasons:

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The best way to learn is through interesting content,

• listening,

• reading and

• building up vocabulary.

What constitutes interesting content will depend on each learner, and even on the changing interests of each learner.

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Learning languages through meaningful content is preferable to

o attending class,

o studying grammar rules, or

o trying to speak your way to fluency.

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There are at least ten reasons why:

1) It is easier. You just listen and read. You start with easy content and advance to more difficult content, on your own timetable.

2) It is more effective. You can concentrate better on noticing the language, if you are not interrupted by teachers, other students, or yourself trying to speak the language.

3) It is cheaper. You do not need to pay for a school, or travel anywhere. You can find all the content you need on the internet, at libraries, on television and radio.

4) It is portable. You can carry your language learning with you, wherever you are.

5) It is less stressful. You are not forced to find words and to try to express yourself. You do not need to remember grammar rules nor do exercises.

6) It is more interesting. You choose what content to learn from. After the initial beginner content, you can quickly move to things that interest you, sports, pop culture, current events, hobbies, literature or whatever you fancy at any given time.

7) You can study for life. Once you know how to learn languages from content, you can continue doing so throughout your life, whenever you want. You can achieve whatever level you desire in a language.

8) Your mistakes don't matter. Once you realize that you do not need to understand perfectly at each stage, as you progress in the language, you just sit back and enjoy. What you get out of your listening and reading is your own business. No one is standing over you and correcting you.

9) You decide when to start speaking, and when you do, you tend to do well. If you can understand well, and if you can read for enjoyment, your speaking skills will quickly catch up. Trying to speak before you understand is a far more arduous task.

10) It is easier to study more than one language, and you will probably eventually do so. You have more freedom to choose when to study, and to dabble in more than one language. Most successful polyglots only rely on content based learning.”

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What Language Learners Need is adapted from:

Steve Kaufmann Blog of March 22, 2010

For more interesting information on language learning, try

Steve Kaufmann’s blog at http://www.thelinguist.blogs.com/

“For people who love languages or would, but were discouraged...”

[Although that blog seems primarily for intermediate and advanced language learners, especially polyglots, rather than raw beginners.]

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For more interesting information on language learning, try The Linguist Steve Kaufmann's blog.

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