- December 20, 2017
- Posted by: Richa Maurya
- Category: Language Blog, Translation Blog
Being a translator, you might have a desire to learn as many languages as you can to expand your knowledge and speaking skills.
Having good knowledge of multiple languages you can be great match for the books, for example Cortazar’s Hopscotch. This book has been written in Spanish language but has used a lot French in it. This is why, the more languages you know, better you are!
But there are a few questions that pop up: How can you boost the process of learning language? How can you become a native speaker and enhance your language learning skill?
All these efforts are because of your need of communicating with native speakers and make a mark. There is a close relationship between writing and speaking skills according to Simons, a Writing Tutor at EduGeeksClub. By improving your writing skills, you can improve your language speaking skills exponentially.
She has also explained “Both of them are about the person creating language. Creating language? That’s what many translators shy away from. They are used to translating language, so they prefer focusing on that aspect. Through writing and speaking, however, they understand how the language works.”
By learning new words, you can become a better writer and improve your speaking skills. Likewise, your writing practice will be increased by boosting your language learning skills.
Writing and Speaking: Relationship
A research named The Relationship between English Speaking and writing proficiency and its Implications or instruction conducted by Pamela Rausch in 2015, gave us some interesting details about connection between writing and speaking.
The English language learners require less effort to master the everyday conversational language. However, they find it difficult to be expert in syntax and vocabulary that are required in academic writing. They lag behind in terms of having argumentative skills in that particular language they are learning.
This research revealed that if the language learners have the skills of writing academic language, they can apply the argumentative skills in language learning skills.
For example, you are learning Italian language and you want to improve it. If you think argumentation is easy and you just have to pay more emphasis on improving some hand gestures, then you are wrong. Having the proper knowledge of a particular language requires a great effort and hard work and you will be able to make it happen by writing more.
Some simple tips that you can use to improve your language speaking skills:
1. Put emphasis on Quantity
Enhancing the skills of speaking a particular language is not something where less is more. While learning a foreign language, quantity matters and more is more.
Ray Bradbury has said that Quantity produces quality. It is useful tip for all the language learners out there.
What you have to do is, write every single day. Start by jotting down things in your notebook and devoting at least half an hour to writing. The more time you can spend on writing, it will be better. This will also help you in improving your vocabulary and mastering over the syntax.
You will soon be able to notice a huge difference with the continuous practice.
2. Choose topics you’re interested in
You should start by writing about topics that you enjoy or you are passionate about as this is not your academic assignment. If you begin with the academic topics then you will not be inspired to write more.
Be it the topic from literature or daily happenings or anything you learn new about any topic. Choose anything but be serious while writing about it. Pay proper attention to the order of words, syntax, etc. to have the proficiency over the language.
3. Make corrections!
Everyone makes mistakes while writing as this is not your native language. If you are not paying attention to those mistakes then you are leading to a wrong path.
You can get the feedback on your writing from the online community. There are many sites engaged in this work such as LinkQ which instantly connects you with the native speakers of that particular language. If you like to use social media to help you with translation, then you can also join the right groups of Facebook.
4. Remove the clutter
You must definitely make sense out of what you have written. Put more focus on clarity, edit and readability. If you are not sure about any particular sentence then you can check the vocabulary and grammar in that.
Try to write in as few words as possible by making it precise that will help in you making a memorable statement.
5. Read your writing
Reading is a habit which facilitates the learning of language process and is important to avoid mistakes. Reading your own writing loudly, really works! This also helps you in getting command over the pronunciation of words.
You can try reading like this by using your normal voice first. Then read it again with a higher pitch to make your pronunciation of words better. Making writing a practice boosts your language speaking skills.
By writing, you are paying attention on many aspects at once:
• Choice of words
• Structure of sentence or sentence formation
• Spelling and Grammar
• Voice authenticity
However, you require more time to think on how to use the right word while writing as it is a slower process than speaking any language. With practice and time, you’ll be able to learn faster and thereby able to implement these skills in your speaking practice.
You will surely be able to become a fluent speaker and make a great career in that language if you pay emphasis on the all the aspects mentioned above. The more you will put these things into practice, sooner you will be able to notice the progress and results.
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