How do we learn a spoken languageby Manoj Prasad Professional with a variety of experience Language - broken from one to many at the tower of Babel. Today, there are, possibly, more than 100 distinct languages in the world. If we, however, add into these all variants [for example, Cantonese vs Chinese vs Mandarin Chinese AND, ye Olde Englishe, British English and American variants], we would probably hit upwards of 5000 languages in the world!
Still, we humans have a penchant for learning languages - some by force, many by choice and interest.
So, how DO one learn a language?
Like a child does:
1. First, one listens and corelates the words and, to some extent, the sentence structure, with the entity being talked about. A chocolate is shown and the word 'chocolate' or something similar is said
2. Second, one learns to repeat the words - sometimes one just uses one word to describe the thing on one's mind. One repeats the word with appropriate emphasis to make even a single word to become a question or an exclamation in itself.
3. Third, one learns to read the words ('A' for apple!) pictorially.
4. Fourth, one (once more repeating) writes these letters and words.
5. By this time, sentence structure is quite well-developed in the student. Now, fifth, one can create one's own sentences - both in speaking as well as writing.
Hence we have learned a language. One can, of course, develop the language skill further or leave it at the beginner level.
This methodology has been used by me and now implemented on my site: to teach english to non-english speaking natives. From Hebrew, Japanese and Spanish to English.
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