The ABC of Language Learning

A simple step-by-step guide to learn languages. Not just read it, Use it!

the abc of language learning

Accept: Accept the fact that foreign languages operate differently from yours.

Break the worry habit: You can’t communicate if you keep worrying about making mistakes.

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Create: Start making your own learning tools (flashcards, drawings etc.). You know best what works for you.

Dare: Dare to speak, dare to ask, dare to make mistakes, dare to aim high.

E-learn: If you’re reading these lines, it means you are online. Make the most of it!

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Fly the nest: Don’t rely on your teachers for too long. Be an independent learner.

Get down to work: No excuses. Spend as much time studying as possible!

Happy: Don’t forget to have fun in the meantime and be happy for every little thing you learn.

Ignore: Ignore any negative thoughts you or your friends might have about learning.

Join: Join online groups and real-life clubs where you can practise with other learners.

Karaoke: Yes, karaoke! Sing along while listening to your favourite foreign language songs.

Love: Love the language you’re learning. Learn languages that you love.

Memorise: Learn expressions and sentences by heart. Learn entire poems or songs.

Notice: Notice patterns in the language. Take notes.

Organise: Organise your day and create time slots for learning.

Play: Play games. Educational games or your favourite computer games.

Quizzes: Test your knowledge regularly to see if you have improved.

Revise: Regular revision is essential.

Speak: Speak to friends, speak to tourists and clients. Speak to yourself when you’re alone.

Try: The only way to succeed is to try.

Use: Use books and notebooks, highlighters, sticky notes, pictures, computer programs and mobile apps.

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Visualise: Don’t translate from your first language- just visualise what you want  to say and say it in the target language straightaway.

Want it: Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Yes: Say yes to every opportunity to speak to foreigners. Don’t be the shy one.

Zen: Keep your zen. Learning a foreign language should never become a stress trigger.

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Written by: Melinda Makkos

Melinda Makkos enjoys a rewarding and successful career as an English Language Teacher. She was living in London, England when she fell in love with the language and decided to study English and American Literature at college. Her fantastic tutors guided her towards teaching- passing on her knowledge soon became her passion. After being awarded grade 'A' at the Cambridge Proficiency Exam and doing several teaching methodology courses, she was given her first ever teaching job in 2002, which was also a life-changing experience: working with asylum seekers. Since then, she has worked for schools and language schools all over Europe teaching general and business English to various age groups. Nowadays you will find Melinda here at MyEnglishTeacher.eu's Blog and facebook page. Come find me on Google+

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