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Learning A New Language

Learning A New Language

Heritage language learners can sometimes feel like a failure for not being fluent before they've even given themselves a chance to try. Finding the right tools, setting realistic goals and acknowledging existing skills can make the process of learning your parents' language more fun and fulfilling.

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Give Yourself Some Credit

Give Yourself Some Credit

Many heritage language learners are taught that multilingualism is not a path to success, only to realize, much later in life, that it's actually a considerable asset.

First things first, give yourself some credit!

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Decide What You Want to Do With Your Language

Decide What You Want to Do With Your Language

  • Knowing what you want to do with your language will help you prioritize what you need to learn.
  • You're a heritage speaker, not a native speaker. The goal of native fluency is not practical, so take that pressure off yourself.

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Find The Tools That Work For You

Find The Tools That Work For You

  • If an in-person class isn't an option for you, there are plenty of online tools.
  • There are hundreds of apps and websites available online.
  • They explore different cultures and languages around the world and share what theyโ€™ve learned.
  • Use online tools to help them lear...

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Focus on The Joy

Focus on The Joy

  • Ignore the ads for language learning courses or apps that say you'll be fluent in no time
  • Remember what you love most about learning your heritage language
  • Have conversations with your mom in Korean instead of English
  • Sing along to your favourite salsa song in the car...

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Build On Your Strengths

Build On Your Strengths

  • Break down your language skills into four major categories: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and listening
  • Identify your strengths and then build on them to become better at your chosen skill.
  • You are less likely to stop trying to improve if you begin w...

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Though it may not seem plausible, basic communication of a new foreign language can be mastered in weeks. Learning a non-native language can be sped up by compiling a script for responding to queries from strangers, and then organically working oneself up from there. Phrasebooks and online tools...

Learning a new language: Deciding on the goals

At the beginning of learning a language, your goal could be to read a new alphabet or some basic phrases to introduce yourself. As you improve, you can add other goals.

Deciding on goals include how to get there. Consider what you want to get out of learning a new language.

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