Which language should I learn?

July 1, 2017 by  
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This is the question that I cannot answer but many people frequently ask…

Let me ask you a few questions that I hope will help finding your own answer:
1) Which language do you need to learn or will be useful if you learn?
2) If you do not have an answer to the question above, which culture or language are you interested in?
3) If no definitive answer for above questions, why are you asking which language to learn?

***A few little things for you to consider:
1) You will spend lots of time and effort learning a language.
2) According to quick search on google, Mandarin (Chinese), English, and Chinese are the top 3 most spoken languages in 2016.
3) If you do not speak English, I would, personally, recommend you to learn English, simply because it is useful. However, if you have read this far and understood all what I have written here, then maybe it is good enough for you…

The Biggest Mistake When Learning Foreign Language

June 10, 2017 by  
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I made this mistake, and I have seen many people making the same mistake so, I’d like all of LingoTips fans to know this.

The biggest mistake I have made when I was learning foreign language is this: I can communicate with anybody all over the world if I can speak foreign languages.

I keep saying this in many places but language is only a communication tool.  It is a very useful tool but you do not need it to communicate, although there is a limitation without this tool.  However, you need knowledge and communication skill to communicate more than foreign language skill.

To make my point, let me ask you this.  Is there a friend, co-worker or a boss, who is difficult to talk to?  He/she maybe always angry, yelling, short tempered, or not listening to you?  If you are that kind of person, then people would not want to talk to you, no matter what languages you can speak.  Whereas if you are a good listener, and if people feel comfortable talking to you, then you can some how communicate with them even if you do not speak their language.  Furthermore, you will learn their language faster because people talk to you even if you do not speak their language.

Similarly, if you have some extensive knowledge or skills, you can guess what people are saying even in foreign language, and you can even make your point with minimum amount of language skill.

Therefore, communication skills and specialized or extensive knowledge in your field is more important than being able to speak foreign language.  I encourage everyone I meet to learn foreign language but I also encourage them to work on communication skills and building special knowledge in their field.

The Shortcut to Becoming Fluent in Foreign Language

June 10, 2017 by  
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Many people have asked this question, “what is the fastest way to become fluent in foreign language?”

Various people would have different answers but in our experience, the answer is to use it as much as possible.

Fluency in language is like reflex.  In certain situations, you say certain expression without thinking.  The more “reflex” you build, the more fluent you sound in foreign language.

To build reflex, you need to practice over and over.  I have written the same pattern of phrases over and over in my notebook, simulated what I am about to say in my mind, repeated lines when I watched movies, and so on.

Practicing with real persons is also very important.  When the usage of certain expression is inappropriate, you can immediately see that it is not correct by observing the person you are talking to.

It is embarrassing to speak in a foreign language when you are not good at it.  However, be brave, and be confident.  Think that language is only a tool of communication.  There are many other ways to communicate.  What is more important is who you are.

To conclude, the shortcut to becoming fluent in foreign language is to find a way to use the foreign language, and use it as much as possible.

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Learn Six official languages of the United Nations

[ Arabic ] # of Native Speakers: 340 million (2014) // Native to: Countries of the Arab League, minorities in neighboring countries

Websites Description Base Language
Arabic Dictionary Online DICTIONARY Arabic and English
Madinah Arabic LANGUAGE PROGRAM
free resource for students seeking to Learn Arabic Online – beginner to advanced level.
English

 

[ Chinese, Mandarin ] # of Native Speakers: at least 960 million (2010) // Native to: China, Taiwan, Singapore

Websites Description Base Language
LINE Dictionary DICTIONARY English
Chinese Tools LANGUAGE PROGRAM
All texts and dialogs in mp3 format for download.
Chinese and English

 

[ English ] # of Native Speakers: 360–400 million (2006) (as a foreign language: 600–700 million) // Native to: Australia, United Kingdom, United States, and other, 67 countries in total

Websites Description Base Language
Dictionary.com DICTIONARY English
English Club LANGUAGE PROGRAM English
English Stack Exchange FORUM English

 

[ French ] # of Native Speakers: 140 million (2015) // Native to: France, Canada, and more (official language in 29 countries)

Websites Description Base Language
The French Tutorial LANGUAGE PROGRAM English and Spanish
French Today LANGUAGE PROGRAM English

 

[ Russian ] # of Native Speakers: 170 million (2015) (official and foreign: 260 million (2012) // Native to: Russia, other post-Soviet states, Israel

Websites Description Base Language
Learn Russian LEARNING RESOURCE English

 

[ Spanish ] # of Native Speakers: 470 million (2010) // Native to: Spain, Hispanic America, Equatorial Guinea

Websites Description Base Language
Study Spanish LANGUAGE PROGRAM English
Spanish Uno LANGUAGE PROGRAM English

Suggested Language Learning Sites – General

May 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Help Learning Foreign Languages

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Fluent in 3 months LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Learn a language FAST.
Multiple languages
Duolingo LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive.
Multiple languages
Pimsleur LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Available in 47 foreign languages and 14 languages for English learners.
Multiple languages
Transparent Language LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Serious web and mobile language-learning for your organization (… or just yourself.)
English
Busuu LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Learn with cutting edge technology.
Multiple languages
Anki LEARNING AID
Digital flash card for various devices.
Multiple languages
italki LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Become fluent in any language – take formal lessons, informal lessons or make friends… your choice!
Multiple languages

Why Learn Swedish?

January 10, 2014 by  
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Aside from the possibility of living in Sweden or Finland (where Swedish is an official second language), or meeting someone important who knows to speak only in Swedish, you’re probably looking for other reasons to convince you to go through the trouble of learning it as a second language. After all, Swedish is not as widely used as Chinese, Spanish or English—it’s not even among the top 10 languages in the world—but knowing how to speak the language does have its perks.

If surviving in a foreign land is not enough of a reason for you, then it should be of interest that the Swedish language is one of the easiest to learn to those who fluently speak English. It is worth noting that Swedish has borrowed a lot from other, more popularly used and studied languages, such as French, German, and English, which may lend to the initial familiarity of the words to a first-time learner of the language.

Before borrowed words were included, however, Swedish has long enjoyed commonalities with most other Indo-European languages, particularly its closest kin—Norwegian, Danish, and Icelandic. It is even said, that by knowing how to read in Swedish, one is also instantly able to read Danish and Norwegian text, as probably the main difference between the three languages is in the pronunciation.

Another good reason to learn Swedish, particularly if you plan to stay in Sweden for a long period of time and want to get on the native’s good side is that knowing their language will make it easier for them to open up to you, with you being a stranger to the country. Learning the native language is important if you find it important to make many friends while you’re there, as it is seen as a means of showing respect to the natives in many countries.

Convinced yet? Here’s another good reason: with enough practice and reviewing, you’ll be able to gain expertise of language rules within a year of studying Swedish. Also, even if you’re studying the language outside of Sweden, you’re sure to find others to speak in Swedish with for practice, with tens of thousands of Swedish language students enrolled at any given time. However, nothing can introduce you to the language’s melodic and expressive quality quite like a regular conversation with a native Swede. It is a language best acquired for more than just deciphering the manual of an imported car.