3 Reasons to Master a New Language with Poetry
It’s National Poetry Month! Have you considered how reading poetry in the language you’re learning can take your fluency to the next level? Here are three reasons why it’s okay to put down the grammar book and curl up with a sonnet instead:
- Learn the music of a new language: Every language has its own rhythm. When you listen to a foreign tongue, you’ll notice how it has its own unique speed, melody, and pitch. This “music” of language is hard to learn in a classroom, but you can absorb it through poetry.
- Have fun and get creative: Read poetry to inspire you to write your own. If you’re like me, you can only memorize so many verb conjugations before you feel like throwing your exercise sheet at the wall. Poetry allows you to have fun and play with words the way a child would when learning how to speak. Writing creatively in your second language will help make strange words and sentence structures more familiar, like your own. So take out your notebook and play with words!
- Enrich your vocabulary: It’s great to learn how to order a coffee or ask for directions in a second language, but if you want to take your learning to the next level, read a poem! Many poems use words that will be new to you in unfamiliar ways. Even if you don’t understand everything at first, making it a practice to regularly read poetry will enrich your vocabulary and syntax.
Happy reading and writing! To celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re posting quotes from Canadian poets on our Instagram page, so be sure to give us a follow! We also have free conversation classes every Thursday, from 5:30 – 6:30 (English conversation) and 6:30 – 7:30 (French conversation) here in Montreal (397 A Sainte-Catherine W. Suite 202). Call 514-989-1669 ext. 225 to register. Hope to see you there!