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Ways to Keep Up Studying a Foreign Language Over the Summer

Learning a foreign language is an excellent idea for so many reasons!  It makes it possible for you to work abroad. You learn about other cultures as well in addition to making new friends. However, learning it is a challenging exercise. For example, you might forget what you learned in class during the school break in summer. That means you have to relearn many things once you resume your studies.

Alternatively, you can develop ways to keep up studying a language over the summer. One of them is watching a foreign film. More specifically, go for cultural or historical movies. They will help you understand the culture of the people who speak the language that you are studying. You can listen to foreign music as well. Make sure that it is catchy so that it embeds itself in your mind.

Other Ways to Keep Studying a Foreign Language over the summer

You can read novels, anthologies, novellas, and historical texts among other books. Authors write them using different literary styles including idiomatic expressions, metaphors, personification, and hyperbole. Therefore, reading them would help you understand the application of different writing styles in the foreign language that you are studying.  Many come with audio cds, so you can listen while you read, or while you are walking or are in the car.

  • Talk to friends

Keep in touch with your schoolmates during the long school break. For example, call them a couple of times a week and speak to them in the foreign language that you were learning at school. They will remind you of a few words that you had forgotten. More importantly, you will retain what you already knew and so will they.

 

  • Join a Club Based On That Foreign Language

Thousands of clubs exist, and you can join many of them. However, the wisest move is to join one that helps you study a foreign language. It could be a book-reading club or one promoting cultural events based on a foreign culture. In some cases, it may be an association of friends who like to speak together in a foreign language. You can start a club if you do not have online.

  • Read Your Notes and Go Online

Store your notes safely before summer begins, and then use them as this season progresses. More specifically, read them occasionally to remind yourself about some aspects of the foreign language that you are studying. Go online and research further on these aspects. Make some notes and then share them with your instructor once summer ends.

  • Hiring a Tutor

Employing some who is a professional in a particular language is the surest way of studying a foreign language in summer. In fact, learning it through a tutor may be an unforgettable learning experience. More specifically, you will explore this language in an informal setting where you can ask questions freely.

Annabelle Fee is part of the community outreach team at Edu Aid. Annabelle is passionate about ongoing education at all ages, and when isn’t learning new things is a keen walker and cyclist and can be found exploring.

5 Ways to Beat Your Fear of Speaking a Foreign Language

People who have a fear of speaking in a foreign language are said to suffer from Foreign Language Anxiety (FLA). Many students and language teachers often experience FLA at some point during their course of learning a foreign language. Experts say that FLA is caused by lack of proper language understanding, correction of speaking errors, worrying about how one sounds, among other reasons. The good news, however, is that the fear of speaking in a foreign language or FLA can easily be overcome.

Here are 5 ways to beat your fear of speaking a foreign language.

The Power of Positivity

Keep track of the progress you make as you learn the foreign language. This will help you notice the growth and development being made. Appreciating this growth provides you with the positive energy to keep going as well as the motivation to correct the common mistakes that come with speaking a foreign language.
Don’t Focus on Being Perfect

Always remember that developing speech in a foreign language is an ongoing learning process. Even natives have to keep practicing in order to be better speakers of their own language. The goal is not to be perfect, but to keep learning, and learning is made easier by improving on the mistakes we make. So, focus on developing your language and avoid the urge to sound perfect.
Make Friends Who Speak Foreign Language

Knowing someone who speaks a foreign language can help in any of these three ways. Holding friendly and casual conversations will give you the confidence you need to speak in public. Secondly, you will note that your friend also makes a mistake once in a while. You will realize it’s normal to make mistakes and still sound great. Thirdly, speaking a foreign language with a friend helps to develop a natural approach to learning.

 

Think in Foreign Language

If you didn’t know, your mind is the best foreign language tutor you can ever find. Instead of thinking in your native language, try creating scenarios and speaking to yourself in the foreign language that is causing you anxiety. You can begin practicing this by reading books or blog posts written in the language and later on trying to remember what you read.
You Are Not Alone

According to experts, being aware that you are not the only one trying to fight foreign language anxiety is the first step in the process of overcoming it. Don’t get discouraged by people who correct your grammar. If you listen closely, you will note that they are not as good either. Focus on being better than the average speaker and soon, you will be among the best.

Annabelle is part of the Content and Community team at SmileTutor, sharing valuable content to their own community and beyond.

 

Create a Foreign Language Audio Collection

Asterix et le Papyrus de CesarLearning a foreign language involves many things. Of them, audio is an important factor. Hearing your chosen language over and over helps you become accustomed to it, and learn to pronounce it better. When you enjoy listening, your development is improved. In your efforts to learn, try building yourself an extensive foreign language audio collection so that you always have something to which you can listen.

This does not mean audio learning accessories, though these are very, very useful. For the purposes of this collection, things you really enjoy hearing are best. Whatever type of music you enjoy, it probably exists in the language you want to learn. From rock, to jazz, to popular music, these all abound in other countries. Go hunting for recommended musical artists who sing in the language you’re learning, and start collecting.  Look for both authentic music, as well as original music that was written specifically to help language learners.

If you’re a reader, make a list of the literature you want to read and go find the audiobook version. You can listen to the audiobook even if you’re not quite advanced enough to comprehend. Hearing it helps you learn and you may understand more than you realize. Then, later, when you’ve learned more, you can revisit the literature and read it yourself.

We are more than reading at World of Reading; we have audio, too. Come get what you need to learn a language on our site–from books with CDs, to music.

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.