New Country, New Language? Make Friends!

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Rebecca Anglais
6 janvier 2017
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In the past two years, I have moved to two different countries where my first language (English) isn't spoken.

In the beginning, you can get by with speaking English or communicating with actions, but eventually you will realise that you need to learn the native language of the country if you are going to really live in that country and culture. So, when people ask me, "how did you learn to speak five languages?", I simply reply, "Be social!"

Of course it is necessary to get a basic understanding of the grammar and structure of a language, but you cannot learn a language without being social.

Get Out of your Comfort Zone

What exactly does this entail? Frankly, it means you have to get out of your comfort zone and start chatting with native speakers of the language you are hoping to learn, and with locals from your immediate area. You really need to be enthusiastic, curious, and persistent about starting conversations and making an effort to get to know a new person everyday.

That means every time you go to the supermarket, hairdresser, restaurant, or gym, make an effort to learn new words by interacting with the local people. Nowadays, Google is a great tool and makes it even easier for us - if we're really stuck with a word or phrase, we can just look it up on Google translate.

Social Pressure

Socialising forces us to make an effort of remembering new words too. By being social, you experience the pressure of potential embarrassment if you mess up, and it's not a bad thing to be a little embarrassed in the beginning stages of learning a language. Of course you won't get everything perfect the first time, but don't let that stop you. Keep up your enthusiasm for learning new words and vocabulary!

Listening Skills

Your listening skills can only develop in social environments. By keeping a social lifestyle, you will pick up new words from different people and the most important words will become apparent to you. Your vocabulary will start building with these words which you find are commonly used. Slowly, from there you will identify more words and your vocabulary will build.

Before you know it, you will be ordering a meal in that language and maybe even making small talk with people at the gym. These might seem like baby steps, but don't underestimate your progress even if it seems slow. It's all about keeping your social lifestyle consistent with native speakers, and really making an effort to learn new words and make new friends!


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Anglais
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Afrique du Sud
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1 910
Anglais
Langue maternelle
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Italien
B2
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Afrikaans
B2
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Français
A2
Currently based in Los Angeles, USA, I have been teaching English for the past three years and have helped my students land jobs, seal business deals and reach their professional goals. I am also the founder of an English proofreading and transcription services The English Square www.theenglishsquare.com where our focus is on the linguistics of your important documents. My lessons are customized to my students' language needs whether it be spoken, written or industry-specific English. I have university qualifications in Linguistics, Sociology and Information Systems. English is my first language but I also speak 5 languages. So I understand the challenges of learning a new language and will adapt to your level of proficiency. My lessons are fun, engaging and really focused on improving your skills. So I aim at activating your spoken English by building your vocabulary, introducing topic-based discussions, looking at key cultural differences, and developing conversational skills where necessary. I have many hobbies and interests including sports and culture. I work out regularly; mostly circuits and running. I love music and play the violin and piano. I also enjoy hiking in the mountains and any activities by the beach. My favourite actor is Johnny Depp by far! I think he is hilarious and have watched most of his films. I would love to hear about your passions, interests and hobbies. I hope to meet you and take your English to the next level! Best, Rebecca
Flag
Anglais
globe
Afrique du Sud
time
1 910
Anglais
Langue maternelle
,
Italien
B2
,
Afrikaans
B2
,
Français
A2
Currently based in Los Angeles, USA, I have been teaching English for the past three years and have helped my students land jobs, seal business deals and reach their professional goals. I am also the founder of an English proofreading and transcription services The English Square www.theenglishsquare.com where our focus is on the linguistics of your important documents. My lessons are customized to my students' language needs whether it be spoken, written or industry-specific English. I have university qualifications in Linguistics, Sociology and Information Systems. English is my first language but I also speak 5 languages. So I understand the challenges of learning a new language and will adapt to your level of proficiency. My lessons are fun, engaging and really focused on improving your skills. So I aim at activating your spoken English by building your vocabulary, introducing topic-based discussions, looking at key cultural differences, and developing conversational skills where necessary. I have many hobbies and interests including sports and culture. I work out regularly; mostly circuits and running. I love music and play the violin and piano. I also enjoy hiking in the mountains and any activities by the beach. My favourite actor is Johnny Depp by far! I think he is hilarious and have watched most of his films. I would love to hear about your passions, interests and hobbies. I hope to meet you and take your English to the next level! Best, Rebecca

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