What are the biggest challenges of learning a language? One of the biggest barriers to learning English is understanding your own mind. Intrapersonal communication to be exact-the ability to communicate with your self? Do you know your strengths? How do you learn best? What kind of environments do you excel in? These preferences are important and can help you accelerate your language skills.
This model was proposed by Howard Gardner in his 1983 book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The multiple intelligence theory is a good start at pointing out your own intellectual strengths and weaknesses. It suggests that everyone has 8 areas of intelligence that include:
words (linguistic intelligence)
numbers or logic (logical-mathematical intelligence)
pictures (spatial intelligence)
music (musical intelligence)
self-reflection (intrapersonal intelligence)
a physical experience (bodily-kinesthetic intelligence)
a social experience (interpersonal intelligence), and
an experience in the natural world. (naturalist intelligence)
A more accurate way to gage your intellectual strengths is thought a multiple intelligence test at http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int/index.htm
When you take the test you may have a better understanding of your strengths and weakness with regards the multiple intelligence theory and it could be one of the pieces of the puzzle towards improving your own learning. Here are some websites or online resources you can try with regards to focusing on studying English that fits your intellectual strengths.
If you have a strong mathematical intelligence, you should focus on stats, try listening to a stat related podcast. I would recommend listening to the podcast: Freakonomics and More or Less: Behind the Stats. These podcasts can be downloaded from Itunes and Stitcher, or from the their host sites.
Someone who is more spatial may want join the following social media sites, and try interacting other with other English Speakers on Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr and Pinterest. These sites are more focused on photo sharing and other visual media that may be to your preference.
If you score higher in musical intelligence you may want check out http://www.metrolyrics.com/ you can easily review English lyrics and listen to the song at the same time.
People who are more self reflective and intrapersonal may want to try writing a private English diary at http://penzu.com/.
Someone with kinesthetic intelligence may want to try using a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. Try using the English version of The World of Warcraft -Fantasy online, or Second Life-an online world where people can socialize, connect and create using free voice and text chat.
If you scored more on interpersonal communications you may want to try chatting to a stranger. Yes it’s a little daunting, and it’s not for the faint of heart and there are many crazy people out there but if you are not easily shocked, you can strike up some great conversations and maybe learn something new. Try text chatting and video chatting at http://free-chat-live.com/ . This site can give you information regarding some chat sites to connect to. Please make sure to review the following site on how to be safe in chat rooms. http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Safe-in-the-Chat-Rooms.
People with a preference or specialization of the naturalist intelligence should try http://www.nature.com/scitable. This site is a great way to connect with like minded individuals who share your passion for the biology around you.
Linguistic intelligence. If you scored higher in this category, then learning English should come naturally for you. People with high verbal-linguistic intelligence display a facility with words and languages. They are typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words along with dates. People with strong languistic intelligence will do well using any of the sites mentioned, but I would try focusing some of your energy on on writing an English blog at blog.com, blogger.com or wordpress.com or if you want to keep it short-try using Twitter! What should you write? Write what you are passionate about.
By Jason Beauchene