Learning a language can be really exciting, and also helpful in life. For example, in Canada some schools start teaching French at grade 4 and onwards, because French is the first official language. This way, if you get a job and know French, you'll be able to help twice as many people (or more) than if you just knew English. Also, if you like music that's in another language, you'll be able to sing along properly and understand the meaning. For example, I like KPop (BTS mainly, anyone?) and since the language of Hangul (Korean) interested me, I took it upon myself to learn it. I can now read Hangul, but I still have yet to understand the meaning. 

So, have you ever thought of learning a language? This article shows you what you need to do.

  1. Resources
    You need a few things in order to get a new language in your head. A notebook, pencil, computer, book - those are a few ideas. Notebook & pencil to record things, like letters and conjugations. Writing helps you remember, and you can always go back to it. I have a section in my notebook for Hangul. A computer or book is also needed. If you can find a book on learning Japanese, great! Website for reading Mandarin? Amazing! These are tools that help you understand the language and are essential. And if you can, try and take courses. Also, if anyone is interested, Duolingo is a website that has a lot of languages.
  2. Understand the Country
    I don't think this is extremly important, since you could do it later, but for better understanding learn more about the country/countries the language is spoken in first. Facts, tradition, best places to visit - the more you understand the country, I think the more motivation you'll have to learn the language.
  3. Reading & Writing
    Now as I stated before, writing things can help you remember them more easily, rather than staring at one letter for half an hour before you can name it easily. As for reading, read the text that tells you how to understand the language, or that's giving you the letters. Jot down the letters and the sound they make. Practice writing a few syllables. These are things I did to help me understand Hangul, and it works. 
  4. Letters & Structure
    Obviously, the important thing to know is how to pronounce letters and the basic structure and how syllables are made. Memorizing words is all right, but get to that later. It will do no good if you know the word but can't say it in the right way. Some people get really offended if you use a word in a wrong way, so you need to start simple. 
  5. Write. It. Down.
    After you've found the letters, write it down. Don't waste any time, just write it down. I can't explain how much I need to stretch the fact that keeping a hand written copy will make remembering everything easier. 
  6. Slowly Get a Few Words
    You understand the basic structure and letters now. So it's a good time to slowly gather some words to use. See if you can put them in a sentence! But remember - slowly. If you only know the basic structure, then there are sky-high chances that there are more complex structures that you need to know, and filling your brain with words won't make room for it. 
  7. Learn, Write, Repeat
    Now just repeat this process. Learn a new word or structure, write it down in a notebook, and repeat. A trick is every 10 words or so, test yourself on how well you can remember. By doing this, you should gather information and have it in easy access to your writing, should you need it. 

And there you have it. By the end of it, you should know how to write a few sentences and have a short conversation in whatever language you have chosen to study! 

I hope this helps you, or atleast gives you inspiration to try and learn something new! It good be a great thing to do this summer. Visit my WordPress blog here for other how-to's. 

~Crystal

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