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Becoming bilingual (English/French), how does it work?

Sometimes it is not easy as people think to understand a native speaker, even a French or an English speaker. It is somehow hard to speak both of them without making mistakes or like a native.

For people in your neighborhood, you're like ''the English master" if you are in a French environment or the 'French god" when you are on the other side.

It is funny because they don't know how you manage yourself not to deceive them.

So in this article, we are going to share with you, based on our experience and people's testimonies, how you should manage to become bilingual and speak like a native.

Self-motivation

First, you should be motivated. It might come from someone else like your friend, your husband, your mother, but it will last for a long time if only it comes from you.
It is not hard to find this motivation. You could quickly do a self-reflexion like:

  • Which language should I learn and why? 

Find the reason because if there no specific objective, after 1 or 2 months you will leave your class.

  • Could I learn it by myself or do I need someone's help? 

It is important to check the way you are going to do that. Because if you think you don't need help, you could find the pricing of language centres too high.

  • How am I going to manage my schedule to take my lessons?

That is important because most of the time people are surprised because the reality is so different from dreams or expectations. It will allow you to be focused and learn fastly and easily.

  • What is your plan for practising at home after your class?  
Do you want to improve your skills? then practice makes perfect. Look around you, ask your friend who speaks that language to speak only in this latter with you.

It will be helpful. Force yourself to respect that.

Transform your environment

Start turning your phone and your laptop onto french or English. Speak alone and sing with lyrics. In one word, everything should be in this language.

Most of the time, people say the best way to learn a language is by living in a country where they speak this language. But that is not obviously the right way to do because if you stay there for a moment, and then go back to your home country, you will not speak this latter anymore.

Or, people in this country will try to learn more about the language you are speaking. And then, no improvement!

You must consciously lock yourself outside your comfort zone and not allow yourself to step back inside it for a while. It’s not an easy decision and may require some creative thought, but the results are well worth the effort.

Value Fluency over Accuracy

It's better to prefer fluency to another kind of speaking ability. First of all, let's define these words.

Fluency is the ability to speak or write a language easily, well, and quickly or an attractive smooth quality in the way someone or something moves. Cf. : Cambridge dictionary

Accuracy is the fact of being exact or correct and without any mistakes. For example avoiding grammar, vocabulary or tenses common mistakes.

Indeed, you can be fluent in one of these two languages or others without having 100% accuracy. Alternatively, you can have language accuracy while still not being anywhere near fluent. The ultimate goal when learning a new language is to understand native people and make yourself understand when you speak. That's all!

Work On Your Accent

Learn from (and Celebrate) Every Mistake! That is the key to speak any language. Because the mistakes will allow you to learn more and avoid the same errors in the future.

Your accent is another key to help you develop your communication skills; if people can't understand what you are saying and should ask you any time to repeat what you are explaining ... rrrrhhh such a boring conversation! Don't you think so?... I do.

Then, it is better to have work on your pronunciation but, don't hesitate; just speak!

And you will put all lucky on your side.

I wish you good luck in your learning and we could stay connected if you would like more tips or visit our website www.borateacher.com.

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