Whether you’re moving to a foreign country or preparing for amazing travels abroad, you might be ready to learn a new language. And while learning a new language can seem rather daunting, being able to communicate with others in a different language is exciting. But the truth is, there is no perfect way to learn a new language.
Learning a new language requires a lot of dedication and the right mindset to continue pushing forward. Here are some language learning tricks to help you get started:
Passion for Learning a Language
Whatever language you’re trying to learn, you’ll need motivation and a passion for learning languages to stay determined. Learning a new language is quite overwhelming and you will need to have a strong interest in your chosen language.
At first, learning a language may feel like a chore - don’t let that feeling overwhelm you. Instead, associate the foreign language with something fun or with achievable goals. Once you get the rhythm and routine down and a growing passion for learning the language, you’ll become more fluent each day.
And if you’re able to combine the love for the language with studies, you will definitely have a better learning experience.
Language Learning Basics
To begin your new language journey, you will need to build a foundation by studying basic vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures. Having a strong grasp of the fundamentals of a language will allow you to build on basic sentences, developing into more complex conversations.
In the beginning, the excitement of learning a new language may allow you to absorb a lot of vocabulary. Use this opportunity to learn common vocabulary such as greetings, body parts, days of week, times etc.
These are everyday phrases that you can incorporate into daily life, providing you with a solid foundation of vocabulary that you can build on.
Embrace Making Mistakes
Mistakes are inevitable when you’re learning a new language and they are nothing to be concerned about. Don’t focus on speaking in perfect sentences straight away, you will learn a lot from the mistakes you make.
Instead, try to be more focused on your pronunciation of the vocabulary you’re learning, quality over quantity.
Try to be patient and appreciate the journey of developing language skills. Remember, mistakes are part of the learning process, embrace them.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice actually does make you perfect. As much as possible, try to speak the language you’re studying. Whether that’s just repeating sentences in the language, reciting vocabulary or actually having conversations, practicing the language is vital to your development.
There are various language learning apps available, many with phonetic features, that offer daily activities as ways to practice.
Alternatively, language classes can be a great way to practice speaking with other learners, while receiving advice from a teacher.
Make New Friends
If you’re able to, making friends with native speakers can really benefit the learning experience. You’ll learn about the language in an entirely new way to teachers and apps; you’ll learn about how natives truly speak and you’ll begin to pick up on idioms and slang.
There’s a wide range of online groups for language learners, with native speakers and other learners. Finding an online pen-pal will not only introduce you to the colloquialisms of a language, but also the online slang.
For example, the French use ‘mdr’ instead of ‘lol’, meaning ‘mort de rire’ or ‘dying of laughter’. These small phrases are easily picked up by chatting with native speakers online and will add to your fluency.
Travelling is certainly one of the best ways to learn a new language. Being amongst natives and surrounded by the culture will put you in the best environment to concentrate on the language.
Being plunged into the deep end and needing to speak the language is difficult, but you’ll adapt quickly and so will your language skills.
Enjoy the Experience
Learning a new language may seem like a huge project, but it can be far from boring. There are so many ways of learning a language in a fun yet educational way.
Watch your favourite TV show with subtitles or, if you’re feeling brave, without and watch yourself pick up on words. You could try listening to native music or reading books, even if they’re children’s books, or even just changing the language settings on your phone.
There are several ways to learn a new language but the most important thing is to remember to have fun with it. Take it one day at a time. Be patient, practice and enjoy the rewarding experience of learning a new language.