Learning a foreign language is a skill that can be a skill that is fun and extremely useful in the real world. Everyone knows that learning a new language is difficult and challenging but, it is worth it due to its multiple benefits. There are many ways to approach learning a language out there and with the internet, learning a new language is easier than ever before.
Making friends who speak the language you are learning is a very helpful strategy for improving your speaking and comprehension abilities in a language. Not only will you be learning a language, but also building strong bonds of friendship at the same time! Intonation and native slang and way of speaking are often hard to understand from just learning off a textbook which is why talking to natives and forming friendships are important. The best part is that you can talk freely with your friends without feeling self-conscious.
Each week you can work on a different aspect of learning a language. One week you can practice grammar structures and rules and, on another week you can learn vocabulary. You can also practice different types of vocabulary each week like food items, travel or restaurant-related words.
Along with this, learning the 1000 most commonly used words in a language can prove to be very useful when conversing with natives.
Immersion in a language is key to acquiring new vocabulary and learning a language quicker. This is how we learnt our native language as a kid as we were surrounded by a particular language. Watching a movie, television shows or listening to music in your target language can be beneficial for effective immersion. While consuming media in another language, try using subtitles initially and growing out of them eventually. Immersion is not only great for learning your target language but also for learning more about the culture of the place where the language is spoken. The benefits don’t end there, while watching movies, try noting down vocabulary that you hear and getting the rhythm of the language.
You can use the internet wisely when learning a new language. Google translate is an excellent way to translate whatever you want to say into your target language. You can find articles in the language you are trying to learn and watch free videos on Youtube too. With the internet, immersion is easier than ever before. If it’s hard to find native language learners in your area, then you can find native speakers easily online. There is also the possibility of hiring online tutors for an affordable price. Travelling to a country that speaks the language you are learning is another way to get immersion. Speaking to the natives there will help improve your vocabulary and help with your accent and pronunciation.
Finally, learn to be patient with yourself. Learning a foreign language is no easy task and, it can get frustrating at times. But fluency is worth it despite all the struggles to achieve it. It will of course take time to learn a language but trusting the knowledge that we’ve learnt so far can be motivating to continue the journey. Try using your target language as often as possible, whether you write in your journal or talk to yourself. You could change your phone settings to your target language and read articles in that language too. Set realistic goals for yourself and don’t expect to attain complete fluency in just a week or two. Most importantly, enjoy the process of learning a new language and immersing yourself in a new culture!