The process of learning a new language can feel slow and frustrating. Ali Shahsavand, an English teacher in Melbourne, believes that looking at language learning in young children can be a source of inspiration for adult learners.
Ali Shahsavand says learners need to take baby steps in order to learn a new language.
"So you hear the words 'mama' and 'papa'. Then you respond to it. You try to say it. Maybe start with that and when you feel more confident, get into the reading and the writing section."
Ali, an English teacher at Discover English in Melbourne, cautions against trying to learn everything at once.
"Take it little by little. So if you learn one little item, learn it, save it and then move on to the next item," he says.
He says students tend to feel like they need to learn everything in one go, but he says "it's not really realistic" and encourages students to "go slow".
"As a child, we are given that input, so as adults, we have to expose ourselves to the language we want to learn."
Ali says learning a language is like a factory.
"You have an input and you have an output. Without an input, you can't have an output," he says.
Ali says a good way to immerse yourself in English is to use your smartphones, tablets and laptops to help you.
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