If you decide to learn a new foreign language, you will often find yourself talking to the locals - whether you are on vacation in Spain or on a business trip.
But who doesn't remember the tormenting school lessons with nerve-wracking grammar examinations when it comes to learning languages? After a negative test result, one or the other quickly lost the fun of learning a language.
That's good news: You can become the gallant conversationalist without the tiresome grammar exercises of the past! If you want to start a conversation, the saying is: Practice makes perfect! Because anyone who approaches a new foreign language in this way will intuitively reach for the right expression and will also have twice as much fun while learning.
You don't believe it? In this article you will learn how to learn languages without grammar.
And so: A farewell to theory?
Language rules are not bad in themselves, of course. They structure the foreign language and bring the individual modules into the clearest possible order.
The real problem with the fixation on theory is that you have to master the theory perfectly before you could even develop a first feeling for language.
You could then translate a lot of individual words after having crammed vocabulary in your brain, but you do not understand them correctly within a given sentence.
It would be much more effective to bring the theory into play only after you have already acquired good listening comprehension. Then you will experience faster language success and you will be much more motivated to continue learning.
Why schools do not let go of grammar
At school it is often difficult to respond to the individual learning needs of each individual. Large classes and overworked teachers must try to reconcile all interests. And this works best with a standardized curriculum.
In addition, students' performance must be objectively assessable. Regular oral examinations in many institutions require more time than is available, which is why written tests are used much more frequently.
The solution for schools in language learning: they attach great importance to grammar. But even those who score 100 % on their tests do not have any guarantee of the practicality of their knowledge. Knowledge is not just skill!
The first real-time test abroad quickly shows that the school method doesn’t help when it comes to conversation.
But that can't be right! After all, we all mastered at least one language and were able to express ourselves correctly before ABC even came into play. That's right, there are other ways!
Why language learning is easier for children
In fact, in our early years we are much more receptive to learning impulses of any kind. In the past, it was even thought that the formation of completely new brain cells only took place into adolescence.
However, this thesis has since been refuted and leaves no room for excuses! Even latecomers and lateral entrants can successfully master a new foreign language.
Why is it easier for children to learn a new language? The answer is as simple as it is effective: Children learn intuitively. Children are not (yet) disturbed by exam stress or the need for professional qualifications.
They let their environment affect them and imitate what they hear until they understand it. The brain constantly forms new synapses that automatically store the passively recorded content. This way, children learn effortlessly and without any frustrating grammar exercises.
But even as adults we can still make this learning method our own - and even accelerate it with the right tricks.
What is the alternative for adult students?
Whereas theory is the first priority with conventional methods, the Birkenbihl method simply turns the tables.
With this method, you start by training your listening comprehension and familiarizing yourself with the sound of the words in the foreign language. Just like a child, you do this by passive listening.
You hear a text in the language you want to learn without interrupting your everyday work. You can take the exercises to the gym or listen to them on the way to work. Bit by bit, your brain gets used to the sounds of language, which soon no longer seems so strange.
Faster learning - time for active listening
If you want to speed up the learning process, start with active listening. Linguajet offers you various foreign language texts whose decoded translation into your native language runs parallel to the recording before your eyes.
Decoding is a pure word-for-word translation, not a classical, grammatically correct translation of the entire sentence. You will only learn to understand the meaning of the words and thus automatically gain an intuitive feeling for the correct use of grammar rules.
This is because you learn all the words directly in a meaningful context in the target language, just like children do when they learn their mother tongue.
If you now regularly switch back to passive listening, you will find that the texts are directly understandable even without looking at the translation. Finally, you will understand the entire text without decoding.
Subconsciously to the right pronunciation
Once you understand a text as a whole, let it play repeatedly in the background while you do everyday errands. Your subconscious mind can now concentrate on the correct pronunciation of the individual words and store them in your brain.
Even if you turn your attention to other things in these moments, sounds and the meaning of words will seem more familiar to you and the transition to speaking or writing your own expressions will be much easier.
Clear the way: with a running start over the language barrier
If you start to internalize different text passages at regular intervals through active and passive listening, your brain will automatically get used to the sound of the new language.
Like a native speaker, you first develop a feeling for the different sounds and their meaning before you begin to speak yourself - just as children learn to speak.
Even grammatical rules will now appear to you to be intuitively logical and, if necessary, can be distinguished much more clearly.
Let a language have an effect on you and always put the intuitive feeling of language before the dry grammar on your learning list. And just like that you already know your first word in the language of your wishes! Linguajet can support you with lessons using the Birkenbihl method.
Make your language dream come true!
Learning languages has never been easier. Start now and see for yourself.