Jul 13 2013
Learning a new language can be fun and exciting. This would be an advantage particularly if you’re visiting another country, working there for months or years or maybe moving there for good.
Being able to speak a different language will help you communicate better with the locals. It helps in being able to ask for directions, order food or maybe learn about the local culture.
There are various ways of doing this today. You can enroll in an online program or enroll in a real language school either in your locality or in the country where you’ll be visiting or moving.
Do some research on the available language schools that offer online learning programs. This will provide you with many choices and the opportunity to know the features of each school. Be sure that you are dealing with legitimate providers that will help you in your desire to be able to speak proficiently the new language. Ask about their schedule of tutorials, modules and other online tools being used if any, number of students in a class, background of teachers and their fees for group and individual sessions.
You may contact the school via email, chat or phone to gather more details. A prompt response to your queries is proof that the school values their prospective clients.
You can do the same steps if you want to enroll in a real language school. In addition, though, a personal visit to the facility will be most helpful so you can meet the staff, teachers and find out for yourself the condition of their classrooms.
There are certain things to consider if you decide to study a new language other than your native one.
Firstly, you need to be specific about your goals. Ask yourself what you want to achieve and how long you’d like to accomplish it.
The next step is to prepare yourself. But keep in mind not to put so much pressure on yourself to perfect speaking the language. This is not an academic topic that has a passing or failure mark but rather a means of communication. As such, there are different levels of success and no failure to speak of here.
Developing your focus on learning the language is also very important. Work hard on it and immerse yourself in the learning process.
Speak with the locals. If there are native speakers in the place you’re living in right now, find a way to speak to them to practice your skills. Do the same when you arrive at your new place so you learn straight from them. Doing this on a regular basis will improve your speaking skills which may even surprise you.
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About the guest author:
Jana is a freelance blogger who once worked as an English teacher in Thailand and Korea. She took Thai classes then to help her better communicate with her students and the locals.
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