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Wednesday Winsight-7: Language is a tool... use it!

Updated: 2 days ago

I always admire construction workers. They use their tools with such confidence and so often seem to find a work-around when they hit a tricky situation. I shouldn’t be surprised. A friend of mine, who can build a house from scratch, often tells me, “You should see all the mistakes I made to get to this point.”


Language is similar. Just listen to any young child speak their native tongue, and you’ll notice many errors in their speaking and writing. Yet, by the time they reach adulthood, almost all the errors are gone. The key to their language development was practice; just like the construction worker.


It’s the same for learning a foreign language. You’ve got to use it regularly to get better at it. You have to speak it and/or write it as often as possible. 


Napolean Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich - among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time - said, “Work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.” For me, language is a tool. And the quote means the more you use the language you have, the better you will be able to build on it, thus improving your language skills even more. 


That’s how children before 7 (more or less) develop their speaking. They don’t study or learn the language; they just hear it and speak it naturally, even if it’s a foreign language. 


And if you really want to improve your language skills, do it with a native speaker. Your vocabulary will grow, as will pronunciation, structure, and intonation. 


Language is a tool… use it. Before you know it, you’ll be using it with confidence and fluidity.  

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