Month: August 2016

To Learn a Language

talktalkspanbigMany of us want to learn a different language at some point, and there are plenty of ways to go about it. There are also many ways to make it easier and motivate you. Here are some tips for language learning.

Have a Larger Goal

Sure, simply having a desire to learn a language is a good reason, but it helps if you have more than that. Having a more tangible goal serves as motivation; it means to have a certain amount of time in which to learn, and a reason to keep it up. The reason could be anything—you could have a trip planned, someone with whom you want to communicate, or even a small, personal goal like a novel you want to read in the original language. The more reasons you have to learn, the faster you may do so. A deadline helps maintain your focus and determination, as well.

Practice, Practice

Talk Now Brazilian PortugueseThe only way to learn a language is to practice, and while books, audio, and DVDs are essentials, so are other speakers. Join a group of people with whom to learn, or find someone who already speaks the language to have conversations with you. If you cannot find someone already in your life, go online. Not only can you pay to have online chats and video conferencing for tutoring, there are people who will do it for free; plenty of people around the world also want to learn your native language. So, remember to step away from the books and practice.  Look for a restaurant where the employees speak the language, if possible.  Consulates might have ideas on where to find native speakers, as well.  You might find someone who needs to practice their English—spend half of the time speaking English and half of the time speaking the language you want to learn.

Don’t Be Shy

Opening up and practicing can be challenging. You may feel insecure about whether you are pronouncing things properly and that insecurity is enough to prevent some people from speaking at all. Don’t let it stand in your way; if you pronounce it wrong, you will only get it right eventually if you try again. Also, everyone has to start somewhere and anyone to whom you may speak has probably make similar mistakes—it’s never as embarrassing as it seems.

When it comes to learning a language, we’ve got you covered with the essentials. Visit our website at WOR.com, get your materials, and then find a friend and start learning!

Classic Foreign Language Books for Your List

Have you made your summer reading list? Are you preparing for the next semester’s language course? We have what you need at World of Reading, and we have some suggestions for works of literature that are well worth devouring this summer. Check out these classics works of foreign language literature.

L’Assommoir by Émile Zola: As part of a lengthy series of novels, in which many characters appear more than once, this novel is generally considered one Zola’s best. It is a 19th century work of realism, focusing on the Parisian working class, and a woman named Gervaise Macquart, in particular. Though watching Gervaise go from happiness and potential prosperity, to pain and difficult times makes it a rather serious read, it is a well-crafted and artful portrait of an interesting time in history, and fascinating people.

Don Quijote de la ManchaEl ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (or Don Quijote de la Mancha) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Arguably, few people have never heard of Don Quijote (also known as Don Quixote), the Man of La Mancha. This classic has been translated into most languages. It is the story of a gentle, reasonable man whose mind is distorted by the reading of too many fantastical books about chivalry. He begins imitating what he reads, becoming his own version of an adventurous knight. The famous moment between Quijote and the windmill, among many others, makes this a must-read for anyone.

Die Leiden des jungen Werthers by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Goethe wrote this classic when he was only 24 years old, and it remains one of his most well-known works. This novel—considered somewhat autobiographical—is in epistolary form. It tells the story of Werther, a young artist, who is hopelessly in love with a girl, even though the girl is already engaged to someone else. This intensity of this emotional love story has made it a favorite since its publication in 1774.

Whether you want to read the classics, are required to read the classics, or you want to find something fun to read in your chosen foreign language, we can help you at World of Reading. Visit us today to find out about these great books and more.