What makes a good language learner? Write what you know about: A Good Language Learner.

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I think a good language learner is someone who can not only memorize but really take in vocabulary.  This might be someone who is able to understand the roots of the word and how the word was created.  It might be someone who really has a quick grasp of syntax and the subtleties of language.  Learning a new language will require quick vocabulary acquisition.  A good language learner will be able to pick up both new words and new grammar rules naturally.

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A good language learner also recognizes root words and cognates, which can be very similar across languages. It makes it easier, especially with verbs. Finally (though this might not be a very constructive comment) I think it helps to be young. My personal experience involved learning Spanish as a youngster and learning French as an adult in graduate school, and I found it much harder the second time around.

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A good language learner has to have a good ear for accents and dialect. Generally people who are good at mimicking others find that they can quickly develop a good accent in a foreign language.

 

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A person who is good at learning languages is one who is not afraid to make mistakes.  Some people don't want to try to speak a new language because they know they will say stupid things.  But you cannot learn if you feel this way.  You have to tell yourself that it doesn't matter if you make mistakes.  A good language learner is brave in this way.

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