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How to Comprehend Two Foreign Languages Simultaneously (Your Input!)

The word communication comes from the Latin verb communicare: “to make common, share, participate, or impart”. Communication embraces the entire realm of human interaction and behavior. All behavior, whether verbal or nonverbal, in the presence of another individual is communication. Communication as the matrix of all thought and relationships between people, provides the means by which people connect. It establishes a sense of commonness with another and permits the sharing of information, signals, or messages in the form of ideas and feelings. Communication is a continuous process by which one person may affect another through written or oral language, gestures, facial expressions, body language, space, or other symbols. [Source: ‘Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention’ author Giger Davidhizar] PS: Most the influential sources are noted throughout this article. I suggest them all for further reading.



1-Languages are tools from the communication toolbox. You must consistently use these tools in order to build your vocabulary. Words are power. With everything you’re doing when studying the language ask yourself ‘Can this help me speak it better right now?’—learning a language or two should be a lifestyle, used consistently throughout your Earthly lived life—immerse yourself as much as you can. Being impatient with language learning is a good thing. Give yourself time limits.  ‘I must have learned this by…’, such as with phrases and vocabulary lists. You have to imagine you’re living in an environment completely immersed in the language (s) you’re learning, if you’re not already living in such an environment.  Spend the day doing something in that language, with other people!  [Inspirational Source: www.fluentin3months.com/ ]



2-Tackle the time killers. Standing in line for errands, going to the bathroom, cooking food, exercising (tip: if you exercise while simultaneously learning anything, your LH left hemisphere and RH right hemisphere of your brain will remember the information better) ---whichever and wherever you are, have a little flip notebook and study the verbs, nouns, adjectives…etc…the language (s). Everyone is busy, though we all must know and realize when we’re actually not. [Inspirational Source: www.fluentin3months.com/]



3-The silent period-a comfortable way to waste time. To make progress you must speak, be able to pronounce the words/phrases on your vocabulary lists. Nothing but speaking like you already know the language (that confidence you demonstrate) is what’s proving you’re trying to others when conversing. Confirm to yourself good predictions and affirmations and you’ll build that confidence. [Inspirational Source: www.fluentin3months.com/]



4- Think in that language(s). Add more context to you language learning.  (Have case-scenario conversations and remember the words from the conversation when you’re later thinking). Remember the brain cannot fundamentally tell the difference between real and imagined action. Usually making things funny with cheap laughter (ex: the fat cat, etc..) helps towards better recall also. [Inspirational Source: www.fluentin3months.com/]


5- Combine language learning with your hobbies. Incorporate the language into your occupational life and personal life (hobbies). Or better yet make such things as errands, your occupation, people interactions, etc your hobbies. These interactions make up the largest whole of out entire lives, and we consider these trivial when in reality this is what communication is all about.  When in daily interactions, or other hobbies you have, try to think of what you’re doing in the language (s) you’re learning. For instance, case-scenario you’re at work throwing something away. As quickly as you can, think ‘I’m throwing something away’ in the languages you’re learning. Regular repetitions of daily interactions are better for recall (memorization). [Inspirational Source: <a href="http://www.fluentin3months.com/">www.fluentin3months.com/</a>]


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Feb 17, 2012 8:28 PM