Have you been trying to master a language?
Is it taking forever?
Well, just look around and get inspired by the little ones around you.
Surely you are wondering what kids can teach you about language learning.
So, let’s find out
Just mimic the sounds
Children often imitate the sounds they hear, and they do not necessarily know what they are saying. This is a great trick for language learners who prefer to speak a language directly and not focus too much on the grammar. An added advantage is the fact that the phrases and expressions used when mimicking native speakers are grammatically correct every time. What is important to remember though is the fact that this should not be forced, and the learner should spend a lot of time listening to authentic speech.
Don’t be shy, ask away
Children are curious and ask around 200-300 questions every day. Well, I am not saying you should ask that many questions while learning a new language, but you shouldn’t shy away from them whenever in doubt. Firstly, you become actively involved in learning. Secondly, you are more likely to remember the answer to questions you asked. So be curious, ask questions and remember there’s no such thing as a stupid question.
Don’t give up
Have you seen a baby just learning to walk? There are a lot of falls and wobbly moments to start with. They learn gradually and focus completely on what they want to achieve. For them, failure is not a hindrance to success but a stepping stone. Perseverance is key to language learning, of course there will be days when you make no new progress or very little progress in learning but as long as you keep trying, you are still ahead of those who don’t even try.
Immerse yourself in the language
Children learn languages faster as they are immersed in the language they are learning through poems, rhymes, and games. It is true that adults may not always have the luxury of immersing themselves in the language they are learning. But there are certainly passive activities that can create an immersive environment such as listening to songs, podcasts, going to clubs, to play sports with native speakers, and watching movies in the language you want to learn.
And if at times you still feel like giving up, there is something called “baby steps”, remember?