Language is a powerful tool. When a child begins to learn a language, whether it be their first, second, or third, they are starting on an adventure that will change their lives for the better. Our tutors at High Performance Tutoring can help your child learn Spanish, German, or French, and not just in an academic sense. We can help make the language come alive through real conversation and interaction as well as the traditional “flashcard” memorization. Here are some of the tips we use to help a new language flourish in the minds of our students.
1. Conversation, conversation, conversation!
It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be confusing. It’s going to be awkward. But nothing will help a new language stick better in memory than conversing with a real person in the language right away. Conjugating verbs like doing a math problem and memorizing nouns will only get so far. Language is something that needs to be processed. Making memorable connections to words or phrases, even goofy or mnemonic ones, will help develop the language in the mind.
2. Intense study trumps length of study
This is where most of the difficulty of learning a new language can set in. Unless your child finds themselves in a new culture learning and speaking the language for hours at a time every single day, they’ll find it difficult to learn if they only study a few hours a week instead. This is where our tutors can really help; devoting even a short amount of time of intense study can greatly increase comprehension and speaking ability. Don’t get down if you experience “language exhaustion”. This is a sign that you’re learning at peak efficiency.
3. Repeat new words often
When you learn new words or phrases, you should use any excuse to use it as often as you can in the minutes, hours, and days afterwards, especially in conversation. This is a great way to make them stick in memory.
4. Make learning language fun
Nothing internalizes a language faster than attempting to speak about things that sincerely interest you. While everyone has to learn the basics such as “Hello, how are you?” or “Where can I find the bathroom?”, talking about recent or personal events will help you learn without burning out on rote memorization.
Want your child to succeed no matter where they live or travel, or improve their grades in a language class? Hire a personal tutor from High Performance Tutoring today and help them discover the joys of conversing in a brand new way.