Top Ten Secrets of Learning a Foreign Language: Tip #5

Tip #5 to Learn a Foreign Language

  1. The More Senses You Use, the More Effective the Learning
  • Repeat Aloud – Repeating aloud actually helps stimulate the part of the brain that controls motor skills (like speaking) and helps develop the part of the brain as related to the new language (known as “Broca’s Area” in the science world). This means that you will be more effective at the moment of conversation if you’ve practiced saying the foreign language words you learn aloud. 
  • Type or Write the Words – As you type or write the words you learn, you are using the sense of touch to kinesthetically learn the words at a higher brain level. This also helps with future recall. Also, as you walk around your home or office, try to say the name of objects you see.
  • Sight – Look at Words and Relate them to pictures – (See Key #2 on Visualization)
  • Listen to the New Foreign Language Words – As you hear new words, you are using yet another sense to implant them into your long-term memory. You can also train your ear to hear differences in the words you learn as compared to the same sounds in your own native language. This is a key part of developing great pronunciation skills – the ability to hear the difference between sounds in your native language as compared to those in the foreign language. (For more on pronunciation, see #4) It is important to find a foreign language course that has both moving pictures in some type of software (as mentioned in the previous point) as well as audios CDs so you can practice hearing the language and learn at a higher level.

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Until later my language-learning friends!

Dave Clark – Director of Visual Link Languages

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    I loved these tips. I am definitely going to try them!

  • Jared October 12th, 2011 at 00:12

    Smart title. I have used the 4 methods to help learn a foreign language, but never explicitly labeled it that by using more of the senses, I would be more likely to absorb the language.

    Great viewpoint. Thanks,

    Jared

  • apple October 27th, 2011 at 04:14

    Love the tip # 2, it helps a lot! I do the same now every time i learn a new character! And it works! I recommend everybody to do this! And you will see the progress very quickly!

  • Fiacrio February 9th, 2012 at 07:45

    ya never made it to 10, eh? only to 5?

  • Amelia from Faster Foreign Language Learning April 14th, 2012 at 11:17

    I’ll add another one for kinesthetic learners: mime words or act them out like in charades. For example, if you’re trying to learn the word “Der Teller” (plate in German) act out holding a plate, putting food on it, eating from it, washing it, and so on while saying “Der Teller” and any other related words and phrases. (Of course, in this case you could use a real plate, too.) It’s useful for anyone, but it works especially well if you like to “learn by doing.”

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