Language Naturalization: Beyond the Language Barrier

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2023-05-15
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Language naturalization, a process that is vital to using any language to form lasting bonds of friendship and cooperation with those who speak it, is woefully underrepresented in language education. It is also one of the main reasons why so many Korean, Chinese, and Japanese students – who have studied English for years – can get perfect grades on school exams but are unable to hold a conversation with an English speaker beyond ‘Hi, how are you – I’m fine, thank you.’ What is language naturalization then, and how exactly does the lack of it stop a person from using language beyond what is necessary to order a cup of coffee? Let us try to answer these questions before talking about the steps that can be taken to ensure that naturalization takes its natural course.


What is naturalization?

Language Naturalization refers to the process of integrating the cultural norms, values, and practices behind a language in order to gain the ability to communicate and form lasting bonds of cooperation with the people who speak said language. Through the gradual assimilation of the norms, values, conventions, usage, history, and culture behind a language human beings can build the underlying foundation that makes true social interaction with a language possible and thus allows its speakers to form lasting bonds of trust and cooperation.


Why would you want to go through this process of naturalization?

Aside from being able to form lasting bonds of trust and love with other people? Well, language naturalization is also a prerequisite for lasting cooperation. On a macro-scale, a country might wish its own people to be able to form lasting bonds of trust and cooperation with people who speak the English language because it facilitates friendly and stable long-term cooperation and trade with people of other English-speaking nations. But that is on a macro-scale.

On a micro-scale, an individual might wish to have completed the process of English naturalization to access and understand English resources on the internet or form strong bonds with people who speak English and thus receive more opportunities to make his/her life better.


What if naturalization is halted or absent?

If someone knows the language of a certain society but did not undergo or complete the process of language naturalization, then a person will find the utility of said language severely limited. Knowing a language is not the same as knowing how to use it to connect to other people and have worthwhile conversations.  At best, any conversation with that language will be shallow and transactional. At worst, communication will be short, stilted, and full of misunderstandings that make further communication undesirable.


So how does one ensure the successful completion of this process of language naturalization?

There are many ways to aid the process of language naturalization. One could live in a society where the language one wishes to naturalize is spoken. Continued interaction with others would increase the likelihood of success. One could also immerse oneself in the culture and history behind a language through media and books to speed up the process of language naturalization. 

Here at the Booksmart Academy, we offer both. Contact us by clicking here to find out what courses might help you start or speed up the language naturalization process that is so vital to mastering the English language.


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