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Why am I bad at languages?

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'Why am I not good at languages?' is a question that many of you might have asked yourselves lots of times while trying to get a good grade from an English, German or Spanish test. Your knowledge of foreign languages not only depends on you but also on which kind of a teacher you have. A bad teacher can't really make you improve your language skills and possibly can make you hate it with all your heart. Anyways, you have to remember that a good beginning is half the battle. Let's say you already have an amazing teacher. The rest is up to you because all you need to succeed is a will.

 


I didn't use to like English when I was in primary school. I kept getting bad marks and, month by month, my hatred for this language was getting bigger and bigger.

Amazing English teacher

About six years ago I met an amazing English teacher and she made the impossible possible. She not only taught me a lot but also showed me that learning vocabulary and grammar rules by heart is pointless if you don't really like the language in general and you don't understand how these rules actually work in real life.

Some people are better at learning foreign languages than others, I'm not gonna lie. There are thousands of people who, just like some of you, don't believe in themselves and are scared of using the second language or simply have no idea how to become fluent. So if you think you can't learn English, just remember that everyone is capable of learning at least one more language except their national one. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a good example here. He was born in a village in Austria, came to America when he was 21 and didn't really know the language, yet it didn't stop him from becoming a great actor and politician.

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Learn from your mistakes

'But how can I make my English more fluent?' you might ask. The answer is pretty obvious - just speak!
'I make lots of mistakes!', 'They'll laugh at me and make me feel like an idiot!' - I sadly hear such things very often, when I talk with my friends. There comes uncertainty, right after that you are more scared of talking, you are disaffected and finally, you decide there's no point in opening your mouth in general.

I truly believe everybody is talented. You learn from your own mistakes. Have you ever seen a child trying to walk for the first time in their life? It keeps falling at the beginning, right? Such child wouldn't learn how to walk if it was too afraid to get up after their fall. So don't be afraid of any kind of a failure - get up proudly and try again! You can complain about it but don't give up!
Nobody's perfect. Making mistakes means you actually buckle down and do what you have to do. It's a sign of your bravery and not of a weakness.

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In my school I also learned the types of interpretation

 

Interpreting plays an important role in international political and business meetings. Interpreters must have not only extensive knowledge of the languages and contexts used, but also exceptional resistance to stress. Interpreting is divided into:

• Consecutive interpreting: most often used during official celebrations and long speeches. The interpreter, located in the same room as the speaker and the recipients, listens to part of the speech and then, in the break, translates what has been said.

• Simultaneous interpreting: real-time translation. The translator, usually located in a booth separated from the participants of the discussion, translates simultaneously. Interpreters have to be able to focus and react quickly.

 

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