Every new language brings new opportunities, and we know that many of you in our translator community have talked about how keen you are to learn additional foreign languages. We’ve talked in previous forum discussions about overcoming plateaus in language learning and what it means to be fluent in another language, but what about when we’re starting from the very beginning? That’s where this month’s post about learning styles comes in.
It can often be helpful to think about visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles, and decide which of these (or which combination of these) works best for us. Visual learners tend to have photographic memories and can often learn most easily by writing things down, so if you’re a visual learner, it can be helpful to use colour codes, sticky notes, sketches or images to help you anchor words and concepts in your memory.
Auditory learners respond best to the spoken word and can often benefit from listening to recordings, or recording and playing their own voice back, as well as taking advantage of both active and passive listening opportunities, such as conversation practice, films, and television.
Kinesthetic learners work best when learning through physical activity and normally tend to be quite tactile by nature, so working with flashcards and other interchangeable learning materials can be helpful here, as can memorising through routines.
Which learning style best describes you? We’d love to know what kind of language learner you are, and whether you’ve adapted your studies to suit your learning style. We’d also love to hear any other tips you have for learning a new language from the beginning - what’s worked for you, and would you recommend it? Let’s all share our language secrets together!