Learn a New Language the Visual Way without Translations

Enough with Translations. Go for a more visual language learning method

Have you always wanted to master a new language but always thought it would be too difficult or take too much time? Perhaps you are looking for a fun new hobby, or maybe you have a bilingual friend or loved one that you would like to communicate with in their other language. Whatever your reason for considering language learning, there are many off-putting factors. You may think you do not have the right skills for languages, or a powerful enough memory to hold all the new vocabulary in your head. However, everyone's minds work in different ways and we have different learning styles. Just because you never had the knack for learning languages in school does not mean it is out of your grasp forever. Adjusting the learning method can make all the difference.

Visually Immerse your Brain into a New Language

Our goal at Langversity is to take away the translation element in language learning and get you thinking in a new language from the start. No longer will you constantly see the text of the two languages side by side and be switching between them, but your mind will make the jump straight from the image to your new language. The method is essentially introducing a 'no mother language allowed' rule, which would seem daunting to a brand new student, but it is made easy by using the universal language of imagery instead. By eliminating your mother tongue from the equation, this speeds up the language learning process considerably.

Connecting words to pictures gives them a more concrete base in our mind and memory. If we see a new word in front of us, it is more difficult to remember because it is simply an abstract concept that we are then attempting to commit to memory. However, if we see a photograph or image of something, we are connecting the foreign word with something real that we experience in life, and as a result we are more likely to remember that word. Attaching as much meaning and relevance to the new word as possible is important for its retention in our mind.

Another way this learning method proves superior is that it overcomes the difficulty that comes with translating one language literally to another. Each language has its own grammatical rules and structure, and often translating one language to the other word by word results in a jumble of words that do not make sense because they are out of order. By using pictures instead, you can become used to the phrases and word order used in your new language immediately, rather than having to study it in a clinical way, remember all the rules and apply them to your translation.

Learning Languages has never been Easier

Some people find study boring and finding the motivation to study independently is difficult. Essentially, you know that having a second language under your belt would be fantastic, but putting in the effort to learn the grammar, vocabulary, structure and idioms in the language seems like an impossible task. By learning a language through pictures, your experience of language study will change completely. Forget mindless translations, reciting grammar cases and stressful testing methods. Instead you will find yourself thoroughly enjoying the learning process through interesting exercises and lessons that get you problem solving and thinking in your new language without you even realizing it.

Not only is the learning process enjoyable but it is quick too. You could pick up as many as 30 new words in just half an hour as this person did. If you can dedicate just 30 or 60 minutes a day to learning a new language, you will pick it up extremely quickly. That being said, even if you are only able to spend a couple of hours a week on this task, it is still well worth doing. Learning a language by pictures is suited to all, however much time you are able to dedicate to it.

Swift Fluency and Lasting Results

If your memory is your concern, this language learning method is right up your street. Using simple repetition strategies using pictures commits the vocabulary to your long term memory more quickly than rote learning and translation. You do not have to force yourself to remember things because the learning method automatically lends itself to retention of vocabulary and phrases. Overall this leads to a faster command and understanding of the language and greater fluency from early learning stages. Scientists have already proved that our visual memory is extremely powerful. Trying to learn without taking advantage of this doesn't make sense. Rather, learning a language that utilizes the way our mind already works is the best way to begin.

The picture learning method uses word frequency to your advantage. You will begin by learning the most commonly used words in the language. This is the most effective way of learning a language, as once you have learned the 1000 most common words in a language you will be able to understand around 70% of any text written in that language. This gives you a fantastic grasp of the language and a great starting base for speaking it.

Learn a New Language the Easy Way

If you thought that learning a new language was impossible for you, think again. Let Langversity show you how easy it really is with this Spanish Course for beginners (for example). By learning through pictures you will find that you can grasp a new language much more quickly and easily than you think. This is language learning like you have never seen it before. Create your free student account today and get started on your journey to learning a new language.

About the Author

Gillian Reynolds is a freelance writer specializing in articles on writing blog , Rewriting, copy writing, technical content, E-book content, product reviews, and more. She enjoys keeping up on the latest industry news, writing, and spending time with family. She has over 14 books published in many countries.

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