Students may be wondering if there is a way to practice a foreign language outside of their routine studies. Mindfulness is a notable meditation practice where one is tasked with focusing on their senses and feelings in that moment without passing any judgment on them - good or bad. Learning a new language does not have to be a stressful process. Much like mindfulness a student can practice their language skills in the moment without having to put anything aside. For example, throughout the day I will try to think for a few minutes in the language I am learning. If this exercise becomes too difficult, I will instead begin to describe mentally what I sense around me, from items in the room to the sounds I hear outside. These thoughts do not need to be complete. I prefer to start with simple phrases and build up to longer sentences in my non-native language. I have found that this exercise, even when done only a few times a week, greatly improves my fluency and confidence when conversing in a foreign language. It is an excellent way to both practice and quiz yourself on a language in a stress free environment where things like grades do not matter. Language learning is all about communication so even the first few words that come to a student’s mind are useful. Eventually you will construct a full sentence and from there you can express yourself in any way you want. It is all a part of your language-learning journey!
Need Some Extra Help?
Now that you know about all the great resources that the library has to offer, you may be asking “where can I start?” Learning a new language can be an exciting experience but also one that is overwhelming if you do not have the proper study guide in place. That’s where ReDefiners comes in! We are a non-profit language school with a mission to advocate for multiculturalism and second language acquisition around the United States. We understand the value of language learning and the positive impact it has on our students, and that is why we believe the best way to learn a foreign language is through our online classes and workshops that we offer in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese. For more information on how to enroll follow the link below: https://www.redefinerswl.org/online-language-program, We hope to see you in class soon!