Month: January 2017

Your Brain on Language Education

Foreign Language. Concept - learning, speaking, travelThe brain is a fascinating thing about which we still have a lot to learn. Have you ever wondered what is going on in your brain when you do something, such as learn a new language? You are not alone; scientists have wondered the same and explored the notion.

MRI brain scans can sometimes tell us much about what we know of brains. They show us how active the brain becomes when we use it for any reason, including to learn. Studies have been conducted using this imaging technology, specifically to find out how the brain is affected by language education. Basically, the scan “lights up” in the areas of the brain doing the work, revealing what happens to the brain when a person hears a language, speaks it, comprehends it, or doesn’t comprehend it, but tries to do so.

Some results of these studies even suggested that the brain grows as a result of learning a new language. A Swedish study examined the brains of various individuals, some of whom were adept at learning a language, and others who were not. The MRI scans showed that certain areas of the brain for those students in language education appeared to grow in size. The scientists also learned that the people whose brains grew in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex areas generally appeared more skilled than others.

Research into the brain serves many functions and understanding how language helps us grow is merely one of them. But, time and time again, studies—be they of the brain or any other area—have shown that learning a language has few, if any, negative repercussions. This is your brain on language education: learning a new language is great for the mind, for social interaction, for understanding the world, for business interaction, and beyond.

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Friendship and Foreign Language

Language is about communication. There are many reasons to learn how to communicate in another language and ways to learn. Among all these is the most important: human communication. So, what better way to advance learning than by mixing friendship and foreign language?

Interacting with another person when learning a language is valuable for many reasons. Doing so with someone for whom the language is native is even more so:

colors-of-the-mountain-dvdLearning the Natural: When you take language lessons, you learn the accurate, official elements of the language. You learn proper pronunciation, grammar, structure, etc. This is the best way to begin. However, as you continue learning, it’s important to communicate in a way that is natural. Common communication in any language is not formal; it is not “official.” People for whom the language is native have their own pronunciations, expressions and ways that they are spoken, and many more little things that make the way they speak natural. The best way to learn this is to practice with a native speaker. They can not only help you learn the basics, and proper speech and grammar, but they can supplement your education with communication that the books simply do not teach you.  When they are not available, watch foreign films to learn how people communicate with each other.

Crossing Cultural Divides: Communication is more than words; it is expressions of belief systems and cultures, and all that those contain. To immerse yourself in a language it helps to understand the culture and people that produce it. Putting friendship and foreign language together and making a friend who is willing to help you develop your language skills is a certain way to better your full comprehension of the language beyond the mere grammar, and into full and genuine communication.

Whether you’re teaching, learning, listening, speaking, reading, or writing, there is a wealth of people and materials to help you. We have plenty for you at World of Reading. Visit our website today and starting learning.