Bosley, the Language Bear

4 Tips For Learning Any Foreign Language Faster

For many people, the idea of learning a foreign language is both exciting and intimidating, especially if the thought brings back memories of learning a second language in middle school or high school.

The truth is that learning a foreign language is a lot easier than most people expect particularly if you follow these tips which I have discovered after a lifetime of helping other people learn everything from Japanese and Arabic to German and French.

1. Make mistakes. The way to learn a new language is by making errors. That‘s right; your success will come from repeatedly failing. Give yourself permission to make mistakes and you will learn more than you ever dreamed possible.

2. Look for words your native tongue has in common with the new language you want to learn. For example, the word for American is Americano in Spanish, Américain in French and Americano in Italian and Portuguese. Interesting is interesante in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and interessant in French. The words for chocolate and café also fit this pattern. Recognizing words that are familiar to you will help you build your new vocabulary faster.

3. Take chances. When you attempt to speak a foreign language you run the risk of not being understood but this is a risk worth taking. After all, it is better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly! And when you visit another country you will find that the native speakers will appreciate your attempts to communicate in their language–even if you make a mistake or two.

4. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Practice makes perfect. Like any new skill you want to hone the more time you spend cultivating it the quicker the skill becomes part of you. Use your time commuting to work or relaxing at home to work on new material or reinforce the old.

I wish you every success as you master the language of your choice and begin enjoying the many benefits of being multilingual in today’s increasingly global world.

Mark Frobose, founder of Language Dynamics Inc., is a well-known keynote speaker fluent in four languages. He has recorded and published more than 50 foreign language works, including the Amazon.com bestsellers Behind the Wheel Spanish and Conversational Spanish in Nothing Flat.

Bosley Sees the World is a Success! Will be published soon!

Thanks to all of the Language Bear’s friends, Bosley’s first book “Bosley Sees the World” will be professionally published and made available worldwide!  There are currently 7 translations for this dual language children’s book which were all made possible by individual supporters of the Language Bear, like you.  This is the first book in the “Adventures of Bosley Bear” series and is written to encourage children to understand the world around them, to explore and learn new things and to challenge themselves everyday.  As a teacher, the author, Tim Johnson understands the power and beauty of youth and works to help children grow with confidence and ultimately realize their full potential.  And as a lifelong martial artist, he knows that one’s potential is truly limitless.  Also an engineer by trade, Tim focuses his teaching efforts on the fundamental skill of learning on order to allow each child to express their own creative and individual learning process.

 

Future publications of the “Adventures of Bosley Bear” will include all sorts of fun and exciting adventures like:

Bosley Goes to the Moon

Bosley and the Stars

Bosley goes to the South Pole

Bosley goes to Paris

Bosley goes to Japan

 

and more.

 

Keep your eye out for more adventures coming soon!

Tips to Help Your Kids Celebrate Reading

It’s been proven that children who read achieve. They boast higher test scores and recognize letters and numbers more often than their peers who read less often. But getting children to crack open a book sometimes can be the tricky part for parents and teachers.

Nine years ago, the National Education Association launched the “Read Across America” program to encourage, excite and energize children to do just that.

Originally created as a one-day event to celebrate the joy of reading on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, NEA’s Read Across America has grown into a nationwide initiative that promotes reading every day with more than 45 million participating annually.

“As teachers and parents, we know that kids who read – and are read to – do better in school and in life,” said NEA President Reg Weaver.

NEA, the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 2.7 million teachers and education support professionals, offers the following tips for parents on how they can promote reading year-round:

* Provide encouragement. Parents play a crucial role in their children’s education. Children who report that their parents encourage them to read are more likely to read a higher volume of books than those who say that their parents leave it up to them.

* Have books available to your children. Access to books is fundamental to reading success. Increasing access to print material is the most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children.

* Make it fun. Children who read frequently are better readers and better students. Studies and research show that students who read for fun have better reading scores.

“NEA’s Read Across America provides a unique opportunity to encourage parent and child interaction to foster literacy on a large scale,” Weaver said. “We remind parents, teachers, children and the community that reading is indeed fun because you’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read with a child.”