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Best Way To Learn A Foreign Language

Posted by jerryregier on August 3, 2008

By Jerry RegierJerry Regiers, Jerry Regier on foreign language learning

I have never quite understood how to learn a foreign language. It is a shame too. Learning a foreign language is pretty necessary in this day and age. If you learn foreign language, it makes you more employable in a variety of areas, as well as enhancing your cultural experience. Say what you want about modern translations, but until you learn foreign languages you never get to experience the beauty of foreign writers or the real experience of another culture. Nevertheless, I have only managed to learn part of a foreign language once, and it was so difficult for me that I doubt I will ever try it again. It was just too much work!

I managed to get all the way through college without ever successfully mastering a foreign language.

I struggled with learning a foreign language all through college. I went to a liberal arts university that demanded it, and I knew that I could not graduate with the degree that I wanted unless I managed to take a foreign language course. I tried using how to speak German software, but nothing worked.

To this day, I believe that the only way to really learn foreign languages is to completely immerse yourself in another culture. If you can speak English at all, you will not learn how to speak a foreign language. Instead, you will keep falling back on your English skills. If you need to learn foreign language in order to interact on a daily basis, however, it will come much more quickly. Friends of mine now are learning French and doing it quite successfully, but they are immersing themselves in the culture every day!  I admire them because they are in their 50’s and have successfully learned two foreign languages in the past 10 years.  It can be done.

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About Jerry Regier

Posted by jerryregier on January 4, 2008

Jerry Regier most recently served in the George W. Bush Administration as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He provided leadership on policy analysis and development and evaluation research for Secretary Michael Leavitt.
Secretary Regier previously served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF), appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in August, 2002. As Secretary he oversaw a Department of over 25,000 employees and the programs of Child Welfare, Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Economic Self Sufficiency, Child Care, and Refugee Services. The budget of DCF was 4 Billion. One year his staff completed 3389 adoptions which at the time set a record for DCF.
He previously served for five years as Secretary of Health & Human Services for Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating until he resigned on January 15, 2002 to run for Governor of Oklahoma. As Secretary, he provided policy oversight to 13 Agencies. Concurrently, he served as Director of the Office for Juvenile Affairs. Jerry Regier also served as Acting Director of the State Health Department during a crisis in that agency.

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