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My Experience in speaking and learning four Languages
Learning a foreign language was my most challenging effort
My new life to Europe from South Africa, and to one of the most beautiful and peaceful places called konavle has changed my lifestyle in many ways.
South Africa has eleven official languages.
Most are spoken in various regions in the country, my first language is English.
During the apartheid system Dutch(Afrikaans), was the first spoken language, but over the years lots has changed.
After the new government in control and Afrikaans has fallen down on the list of languages.
English is my first spoken language and is one of the widely spoken languages.
I was fine without adding another language to my daily communications.
Dutch(Afrikaans), I was good at the Afrikaans language during my school years, and still am, as it was a mandatory language to learn at schools.
I had good grades in the Afrikaans subject.
We didn't speak the language at home, only at school, and if required I can speak the language fairly well even after all these years.
Living on the farm for the many years gave me an opportunity to speak the Zulu language.
The daily contact with Black people gave me that chance to go on learning another language I did not not expect to speak so fluently.
It didn't take me a long time before I started speaking up.
A few months of listening to conversations and I started speaking up faster than I had thought so.
The Croatian language, is my fourth language, I am so proud of how I have come this far in learning one of the most difficult languages.
I am learning daily, and feel good about my achievements.
When I hear of how many people have issues with language skills, I feel more encouraged in learning more each day.
The Indian language not never spoken at home therefore, have not spoken the language. I grew up in a Westernized world and did not pay attention to my cultural language.
I am familiar with many words and haven't failed in trying to learn more.
Languages are interesting, and it increases the individuals thoughts. The power of learning improves the brain greatly in all aspects.
My goal is to learn something new daily, and I make sure I do just that from reading, or browsing on line, and from my skillful writing.
Learning the first three languages was easy. it was all part of the languages spoken in the Republic of South Africa. Afrikaans was the first spoken language, and English the second language.
The Croatian language is difficult, but I accomplished a great achievement by learning, and speaking a foreign language in the way I approached the situation. I had not spoken a word of the Croatian language and had progressed perfectly.
Most foreign women stayed for a short period in Croatia, and had left in failing to speak the language.
Understanding the concept of the language is not simple.
People with different mentalities are not easy to understand each other.
Communicating is the key to get to know one another, and I use communication to get around with ease. I
Life in South Africa felt easy, and is one of the cheapest standard of living in the world. Most people got by with their monthly or weekly wages.
We had a fair standard of living and always had our basic requirements in my past life.
My childhood was a happy one, and had made me more of a positive person as I got older.
As difficult as it was to speak a foreign language. I remained in my own shoes and made my own life in learning how to cope with the different people. Of those who I have met along the way had pressured me into learning the Croatian language.
Manual work was tough in the beginning. I managed to go by with all my strength and with every bit of good health.
I had to make my place a comfortable and presentable one.
When I knew it was time to move in, I let down my hair and got on with it.
Life is not always easy, and is full of surprises.
One is not able to accept changes but can cope if given the opportunities.
If individuals want to learn a new language, the best way for them is to start on their own.
You don't have to be a genius to learn a new language, basically, you just have to pay attention to others speaking for you to grasp the new words. Once you understand the daily words used, the process can get simpler.
If you are able to listen to the new words, and hearing it daily should make it easier to understand.
· Listen, and be alert
If you don't listen to the words you can get lost in conversations. Think about when babies learned to talk, it came from listening to their parents daily conversations. That is how individuals when adults learn to speak other foreign languages.
Keep practicing awareness, discipline yourself to pay attention.
A keen individual will be confident, and have an attitude to learn. Be curious, speak out, and show interest in knowing more. Every new word spoken is another step forward for you to speak more of a foreign language.
The new vocabulary learned daily will allow you to know the grammar, and to make new sentences. Reading follows afterward, and the new sentences made by you would allow for the greater improvement.
It is never an easy step, if you don't get into learning with a full mind. Use the dictionary when you hear a new word the translation explains it all.
Using the dictionary to increase the new meaning of words, it can be a frustrating effort, but in time you will see good results.
Don't rely on a single method, like by only focusing on the listening of the new language spoken learn in other ways.
The subtitles from television viewing, and by trying to communicate with another are also, helpful ways.
There are other ways to know more from, tuition do help, the daily newspapers, from videos, and going shopping, the daily contact with people are key points to learning a language.
I felt insecure in speaking, afraid I would make a mistake.
I could not avoid making mistakes as being corrected was all part of learning. I speak with an accent and not many local people could understand my words. It was another issue but a minor one.
I didn't stop learning when I made mistakes; I continued learning in my own way.
Practice leads to perfection.
Don't be afraid, or shy to speak up.
Shying away from speaking does hold you back from learning and speaking a new language.
You can try to write in a new language as much as you like, but without speaking the language there would be no sign of good communication.
It is normal in not pronouncing your words properly in the beginning, which is all part of what you do when learning a foreign language. The obvious mistake that you can make is to not get it all right from the start.
If you don't give it a try, you will never know what you are capable of.
Avoid feeling embarrassed when speaking new words.
At the end of the day you got to do what is going to make your life simple and happy.
I could not do what others wanted me to and I had to do what I wanted to, and what felt was right for me.
You can only choose the best for yourself.
· If you had an opportunity how would you approach learning a new language?
Learning a new language takes time, and lots of effort. It is most interesting to cope with the many changes in life, if you give it all you got.
Never give up on your chances of knowing more about languages, or about life itself.
Learning New Languages
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© 2013 Devika Primić