Little by Little
They call it incrementalism. Okay, let’s stick with little by little.
We like immediate results, or at least we like to move quickly in the right direction. Slowly, little by little, and waiting don’t sound like progress words. When things happen slowly, we wonder what is going on. Could we be doing something wrong? Are we missing something?
What is the best tool for language learning? That is one of the first questions people ask. We all have different learning styles. There were times when I tried to learn in a way other people were learning and only ended up in frustration.
If you are looking for the best method before you begin, you probably won’t start, or you may start with the wrong tool for you and end up quitting altogether. You don’t want that.
Should you listen first, read first, write first, study grammar, or move out of the country to a place where they speak your target language all the time? I’ve used all these methods, and each has their advantage. I like to keep things interesting and fun, so here are a few for you to check out.
One of the quickest ways for reading foreign text without having to leave the website you’re reading is Readlang. Readlang is a webapp and Chrome extension that helps you learn by translating web sites and creating flashcards and word lists for you.
“No dog is too old to learn new tricks, including a new language! “
Language learning broadens your life. It opens up the possibility for new friendships, more interesting travel, and a sense of accomplishment when most people are thinking their days of learning new things are over.
It’s not over. There are benefits to learning a new language no matter how old you are.
I have long been interested in language learning. I started when I was 14 when I learned sign language. After a trip to Germany in 1972 for the Munich Olympics, I started learning German. Language learning is not just for young people, however.