5 Important Life Skills for people of African heritage
Life skills not taught in schools
Become fluent in any language
The importance of learning foreign languages is increasingly getting relevant as the world becomes more globalised. The African Diaspora population is as well growing as people move across the world for business, education, or career purposes. And as we interact in the global village daily, languages play a vital role in facilitating communication. Thus, it is essential for continental and historical African Diaspora to master the art of multilingualism to benefit from the world full of job and business opportunities.
So why is mastering a foreign language essential? There are so many benefits of learning foreign languages. Besides exploring job and business opportunities, multilingualism makes travelling easier for you as you get to interact with people of diverse cultures. Also, research shows that learning a foreign language improves your cognitive abilities and improves your sense of self-worth.
Whether you want to learn English, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, French, or any African Language, you need to know how to become fluent in a particular language easily. Though mastering a new language is may be challenging, you can become fluent if you have the zeal. Being fluent means that you can use a language flexibly, effectively, and spontaneously and understand the implicit meaning of phrases with ease. Here are some tactics to help you learn and speak any language fluently.
1 - Talk when you read and write
Reading and writing are essential aspects of learning a language with ease. Reading out loudly any text you read or write can increase your learning effectiveness. Reading and writing may involve doing exercises that require you to answer questions, complete sentences, or even write a message. As you read loudly, you boost your confidence in the language you are learning.
2 - Watch movies with subtitles.
Watching movies with subtitles helps you learn new vocabulary and understand the native accent. When watching, note down the new words you learn and define them. You can then watch the movie again without reading the subtitles and understand much of the speech.
3 - Read local literature
There are renowned writers in every country, and by reading their literature, you can easily understand the language they use. It is even more important to read the literature loudly to practice speech. Reading literature aids in understanding a language and its specific dialects.
4 - Imitate
As you watch movies, music, or listen to natives as they speak, try to imitate them by pronouncing words they do. Pause the movie or music and repeat what an actor just said. As you imitate speech, your accent moves closer to native, and thus your fluency improves significantly.
5 - Interact with the language daily
It would help if you interacted with the language you are mastering to become fluent. Read local news, watch trending videos on YouTube, or watch local news stations. Read loudly and imitate what you watch. Consistency in practice increases your perfection of the language.
WeAfrica provides descendants of Africa living all over the world with an excellent social networking platform to engage. As we interact with language experts, we empower our community with essential tips on how to master languages with ease. Being fluent in languages will improve our communication and help us explore more excellent opportunities for the success of our African Diaspora community.
Life skills not taught in schools