Language is one of the finest products of human beings, and because of the globalization, need to understand other languages is increasing more than ever.
This is a series of language learning entries, which tackles several languages I learned/am learning (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, etc.). I will be sharing very lough characteristics and origin, reasons I learned, and how I learned/am learning.
Let me start off with the most useful one, English.
These days when I recommend this to others, I say as follows:
you have to talk a lot with this, because there are 2 “i” and 1 “talk”. It is “italki“.
From my observation, I think many people would somehow want to learn other language for different reasons, and this helps us to achieve this. Let me describe what it is, how I used and 10 reasons to use it.
5 years ago, I started learning French by myself. But it doesn’t mean that I always studied it, since I didn’t concentrate on it when I was busy and I never lived in French speaking country nor studied at school. This means I studied it more or less 2-3 years.
And voila! Finally I could see some progress: I passed DELF B1 and B2 at the same time.
Given that many articles helped me to prepare, I would like also to contribute myself to those who will try this test in the future. And also I can learn by reflecting on this theme.
The majority of us has some kind of goal, but the challenge is how to motivate yourself to achieve it.
In my previous blog entry “4 Conditions to Gain Any Skill“, I explained about the 4 conditions among which the motivation and actions are the most important ones. Also, in other entory “Long journey to the goal“, I highlighted that the action was the key to maintain or improve your skill.
Before action, however, we have to have strong motivation, about which I will talk in this entry. The more difficult the goal you want to achieve, the more efforts and time you will need, and the more you get to lose your initial motivation along the time. I think every one has the similar experience like this.
I took TOEFL test recently in Mongolia. This test is mainly used for a benchmark to enter English speaking country’s universities or to prove English skill for job recruitment.
I have taken this test quite many times to enter US grad school, but the test score is valid only for 2 years, which makes sense since language skills can be lost quickly if you don’t use. Thus I decided to take it again.
Although I graduated from US university and have been using English at my work, it doesn’t mean I am prepared for this TOEFL: Just like any other test, you need to know the characteristic of the test and study to the test. Also, some of my native English speaking friends even make some errors on this.
Given its complex characteristic, I will talk about some tips on TOEFL including some secret techniques.
I love it, and I don’t mind taking long night bus, walking a lot and/or climbing mountains to capture beautiful colors in my eyes.
Thinking about why I like those color changes, I think it’s because I like 3 color combinations Red Yellow and Green (hereafter referred as RYG), which I tend to use for designing my blog entry and work-related things. Those RYG colors can be seen not only in color change of leaves in the fall, but also in Rasta color and Trafic lights.
Then I started thinking if there was any secret behind this color combination, and I started learning about several different things: (1) Color system, (2) Meaning of Rasta color, (3) Origin of traffic lights as well as (4) Concept of colors in Japan.
WIth less than 2 months to go to finish this year (2016), some people like me reflect new year resolution which included gaining skills. Be it language, programing, cooking, etc, based on my experience and what I read and heard, there are 4 conditions to reach: (1) Need (2) Motivation (3) Resource and (4) Action.
To explain, let me dig deeper, by taking some examples such as improving languages skills to explain. Continue reading →