The Complete Guide To Foreign Language Immersion

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ContentsIntroduction1. 9 Big Advantages of Learning a Foreign Languagev1Rachel Wagers2. How to Learn a Language Fast: 5 Ways to SetYourself Up for Success7Frank Macri3. How to Learn a Language by Yourself: 5 RockstarTips for Success13John Fotheringham4. 5 Killer Language Learning Strategies Guaranteed toHelp You Make Time21John Fotheringham5. 8 Ways to Get Daily Language Practice on YourCoffee Break32Lizzie Davey6. 9 Imaginative Tips for Absorbing Vocabulary Like aSponge40Christina Hewitt7. 12 Wicked Fun Ways to Learn Any Language47Maureen Stimola8. 5 Tips for Creating a Rock Solid Foreign LanguageReading Habit57John Fotheringham9. 6 Tips for Effortless Language Learning with ForeignMovies65Alex Owen-Hill10.Immerse Yourself: 12 Ways to "Go Native" WithoutGoing AbroadKatherine Kostiuk73

IntroductionLearning a foreign language is an exciting endeavor that can change your lifeby exposing you to new cultures, people and places. Furthermore, speaking asecond language undeniably opens an array of new doors for you in terms ofemployment.But in order to reap these benefits, first you need to learn the language.So what’s the best way to soak up a foreign language in the shortest amountof time? Immersion.Now, we know that few have the time and money to simply hop on a plane andhead to the nearest country that speaks your target language, and that’s exactlywhy we’ve put this guide together for you.There are so many useful ways, tools and tricks to immerse yourself in aforeign language right now, no matter where you currently live.Let’s get started—instant language immersion is but a page turn away!

[1]9 Big Advantages of Learning a ForeignLanguageRachel WagersWe live in a hyper-connected, fast-paced world, and things aren’t changinganytime soon.How can you keep your head above water?You need to be hyper-awesome to survive.That means you’ll have to develop some special advantages to get a boost,help yourself stand out and make you better fit for survival in this crazy,modern world.

FluentUAs our world becomes more and more connected through technologicaladvances, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that learning another languageis beneficial for many reasons.Here we present just a few of the many positive side effects of becomingbilingual (or multilingual).9 Advantages of Learning a Foreign Language ( Resources!)1. Meet New PeopleOne of the most phenomenal benefits of learning a new language? Doors areopened to you around the world. If you’re learning in a group setting, youimmediately have new friends to share your new language with.If not, then once you go somewhere and are actually able to employ whatyou’ve learned, you’ll be surprised how open people are when you speak theirmother tongue.2. Employers Love It (And They’ll Love You More)If your resume accolades include fluency in a second language, your chancesof employment in today’s economy are much greater for you than for thosewho speak only one language.Multilingual people are able to communicate and interact within multiplecommunities. Potential employers consider this a valuable asset in anemployee’s skill set, as they’re able to connect with a broader range of people.In this new age of start-ups, companies are increasingly breaking into newmarkets. You up your personal and professional value if you’re able tonegotiate with manufacturers in another country or communicate withcustomers who don’t speak your native language.Not to mention, your ability to speak a second language conveys that you’remotivated and driven to learn new skills, and this also gives you a competitiveedge over those who haven’t yet become bilingual.2

3The Complete Guide to Foreign Language Immersion3. It’s Becoming EssentialMany would argue that bilingualism is becoming a progressively necessaryand essential skill for anyone who wants to keep up with today’s rapidlyincreasing global economy.As more and more people recognize the importance of learning an additionallanguage, those who only speak one language will begin to get left behind inour shift towards a more integrated and connected global society.4. It’s Great for TravelingAustrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is credited with saying that “thelimits of your language are the limits of your world,” and he was right.Knowing more than one language opens up your vacation destinationpossibilities. Traveling through a foreign country becomes much easier ifyou can speak the language of that country. Fluency isn’t required. Localsanywhere appreciate that you’ve taken the time to at least attempt to learn andcommunicate in their tongue. It shows a greater level of respect and is an easyway to meet new people.Also, getting to a comfortable speaking level in a foreign language is a greatmotivator to get you out there and practicing your new language in a newcountry.5. After Learning One, It’s Way Easier to Learn AnotherAs you begin to learn a second language, you’ll find that the acquisitiontechniques you’re using can be applied to learning additional languages aswell.The positive cognitive effects of learning to speak a second language can trainthe brain to analyze and process different linguistic structures. It’s not specificto your first target language—it’s a skill that can be applied to learning anylanguage.You’re increasing your ability to replicate the process with multiplelanguages. This is called “metalinguistic awareness,” where your brain learnsto identify the techniques of learning a language and break them down into a

FluentUseries of steps. After learning one language, you retain the muscle memory.Your brain will intrinsically understand how to learn a language and howdifferent languages are structured, through increased awareness of syntax,grammar and sentence structure.6. You Become SmarterAcquiring a second language improves your memory and increases yourattention span. The process of becoming bilingual exercises your brain,challenges you to concentrate and boosts your problem solving skills.Bilingual students tend to score higher on standardized tests than monolingualstudents, especially in the areas of vocabulary, reading and math. As youlearn to toggle from one language to another, you improve your multitaskingabilities. Bilingual individuals have also been shown to be more logical andrational, have better decision-making skills and be more perceptive and awareof their surroundings.Learning a second language also improves your native language, as it teachesyou the mechanics and structure behind any language—not justnew languages.7. You’ll Stay Smarter for LongerRecent research has shown that bilingualism can stave off the effects ofAlzheimer’s and dementia by years. Regardless of their education level,gender or occupation, bilingual subjects in the linked study experienced theonset of Alzheimer’s, on average, 4.5 years later than monolingual subjectsdid.Study results out of the American Academy of Neurology are showing thatspeaking more than one language increases the amount of neural pathways inthe brain, allowing information to be processed through a greater variety ofchannels. They’ve also begun to demonstrate that multilingualism improvesdevelopment in the brain’s areas of executive function and attention, no matterwhat age the language learner is.4

5The Complete Guide to Foreign Language Immersion8. It Boosts Your CreativityResearchers are also concluding that multilingual speakers are more creativethan monolingual speakers. Learning a foreign language improves not onlyyour ability to solve problems and to think more logically, it also makes youexperiment with new words and phrases.Leveling up your second language skills forces you to reach for alternatewords when you can’t quite remember the original one you wanted to use.It improves your skills in divergent thinking, which is the ability to identifymultiple solutions to a single problem.9. It Builds Up Your Self-confidenceYou’re about to teach yourself to believe, “Yes, I can.” It’ll become your newpersonal mantra.Confidence increases when a new skill is mastered, and learning a foreignlanguage is no different. It increases your self-confidence. And let’s faceit: Confident people are more interesting than those who are unsure ofthemselves. The techniques you use to develop a second tongue result in agreater sense of open-mindedness.In order to master a new language, conversations with native and fluentspeakers are essential. If you’re shy but want to meet new people, using theexcuse that you want to practice your speaking skills is a great opener anda doorway to making new friends, expanding your horizons and broadeningyour life experiences. Plus, who doesn’t want to be more interesting?So, How Do I Get Started?Fortunately, gone are the days where the only way to learn a second languagewas to either become stranded in a foreign country or go back to high schoollanguage classes (and be honest, did you actually learn all that much inthere?). There are now many different online lessons and tutorials to help youbecome proficient in the language of your choice.FluentU stands out among language learning websites, thanks to the hugerange of learning opportunities it provides.

FluentUFluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, newsand inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learninglessons. It’s all stuff that native speakers actually watch.You can use FluentU’s videos, interactive subtitles, vocabulary lists,personalized flashcards and more to improve your reading, writing, speakingand listening skills—all while exposing yourself to the average, everydaylanguage spoken by natives.You’ll become immersed in the way people actually speak and communicate,as opposed to the phrases you learned back in high school (because how manytimes have you actually used,“¿Donde está la biblioteca?”)No matter which tools you use when you decide to learn a language, justdecide to learn one! You won’t regret it.6

[2]How to Learn a Language Fast: 5 Waysto Set Yourself Up for SuccessFrank MacriWhat if I told you the ordinary ways of learning a language aren’t actually thathelpful?What if I also told you those same methods are not only ineffective, but a hugewaste of time?Yes, it’s true. But your time doesn’t have to be thrown away whenever youdecide to pick up a new language.Thankfully, there are much more efficient ways to speed up the processof learning a new language. These strategies will help you chop off someprecious learning time while still increasing your language acquisition.

FluentUWithout further ado, here are the five biggest time-wasters when learning anew language and how we can correct them.How to Learn a Language Fast: 5 Ways to Set Yourself Upfor Success1. Immerse Yourself in the Country and the LearningThe ordinary way: Immersing yourself solely in the countryWhen you live abroad, it’s easy to think that by putting yourself in the culture,you’ll naturally begin to start picking up the language. News flash: Immersionis a waste if you don’t know what’s being said most of the time. Whileimmersion may have worked when we were babies, our brains make it a lotharder to formulate language through immersion as adults.When I was living in China, I met several expats who had been living inthe country for three, five and even nine years but still had not picked upthe language. To put that into perspective, nine years means over 3,000 dayswithout learning Mandarin. Yikes!At first, I couldn’t believe how someone could live in a country so longwithout learning the language. But over time, I began to see the loopholes thatcome from language immersion. For instance, most natives will at least try tospeak English when you approach them, even if you are living in their country.While in China, I was shocked to find that natives were eager to practice theirEnglish skills with me. While I was glad to do this, it prevented me frompracticing my Mandarin at times.What to do instead:Immerse yourself in the learning, not just the environment. If you do moveto the country that speaks the language you are studying, great! That simplymeans there are more chances for you to seize learning opportunities. Resistthe urge to use English. Even when you are surrounded by others speaking thelanguage, the responsibility still lies on you to study, learn and practice.8

9The Complete Guide to Foreign Language ImmersionIf you’re not living in the country that speaks the language you would liketo learn, design your home environment into a place where growth isunavoidable. Create visual cues that encourage you to study at times younormally wouldn’t. This can mean changing your cell phone’s language oreven that of your Facebook account. Give it a shot!2. Focus on the Most Commonly Used Words andExpressionsThe ordinary way: Focusing on vocabularyThis is what we call “textbook learning.” In other words, you are mostlyfocused on rote memorization. While this may build your arsenal of newwords, if won’t get you very far when actually implementing the language.Speaking a new language is not a formulaic process. It requires quick andflexible thinking. Unless you plan on sounding like a robot, you may want todevote your attention to areas outside vocabulary.What to do instead:Strategize and prioritize your learning by focusing on what matters. Mandarinis a language of over 3,000 characters. But did you know that by learning the500 most commonly used words, you acquire approximately 75% of languageunderstanding?This is not just isolated to Mandarin. In just about all languages, about 20% ofthe vocabulary accounts for 80% of understanding. So why waste time tryingto learn more words?While vocabulary is important, it must be considered holistically whenlearning a new language. Identify what words, phrases and expressions willget you

language classes (and be honest, did you actually learn all that much in there?). There are now many different online lessons and tutorials to help you become proficient in the language of your choice. FluentU stands out among language learning websites, thanks to the huge range of learning opportunities it provides. 5 The Complete Guide to Foreign Language Immersion. FluentU takes real-world .

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