Travelling is one of the most popular and effective language learning method, but what if you can’t travel?
Because it’s not always possible to travel or live in another country, luckily today you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign language with courses that centre their classes on this type of method.
What are the perks, then?
Let’s start with the fun.
Rather than spending endless days trying to memorise vocabulary and idioms, through immersive learning, you can fully expose to the new language in a live environment. After all, it works because this is the way we acquire our first language!
Your brain absorbs it the way the natives do, research says.
Like Michael Ullman, professor of neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical Centre, said:
“In the last few years, research has begun to suggest that adults learning a foreign language can come to rely on the same brain mechanisms as native speakers of a language, and that this might be true even for those parts of a foreign language that are particularly difficult to learn, such as its grammar.” (source Georgetown University Medical Centre).
So the legend is true! By immerse yourself in the foreign language, you’ll eventually start dreaming in another language – and it’s so satisfactory!
It takes way less time.
I mean, everybody has their own time – don’t get frustrated if it takes longer for you than for the friend who decided to walk with you on this journey. But the less you surround yourself with the new language, the longer the learning process will be. And the more you learn in a positive and friendly environment, the more your brain is keen on absorbing new pieces of information – that is true not only when learning a language.
If you can’t travel?
If you can’t go abroad, start by joining a language course that includes – or is entirely based on – immersion learning classes. Then, do all your best to fully commit yourself, like changing your phone’s language or watch movies in the foreign language.
You will get to the proficiency field in no time!