As you spend more time learning how to write, you open doors into the essence of the language: you will begin to find patterns in how the language was built and how it evolved to form the language it is today. It also gives you a window into the soul of the people speaking that language. You become more familiar with their ideologies in newspapers, their gossip in magazines and their history.
Learning to write in a new language is always a joy, an adventure and a challenge.
Of course, learning writing can be difficult, but for who?
For any English-speaking individual, learning a language using the Latin alphabet is a piece of cake; writing languages such as Swahili or Dutch will cause no problem whatsoever. However, Asian or Arabic languages are a completely different story… but there is hope!
Would you believe me if I told you that you could learn the Korean alphabet in just one afternoon? That’s the absolute truth. The Korean alphabet Hangul was promulgated by Sejong the Great, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty. There is a common saying about learning Hangul characters : “A wise man can acquaint himself with them before the morning is over; a stupid man can learn them in the space of ten days.” This is because Hangul was designed to be easily read and written by commoners, which you can use to your advantage.
How do you learn an alphabet that looks completely alien to you? Follow my method below if you want to confidently take on this new linguistic terrain. With the right method and level of commitment, you can master any language’s alphabet list (excluding Chinese characters) in less than a week.
Listen to the alphabet recording carefully and verbally repeat the whole alphabet list—10 reps.
Write the whole alphabet list several times—60 mins. Take a 10 mins break after the first 30 mins.
Writing and listening practice—60 mins.
Reading practice: find an online children’s story (or article) and practice your reading skills—30 mins.
Writing practice: copy down that online children’s story—30 mins.
Writing practice: write as much as you can of a story by looking at the text—30 mins.
Reading practice: read the story. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand the content of the story right now. Focus on reading fluently—60 mins. Then review and repeat the whole alphabet list—10 reps.
Congratulations, you are now ready to take on your language textbook!
Remember: Study anywhere, get somewhere.
Anthony Permaye, or the Language Chameleon, is a certified neuro-language coach, who offers a unique learning foundation that teaches individuals how to learn any language anywhere.