By Greg Gibbons
Greg can speak many languages including Swedish, Norwegian, French, German, Indonesian and Danish. He gave KGRE some basic tips recently and maybe these tips can help you too. Greg works for the AusAID supported ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP)
Learn some basic words and phrases as soon as you can. These are key words to get you started. ‘hello’, ‘thank you’, ‘yes’, ‘no’, and ‘how much?’.
Learn to say ‘what is the word for …?’, or ‘how do you say …?’. Whenever you meet a foreigner or an English speaker you can ask them for a little help. People will be happy to talk to you and help you.
If you ask someone for a word and then you quickly forget it, don't worry! Ask them to repeat the word until you have got it right. Keep asking and soon you will remember.
Learn to count up to a million.
When you learn new words such as numbers and the basic words and phrases above, try and use them immediately. Don't be afraid and don't wait till you think you know them perfectly. Just practice and have fun.
Use every opportunity to practice your new language. Ask anyone you know who speaks a little English (such as your friends and workmates) to speak with you only in English.