Language Learning Strategies

There is a famous idiom

‘life is like a foreign language and you cannot understand all of it’.

That underlines how difficult a foreign language would appear in the beginning. Once you learn the language then everything appears simple.  At the same time, if you want to learn a foreign language then just learning it in the classroom will not be sufficient. You will have to adopt several approaches so that you learn the language in its right perspective. Some tips are provided in this article to enable you to learn the foreign language of your choice. As you know several experts have suggested various strategies to learn a foreign language. The techniques could be compiled as follows:

The first step in this direction would be to buy the books of the particular foreign language. You can even buy CD or DVD so that in addition to learning the language you can also learn the art of expression. Selecting Flash Cards is yet another popular method where you can learn new words. Flash cards save you from writing the words again and again so as to familiarize the words.


You must review the strategies you are presently using. For example, you might have adopted cognitive learning strategies. You may have to reconsider the strategy and make it metacognitive  where you plan and also give appropriate priorities for the strategy. Remember, the strategies mentioned above have several advantages. It is therefore suggested that you must understand the concept in each of these strategies and then adopt the strategy that suits your requirement.

Give special emphasis to the ‘speaking language’. Experts say this would be the first step to master the language. When we say speaking language it also includes the art of expression and the lip movement so that you get the correct expression. One of the suggestions given is to observe lip movements of others so that you would also get used to the expression which helps you to speak the language the way the language is to be spoken.


Jean-Pol Martin (born 1943, Paris, France) is ...

Jean-Pol Martin (born 1943, Paris, France) is a professor for foreign language teaching in Germany. He established the teaching method “Lernen durch Lehren” (learning by teaching), a method for students to learn by teaching their peers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If any of your friends or relatives are familiar with the language you are now learning, then talk with those friends in the particular language. That gives you enough practice and you would learn the art of speaking fluently. When we speak a foreign language in the beginning we are bound to commit several mistakes. But, you should not worry about the mistakes you have committed; instead request the other party to correct the mistakes in your conversation so that you rectify your mistakes.

Apart from watching others speak, you can also learn the language by watching movies or shows in that particular language that are broadcast over television or radio. Try to memorize the words and its meanings to the extent possible. There could be instances where while speaking with a group you may feel that there is dearth for words. You could even make actions to drive home the point; never mind, people will prompt you with the appropriate words and you can continue.

Remember, the strategy to learn a language is need based. The strategies mentioned here are only illustrative. It is suggested that you carefully evaluate the strategy before you implement it.


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Electrochemical Ethanol: No Plants Were Harmed In The Making Of This Fuel


The biofuel industry has been hot on the trail of second-generation concoctions that eschew corn in favor of non-food biomass, but a third wave of innovation is already brewing on the horizon. That would be the conversion of waste gases to liquid fuel…


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There will be a ‘blood moon’ eclipse tonight


A rare “blood moon” eclipse will be visible in the North and South American skies tonight when the Earth’s shadow covers the full moon in an eerie red glow. These “blood moons” occur when the moon passes through the darkest part of the Earth…


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‘Blood Moon’ Captivates Stargazers

NASA shares incredible images of the moon as it turned glowed during a total lunar eclipse. *MORE:


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Global Wind Power Capacity Projected To Nearly Double In 5 Years (Charts)

Asia is now leagues ahead of other regions within the global wind market. Furthermore, this market is expected to grow at an annual cumulative capacity rate of more than 10 percent over the coming five years. A recent Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC…


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There is no Bad Student but may be Bad Teachers – Facebook Conversation

The debate started with the post


Jackie Chan says (in “The Karate Kid“) “There are no bad students, but bad teachers!”
What’s your reflection on this?


The following chain of reactions and responses followed


  •  Except some students, the other part lies on how efficiently a teacher involves with the students, how deep he goes to make them understand.
     “Life and values” are more important than the marks scored. This used to be my point of view through out my teaching career
  •  Roger that sir, indeed if a students gathers knowledge for the sake of being informative and aware then he/she will ultimately excel.
  • A child is just a stone when a teacher gets him nd its her duty 2 build out a great sculpture from it . So it depends on the teacher’s skill nd ability behind d success of a student.
  •  Sir if there is a bad teacher – first of all he isn’t a teacher just a mere professional paid to lecture – a teacher isn’t someone who is proficient in their subject – no but is an individual who can make the student think or influence him/her in a positive manner. Teacher is not a designation which can be obtained – it has to be earned – we see reports of teachers in newspapers in a bad light – those aren’t teachers for he/she has never earned the title of teacher in the first place there …….. And this is my take – I have barely 17 years of life experience 
  •  So we shud hav to ponder more on teaching disability than learning disability
  •  A tchr must facilitate learnng… Educatn s secndary to lrnng! Thtz wt our tchrs dnt do:| ryt cnditns n enviornmnt cn mk neone a gud studnt:)
  • I believe it’s about interest. Even the best teacher in the world cannot teach a subject to a student whose interests lie elsewhere. The teacher’s task is to point the student in the right direction. Any teacher who can do that is a good teacher. Any student who follows his/her heart is a good student.
  •  Waken interest and kindle enthusiasm are the sure ways to teach easily and successfully. Then there won’t be a ‘bad’ teacher and a ‘bad’ student. Jackie Chan was wrong.
  • I guess… no teacher in the world has made a student bad!! Only the appropriate avoiding of attention towards him/ her makes something like the word BAD!! A bad teacher to a student may be a pretty good teacher to another!!
  • It’s not totally right….. Teachers can change even bad students..
  •  There are such things, as bad teachers! Those who are more in it for the comfort of a steady paycheck and lighter workloads than for anyone/anything that exists outside their periphery! Not generalizing here, just pointing out a reality that is known by everyone but just conveniently dusted under the carpet!
  • Students were good and good only when not handled by any teacher; the first teacher being the Mother who helps the child to learn from mother nature and to live well and meet the basic necessities. After 3 to 6 years she admits the child to school for further learning. This is a new beginning… 
    A teacher dedicated to the profession without any selfish motive is very much necessary to show the kids the path to truth and righteousness.
    Jackie Chan began his film career as a stuntma...

    Jackie Chan began his film career as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973, pictured). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     In the 1984 film version of The Karate Kid, the original version, he says that Karate lies in the heart and not in the belt.(referring to our manner of judging quality by the color of the belt). This, taken out and applied in this context exposes a deeply entrenched social fallacy, one that is hidden in plain sight. And the convenience of this manner of judgement makes it harder to look at anything without these aids, so although it brings the question of a school under a dark cloud, it is still a legitimized dark cloud! 

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God and Stephen Hawkings

Does Stephen Hawking have any enmity with GOD?

(Stephen Hawking is the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and the Author of A Brief History of Time)

In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science. Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.


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