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There is no denying the fact that learning grammar is the most challenging part of learning a foreign language. However, as much as it is challenging, it is essential. It stands to reason that there is a multitude of academic approaches and different ways of learning grammar. In any case the staples of learning grammar are self-motivation and practice. New knowledge does not come easily, but there is no need to get discouraged. If taken step by step, learning grammar will be not only rewarding but also fun . More
Learning to read is the first step towards learning to write. Reading implies understanding the lettering system of a language, to begin with, but also its sound patterns, sentence construction, structure of text, and grammatical rules. On the other hand, as long as one does not read written discourses in a foreign language, one will not become familiar with written aspects of the language – that is, grammatical structures and the like. More
Developing one’s listening skills is highly essential for effective foreign language learning. Indeed, one may spend one’s entire life being exposed to a foreign language and culture, but if one does not pay much attention to the same, one may never pick up relevant aspects of the language and / or culture. Listening to spoken discourses in a foreign language will perhaps not teach a learner much about the written aspects of the language; it will probably not teach the learner to read and write in the language. Yet it will contribute much to develop the learner’s oral skills – that is, speech and pronunciation. More
Whereas in the past it was crucial for foreign language learners to attend formal classes dispensed by native speakers to learn how to pronounce properly the sounds specific to a language, massive expose to different foreign languages through the media in the present days make of this aspect of foreign language learning a lot more accessible, as well as much easier. Indeed, nowadays, thanks to satellite television and radio broadcasts. More
In order to learn to write in a particular language, one has to learn to spell words first. Spelling is nothing but the relationship between sounds specific to a language and the way they are written down according to the rules of orthography (from the Greek words orthos 'correct' and -graphia 'writing'). Since the written language usually tends to be more conservative and admits less variation than the spoken language, the spoken form of a word may evolve in time leaving its orthography obsolete, resulting in a mismatch between how it is written and how it is read. English provides lots of examples, with words such as women, laugh, gaol, and most notably proper names such as Edinburgh, Arkansas, Greenwich, Plymouth, and so on. More