Let’s learn to swim like learning a foreign language!

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Let’s learn to swim like learning a foreign language!

Learning a foreign language and learning how to swim requires a suitable environment. The environment of learning a foreign language is one in which you can “immerse” in the language you are learning. The environment of swimming lessons is water. People say “if you want to eat, you roll into the kitchen”, if you want to know how to swim, you have to jump into the water. No other way! Must experiment, have to experience, have to practice, not theory.

Both learning a foreign language and learning how to swim require “patience and perseverance”. Quick response when communicating, takes time. “The sense of water” when swimming, must practice a lot.

Why is that?

When you watch competing sports stars, whether it’s athletes in boxing, basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming, or even weightlifting, you’ll see them doing very light movements. gentle, flexible and not “gong” at all. Reaching the level of “play like playing” is an amazing effort through their years of “practicing the exercises”. The things you see when they play are very small compared to what you don’t see when they practice. When you see someone “speak a foreign language like the wind”, you think they have a foreign language talent. In fact, it is also a process of “listening practice, speaking practice, writing practice, pronunciation practice, reading practice” for hours from day to day.

Before learning something new, learners always set a goal to achieve after they are finished. Different goals require different proficiency levels. What is proficiency in foreign languages? Each person will have their own answer: to make new friends, to have a better job, to study abroad, to read literary works, to teach, make presentations … The higher the goal, the higher the level of success. Proficient requires higher. How is swimming proficient? It depends on each person. Swim at the “survival” level for water safety, swim 25m to get the general swimming certificate, swim proficiently 50m to go to the beach, swim proficiently 100m to exercise in the pool, swim a few kilometers to pass the river, cross the sea … The higher the target, the longer “time under the water”!

How to do it?

To become proficient in a foreign language, you need to pay attention to factors such as your proficiency goals, the language you already know, the language you are studying, and the amount of time you have. To master a certain style of swimming, you also need to pay attention to factors such as previous water experience, what type of swimming you want to learn, proficiency target, training time (3 times/week other with only 2 episodes on weekends), body characteristics, age.

In addition, we also need to create a new database to help the brain adapt to new problems. When learning a new language, you have to reset your ears to get used to the new sounds, reset the use of the tongue to master the new pronunciation. When learning how to swim, you must reset your posture from upright to horizontal, re-establish ground breathing to underwater breathing.

According to Gabriel Wyner, who is fluent in 6 languages ​​at the age of 30 and founder of the language learning website http://fluent-forever.com, there are 3 important keys to effective language learning:

  1. Previous sound;
  2. No translation;
  3. Use the interval repeating system.

Learning pronunciations in order to gradually familiarize your ears with sounds, get a very good intonation, from which the accumulation of vocabulary, listening comprehension and speaking in foreign languages ​​happens faster. Don’t translate to learn to think in a foreign language and speak more fluently. Using the interval repeating system is a memory-maximizing tool that pushes information into the learner’s long-term memory.

In my experience, there are also 3 important keys to learning to swim effectively:

  1. Learn to swim first;
  2. Forget technical principles;
  3. Master this skill before moving on to another skill.

Learning float first because poor buoyancy affects all other moves. Therefore, floating is an essential skill to learn first and learn for “dignity”. Forget about technical principles so that learners don’t get “ghosted in” when doing “multi-motion” underwater. Many teachers use confusing technical terms and careful technical analysis only makes the learners more confused. Many students like to watch technical analysis clips on the internet which only makes them more confused.

In the arm span technique, it is enough to just know that “underwater hand extends to thighs, the upper hand does not swing high up into the sky”, and details such as “spleen, bend 90 degrees, …” for later ” magnetic “. Mastering this skill before moving on to another skill is the “building house” method in swimming. These skill blocks must be placed on the solid foundation of the previous skill block to achieve high connection efficiency. Flapping the legs is not good but swimming immediately is broken.

One last point: to do well in school requires excitement. To have an interest in learning a foreign language, to change the traditional way of learning, change from the way of “chanting words” to listening to the radio, watching movies, learning to sing, … For students to be interested in learning how to swim, they must Be commended, always feel progress through each lesson and experience new things in the aquatic environment.


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