Reading, listening and learning a global language

For young language learners, grasping the depth of a new language is an enriching experience. Today, learning a globally understood language is not as difficult as it once was. A global language is a language that is widely appreciated as a medium for communication worldwide.

People under the age of 18 are thought to learn languages better than those above the age of 20. As a child grows, reading and listening are the two important skills they develop. To understand college level academic text, it is considered that a vocabulary of about 9000 words is necessary. Students competing at high level academics is a result of their reading and listening comprehension. The better the reading comprehension, the closer students are to understanding the language well. The better the listening comprehension, the closer they are to speaking the language well.


However, there are differences between reading comprehension and listening to someone else speak. It is much easier to misinterpret what someone else says due to their accent, age, gender and cultural identity. Listening comprehension is a vital part of interpersonal skills and thereby requires more practice than reading comprehension. It goes without saying that reading a book a day is still crucial to the language learning experience.


The bond between reading and listening.


When learning a second language, reading comprehension and listening skills are what enforces better communication. To explore the relationship between reading and listening is an effective way to kick start your language learning process.


Reading a text and understanding it fully can improve your academic goals. Listening to a person and keeping the flow of a conversation can improve your networking skills. It is popularly stated that great communicators are also good listeners. Knowing the vocabulary to read a text is not enough. You must be a good listener.

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Reading and listening are related because words unite concepts and improve the ability to comprehend language. Your proficiency in a language is determined by the ability to both comprehend text and understand speech. At an early age, most students beginning their journey with English as a secondary language are nudged onto a track that improves their learning through reading and listening.


Monolingual is the ability speak one language, bilingual is for two languages and multilingual is for anybody who knows more than two languages. English may not be your first language but is an easy language to learn. With effective reading and listening, students can learn how to speak a second language better than a native speaker would. When reading text, the language is already defined within the confines of the text. A word with other meanings in different languages may not immediately strike a bilingual reader as something to interpret. At the same time, a bilingual person or a multilingual person may think of alternatives to a word they've just heard, in each of the languages they know. While reading can improve your vocabulary, listening and speaking can put it to test.


Some words are adopted by other languages.


Language learning experiences for people who know more than one language can influence accent and vocabulary. In fact, the repetitive use of words with bilingual meanings, can become part of everyday language. This is where reading comprehension and listening comprehension are vital.


The word "deja vu" is a French word that was borrowed by the English during the renaissance. Nowadays, the word has its own implications in English despite being a French word. "Deja vu" is considered a huge part of the English language and culture, even by non native speakers. This is the transition of monolingual learners into bilingual or multilingual learners. You may notice words as such in your local tongue. It is the direct impact of globalization that has allowed the adoption of words from other languages to your own.

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With speedy globalization comes the need for people to step outside their comfort zone and learn to read and write in another language. The internet implies that the world has become a much smaller place. Travel and tourism is the perfect example of cultural exchanges between communities. While Spanish and Mandarin reign as two of the most widely spoken languages, the English language is said to be spoken by over 2 billion people.


Through the infusion of culture and language, globalization has occurred at a fast pace. Now more than ever, the opportunities that arise from learning more than one language is more.


Learning a new language explores a common humanity.

The bond between speakers of diverse cultures shows that commonalities often arise. Contradictory to pop political happenings of the decade, language learning is a process that instills more values than distinguishes between people. Cultural identity may be important but only if it can be translated to a common humanity. Hence, it is important to improve your listening and reading abilities, by dedicating time and energy to learning the language of your choice.

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At the dawn of the 21st century, listening and reading comprehension has become the norm of effective management in corporations as well. Whatever career you may pursue, the knowledge of a second language is only complete with listening and reading comprehension. People love to talk about things and whether the spoken word or written form, understanding each other is the silver lining.


Learning a new language and interacting with its people is probably the most wonderful experience of all. Reading is one of the fundamental processes that assures an improved language. The key to getting better at both reading and listening is patience. As it is said, 'patience is a virtue.' At Mpower A.S.C.E.R.T institute, we encourage you to step it up and get reading a book a day. Ted talks are a good way to improve your listening and overall language.

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