When you set out to learn a new language, you quickly realize that it is a fairly complex process. You need to learn the four basic skills of communication – speaking, listening, writing and reading – and you need to do this by learning new vocabulary, grammar rules and pronunciations amongst other things. If you want to communicate effectively in any language, these aspects become paramount. This also means that learning a new language can be a long drawn out process. Here are some tips that can speed this process along.
Immerse Yourself in the Language
This is by far one of the most effective ways to learn a new language quickly. Many people advocate living in a country to learn its language. This is a fairly effective practice since, unless many of the locals speak English, you will have no choice but to learn words and phrases to be able to get around and communicate. However, this opportunity may not be available to all of us. Nevertheless, there are plenty of ways you can immerse yourself in the new language – switch your social media and cell phone to the language you’re learning, find a partner who can converse in that language with you or even join a language study group. Basically, you need to put yourself in situations where you have no choice but to learn the language quickly.
Many of us attend weekend classes for a couple of hours when we decide to take up a new language. While you will learn the language, it is almost guaranteed that you will do so at a glacial pace. The best way to decrease the time it takes to learn a new language is to study it daily. Devote at least a couple of hours every day to learning the language. Repetition is key when you’re expanding your linguistic skills and studying every day guarantees repetition. This way, you won’t forget what you have learnt and waste time learning it again.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Whenever we learn anything that is new to us, we are bound to make mistakes. In learning a new language the biggest barrier can be fear of making a mistake. Don’t let this fear get to you. We all know that making mistakes is how we learn. When learning a new language you will make plenty of mistakes. Don’t let yourself be discouraged. Mistakes mean that you are trying and native speakers of the language will generally appreciate that. It is tempting to judge ourselves when conversing in the new language – don’t do that! Don’t worry about the failure or success of each conversation. Instead take it as the chance to learn something. If you’ve made a mistake figure out what phrases or words could have helped you better, what new phrases or words did you see or hear and how you could have the same type of conversation more effectively in the future.
Learning a new language can open up whole new worlds for you. Don’t let insecurities get in the way. When you immerse yourself in a language you also learn a lot about the culture it comes from. Take this opportunity to expand your horizons.