Unity At Crisis

It’s strange isn’t it? Yet not very uncommon to find real life situations where we unite during a crisis. Though it seems like they don’t have anything to do with you, at times of problem the same people back you up. Does that mean a strange is formed knowingly or unknowingly? But it’s just that we do not know how to express it at the present. Is it because everyone is introverts? Were your grandparents the same way? I guess not…then what is it that’s keeping you from being able to show love, compassion and empathy? It’s high time we set aside our little prisons entrapping us, this weekend and feel and see beyond!!

Happy compassionate weekend!!

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Why should you have a language partner?

Well, for most of the introverts finding a language partner is difficult. We see someone speaking in the language you are trying to learn….and yet we hesitate to approach. The usual reasons sum upto I am not fluent in the language or I am not confident….but who is?

We learn a language to communicate with the people who speak that language, right? Then just go ahead and speak…people are usually appreciative of your efforts. You learn better from your mistakes than from never attempting them.

Happy libraholic Sunday…speak your language!!

HOW TO MAKE LANGUAGE LEARNING A PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

Think of all the conversations you have done today.

Choose a one that quips your interest.

Just wonder how much more interesting would it be if you were to speak the same in the language you are learning…yeeaahh… that feeling of accomplishment and content is what you are aiming at.

Jot this in your journal, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know the vocabulary…just write what you know. Then, look up the words you want to know, if it is a verb find its conjugation and voila you are done!

When you want to know something and when you look for it, you will never forget it.

Journal ling everyday also helps in keeping track of things, thoughts and just the beauty of everyday which might vanish from the poor little brains.

So friends let’s keep our brains fresh and live with fun filled language learning!!

 

Why should you learn the script of a language first?

It is true, you can learn a few phrases with the help of transliteration. Then why master the script first?

1. Transliteration; its limit ends with a few basic phrases.

The amount of materials you can have access is greater in the language you are learning than in the language through which you are learning a new language.

Learning a script isn’t as complex as it might seem. It is way too easier compared to grammar.

When you master a script, you will feel a sense of accomplishment which indeed motivates you to read further.

2. One of the most important things I have learned in my language learning journey is that ‘one must learn a language through that language’, so that we don’t have to keep translating what we want to say in our minds before speaking. For example, if I want to say ‘how are you?’ in French I just say ‘comment ├ža va?’ With only the situation in mind and not translating ‘how are you?’

“ONE MUST SPEAK A LANGUAGE; THINKING THROUGH THAT LANGUAGE”

How to choose a language to learn?

Nearly a month ago when I decided that I wanted to be a hyper polyglot, the first question which taunted me was which language to learn? I guess a lot of language lovers go through this phase as well…so here is what I did.

1. Firstly, understand whether you would like to learn an absolutely new language or improvise your language skills to which you are already exposed to.

I was absolutely confused as I wanted to learn a whole list of languages, it was important for me to categorise my languages with a self rough estimate point 5 scale of listening, reading speaking and writing.

(I was generous with my English grading…since there is always something more and something new and I finally want to constrain, until I get my other languages straight)

As you could see I was in different levels in different languages, mostly because I don’t practice it regularly; this part is really frustrating, I really wish I had super memory…and since that’s not the case….we need to practice our languages everyday (we will be talking more about it in the future).

2. If you would like to learn a new language, then check for a language that really inspires you, since learning a language is a whole package including their culture and heritage.

3. Learning a language which can aid in your professional development. It can open up new avenues and builds up your confidence.

If you are planning to study abroad then learning the language and custom hits top in the to-do list.

4. And finally, When you want to have a change of breeze and understand the evolution from different angles, then I would suggest learning an ancient language like Greek, Latin or other extinct languages. In my case I learnt sanskrit for 7 years and that has made all the difference in my journey learning Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Though sanskrit isn’t a communicative friendly language, it is the mother language for many Indian languages i.e you could easily trace a word back to its origin and the modifications it has undergone for a wholesome understanding.

To summarise

1. Categorise the languages you know and languages you would like to know.

2. Further categorise languages you know in point 5 scale in the sections of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

3. Read a language that inspires you. You definitely don’t want to learn something that doesn’t interest you a year later.

4. Understand your professional requirements.

5. If you plan on going abroad (say a trip or for college) read the language spoken there with priority, as you get to actually communicate with the native speakers and makes life a lot easier.

5. If you are someone who enjoys to know the origin of words or would like to learn a similar set of languages then definitely read the prototype.

Hope these tips help, if you have any questions please comment below.

POLYGLOT

How beautiful the word sounds.

I just came across this really special word – Polyglot, which defines a person who speaks multiple languages. Isn’t it great guys? To top this up, there is the term Hyperpolyglot, which defines a person who speaks more than 12 languages. Ever since then my goal has been to become a hyperpolyglot….yeah!! Join me in my journey, as we live through some beautiful languages…I will be posting upon the resources I used, my notes, some tips which worked for me and much more…