How to Learn Languages From Native Speakers

How to Learn Languages From Native Speakers

Talking isn't difficult because it's something we have to do every day. But what if I challenged you to talk for 24-hours in your target language? Your heart probably skipped a beat, am I right?

Using your native language daily is a piece of cake because it's a habit you formed since you were young. If you really want to learn a foreign language and learn it well, you need to start out with speaking. I know it's quite intimidating, but it's necessary. The best way to get started is by getting a native speaker to help. Here's how to learn a language from native speakers.

Language Exchange

The best method to learn a language from native speakers is through a language exchange. You can do this through an app or you can find in-person language exchanges through Facebook and other social networking sites.

Why is a language exchange beneficial? Let's find out.

Authentic Language

Native speakers have been exposed to the target language since they were born. They also have experience living in the country where it's regularly used. So, you're learning the authentic language from idioms, abbreviations, and slang. Another great thing is that a native speaker can expose you to the spoken language in a fun, less structured way. You will get the chance to hear and grow accustomed to a different pace of speech, accent, and dialect.

Overcoming Anxiety

Look, I get that speaking in your target language is absolutely intimidating. However, it's something you have to get over if you want to get far in your language learning. A native speaker is there to encourage and help you speak correctly faster. It's a judgment-free zone where mistakes are welcome.

Simplifying Concepts

Have you ever been so frustrated by grammar textbooks because it feels like a blackhole to understand grammar concepts? Well, you aren't alone. Books are great but they can make things dry and complicated. A native speaker can simplify these annoying grammar concepts or "dumb them down" so you can understand the messiest parts quicker. Keep in mind this does have its disadvantages. If you have ever found yourself trying to explain weird grammar concepts in your native language to a non-native speaker. It can be a little tricky.

Culture

One of the most fascinating things about a language exchange is opening up a whole new world. You can learn so much by talking to someone from a different country. Your language exchange partner plays the part of an ambassador in a way. They can teach you about culture, holidays, traditions, society, and help you make sense of the weird aspects of their language. Getting in touch with culture is really one of the best channels to learn and appreciate a foreign language.

Having a language exchange with a native speaker is a game-changer. Self-study and in-person classes are great, but there is nothing compared to having the real deal. In fact, I encourage you if you can find a native speaker to use that outlet. It will put your language learning at a whole new level.

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