The goal of many students, and even graduates, regardless of area, is often to learn a new language . Being a polyglot enriches knowledge, makes the curriculum more attractive and opens doors for an exchange or housing in another country.
With that in mind, we have prepared valuable tips and complete content for anyone thinking of practicing a new language. So, let’s go!
But why learn a new language?
Brazilians of all ages and classes want to learn a language, but they always find several reasons to put that goal aside.
But even with real obstacles, such as the high tuition of a language school or the lack of quality in public school classes, dedicating yourself to learning is very worthwhile.
Some of the beneficial reasons for this up in your study can result in:
- Start your journey in the job market with the rightfoot : Even if you are a student without knowing which college to study, regardless of the area you choose, having an additional language will help in your job search.
- Career growth:Having other languages on the curriculum, in addition to increasing it, may be the necessary highlight to win a vacancy or that desired promotion.
- Improvement in studies:Many students are in the habit of browsing research carried out by other countries, because the contents are not always translated into Portuguese. To have more access to new content in the immense virtual world, knowing how to read texts in other writing is a great advantage.
- Enjoying understanding everything: If you have the desire to visit new countries, it is a matter of necessity to know how to communicate outside the home. This, in addition to helping with survival, makes it possible to engage with foreigners and to better understand new cultures.
- Health aid: Believe me: many doctors are recommending to patients suffering from anxiety, depression and other emotional imbalances the practice of the study as a way to occupy their free time and reduce crises.
Therefore, taking a leap of initiative in the trip to language books only brings improvements not only in your professional life, but also as a whole.
Results of those who have more than one language
The rapid growth of multinationals in Brazil, the globalization of the world and the interest in the research area in a competitive market are great motivations for learning a foreign language.
The need for this improvement in national workers has increased a lot in recent years. The reason was the decrease in distances between continents, making communication in other languages an obligation for many companies.
As expected, the English language is at the top of the professionals’ priorities, and the reason is simply because it is universal communication. Wherever you are, someone will understand you. For those who don’t really like McDonald’s land or want to have a second foreign language, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world.
This list of the most spoken languages was shown in a survey developed at the end of last year by the Babbel language app . The data were collected through interviews with more than 1,500 Brazilians, where it registered that 55% of the participants had already experienced professional frustration for not speaking a foreign language.
The belief highlighted in the 98% of respondents shows that fluency in a foreign language would help in professional development. For 59%, the biggest achievement in their professions was thanks to the mastery of a second language.
Finally, the research concludes that qualification is not a problem for Brazilians, but to master in a second language, since here only 5% have some knowledge in another language and less than 3% are fluent in English. Students are the majority of those who report that having this knowledge will be the “breadwinner” for years to come.
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Tips for becoming a polyglot
With all this content to help you understand about the subject, we have also prepared 10 important tips for your dive in studies.
1- Discover your learning style: Many people have an ease of learning and others do not, but this is not always a problem. For the good learning of a language, knowing its super memorizing power is very important. Find out if you can achieve a faster result by using your visual or auditory memory to remember words and their meanings in another language.
2- Learn to pronounce the words: The phrase “I understand what they say, but I don’t know how to say it” becomes more and more common in those who start to learn a new language. Focusing on repetition of words and phrases helps with correct phonetics and obviously good conversation.
3- Study the grammar well: In addition to good understanding in the dialogues, correct writing is essential to level up in language classes. Reading, rereading and writing the same sentence over and over again is a great exercise for practicing grammar.
4- Use words in your daily life: It may seem a little irritating to use phrases other than in Portuguese in the middle of conversations, but it helps a lot! With the frequency of use of expressions in their daily lives, the brain begins to associate its translation and meaning. This makes you learn faster and become a more natural speaker.
5- Practice the alphabet: As in all literacy, to form words and phrases, we use the combination of letters and syllables, and learning new languages is no different. So, saying the whole alphabet helps in the formation of writing and assists in the reading of those unknown words.
6- Learn while having fun: One way to attract private language schools is to bet on less dull and more dynamic teaching methods. This can really be good to arouse the desire to learn this new language more. Watching a movie without being dubbed, listening to a song and researching its translation, reading history books, watching videos, playing games … All are forms of quality learning that seem to make time go by without realizing it.
7- Set aside time to study: Our day-to-day tasks are very time consuming, we have complex and time-consuming tasks. With all this journey, tiredness and lack of availability to study are very difficult. Reserving energy and concentration to become literate in a foreign language is crucial to achieve your goals. Try to build a study corner, a comfortable place, well decorated and out of many distractions. Ah! And making a spreadsheet with schedules for your tasks can also work to establish a routine. 😉
8- Talk to natives or friends who also want to learn: With the arrival of Social Networks and Relationship Apps, conversation with people from other countries is increasingly a reality in the circle of friendship. Setting aside time for a dialogue in the chosen language with your Brazilian and even international friends is a good way to improve. This can include the help of apps that use real teachers and it also gives the opportunity for a student to become someone who is willing to teach our language to anyone who wants to learn.
9- Focus on the most important things: Knowing the main reason for learning a language at the moment of life is something that can help to reduce the time it takes to acquire knowledge of that language. If you are currently thinking about exchange, the ideal would be to make an effort in everyday phrases; if it is something more professional, it would be good to keep an eye on business, technology, professions and things that involve this universe.
10- Don’t give up when it gets difficult: It can be difficult to learn a new language, sometimes these difficulties come with discouragement and even with giving up. There is no magic formula, but with enough study and practice you will be fluent sooner than you think. Thinking that the next phase is getting worse is a form of evolution, shows that your learning is working. Do not believe? So, the next time you run into an obstacle and start to think that it is not evolving, look at the previous weeks and think about all the things you have learned since then. Becoming fluent in a language takes effort and planning, especially if you are starting from scratch and this can raise challenges that are natural along the way.