Five tricks to learn a new language
Hello lovers, how are you doing?
Happy new year !
I say this assuming that I am still on time to wish you guys a happy new year. In Kenya, we continue to say it to everyone you meet for the first time in the year even if it is the last quarter of the year:-)
So, if you are a first timer on PeachesonBlue, Happy New Year darling!
Today, I write this with wrinkled finger tips, and a trembling lower lip because it is damn cold in Rome! The only reason I will keep writing is because…
I have finally gotten my ‘sharing’ mojo back. My year started off quite sluggish and it has taken me a while to feel like I belong in 2017. You know, even the best of all of us have this moments when everything is just bleah! Those moments when everything is tasteless and you feel like doing nothing. You know those moments?
Ok, now that am here, and back on track, how about we kick off the year, by answering one common question that I have received on my DM and mail.
Q: ‘How have you managed to learn all these languages?’
As seen here, I have always been fascinated with languages, especially the form of language used on a day to day basis. On learning new languages, over some time, I have developed some tricks. Some would say tips but I’d rather call them tricks because to me they are somehow playful and interesting, and that’s all you need in learning a language.
Here we go:
Find a new friend
So, you have been thinking about learning Spanish, French or Chinese? My number one trick for you is this:
√ Go on a hunt strategy, find friendship.
The invention of internet made the world a global village, take advantage of it. Remember how we used to have pen-pals? If you really love a language, it is time to reconsider that, step forward and look for new friendship and new beginnings, who knows, you might even find love in the process:-) And when you do, don’t you forget to come back and thank me:-) wink*
Did you know that there are several interesting groups of people who are ready to exchange language knowledge for free?
How does this work? For instance, you can find somebody who speak Italian in exchange for your English., Russian in exchange for French, Chinese in exchange for Swahili, and the list goes on. There are also free meeting places where one can go and learn the language of their interest. See one interesting site which can be your start point. All you need is time and commitment and you are set to start.
Be irrational and change location
Oh yes, 2017 is the year.
It is your year of freedom, just pack and take a leap of faith and go! If you are in employment, take a sabbatical leave for some months, go to Kisumu learn some dholuo, travel to Nyeri learn Kikhuyu, be a free bird, land in Paris, Taiwan, Madrid, or just anywhere and learn the lingua. Remember, full immersion is the best way of learning a language.
Live the language
I have a cousin who speaks Lingala fluently. I have always wondered how she managed to do it. The trick is she lives the language.
She is so much fascinated with the lifestyle of the Le sapeurs that she ended up learning the language. The trick is to learn a people’s way of life, their food, art, all of which is stored in the mode of communication which is basically the language.
Learn the music
If you are Kenyan, from my countryside, you will definitely relate to this trick. You know how much we love Rumba music!
Yo, y’all know what ‘Bolingo na Ngai’ means right? All that ‘Sherie’ and ‘Je suis Mandika’ you get while listening to Tabulay, Madilu, Koffi and Fallih Ipupa just to mention some of the best in the music industry. How easy was it to memorize the words and learn some bit of French and Lingala. As they say, music is the only language that all of us speak fluently. I am currently building a list of Italian songs that I love. It is incredible how after some time of listening to one song over and over again , one begins to understand most of the words.
Ps: There are over 3,000 LANGUAGES spoken natively in Africa. Notice that I have capitalized and underlined the word ‘languages’. For the last time, I seek to politely remind anybody who has the strong urge to ask me if I speak African that there is NO language called African. Also, please note that African languages are languages and not dialects. None of these 3,000 languages mentioned earlier share the same root thus can not be referred to as dialects. To narrow it down in a bid to make it simpler, in Kenya for example, we have 42 languages. I only speak 2 out of 42. I would like to learn more…
What about you? Do you have interests in languages? What are your tricks? Which languages do you speak? How many languages are spoken in your country?
Let’s chat below…
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