Learning a foreign language for adults. Part 2.

Continuation of the topic of studying a foreign language, only for adults


Vsevolod Vasev

9/4/20214 min read

In the previous part, it was written about how to learn a foreign language for children at school.

The problems that appear in adults when learning a foreign language are echoes of the past, what was in childhood.

There is a judgment that happened in childhood, it is forgotten, but our brain does not forget anything. The brain records information and stores it in remote corners of our memory.

And when we again decide to start learning a foreign language, our brain pulls out negative memories from the corners of our memory. After all, most educational platforms repeat the same methods as in school. Nothing changed.

People who started learning a foreign language again face the same problems they faced at school.


Most bloggers who advertise ways to learn a language talk about motivation. Yes, motivation is needed. But the motivation must be constantly nourished from the outside so that interest does not fade away and disappear. After all, motivation and interest are the same. Interest will disappear, will fade away, and the desire to study a foreign language.

And this is expected. A foreign language is difficult to understand because it is different, alien. And when faced with the first difficulties in learning, for most people, motivation or interest begins to tend to zero. And people give up learning the language, believing that they are not capable of learning.

Learning a language is a skill, like managing people or reading technical drawings, programming, etc.

You need to remember how you mastered this or that skill and transfer this knowledge to the study of a foreign language. First, we learn a skill, master it, and only then improve it.

I didn’t think of a motivation for myself to learn a foreign language. I approached learning the language as an acquisition of another skill. I wondered what would come of it.

The purpose of learning a language

The author of the article had to learn to read articles, news, books in a foreign language without a translator and understand the meaning of what was written. Articles and books devoted to the topic of artificial intelligence. In the future, the goal may change.

Language learning

Learning must be approached thoughtfully. There are no universal platforms on which you can fully learn a foreign language. Better to use comprehensive language learning. Use 2-4 educational platforms. The writer of these lines is using three platforms. On one, I study words and expressions. On the other, I am taking an audition. And on the third, I hone the skill of writing sentences.

You need to start learning a language with the alphabet. Because the sounds of another language are not familiar and will need to be memorized. Use transcription to form words.

Then start learning words. Ideally, in order to understand the simplest sentences and be able to compose, you need to know 1500 words. Today I know 665 words and 538 phrases with confidence. I have been studying English for 3.5 months. I can already recognize some words and expressions and translate them into Russian without using a translator.

People perceive information coming from the outside in a variety of ways. These are features of the human brain. And this must be reckoned with. And do not go blindly on the occasion of some bloggers who advise that if you start learning colloquial speech, you will quickly understand the language... This is not true, for people who do not understand foreign speech by ear. A different approach is needed here. The author did not listen to English speech. I started looking for educational platforms where you can listen to English speakers, or monologues, or dialogues for free. I found a couple of educational platforms (I will give links at the end of the article) that came up and on them, you can train in language perception.

To perceive the language by ear, you need to choose short dialogues. YouTube has a lot of English-language content for every taste. But the writer of these lines decided to start not with YouTube, but with an educational platform. The decision I made was motivated by the fact that I want to listen to English spoken at normal playback speed. The only condition that I set myself is that sentences in dialogues should be easy, not difficult. Gradually increasing the difficulty. It's easier, in the opinion of the author of the article.

The priority of learning a foreign language is considered to be daily classes, without interruptions. You can take a break from study, but only for 1-2 days. If the break is longer, then the resulting material is quickly forgotten.

Not the last moment is the time to study a foreign language. One hour is enough for the author to fully study the language. This time includes learning new words, listening, and composing the simplest phrases. If you continue to study further, then the concentration drops, and irritation begins to appear.

This is precisely what should not be allowed because, after the irritation, interest in learning the language is lost. This is revealed empirically by applying all sorts of methods and studying on educational platforms.

For each stage of language learning, you need to use all sorts of methods and change platforms. Then the result will not belong in coming. You cannot apply the same thing.

Diversity in language learning is the key to success.

The author writes original articles as he progresses in the knowledge and absorption of the language. I share my experience with my readers, and this experience will help someone. The author of these lines went through the stages of complete rejection of the language being studied, to a tolerant attitude towards it.


1. https: //www.duolingo.com - here you can practice learning words and phrases.

2.http: //www.learnenglishbest.com English Sentence Trainer

3.https: //easypronunciation.com listening skills training.

4. https: //www.lovelylanguage.ru/listening an article about listening and listening comprehension, with links to various resources.