4 Simple Ways to Improve your Language Accuracy
There are many ways you can improve your language accuracy. There are also schools that offer language learning classes, but most of them require a fair amount of your money and time. Published books on languages can be bought in bookstores; but these thick paperbacks can bore you to death.
If you want to learn a new language, you can try incorporating these simple ways in your daily routine and see how learning new languages can be a little more fun and less tricky:
- Read, read, read
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Books are known to many as good companions. They don’t just bring silent enjoyment; they also have several benefits. A lot of websites and professionals on the internet suggest that the best way to improve language accuracy is by reading foreign-language stories or novels in their original version. The constant repetition of words and patterns in reading helps you learn and remember vocabulary and grammar structures.
mosalingua.com recommends that you start with short stories and texts so that you can become confident in your skills and won’t tire yourself out. Once you’re comfortable, you can move on to novels. Choose stories and genres that interest you and won’t be able to put down, and therefore finish faster.
- Watch Films or TV Shows with subtitle
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Watching films in a specific language is a great way to improve your language accuracy, especially your listening and speaking skills. It also makes the learning process motivating and enjoyable.
Another benefit of using film as a learning material is that it provides a source of authentic and varied language. Film gives you examples of the language used in ‘real’ situations, particularly interactive language – the language of real-life conversation. It exposes viewers to natural expressions and the natural flow of speech.
If they are not living in an English-speaking environment, film and television can provide learners with real-life language input. Also, when watching films, we are using not one but two of our human senses – our sense of sight and hearing are working both at the same time. The ‘visuality’ of film enables learners to understand more by interpreting the language in a full visual context.
- Talk, Listen and Observe
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If you want to learn something, the first thing you’d want to do is to familiarize yourself with it. Learning a language is a process you can choose to do all by yourself, but it’s still best when you’re willing to reach for a helping hand.
Gather your family or friends and engage in as many conversations as you can – whether it’s online or in person, this is a great way to enhance your written and conversational skills. Talk and observe. Listen carefully and watch people talk. Notice their hand movements and gestures. This way, you’re not only aiming for your personal enhancements, you’ll also meet lots of new friends too!
Don’t be shy to ask questions, your curiosity will lead you to many discoveries.
- Install a Dictionary application on your phone
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It’s best to have something handy to back you up in case of “emergencies”. Good thing smart phones allow users to install instructive and helpful applications like thesaurus, translators and dictionary which you can use everywhere you go. Use these applications to find meaning of words or phrases you’re not familiar with.
Some applications, like the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, are available in Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store for free. It features voice search, word games and weekly challenges to help you improve your vocabulary. You can also use it offline! But you also need to be careful because not all translation apps can provide you correct translated sentences.