How to Learn a Language

Hi Verbling Followers,

Here are ten tips that I've learned about how to learn a language. I learned these tips from my time living in Latin America when I learned Spanish the uphill way, without a teacher and with total immersion. I wish I had had a Verbling teacher back then! Hopefully these tips will help you out in addition to your Verbling teacher, so here they are:

~Listen and Imitate
Can you do impressions of people? Listen to the tone and rhythm of how an English speaker says "Hi, how ya doin?" or "Lemme see that" or "Just gimme a second" Try to imitate them. Even getting that one phrase in the perfect tone and rhythm will make a huge difference in the way you speak! And it's fun.

~Be a Nerd
Stop and take notes. Write down phrases and words you hear. Pause the TV show or movie you are watching to write down something new you learned. (Subtitles in English are great for this-- you can copy word for word.) Make a vocabulary and phrase list and put it on your wall next to your mirror. Think about the words and repeat them. Don't be scared to be a nerd and take notes!

~Give yourself Massive Exposure to English
Massive exposure means daily, diverse exposure to a language. Combine your Verbling classes with music in English, TV, movies, podcasts, articles, books and having conversations as often as possible. Ask your Verbling teacher for good recommendations. Massive exposure to English over time leads to being fluent in English.

~Never say Never
Instead of saying "I'm not good at English," or "I don't speak English," say, "I am still learning English." The person you are talking to has a better chance of slowing down and engaging you in conversation. If you say you can't speak English, you might lose the chance to practice in a new situation.

~Listen When People Correct You (or when they repeat what you said using different words.)
I know. It sucks to get corrected. It's a blow to the ego. It's even rude in many cases. But if you can turn that attitude around and listen carefully to how an English speaker corrected you or repeated what you said in simpler words, you can learn from that moment. Breathe. Take it as a lesson, and say it the simpler way next time.

~Do One Thing a Day that Scares You
In life and in language learning, do one thing a day that scares you. If you are shy, choose one thing a day to break through the shyness. Have the conversation with the barista at the coffee shop. Ask a stranger for directions. Ask someone to repeat what they said if you don't understand. Join a group at meetup.com or a gym and talk to the people there. Talk to the cashier at the grocery store. There are opportunities to speak English everywhere if you take them. You didn't need that fear anyway.

~If You Want to Talk, Listen.
Speaking is the active skill connected to the passive skill of listening. You can't speak if you don't listen. So tune in when people around you are speaking. Pay close attention to what they say and exactly how they say it. Get the sound of English stuck in your head like a song gets stuck in your head. Listen if you want to become a good speaker.

~If You Want to Write, Read.
Writing is the active skill connected to the passive skill of reading. You can't write if you don't read. So read the news, read articles, essays, stories, poems or a good book if you want to become a good writer.

~Be Patient, Be Constant.
It won't happen quickly, and you might not even notice it happening at all, but if you keep up on daily practice and exposure to English over weeks, months, and years, you WILL become fluent. But it won't happen tomorrow. You have to be patient and constant.

~Enjoy Yourself
Don't do boring things if you aren't enjoying yourself. If reading grammar textbooks is too boring for you, read a romance novel or an empowerment book instead. Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening are all ultimately fun activities, so you make sure you are enjoying yourself as you do them! You are 100% more likely to stick with your language learning plan if it's something you enjoy.

Remember, you WILL be fluent. Enjoy the road on the way to get there.

9 Temmuz 2018
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Rebecca is a writer and editor in New York. She speaks Spanish and English fluently. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English, and a Master's Degree in Writing. She is a published author who loves literature and is currently writing a collection of short stories. She lived in Colombia for five years, which is a long story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I have a Master's Degree in Writing because my life is about language, communication, and words, so it's not incidental that I'm an ESL teacher in addition to being a writer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I've been teaching on Verbling for five years now, which feels like forever! It's given me five years worth of customized teaching materials that I have developed through real people and real relationships with my students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I always use a google document for each student. This way, I never forget anything about you or your lessons. Even if one month or one year go by in between your classes, I will still remember that you are an architectural engineer from Peru-- because I wrote it in the document, and took notes about everything you told me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . You are always able to access your personal document between classes to study and ask me questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes! I am a grammar nerd, language nerd, and I love vocabulary lists and pronunciation lists, and I always give homework assignments. Luckily you don't get a grade, so the homework is always optional. We are all adults here. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Which brings me to kids-- I'll teach older kids (11+) if they are self-motivated and want to learn, but not if they aren't excited about learning English. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I listen very attentively, and I will never pretend that I understand you if I do not understand you. I listen to every single word you say and I will stop you if there is even one word that I did not understand, and use visual aids to clarify your meaning and help you learn to improve your understandability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . My most popular classes are in: Writing, Pronunciation, IELTS Test Preparation, Personal Statement Support for University Applications, and Medical Professionals and Students needing support for the language-based aspects of Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surprisingly, not a lot of students have taken advantage of my Spanish fluency-- I promise I really am fluent having lived in Colombia for five years! Try me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honestly, some students just need to talk about their lives and ask for advice, because it's hard living in a new country and understanding a new culture. I've made a lot of great friends on this site in that way, and their English always gets better because of these friendships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I speak with a clear, comprehensible New York accent (a North American 'TV accent') . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Specialized Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medical Students and Professionals: USMLE Step 2 CS Clinical Skills Exam Preparation Medical Residency coaching, support in the language-based aspects of effective case presentation, handovers, and patient history taking. Editing Services for Medical Research Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . University / College Students: Coaching and Editing for Personal Statements Essay Coaching and Editing GRE Preparation Academic and Cultural Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business Professionals: Presentation Editing and Coaching Interview Preparation Editing Promotional Materials Resumé and CV Editing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spanish Speakers: Classes for beginners who speak Spanish but no English. I can provide Spanish to English Translation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inclusive of all countries, religions, cultures, ethnicities. LGBTQ Friendly. I aim to make my classes a safe, judgement-free space of support. . . . . . . . . . . . . Come hang out and talk. I promise you'll learn something. Warmly, Rebecca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Want to read my stories and get updates on my writing life? You can follow me on twitter at wildbirdbecca. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . My trial lessons take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. I use them as a time to get to know each other, assess your English level, introduce you to my class structure and teaching style, design our lesson plan for our classes, and to answer any questions you have. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lateness Policy: I will wait for you for 15 minutes, and if you still have not arrived, then you lose your class, sorry. If you know you can't make it, please use Verbling's cancel feature. If I am five minutes late, it means that I am either preparing for your lesson or with another student, so please be patient. Thank you.
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Rebecca is a writer and editor in New York. She speaks Spanish and English fluently. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English, and a Master's Degree in Writing. She is a published author who loves literature and is currently writing a collection of short stories. She lived in Colombia for five years, which is a long story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I have a Master's Degree in Writing because my life is about language, communication, and words, so it's not incidental that I'm an ESL teacher in addition to being a writer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I've been teaching on Verbling for five years now, which feels like forever! It's given me five years worth of customized teaching materials that I have developed through real people and real relationships with my students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I always use a google document for each student. This way, I never forget anything about you or your lessons. Even if one month or one year go by in between your classes, I will still remember that you are an architectural engineer from Peru-- because I wrote it in the document, and took notes about everything you told me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . You are always able to access your personal document between classes to study and ask me questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes! I am a grammar nerd, language nerd, and I love vocabulary lists and pronunciation lists, and I always give homework assignments. Luckily you don't get a grade, so the homework is always optional. We are all adults here. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Which brings me to kids-- I'll teach older kids (11+) if they are self-motivated and want to learn, but not if they aren't excited about learning English. . . . . . . . . . . . . . I listen very attentively, and I will never pretend that I understand you if I do not understand you. I listen to every single word you say and I will stop you if there is even one word that I did not understand, and use visual aids to clarify your meaning and help you learn to improve your understandability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . My most popular classes are in: Writing, Pronunciation, IELTS Test Preparation, Personal Statement Support for University Applications, and Medical Professionals and Students needing support for the language-based aspects of Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surprisingly, not a lot of students have taken advantage of my Spanish fluency-- I promise I really am fluent having lived in Colombia for five years! Try me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honestly, some students just need to talk about their lives and ask for advice, because it's hard living in a new country and understanding a new culture. I've made a lot of great friends on this site in that way, and their English always gets better because of these friendships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I speak with a clear, comprehensible New York accent (a North American 'TV accent') . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Specialized Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medical Students and Professionals: USMLE Step 2 CS Clinical Skills Exam Preparation Medical Residency coaching, support in the language-based aspects of effective case presentation, handovers, and patient history taking. Editing Services for Medical Research Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . University / College Students: Coaching and Editing for Personal Statements Essay Coaching and Editing GRE Preparation Academic and Cultural Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business Professionals: Presentation Editing and Coaching Interview Preparation Editing Promotional Materials Resumé and CV Editing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spanish Speakers: Classes for beginners who speak Spanish but no English. I can provide Spanish to English Translation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inclusive of all countries, religions, cultures, ethnicities. LGBTQ Friendly. I aim to make my classes a safe, judgement-free space of support. . . . . . . . . . . . . Come hang out and talk. I promise you'll learn something. Warmly, Rebecca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Want to read my stories and get updates on my writing life? You can follow me on twitter at wildbirdbecca. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . My trial lessons take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. I use them as a time to get to know each other, assess your English level, introduce you to my class structure and teaching style, design our lesson plan for our classes, and to answer any questions you have. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lateness Policy: I will wait for you for 15 minutes, and if you still have not arrived, then you lose your class, sorry. If you know you can't make it, please use Verbling's cancel feature. If I am five minutes late, it means that I am either preparing for your lesson or with another student, so please be patient. Thank you.