Become Fluent In Your Favourite African Language
Have you visited one of the African countries and love how the different African languages sound? Are you finding it difficult, to learn two or three new languages?
Apart from the widely spoken language, English, developing your language-speaking skills is a great way to meet new people, communicate with any African country, and immerse yourself in a new way of thinking.
If you want to speak a new African language, start by learning the common phrases and vocabulary terms. So you take a native language like Twi, Ga, Yoruba, Igbo, Swati, Zulu e.t.c and try as much as possible to feel a little more comfortable with the language.
Immerse yourself in the language, taking classes, and practicing daily to develop fluency in the language. If you have the means, visit an African-speaking country or neighborhood to get exposure. If you have some basic conversational phrases down, traveling to an African-speaking place will help you learn new phrases and words.
Immersing yourself in a language does not teach you how to read and write. You still will have to learn spelling and grammar, but this might be easier if you already know how to speak.
The next step to take is to talk to fluent African speakers to practice your speaking skills. There are millions of African speakers in the world and you don’t have to travel to find native speakers who are willing to converse with you. Ask a fluent classmate, friend, or family member to help you practice your African skills.
Watch African-language TV shows and films to learn over time. Watching African language television can help train your ear to distinguish the sounds. It’s also great since you can put the closed captioning on to figure out what each line of dialogue means as it is being spoken.
Listen to African-language music to test your ear for African. Music is a good way to start identifying individual words and connecting them in your mind with their written form.
It’s also a great way to memorize words since they tend to be repeated in songs during the chorus. Try listening to and singing along with the same song repetitively until you become familiar with the pronunciation and understand the lyrics.
Label household items with African words to memorize them. Giving yourself a visual reminder of the African word for something you encounter on a daily basis will eventually set that word firmly in your mind. This is a really easy way to build your vocabulary. Use a label maker, post-it notes, or stickers to label each common item in your home.