This is a guest post article from writer KC Raj.
He covers six points to consider for how to learn English through your native language.
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How to learn English through your native language?
Many people find it difficult to learn English, but not anymore!
I’m going to explain to you how you can use your native language to learn English.
It is an excellent way for people who are bilingual or multilingual. You’ll be able to better understand what others say in the English video by listening in your language and having subtitles on the video, so you know what is happening at all times.
Now let me show you how this works with an example.
If I want to watch an American movie dubbed into Spanish, I will click on “movies” then “dubbed movies.” Next, type the name of the film that you’re looking for into the Google search bar and select where it says “in” the word “in.”
Right next to it, there’s a drop-down menu where you can choose your native language.
So I would click on it and select Spanish. After, click “Go” to search for the movie you’re looking to watch. Depending on how popular the film is will determine whether or not you’ll be able to find it.
1. What is the Best Way to Learn English Through Your Native Language?
The best way to learn English through your native language is by doing it the other way around: learning vocabulary and grammar in English, not your native language.
It does not matter if you are bilingual or multilingual; this method will work for everyone!
2. How Do Bilingual or Multilingual People Use Their Native Languages to Help Them with English?
People who are bilingual or multilingual use their native language to help them learn vocabulary and grammar.
That is an excellent way for people who know at least the basics of how they work. This method works very well with beginner learners but not so much with intermediate or advanced users.
Would you please keep reading if you want to know the difference between these levels?
3. How Can You Use Your Native Language to Understand Something in English Better?
You can use your native language to better understand English by watching videos and movies dubbed into your language.
That is an excellent way for people who are beginner learners. Make sure that the video or movie you watch is not too advanced for you; otherwise, you will have difficulty understanding what’s going on.
Is it essential to learn English before using this method?
You must learn some English before using your native language to help you understand something dubbed into your language.
This method only works for people who have at least beginner-level English. That is not practical if you want to learn advanced vocabulary and complex grammar.
What’s the difference between these three levels?
A beginner learner has just started learning English or knows just a few words and basic sentences that don’t need any explanation. Intermediate learners can understand vocabulary and sentences that are more complex. Advanced learners can understand very complicated sentences.
How can you watch English movies or YouTube videos with subtitles or dubbing in your language?
You can watch English movies or English YouTube videos with subtitles by changing the settings on both your computer and mobile device.
You can watch YouTube videos dubbed into your language by changing the settings on your computer, not a mobile device.
Mobile devices don’t allow you to do this.
What is this method called?
It is “listening in your native language.” If I’m doing it right now, I’m listening to this video in Spanish, my native language.
Can you use your native language to help you learn vocabulary better?
You can not use your language to help you learn vocabulary better! It would be best if you only put English subtitles or dubbing on whatever you are watching. However, if you’re a beginner learner, you can put subtitles or dubbing in your native language.
So is it okay to put subtitles or dubbing on whatever you’re watching?
Yes, it is okay to put subtitles and dubbing on whatever you’re watching. That will help beginners understand better, and this method only works for that level of English learner. Intermediate and advanced learners should not use this method. Otherwise, they will be confused or lost very fast!
Why is this an excellent way to learn English through your native language?
It is an excellent way to learn English through your native language because it helps beginner learners understand better.
Additionally, the fact that you’re learning English vocabulary and grammar through your native language is pretty cool!
4. How Can You Improve Your English Skills by Using Your Native Language?
While studying a foreign language, it is good to learn a new word in that language first and then look for its equivalent in your native language.
In other words, you can take advantage of the similarities between two languages to speed up the learning process.
In this article, we will show you how to use your native language as a tool to learn English.
Learn the Most Straightforward Words First
The most accessible words in English are written similarly and pronounced similarly in your native language.
For example, the three-letter word “bat” is easy to remember because it sounds just like the word for a flying mouse in many languages (for example, French: “matou” or Arabic: “bat”).
That is why children often learn words like “cat” and “rat” before other, more complex words.
Learn Phrases in Your Native Language
Phrases are also easy to remember because they correspond to the way you speak in your native language. So if you know a term in your native language, it will be easy to remember its equivalent in English.
So if you know a phrase like “I’m going to eat now” in your native language, you can easily find the English word for this phrase: “I’m going to have lunch now”.
Train with Cognates
In our example above, the English word for “eat” was hidden in the phrase “I’m going to have lunch now”, which is a cognate of your native language.
Cognates are words that are similar in two different languages because they come from the same ancestral tongue.
These words are easy to learn because you already know many of their meanings and use them.
Most of the Latin and Greek cognates are borrowed from French in the English language because many words in these languages entered English through Norman times.
At that time, people who could speak both French and Latin or Greek were very influential in England, so they adopted a lot of their vocabulary into everyday English.
When you learn a word with a cognate, you can transfer some of your learning from a language you already know.
For example, the Latin verb “sum” is the ancestor of the English words “be” and “are”.So if you have learned these two words in their Latin forms (“esse” and “sunt”), it will be easier to remember their English papers (“be” and “are”).
Use Bilingual Dictionaries and Online Translation Tools (Babylon and Google Translate)
Many online tools make it easier to learn a foreign language because you can type in your native language to translate English words or phrases.
– bilingual dictionaries that give you a list of English words that correspond to a word or phrase in your native language
– online translation tools allow you to type two languages and then see the corresponding words, with their translations into each language.
Listen for Sound Similarities
Although writing is essential in learning the pronunciation of new words, it’s not enough by itself. You also need to train your ear to hear and reproduce the sounds of new words.
So once you’ve written a word down, try saying it out loud. It might help if you imagine speaking with an accent from the country where this language is spoken or by someone who speaks with an accent from that country.
For example, if you are learning Spanish, you might imagine you are Mexican or Argentinean.
Learn the Most Common Words First (the top 2000 words)
The best way to learn a language is by focusing on the most frequently-used words in that language. So when you read English texts or listen to English conversations, try to identify and remember the most common words.
That is particularly important for reading because some of the most frequently used words are “stop “words, which do not have any meaning by themselves but function to join together more meaningful words in sentences.
For example, the word “the” is prevalent in English and pronounced differently depending on where it falls in a sentence. When you are learning English, it is enough to focus on just the word “the”.
Learn Words that Have Context Clues
Many of the most frequently used words are also easy to learn because they have context clues in sentences. These hints are often prepositions, articles or verbs that give you a clue about which part of speech you should learn next.
For example, let’s say you want to learn the English word for “to eat”. As we noted above, the verb “eat” is an irregular one. So instead of just memorizing its English translation, you can look for context clues in sentences that include it.
If you hear this sentence: “After dinner, he went to his bedroom and ate a bowl of cereal”, you can see that the word “to eat” has the following context clues:
- before an object (dinner)
- which is later (bedroom)
These provide you with the information you need to learn how to say this verb in English.
Try to Avoid Cognates
Although they are often the most accessible words to learn, you should try to avoid learning cognates if possible because it is easy to confuse them with native English words.
For example, take the word “import” in Spanish, French, or Portuguese – it means “to bring something important”.
In English, it can be confusing because it has a different meaning (“to buy from a foreign country”).
It would help if you looked for words that are similar but not the same. For example, in Spanish and Portuguese, “important” means “important”.
Learn About the Culture of the Language
If you want to learn a new language, you should also try to understand the culture of that language.
For example, if you know that vosotros (the plural informal “you”) in Mexican Spanish is the standard way to address a group of friends and family members, then learning this form early on will be easier because it’s how people speak.
Practice Speaking the Language
When you learn a new word, try to use it in your sentences even if you make mistakes. There are two reasons for this;
– you can use words with many different parts of speech (in English, “the” is an example of this)
– not knowing how to say something properly doesn’t mean that you’ll never be able to say it.
For example, if you learn how to say “to eat” in Spanish but don’t know the word for “apple”, you might not be able to ask someone at a fruit stand where they sell apples. But you can still point and ask “Donde está la manzana?”
5. Why Should I Speak in my Native Tongue while Learning a New One?
When you’re learning a new language, it’s tempting to focus on just that one language.
However, using your native tongue when you speak a new language can help you learn more effectively.
For example, if someone is learning Spanish, they might ask themselves, “How do I say ‘to eat’ in Spanish?” They would then translate the word into their native language, which is likely English.
However, they would better ask themselves, “What is the Spanish translation for the verb ‘to eat?” This way, they are thinking in Spanish about how to say something in Spanish.
This kind of practice makes it easier to have honest conversations with people because you are less likely to ask yourself how you would say something in your native language even though that’s what you should be asking.
6. What are Some of the Most Common Mistakes Learners Make?
When learning English, people often make similar mistakes because we can study English as a second language worldwide.
Here are two examples:
Using “tobe” (ser, estar) instead of “to have” (tener). For example, “I am dancing”.
Using the subjunctive form of verbs for certain common expressions. For example, saying “You needed to come to class.” when it should be “You had to come.
There are many more mistakes that people make when they are learning English. However, you can avoid this with practice, and you will find yourself speaking your new language!
If you’re a native speaker of one language and learning another, then there’s no better way to do it than by using your own.
You can use the knowledge from your first language to help you with anything in English that may not make sense at all times.
Many bilingual or multilingual people find they need to switch back between their languages when trying to learn something new.
When we work hard to understand something complicated in our second tongue, we often forget how to express ourselves in our mother tongue, which means we have less room for mistakes!
The key takeaway here is this – if you want to improve your skills as quickly as possible, don’t be afraid of making mistakes; instead, embrace them because they’ll lead you to your desired result.
Learning could be more effective when you’re aware of learners’ mistakes and how to avoid them.
KC Raj is a career counsellor and recruiter with many years of experience. Interested in topics like human development, education, immigration, inequality, and many other international issues.
Reachable at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kc-raj-kcr/