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A Beginner’s Guide to Learning a Foreign Language

May 21, 2013

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When traveling to a foreign country, many individuals bring along a book of vocabulary and common phrases. For those looking to truly learn a new language, a few words and phrases only mark the beginning of an exciting new journey.

Whether completing homework assignments or studying from a book, do not simply read new information. Read the words aloud so your mind and mouth can connect your visual memory, which studies spelling and composition, to your auditory memory, which invokes muscle memory in your mouth. Write down your answers and vocalize them to commit new lessons to memory.

Try to view each lesson you complete as a foundation for what comes next. In order to build a new layer of understanding, your foundation must remain solid. Before beginning a new lesson, go back and review your old material; vocalize and write it out to gain momentum before entering the next phase of learning. The more often you review, the easier new material will settle atop your foundation.

About the Author

Before entering the U.S. Marine Corps in 1996, David Missita studied Spanish extensively in high school and excelled in the courses. During his time in the service, Mr. Missita drew upon his foreign language skills to communicate while stationed in California and Washington, D.C.

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