Learning a new language has more beneficial rewards than being able to woo a potential mate when travelling abroad; studies
have shown it increases your creative thinking potential, helps you excel in your other studies or work, promotes cultural awareness, enhances career opportunities, and many other awesome advantages. There is a bevy of awesome language learning books you can utilize and 2013 provided us with some awesome new options.
Here are three of the best:
- How to Learn a New Language with a Used Brain, Lynn McBride
Before you begin your studies, it’s a good idea to look into the mechanics of learning a new language as an adult. Our brains are ingrained in English and it can be difficult re-wiring our minds to completely change our method of communications. Luckily, author Lynn McBride has researched the best methods to use and biggest hurdles one must jump in the quest to learn new languages. She’s interviewed professors, program directors, native speakers, foreign language learners, and—of course—her own experience in learning a new language. This book inspires the reader to face the challenge with a fun, positive attitude and includes tips and methods to make learning a language fun and easy to integrate into everyday life. Once you’ve prepared yourself for the challenge ahead, you can find the best language course book
based on your target language and be on your way.
- Onboard French – Learn a Language Before You Land [Kindle edition], Eton Institute
Onboard is on this list thanks to its modern approach to useful language learning in the new era of e-books. Oh, and it’s free! That is always a plus. This interactive language-learning tool won’t help you gain fluency, but it will prepare you for your vacation abroad in search for your inner Francophile
. With alphabet and pronunciation tools along with eight categories ranging from greetings to emergencies Onboard will help you touch down on the necessities of speaking French before your plane does. Here’s hoping that the popularity of the French version leads to many more language variations for easy worldwide travel for all.
- Learn With Universal Mind Chinese, Helen Xinhui Zhu & Simon Buckland
One-fifth of the world speaks Chinese
with Mandarin being the mother-tnogue of over 873 million people. Its usefulness goes beyond the Great Wall, as well; communities in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia also speak Chinese. So picking up this language is incredibly beneficial if you want to travel east and southeast Asia. With the second-largest economy in the world, people in business also have an invested interest in picking up the language. Learn With Universal Mind is an excellent resource if you’re looking to learn this complex and important language. Incorporating visualization, meditation, affirmation, and interactive lessons means you’ll be learning in an entirely new way that is unique to the Universal Mind system. Still not sure? Access free online interactive lessons at their website www.learnwithuniversalmind.com
before you buy and see if it’s the right path for you.
Dani Barrow represents Language Trainers
, which provides individually-tailored language training courses on one-on-one or small group basis worldwide.