Combien de langue est-ce que tu parls?

Posted on February 6, 2012 by

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How many languages do you speak?

You can never go wrong with learning another language. As Malaysians, we already have the privilege of automatically being bilingual with English and Malay. Heck, a vast majority of us even know an additional language such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Hindi or Tamil, making us trilingual. So imagine adding one more to that!

So, before I begin explaining my own language learning experience, here is Kareem’s list of the top 5 reasons you should learn another language.

1.  Making new friends

Let’s face it, no matter how hard we try to occupy ourselves, gap years can get lonely. Taking up a new language allows you to meet new people, to share hobbies and interests, to interact with others. When you get to learn a new language, the most important learning process is to speak it; you will learn how to present yourself, talk about your life, routines, likes and dislikes using that particular language. You will learn how to ask others questions and hold a conversation. So what better way to practice then by speaking to those in your class more often? It is fun, amusing and every one gets a good laugh out of it.

2.  Travel

Learning a new language gives you a great excuse to travel overseas, be it during your gap year or once you are in university. For example, learning french would give you a good chance to travel France and allow you to enjoy its culture more authentically, because the French will definitely be more welcoming if you are able to speak their language. Also, if you plan on speaking a language fluently and getting it to remain in your head, it is almost a must to go to a country which speaks it. It is good practice and forces you to use the language, since it is your only means of communication

3.  Buffing up that CV

Taking a gap year should allow us time to do things to put ourselves above the rest right? A majority of the top universities admit students who can speak more than one language, let alone three or four. It looks good on your resume and will definitely set you apart from other applicants.

4.  Future plans

In a world reaching economic meltdown, where finding a job is getting tougher and tougher every year, why should a company pick you instead of a hundred others? A lot of companies are looking for people who can speak a variety of languages. The more languages you know, the further the company can expand, the more important your role in that company will be. Communication is essential in any form of international business and knowing more languages is becoming an important asset in any enterprise.

5.  Learning something new

There is only so much you can learn during a gap year which you haven’t learned already. Learning a language is one of the few. It works your brain, it triggers curiosity and inquiry and allows you to explore its boundaries. Learning a language tests your creativity, requires practice and discipline and gives you a lot of satisfaction in return.

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Learning French

Now, moving on to my personal experience with a particular language centre.

I have been learning french for about three months.

When I first went looking around for a language centre, my main concern was finding a place which could teach me the language fast. I only have one year, and honestly, I didn’t merely want to know a few words in the french vocabulary. I wanted to be able to speak a decent amount of the language within that one year.

I started searching for language centres which could offer me french language courses. I realized that a lot of them, however, would take at least one and a half years to allow me to speak the amount of french I intended to learn. Finally, I had a friend introduce me to a french teacher named Daniel Kermorvant; and I am proud to say that in the three months he has taught me I was amazed with the amount of french I was able to speak.

For all you gappers out there who intend to learn a language fast, this is the guy to go to. What I really loved about Daniel’s classes was his emphasis on gaining confidence to be able to speak the language, whether or not is was completely grammatically correct. His teaching philosophy is what impressed me most; once you are confident of speaking the language, it is much easier to improve on your grammar. Why bombard a new learner with grammatical principles and rules to intimidate him or her with the language? I found this technique very interesting an decided to hop on board.

What you will immediately notice during your first class is his strong french accent. It is so amusing! Every one in my class agreed it was on of the best things in class. Here we have this animated, fun and oh-so-typical french person teaching us french! It was quite an interesting experience. But once things got running, we knew he meant business. Daniel’s focus on speech and pronunciation of the french language rather than getting the grammar and spelling absolutely right allowed us to speak from the first class onwards. True enough, by slowly giving us more and more words to create our own sentences, we grew more curious and eager to learn more. Our classes soon became very animated as all of us started conversing and interacting with each other in french, laughing at our mistakes and congratulating ourselves when we got it right. Currently, our class is able to describe ourselves, our family, our home and our friends as well as ask basic questions. All in three months.

Would I say I know enough french to survive in France? Probably not. But I still have a few more months to go, and by the way things are looking, I think I just might be able to.

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MYTEACHER Language Centre

Daniel Kermorvant is founder of the MYTEACHER Language Centre and its teaching philosophy. He offers classes in French and Spanish and is planning to include German, Japanese, Italian, Korean, and Mandarin in the near future.

"MyTeacher"

Official Banner of "MyTeacher" by Daniel Kermorvant

Most of his courses last for a duration of three months per language level, perfectly timed to allow you to sit for the official examination of the language. It is especially useful for those of you who want to learn how to speak a language fast.

The language centre is located in Plaza Damas, near the Sri Hartamas Secondary School.

Teaching fees are between RM1200 – RM1500 for a period of 3 months depending on your level of language. (not including examination fees).

Most classes consist of around 6 to 9 students. Classes are held on weekday evenings or weekend mornings depending on the schedule of the class members. Regular classes last for 2 and a half hours per session. Personal classes with Daniel alone are also available, but fees vary according to the number of hours and sessions per week.

If any of you want to know more information, visit his website at:

www.myteacher.com

Or email him at:

daniel@myteacher.co

Tip: Daniel Kermorvant’s methodology emphasizes on self-motivation and enthusiasm. One thing you are not going to get from his class is any push: you have to be able to work hard yourself. He provides completely original notes and exercises, and with enough initiative, it is entirely possible to learn the language without classes! Also, for those of you who plan on traveling overseas and have a problem going for classes, fret not: he will allow classes over ‘Skype’ for those with special requests.

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