Foreign Language Books

Written by Ingrid Chen
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Foreign language books are a key element to learning a second language. If the expected outcome is be fully literate in another language, be it Spanish, German, Hebrew, Chinese, or even English, being able to read in the new language will be crucial. Books are available in a range of languages and skill levels, so there really is something for pretty much everyone out there.

Books Can Be Used with Different Learning Styles

For younger children and beginners, picture books are wonderful tools. Visual learners benefit from being able to associate colors, pictures, and characters with specific words--this is true of teenagers and adults as well. Auditory learners can benefit from having the words read aloud while they follow along. If you are teaching a foreign language in a classroom, you will be best served by having class sets of a number of different books that represent varying skill levels. If you are simply trying to learn a language on your own, you might be better served with more of a textbook style and a few supplemental materials.

However important they are, books are only one piece of the puzzle. To be able to speak a foreign language, dialogue is necessary. Hearing people speak the language is critical to developing proper pronunciation. This is where video courses can be perfect. Video courses can complement books and other activities in a comprehensive learning environment.

Dictionaries, or their modern equivalents, pocket translators, are also useful. With a translator, students don't have to get stuck on difficult words in a text. They can look up the word, write it down (this helps with memory), and move on. Developing a large working vocabulary is one of the largest hurdles in learning a language, but with a combination of tools and methods, the process can still be enjoyable.


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