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How to Learn Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language requires a cumulative approach towards learning. Since a language has such basic components as grammar, vocabulary and some typical spelling and sentence construction sensitivities, foreign language learners at all ages and levels need to assimilate the multiple aspects of the language and harmonize them all.

Language Learning Books

Linguistic books such as Linguaphone can be of valuable support to the foreign language learner as they are user-friendly guides to language learning with proven effectiveness. In fact, books with well-researched and specialized contents are published massively to assist foreign language learning at all levels. Some are meant for children, some for adults, some are designed as textbooks for classroom-based foreign language learning. Some books even suit specific needs such as learning of essentially business terms or acquiring the basic vocabulary of a language before traveling to the host country. Generally, books for language learning allow the learner to develop his own learning capabilities. Books also allow learners to refer back to lessons and provide useful tips over and over again so that a learner has a better foundation to build his ‘language-confidence’ before having to face more complex language situations. For instance, a person can think of referring to some foreign language learning books before taking up a job or going for higher studies in a foreign country and having to face complex real-life situations. These books contain elaborate and well-structured contents so as to provide maximum support and guidance towards foreign language learning. Moreover, books are easy to carry and hence provide easy reference. In fact, language learning books are not just independent learning aids; they also connect the teacher and the student.

Other Reading Material

As every language owes its current stature to its ancient practitioners and the land’s culture, reading may be the ideal way to acquaint oneself with the cultures and sub-cultures which gave birth to the language as it spoken in the present day. After all, one aspect of foreign language learning requires familiarization with old and new language additions and how the language perpetually evolves. In effect, foreign language acquisition needs not always happen in a formal setting. And when talking of books, it is not necessary that only textbooks and linguistics books be used as support to foreign language learning. Reading story books, books of literature, and in fact any kind of creative or formal writing may help enormously in foreign language learning, though perhaps not initially, as one requires at least some basic knowledge of the language in order to be able to read any form of creative writing.

An Efficient Yet Inadequate Learning Tool

However, a language consists of both written and spoken aspects. Books usually provide static information. When it comes to phonology – that is to the pronunciation of words and to picking up the correct accent – books are not of much help. In fact, books are inadequate when it comes to the phonological aspect of language learning. Moreover, a language is a living part of human culture, and it constantly assimilates structural as well as emotional changes in the lives of speakers. Hence, interaction with fluent speakers of the foreign language being learnt – preferably native speakers – is just as important. New terms and sentence constructions cannot always be learnt in books. Nevertheless, local publications such as periodicals, journals, magazines and newspapers do report the latest changes in the culture and social fabric of societies, whereas audio books are an innovative learning aid as they effectively teach both the written and the spoken aspects of language learning.