Experts maintain that the best,
most effective way to raise a
bilingual child is to have one parent
speaking to the child only
in the foreign language.
10 Tips for Language Learning Success
If you're a first-time language learner, you know that emotional ups and downs come with the territory. When you understand a concept or begin to comprehend the language, you may experience feelings of exhilaration. However, these are often followed by moments of frustration and discouragement, during which you might feel as if you will never master the concepts and attain the ability to understand and communicate effectively. Below are some time-tested, research-verified approaches that will help mitigate potential frustration and will increase your ability to succeed in language learning.
1. Set realistic expectations
It is natural to feel uncomfortable in a language class. You're
used to being in classes where the mode of communication -- the
language of instruction -- is a given.
Remember that during the initial period of adaptation your ear and your mind
are adjusting to the sounds and the rhythm of the language. Though
you will not understand all of what is being said, you will be amazed
at your increasing ability to make sense of the language. Remember
that the only way to learn the language is through practice, practice,
and more practice; in the course of practicing you will make many
errors … and you will learn from them.
2. Break study time into smaller chunks
Research shows that language students learn more effectively and
retain more when they study frequently and for shorter
periods of time than if they study infrequently for extended
periods of time. Try to study each day, and whenever possible, several
times a day. This means, for instance, doing a few homework exercises
each day rather than doing all homework assignments the night before
they are due.
3. Learn vocabulary effectively
Vocabulary is the most essential element of communication. The
more words you know, the more you can say and understand.