From inflection to proper grammar, there are many elements that go into mastering a language. Whether you are learning Spanish or Mandarin Chinese, how you say things is just as important as what you say.
There are many components that go into learning a language, such as:
• Speaking: You must speak the language every single day, preferably with native speakers. Instead of constantly translating in your head, train yourself to think in your target language. Talk out loud, talk to a friend, talk to a teacher: anything to speak the language daily.
• Listening: Same concept with listening. Instead of thinking what you’re going to say next, concentrate on what the speaker is saying. Listen to their inflection, tone, and where their voice lilts or stays even.
• Reading: Pick up a book in your target language to visualize the written word. Exposing yourself to the writings on paper of another language will solidify sentence structure in your mind.
• Writing: Keep a journal, write letters, etc. to master the art of writing in the new language. This will force you to come out of your comfort zone and get your thoughts down on paper.
• Pronunciation: Every language has its own pronunciation rules. Sometimes there are several different pronunciations for one word. Knowing the difference between each will help you learn the mechanics of the language.
• Memorization: Sometimes the only way to learn something new is through repetition and memorization. Do it enough, and vocabulary and grammar rules will become second nature.
• Intonation: This is the rise and fall of your voice when speaking. Learning the sound patterns of phrases and sentences in various pitches will give you a better idea of the musicality of language.
• Inflection: This is a change in a word’s form, usually at the end, to express grammar or attribute such as gender, number, case, mood or tense.
• Grammar: Essentially the rules of a language, grammar is also the system of a language — a basis, if you will, comprising words, phrases and sentences.
Many people, when learning a new language, fail to understand the grammatical technicalities. Every language is unique, with its own rules and exceptions. So, don’t assume you can follow the rules of English grammar when studying Mandarin Chinese. From word order and verb conjugations to tense and mood, let BRIC Language Systems help you master a whole new vocabulary and grammar via comprehensive interactivity, modern content and cultural training.
And while you may be able to learn the technicalities of a language, surrounding yourself with those who can speak it fluently on a regular basis will ensure better results. Thus, rely on BRIC to provide you with exposure to native speakers so you can listen, watch and learn.