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 ça va?’ With only the situation in mind and not translating ‘how are you?’

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

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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…

Wistful

Memories are so easily forgotten, aren’t they? Even the ones we owe to never forget. Honestly I never believed it, but maybe it was true all along. My brain has lots of empty spaces or rather blank spaces as though I had black outs during that period, and I am like ‘did it just happen?’ Just kidding. So don’t wonder about what to do? What not to do? So on and so forth random, more or less repeating questions…it doesn’t really matter, just do it.

365 DAYS OF MOTIVATION

  1. This is the year I will be stronger, braver, kinder and unstoppable. This year I will be fierce.
  2. I will no longer allow the NEGATIVE things in my life to SPOIL all the GOOD things I have.

I choose to be happy.

  1. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the ONLY option you have left.
  2. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’
  3. If ‘plan A’ doesn’t work, don’t worry the alphabet has 25 more letters. STAY COOL.
  4. Your speed doesn’t matter

Forward is forward.

  1. Being sad is a waste of time.
  2. Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities. You can’t begin your possibilities. – Tim Fargo
  3. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn
  4. The best is yet to come
  5. Every day is a second chance
  6. In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.
  7. Here’s to a year of better habits, positive thinking, clean eating and most of all yourself.
  8. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls, the most massive characters are seared with scars.
  9. God doesn’t give the hardest battles to his toughest soldiers, he createsdd the toughest soldiers through life’s hardest battles.
  10. Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. – Lucille Ball
  11. Make today amazing
  12. You are more powerful than you know

You are beautiful just as you are. – Mellisa Etheridge

  1. Life goes on…whether you choose to move on and take a chance in the unkown.

Or stay behind, locked in the past,

Thinking of what could’ve been.

  1. Negativity is the poison to the soul.

It takes over quickly and eventually will destroy you and all those around you. Continue reading