The Correct Order for Learning a Foreign Language

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There are two ways to learn Spanish. One is more successful than the other. Before a person signs up for a course, he or she should ask the teacher to explain how the class is structured.

Most traditional classes concentrate on verb structure, reading and writing the language. While the teacher may speak Spanish in the classroom, he will probably do a lot of explaining in English. There will be exercises in books and many tests analyzing retention. This is not the better method of learning a foreign language.

The correct way to learn a language is the way people learn to speak. The key is what information is learned first. The prospective student needs to learn in the order in which babies learn to use language.

It turns out that learning to memorize verbs and vocabulary is backwards.

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Nonverbal language studied by television industry

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Body language is an important part of everyday communications and relationships. It is important to people in business management, leadership and day to day interactions. Nonverbal communication is also important to relationships outside the workplace in such interactions as dating and parenting.

The television industry is well aware of need to study nonverbal communications. One drama teacher has a website you might be interested in. It’s Another is 102: Insiders Guide to Getting on Television

This communication skill includes listening because while nonverbal signals are exchanged. These are accompanied by spoken words as well.

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Body Language: Nonverbal Clues

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The study of body language is much more than just a study of how people move their bodies. Some of the aspects we need to understand nonverbal communication include the following:

  • How the body is positioned
  • How close two people are to each other and how that can change
  • Facial expressions
  • How the eyes move and focus
  • How people touch themselves and others
  • How bodies connect with things like glasses, pens, cigarettes and clothing
  • How a person breathes and perspires
  • Voice type and other sounds can be used here as part of understanding non-verbal clues.

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Mouth to Mouth Body Language

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The mouth is related to very many body language signs, probably because its main function is verbal language. But although the mouth is also associated with infant feeding, it also is associated with later life feeling of security, love and sex. You can read more on body language on this site:

The mouth also has more visible moving parts than any other sensory organ, so there is a greater potential variety for signaling. The mouth can act independently of hands and fingers which is another reason it deserves more detailed consideration.

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What your body tells others

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Have you wondered what your body language is telling others about you? A website that talks about this is:

There are some things that you probably do unintentionally that tell others how you feel. Here are a few:

The eyes have it

  • When you look a stranger in the eye, you are telling him you want to know more about him.
  • When you look at a person’s mouth, you could be saying that you are not comfortable looking in his eyes or that you would like to give him a kiss. Better watch where you look.
  • If you only look at one part of a person’s face, you are telling her that you are nervous.
  • When look away from her or lean away from her, it usually means that you are telling her you don’t like her.
  • When you raise an eye brow, you are probably thinking, “oh really?”
  • Looking up means you are thinking about what a person is saying.
  • Closing your eyes half way tells your partner that you are suspicious while widening your eyes means you are amazed.

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