Teaching and learning a language is a difficult, but exciting undertaking. Whether you’re a student or a teacher, there are certain aspects of the journey that will be fun, and some that won’t be so great. This principle rings even more true if you’re learning or teaching a language for couples that don’t speak the same language.

Being in love always raises the stakes for learning quickly and effectively. For teachers, the bar can be even higher. Instructors need to deliver relevant lessons with real-life application.

If you aren’t quite sure where to start teaching or what to expect as a student, check out these few tips for learning to speak the language of love and start a relationship off on the right foot.

  1. Start with Common Words or Phrases: Every language teacher knows that you can’t always dive right into the thick of things. Starting with the basics of learning a language is typically the best way to go, but in the case of learning to speak to a significant other, it might be a good idea to start on a necessity basis.

Begin by learning the most important words or phrases to carry on a relationship. Words or phrases that have to do with dating, family, making plans, living arrangements or traveling can be given a priority. For more advanced relationships, you will need to know phrases like engagement, engagement rings, marriage, visa or wedding.

  1. Learn Colloquial Terms: Usually we learn and teach languages, as they should be spoken in the most formal settings, and remain in the dark when it comes to everyday terms and colloquial speech. You’ll want to know slang, figures of speech, and the daily vernacular. You can purchase or incorporate a slang guidebook into your curriculum, to help understand the language as its spoken in the actual country of its origin on a daily basis.
  1. Learn the Culture: Being a part of a relationship means that you’ll probably meet family and friends at some point. You’ll not only want to communicate with them, but you’ll also want to respect their customs and culture. Many language courses are now involving aspects of understanding culture into the curriculum, and this step is certainly necessary for those in a serious relationship. You’ll want to avoid offending others with either speech, gestures, phrases or behavior and often, we don’t know if we’re being offensive. Learn about the language as you learn about the culture and you’ll definitely come out ahead.
  1. Help, Not Hurt: One the best ways to teach and learn a language is to encourage positive and constructive face-to-face interaction as often as possible. While it can be easy to laugh at misuses of words, this action will not help either party. Remain helpful and instructive, just as you’d want someone to be patient with you. Instructors can encourage students to use Skype, Facebook or other social media to promote real-life application and out of class learning.

These few steps will serve as a great basis for learning to communicate with a significant other. Your relationship will grow and blossom just as your language skills will do the same!

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