Anonymous said: I asked how characters can learn languages and I wasn't clear enough-that's my fault and I'm sorry. My worlds have no technology and their magic is restricted-I can't create a spell for language learning. I want my MC to learn the language naturally. Pointing to objects only goes so far: how can she learn verbs, grammar, etc. when no one can speak with her? How do I show her gradually learning more of the language? How do I make smooth scene jumps without losing months of her life? Thank you! :)
I guess I just don’t understand the situation at all. It sounds like you want your character to learn a language but have eliminated every possible means for that to happen. In the real world, you can learn language either by someone teaching it to you or by using tools (books, tapes, computers) to learn it. In a fantasy world, magic is also an option, and in a sci-fi world, other technology could be possible. But if none of those options are available to your MC—I don’t really know what to tell you. I guess you just have to find a way to make one of those possible, because those are the methods that are possible, and there aren’t any others (made-up or otherwise) that I’m aware of.
As far as scene transitions with time jumps, you can read about that here. :)
Anonymous said: I think they’re talking about immersion, which is a big part of learning language without modern tools. A big part of that is pointing and gesticulating, followed by word associations, followed by structure (shown by broken sentences, mistaken words, wrong tenses, etc). Fluency can come quickly once word association begins—how quickly depends on the person.
WQA replied: Good thought! So definitely look up “learning language through immersion” to see if that sounds like what you want your character to do. It should give you some tips on how that process generally works. :)
Anonymous said: the only “natural” way people learn a language is the way that we learn it as a child. Humans are very good at picking up languages. If a person spends a long enough time immersed in a foreign language, they will start to pick up words. Babies and young children are much better at it than adults, but it’s a skill we never really lose, because the ability to communicate with those around us is necessary for survival.