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I hear that there is many language learning Methods. Could you name to me some of them?
I am into The Michel Thomas Method , Its states that you can learn the language through your mother language or your second language. For instance, 60% from the English language come from French language so this theory focuse on French vocabuliries which is the common with English language (60%) . Finally, I will be able to speak about 60% of the French language (because I know English). Unfortunatly, I couldn't be able to find his books here in Iraq.
I want your opinion. Thank you in advance :)
Note: Feel free to correct my writing :)
I haven´t tried Michel Thomas' method, However I am not sure about it because I think that is better to learn languages the same way you learned your mother tongue. This make me think that maybe if you use so much your mother tongue or other language you know as a bridge for learning other language. Perhaps this hinders your ability to think in another language different to your mother tongue and this is not good for oral communication, because you need to understand very quickly what the othe people say to you and you need to answer very quickly as well. I don´t know French but I think that even if English borrows some words from French, Perhaps their pronunciation is different and there are another issue "Fake Friends". I say that because some words in english are equals in spanish but they are pronounce differently "animal" "color" "audio", "hotel", etc. I used to learn english through thinking in spanish and then translate in my mind between english and spanish. It took a lot of time and I couldn´t hold a conversation naturally. Right now I am trying to learn english through audio input and repetition, and It has been working for me. However, It would be interesting trying The Michel Thomas Method because the description you gave is very short and maybe the method has more features that works in a whole pack.
Diego: I was thought that its easy to learn English for Spanish, French and Italian people. Because , there is many common vocabulary between those languages.
please check this out and give me your opinion
I still willing to see more methods
This is the first time I have heard of this method.
1) I think it is good for auditory learners. I am not quite an auditory learner. Also, it doesn't teach you reading and writing skills.
2) You can develop your own mnemonics. So you don't need to rely on Michel Thomas method to help you remember.
Ayad, actually the method I prefer is like that: firstly grammer, after then forget it, listen English news , postcasts of bbc or radio dramas everyday more than 2 hours even if you don't understand what to say. And reading articles, novels of course... sometimes try to write your own sentences. Because you need to find correct word you use in everyday speech during talking...
Actually, I am rushing. I feel frusturated to think that I might wait 15 years to start speaking French. This is why I ask about new theories ....
Wanchain: For French, I am just interesting to learn speaking . Do you know good way to learn just speacking?
I actually teach English using a Drirect Method for English. It's very similar to Callan, if you heart about if.
I basically ask students a lot of questions and help them answer correctly.
Personally I think this method is good for beginners, because it makes you talk, but it gets a bit boring after some time, so I usually try to use some different materials from time to time.
Ola: I never heard of direct method .. Can you explain more? and what's the indirect method?
Here you have a bit more information about the Direct Method:
There's no indirect method, it is just a name. Basically I introduce new vocabulary and ask a few questions using those words and my students answer. If they make mistakes I correct them, and if they have problems with answering I help them. It's the same with grammar points. This method focuses mostly on speaking.
But as I said before it gets a bit repetitive after some time.
I know Michel Thomas and I learnt a bit spanish from his audios. He compares a new language with already learnt language. Most of the time new words are similar. In this way you keep building your vocabulary. But a spanish native speaker told me that his pronunciation or accent is ridiculous.