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How to Learn a Foreign Language Few would argue that the most ideal way to learn a foreign language would be equal parts of total immersion and formal classroom instruction Being forced to handle everyday tasks in the new language reinforces the classroom drills in a way that manufactured language tapes cannot But spending a few years in Japan trying to understand the differences of the Japanese language for example is not always practical If you are like many students you are forced to rely on your three-hour weekly language sessions in a language center or at school Understandably you find your slow progress and inability to practice with natives quite frustrating Although nothing can take the place of an instruction abroad there are a few practices new language students can put into practice to increase their pace of foreign language comprehension Lacking the benefit of living abroad you must then create the illusion of total immersion The beauty of totally immersing yourself in another language is that your written auditory and oral skills are forced to activate in that new language Improve your writing skills for example by attempting to write everything in the language of study Start first with simple lists like to-do and grocery lists Lists are perfect for beginning students because there are no sentence structures to perfect You simply need to look up the word in the language dictionary and write it quickly next to the English equivalent Each new list means new words but also repeats from previous weeks Soon enough you will begin to remember the foreign equivalent without the aid of a dictionary Intermediate students can graduate to more complicated thought formations A good source of basic sentence structures can be found in childrens books whose simple themes and bright pictures are quite useful More advanced students can move on to newspapers and magazines in the language of study Always read with a
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