IWTYAL 097: Word Order & Sentence Structure In A New Language

Freddie asks: “What’s the best way to get my head around different word order and sentence structure in a new language?”

In this episode:

Three approaches to getting used to word order and sentence structure:

  1. Learn the rules. It doesn’t take long, but is important for you to be aware of how the language works
  2. Lots of input. Word order is something you ultimately get used to in a language, so in order to make this happen you need to be listening and reading to as much as possible.
  3. Regular production. At the beginning, it’s natural to think using the word order of your mother tongue. To get over this, make sure you’re producing (speaking or writing) the language regularly.

Two ways to practise producing and getting used to the word order of the language:

  1. Copy out the dialogues from your textbook onto paper. This gives you the experience of producing the word order yourself
  2. Write and learn short monologues in the language. This way, you can “feel” what it’s like to speak using the new word order

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