Learning pronouns has always been a little complex process because every language has a different way of grouping people together and referring to them. However, pronouns have moved a step above and have been garnering a lot of attention, having assumed importance as they now refer to the identity of a person as well. As the world progressively moves towards a more inclusive future, learning pronouns in a language is more of a necessity than requirement. Bringing you A game to the fore, when it comes to pronouns, now means two things. One- the mastery of your craft in language. Two- the sensitivity and respect that you offer to the person you are referring to. In this article we will learn how to use some tools creatively to learn pronouns and retain them. Here we go:
Learn subject pronouns using flashcards and google images
Digital flashcards are a boon. You can use them in a variety of ways, modify them, customize them as per your requirement. For subject pronouns such as I, You, He, She, It, They, We) you can search for images on google. For accuracy, you can use the google domain specific to the country where your target language is spoken. Once you have the pictures and have placed them on separate flashcards, you can try recalling the word and practice it.
The tricky part here is to learn the pronouns along with the degree of formality with which they are used in sentences. For instance in Hindi you use ‘tum’(you) for peers or younger people and ‘aap’ (you) in formal settings or for elderly people. This is not easy to accomplish using words alone, which is where the pictures come in. When you look at the word and associate it with a picture, it will help you to think in those terms rather than just memorise where you can use the word. For instance, you would use ‘Aap’ in Hindi for older people and plug a picture of a younger person talking to an older one or a police man or an officer. For Haitian Creole, you can learn basic Haitian Creole conversation and grammar like ‘Let’s Get Acquainted’ using Creole Tutors online courses.
The important thing to note here is that once you have a certain grasp over the pronouns and their use in a sentence, you must quickly move on to learning their degree of formality as well.
Practice indefinite pronouns in dialogues
The best way to learn indefinite pronouns such as several, many, everyone, anyone, someone, somebody, something, either, all and each is to learn them. In the form of dialogue. You may choose to write dialogues in a scene using these pronouns or you can download some samples from the internet. You may even take this a step further by working with a friend in a role play and work your way through them. This will also help you in remembering additional words from the dialogue.
Putting on the right accents while delivering your dialogues will make the process fun and you will have no problems retaining them.
Learn relative, interrogative and demonstrative pronouns using news articles, magazines and journals
Usually, news articles that carry global news will give you context. Provide you with ample references of relative pronouns such as who, whom, whose, that and their equivalents in your target language.
Intensive and Reflexive Pronouns can be learned using pictures
The equivalent of myself, himself, herself, ourselves, itself, themselves, etc are easy to spot and easier to picturize. You can pick out some cartoons demonstrating these in simple fashion and create powerpoint slides or flashcards, whichever method is suitable for you. Once you start creating these slides, you will first learn to associate words with pictures and through spaced repetition- which is essentially revising the information when you are on the brink of forgetting it- you are able to retain them in an effective manner.