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Learning to Carry a Conversation is Vital to Mastery of Any Language
Even beginners can quickly learn conversational Language well enough to carry on real conversations with native speakers. Of course, beginners won’t be able to carry a conversation the same way they could in their native language.
But, just knowing a few tips--like which questions to ask to keep a conversation going--are all you need to speak and interact with real native speakers!
Before we get to specific suggestions, let’s first take a closer look at how having real conversations in your target language is so vital to your mastery of the language. Communicating with other people is the very point of language and conversation comes easily in our native tongue. For beginners (or anyone learning a new language), conversations aren’t easy at all and even simple greetings can be intimidating and awkward.
Nothing kills a conversation faster than long periods of awkward silence, so you need practice and specific strategies to avoid them.
When you know what to say to keep a conversation going, communication becomes much easier and you make a better impression on your listener. Nothing will help you learn to speak a language faster and truly master the language than having real conversations with native speakers.
Conversations quickly expose you to slang, cultural expressions, and vocabulary that force you to absorb and assimilate information faster than any educational setting—and that’s a great thing!
But how can you possibly have real conversations with real people if you are just starting out?
Here are 3 proven methods that even beginners can quickly use to learn conversational language to make a great impression and avoid awkward silences.
First, ask questions to keep a conversation going
For beginners and even more advanced speakers, the key is to ask questions to keep a conversation going. Of course, they can’t be just random questions or else you may confuse the listener. But, by memorizing a few key questions and the appropriate time to use them, you can easily carry a conversation with minimal vocabulary or experience. And remember, the more conversations you have, the quicker you will learn and master the language!
Second, learn core vocabulary terms as quickly as possible
You don’t need to memorize thousands of words to learn conversational language. In fact, with just a couple hundred words you could have a very basic conversation. And by learning maybe 1,000-2,000 words, you could carry a conversation with a native speaker about current events, order in restaurants, and even get directions.
To help you get started with this, check out our 2000 Common Words, also known as our Core List. These 2,000 words are all you need to learn to speak fluently and carry a conversation with a native speaker!
Third, study video or audio lessons that you can play and replay again and again
If you want to know how to carry on a conversation, then you need exposure to native speakers—and the more the better. Ideally, studying video or audio lessons is ideal because they provide contextualized learning in your native language and you can play them again and again until mastery.
Our instructors have created more than 2500 video and audio lessons that you can play again and again. And the best part is: They don’t just teach you vocabulary and grammar. They are designed to help you learn to speak and teach you practical everyday topics like shopping, ordering, etc!
Although it may seem intimidating for a beginner, the truth is that it is very easy to learn conversational language. Just learn a few core vocabulary terms and which questions to ask to keep a conversation going. Our language learning program has the world’s largest online collection of video and audio lessons by real instructors plus tons of advanced tools to help you learn to speak and carry a conversation quickly.
Just a little practice and exposure to real conversations or lessons is all it really takes.
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