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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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