How to learn a new language? Tips by Languing!
Are you moving abroad? Or are you already living in a foreign country with a different language? If you would like to know some very useful tips of how to learn a new language, just keep reading! The experienced CEO of Languing, a person who has managed to learn 6 different languages, tells us what has worked for him.
1. Who is behind Languing? Why did you decide to start this project?
Behind Languing there is a team of young professionals passionate about languages, cultures and technology. My name is Alejandro Sahuquillo and I’m proud of being Languing CEO. I decided to start Languing because after living in 5 different countries and learning 6 different languages I experienced that there is nothing like learning with native people. However, when people learn a new language, they spend most of the time studying grammar and doing exercises with traditional systems, and not learning in a natural way, just as if they were living abroad, with the people you’re interested in!
2. How does studying abroad help to improve language skills?
It is a mathematical answer: when you study in a different country your language skills grow in an exponential way, while if you are studying at home they grow linearly. For those not so familiar with graphics, the answer would be: it helps you improve soooo much!
When you live abroad you speak, you study, you make friends, you party and you even fall in love in a foreign country. When I was 15 years old I went to study one year in a school in Philadelphia. I remember that, by the end of the year, I had to check the dictionary from English to Spanish, because the immersion was so intense that I was starting to manage English better than Spanish (my native language)!
3. What tips would you give someone who is new to a country and has to learn the language?
First of all, that he/she tries not to have any contact with their compatriots. I know that this is hard, especially at the beginning, but it is worth it. When I arrived for the first time to Moscow to work as an architect I didn’t know any Russian, but I was determined to learn it with locals. One friend put me in contact with a group of Spanish people that were working in the Spanish Embassy. The offer was tempting, but I decided not to meet them because I was sure that living in a Spanishless ambiance would help me with my purpose. After a few months of working, living and making friends with natives I was able to speak Russian fluently.
Another tip that I can give them is to keep on running, even if they are tired. Marathon runners say that there is a point in every race in which you start to feel so exhausted that you want to quit and that is exactly the moment when you have to keep running and be strong. Living in a foreign country and learning a new language is quite similar, so I recommend them to keep on working on it when they feel that it is too hard or that they are not progressing as they would like.
And, of course, the main tip that I would give them is to make use of the fact that they can now learn with natives -even if they are not living abroad- in languing.com. Here they will be able to make new friends before they go to a new country and learn the language with people with whom they share interests, professions, age… 😉
4. Why is learning a language with a native so important?
Because it is the natural way of learning. It is the way we are done. When we are born we are used to learning and repeating with natives, that is the reason why when you live in a foreign country you learn the native language really fast, apart from the fact that you are surrounded by the language.
Plus, when you are learning a language with another foreigner you will receive his/her foreign accent and you will get to know the local expressions.
5. How does Languing work? What can people expect to find?
It works the way that language exchange bars usually do but in the virtual world, without limitation of time and place. In Languing you will find people that are interesting for you not only for their native language but also for their professions, interests, country, gender, age…
You will be able to find people from all around the world and learn languages just as if you were living abroad. For example, if I’m a 34 year old architect and I study Russian, I prefer to learn with Olga, who is a Muscovite architect of my age and loves football and jazz music, rather than with Dmitry, who a is 70 year old Russian teacher keen on apiculture and quantum physics, with whom I don’t share any interests. The best way to understand a language is to register in languing.com, you will love it!
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