The way we traditionally try to learn-and teach-foreign languages is greatly at odds with how people most easily learn to speak, write and understand languages fluently. Most foreign language instruction resembles a model not unlike a high school grammar class, with a lot of attention paid to language mechanics and hard rules, and not nearly enough time spent on the immersive techniques that our minds understand the best. Young children, for example, do not learn to speak their native languages by studying grammar books, but by being immersed in the language they need to learn. The same concepts can, and should be, carried over to learning a second language. Learning grammar and mechanics is important, but learning through complete and immersive phrases is much more instrumental in learning a new language.
More and more educational institutions are slowly coming around to this model of foreign language instruction; and there are several organizations and websites, like Shoreline Animation, helping the process along. They are using IPhone app technology in innovative ways to help people learn to speak foreign languages through learning to speak complete phrases. Users can search through a number of different popular categories-from getting directions to everyday conversational situations-and quickly find the correct phrases needed. Common phrases are also easily searchable, and an intuitive search engine lets users sort through suggested phrases, to pick the one that best suits their needs.
Many different languages are offered, but the most popular is, of course, English to Spanish translation. Along with the already-mentioned features, users can also listen to audio files of their desired phrases, to make sure their pronunciation will be spot-on. This is especially useful in a language like Spanish, where slight differences in pronunciation can change the meanings of entire words.
IPhone app technology is helping all sorts of language translation, including English to Spanish translation, become a part of the new trend toward a more useful way of learning new languages. Being completely immersed in a foreign culture and language is the best way to pick up a new language, and having translators readily and easily on-hand can make the learning process a little easier.
This new technology is great for all people who may need to speak a foreign language. Students truly desiring to have a complete understanding a foreign language will benefit greatly; but so, too, will the casual tourist who’s just looking to get away for a weekend holiday in a different country. And getting help from you IPhone is much more convenient-and stylish-then thumbing through the old translation dictionary we’re all so used to seeing.