Rigid thinking to learn English: a common mistake

Learning a new foreign language is never easy – but it's a lot harder if you fall into rigid thinking

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Rigid thinking to learn English: a common mistake
Thiago N.
em 31 de Janeiro de 2019

It’s a myth that intelligent people are better at learning languages. Some learners are most comfortable with the listen-and-repeat drills of a language lab or podcast. Some need a grammar textbook to make sense of a foreign tongue. Each of these approaches is fine, but it’s a mistake to rely on only one.Language learners who use multiple methods get to practise different skills and see concepts explained in different ways.

In language learning, attitude can be a key factor in how a student progresses. Linguists have found that students with a low tolerance of ambiguity tend to struggle with language learning.

Language learning involves a lot of uncertainty – students will encounter new vocabulary daily, and for each grammar rule there will be a dialectic exception or irregular verb. Until native-like fluency is achieved, there will always be some level of ambiguity.

The type of learner who sees a new word and reaches for the dictionary instead of guessing the meaning from the context may feel stressed and disoriented in an immersion class. Ultimately, they might quit their language studies out of sheer frustration. It’s a difficult mindset to break, but small exercises can help. Find a song or text in the target language and practice figuring out the gist, even if a few words are unknown.

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