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The Language Learning Alphabet. How you can learn to communicate in another language Developed by Howard Culbertson, Southern Nazarene University. G od’s gift. “And God said . . .” (Genesis 1:3). J esus. Incarnational ministry model He spoke the language.

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the language learning alphabet

The Language Learning Alphabet

How you can learn to communicate in another language

Developed by Howard Culbertson, Southern Nazarene University

g od s gift
God’s gift
  • “And God said . . .” (Genesis 1:3)
j esus
Jesus
  • Incarnational ministry model
  • He spoke the language.
    • Some Aramaic phrases so powerful that gospel writers quoted Jesus in that language and then gave translations.
f iltering
Filtering
  • Linguists say that languages condition or channel our thinking
  • If people of another mother tongue have to speak to you in English, they are limited in what they can express.
a dults c hildren
Adults Children
  • How do adults learn a language?
  • How do children learn a language?
  • Which analogy is best?
    • The preciseness of math?
    • The expressiveness of art?
another c word c haritable
Another “c” wordCharitable

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity . . .”

(I Corinthians 13:1, KJV)

another d word d iscouraged
Another “d” wordDiscouraged
  • Progress between plateaus
e veryone
Everyone
  • Do you say “I can’t learn a language” based on attempts in high school or college?
  • Lots of people in the world are bi-lingual; many of those are illiterate!
one more e word e tymology
One more “e” wordEtymology
  • Using word origins to get at meanings can be both helpful and disastrous.
  • For example:
    • “molestar”
    • “embarasada”
another g word g estures
Another “g” wordGestures
  • Be prepared to use a lot of them!
i mmersion
I mmersion
  • Total immersion: being thrown into the swimming pool!
  • Don’t try to have the language explained to you in English.
k indergarten
Kindergarten
  • You’re going back to being a kindergartner
  • Another “h” word: Humility
l abel everything
Label everything
  • Put written labels on everything . . . even the dog.
m illion mistakes
Million Mistakes
  • Fearful of making mistakes and looking stupid?
  • You’ve got a million mistakes to make. So, get started.
n ative speaker
Native Speaker
  • Learn from native speakers, preferably those who do not speak English!
o bligatory
Obligatory
  • Language learning is not a “necessary evil” to get out of the way.
  • Don’t give it low priority because you’re only going to be there a short time.
  • Build relationships with your language helpers. Maybe the Holy Spirit has brought them to you on purpose!
p roverbs and p rayers
Learn a couple of proverbs and use them often!

Memorize three short prayers:

Table grace

Offering prayer

A “general” prayer for a church service

Proverbs and Prayers
q uestions
Questions
  • Ask lots of ‘em!
  • Learn to ask “What is this?” in your target language.
  • Hit this button a zillion times.
  • Keep your mind turned “on.”
r epetition
Repetition
  • Learn a bit; use it a bunch.
  • Learn a little; use it a lot.
by the end of the second day off the plane you should be saying
By the end of the second day off the plane, you should be saying:
  • “Good morning”
  • “Good evening”
  • “How are you?”
  • “I am fine, thank you”
s tudying
Studying
  • “Studying” a language does not equal “learning” it.
  • “Studying” the language can become an excuse for not using what you do know.
t ranslation
Translation
  • No exact word for word equivalence exists
  • Use translation as little as possible!
  • Listen to church services in the language without an interpreter (interrupter) talking in your ear.
u se it
Use it
  • Use it all
  • Use it all every day
  • Use it all with every person
a v oracious b v ulnerable
a.Voraciousb.Vulnerable
  • Develop a voracious appetite for words and phrases
  • Be willing to laugh at yourself . . . a lot
w indow
Window
  • Language is a window into their soul.
  • Learn to speak a little bit; they may open the door and invite you all the way in.
z est
Zest
  • Put zest into your language learning or you may wind up with zilch.
  • Another “e” word: euphoria
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“There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every . . . language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb” -- Revelation 7:9

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The Language Learning Alphabet(end)

How you can learn to communicate in another language

Developed by Howard Culbertson, Southern Nazarene University