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Language is something that people are often intimidated by. I know that for myself with growing up speaking only one language, the thought of learning another language terrified me. It seemed like an obstacle that I could never concur. But luckily, nothing is ever impossible if you set your mind to it (as cheesy as that sounds). And truthfully, learning a language is NOT easy, but with the right amount of effort and motivation anyone can learn a language at least at the most basic of levels (and depending on their motivation they can advance to fluency).
I myself have been learning Korean formally for the last 3 years both on and off. It’s been a bumpy ride but I’ve found that no matter what, the satisfaction I get from continuously improving my language skills keeps my language learning motivation at its peak, and what always brings me back to learning it in the end. And with the summer break in full swing with time in abundance, now is the perfect time for anyone to break out of their comfort zone and learn a new language!
Even though time is of abundance during summer break for many people, more time also brings about more procrastination. But the more you put something off the less time to spend on it you will have, and you may find that one day after all of that procrastination your summer break is nearing its end. So make sure to get yourself motivated! Set a strict schedule to follow in terms of when you want to study the language of your choice, and for how long. Following this schedule is imperative to improving your skills on a regular basis.
Make sure to have reliable resources!
As it’s the case that most people will not be taking formal language classes during the summer, it is important that you have the best resources available to learn your desired language. That can be through the use of extensive language textbooks, audio recordings, or online websites that help get the job done. Just make sure to do extensive research so that you can best determine the method that suits you the best.
Practice, practice, practice!
If you don’t practice, then it’ll be nearly impossible for you to improve your language skills. When self-learning a language (and even in formal learning situations as well), it’s very important to have that motivation to go above and beyond your average language learner. Don’t just practice your writing and reading skills, also practice your SPEAKING skills. I’ve found that over the years my Korean significantly improves after periods of when I use the language in abundance. When I don’t practice speaking, then my language skills get worse. So use whatever means possible that can help you practice speaking so that you can further improve!
What to do from here?
By following these steps, you can most definitely find yourself improving your language skills over the summer break. And thetalklist.com can most definitely help you out in your endeavors to develop this skill set. Not only does PEERS edu offer affordable tutoring services, but students can then choose who they wish to be tutored by and practice their speaking skills over a private video vee-session. Doing this will undoubtedly help students not only improve their language skills, but gain motivation as well.
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