For most people learning a new language is intimidating. It’s either they have heard myths about age being a factor in learning or feel fearful of a new challenge. Well, it should not be so hard to learn.
Here are some of the tips to help you learn a new language.
- Know your motivation
With multiple foreign languages in the world, there is a reason you are choosing the one you are taking. Understand the reasons for starting the language to guide your learning depth. Expanding your knowledge by learning a new language is an ideal motivation that can keep you focused for long.
If you are learning to visit the country where the language is spoken, you can learn the basics and master the rest at the destination. If you intend to interact with that language’s film or art, consider conversational rather than the academic side of that language.
- Have fun while learning
Learning without the fun can suddenly feel like work. It can feel more forceful and you will quit after some time.
Look for fun ways to learn the language to keep you going for long. For example, reading is less fun when starting. Instead, opt for listening to podcasts, films or play games in the language in the early stages.
- Find a partner
The other way to learn a new language is by finding a partner. When learning alone, you can easily give up when the learning gets tough. However, a partner helps push you on when it becomes a little daunting.
Having a partner allows one to extend knowledge and seek reference when in doubt. You also get encouraged as you seek to outdo each other.
- Focus on all four language skills
Learning a new language involves four primary language skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking. However, it’s common for new learners to concentrate on a single skill while ignoring all the other aspects. You might find yourself an option to watch a film instead of reading books. However, all the skills are essential. Watch the videos, read the various texts, speak to speakers and also write a blog.
- Challenge yourself
Humans are competitive. If you are looking to improve your new language skill, take up a challenge to hit it. For example, you can choose to master some verbs, the alphabet and more.
Keep it a habit of rewarding yourself once you hit a target. The body has various hormones that will make you feel good when you hit your targets to keep you going.
- Visit where the language is spoken.
While this might be the last option to improve your learning due to limitations, it works perfectly. If you are in a position, visit a country where your target language is widely spoken and stay with a host family who do not speak your language.
You will realise how much you accelerate your learning when it’s the only choice. You might even end up learning multiple languages if you choose the destination right.