Learning Foreign Languages(学习外语)
In schools all over the world boys and girls are learning foreign languages. Many adults are
doing so in their spare time. Everybody knows his own language, but to know another is very useful.
Which is the best way to learn a language? We should remember we all learnt our own language well when we were children. If we could learn a second language in the same way, it would not seem so difficult. Think what a small child does. It listens to what people say and tries to imitate what it
hears. When it wants something, it has to ask for it. It is using the language. It is talking and thinking in it all the time. If one has to use a second language all the time, he would learn it quickly.
It is important to remember, also, that we learn our own language by hearing people speaking it not by seeing what they write. We imitate what we hear. In school, though you learn to read and write as well as to hear and speak, it is best to learn all new words through the ear. Of course you also learn to read them, spell them and write them.