How to Not Hate Languages
At some point in your early schooling, you will be asked to choose a foreign language to study. This may or may not be a difficult decision for you. The most useful foreign language in the United States today is Spanish. However, perhaps you want to learn Latin for statistical purpose or to improve your overall English vocabulary. Perhaps you want French because of the highfalutin attitude that comes with it or the beauty of its sound. Perhaps you love Japanese and its eastern culture. Regardless of your reason, you will have to choose a language at one point in high school and again in college in order to graduate. The best way to avoid hating these few classes is to follow the following steps:
When given the choice to pick your foreign language, you will probably be presented with Spanish, French, Latin, German, or Japanese. Choose wisely, for you will more than likely follow classes in that language for years. Think of reasons you want a specific language: interest, family heritage, desire to travel to places that speak it, etc.
While you should stay with a language that interests you for years, you may have chosen incorrectly, had false influences, or other poor reasons. Do not stay with a language just because you have begun. It is much better to enjoy the classes and language upon which you are embarking then loathing a particular tongue, and consequently languages altogether.
Rent some movies in the language you are learning. They will more than likely be the top films from those countries and fantastic works of art and entertainment. They will help you appreciate and enjoy the language more than in the simple confines of a classroom. There will always be English subtitles, so you will never feel like you're being tested or are in school.
If you are fortunate enough to find scholarships or have enough money to go on class trips or travel with friends to another country, we recommend it for your language skills. Nothing is a better evaluation of your language skills than emerging yourself in that language and culture. You will appreciate and even have the time of your life. Consequently, you may not hate language classes as much.
If you are able to make friends with people from other cultures, do so. You will be able to help those people with their English and they will help you with your language skills. You may even start liking languages because they have brought you new friends.
If you have successfully managed to understand another language without hating the process, follow the same steps and try another language. You may learn that you don't necessarily hate languages, but rather that you love them.
Americans have it someone easy when it comes to languages. We speak English...as does most of the world. Consequently, we rarely are forced to speak a different tongue. People from all other countries speak two or three fluent languages. As a result, Americans are sometimes viewed as less informed or less worldly. Understanding another culture starts with understanding that culture's language. If you have any interest in international business, traveling, arts, or even law, then learning how not to hate languages is vital to your career. If your future has nothing to do with the aforementioned careers, you will still need to satisfy a foreign language requirement to graduate both high school and college. Use our steps to get past those few classes and pick up your degree and diploma.