What are some good tips to learn a new language?

The answer is actually more basic than most people expect: immersion. Language isn't acquired in a classroom, or through apps or textbooks – it's acquired in the real world through interacting with real people. This is while children often learn their mother tongue before they begin formal schooling, by virtue of the fact that it's being spoken around them. Their subconscious is absorbing everything they hear, and this will slowly develop into an active command of the language.

  • Watch movies. Have English subtitles as well. This is often a good starting point as you can benefit from the experience even with no prior background in the language. Slowly, you vocabulary and understanding will build.
  • Listen to music. This is helpful because songs get stuck in your head, which means you'll keep singing it over and over, and the structures/words used in the song will become ingrained in your memory. Of course, find a translation of the lyrics as well.
  • Listen to the radio. Once your confidence and ability increases, start listening to longer readings of texts. I suggest this first since some people might not yet be comfortable interacting with other people, and this serves as a safer space to improve.
  • TALK TO PEOPLE. This could actually be the first step if you're brave enough. Interacting with people face to face will let you experience the language in different environments and situations, adding to both your vocabulary and complexity of sentence structure. You will also learn how to better understand when someone else speaks the language (colloquialisms, speed, etc.). Usually, native speakers of a language are more than happy to teach, correct or advise you on the spot, so in some ways, it's a free lesson!

Personally, I prefer going for classes, at the very least on top of all the above. This is because I tend to be a perfectionist, and so I like for my command of the language to be of a certain standard before I use it in public. Even in such a case, though, I recommend you try finding group classes, since it gives you a chance to interact with more people, rather than just one teacher.

My emphasis on immersion is why I usually discourage the use of apps to study a language. While it provides you with a resource you can refer back to, it doesn't give you a chance to actually use the language in any useful way. By all means, download whichever apps you feel necessary. But make sure you complement them with the above methods.

19 Replies to “What are some good tips to learn a new language?”

  1. Language immersion. As much as possible.

    1. Watch tv shows, YouTube videos and movies. At first, don't try to watch them without subtitles (stick to your first language’s subtitles). As you progress, you can consider other options. But not when you're just getting started, you'll just get frustrated with so many unfamiliar words.
    2. Listen to music. And look up the lyrics of the songs! That way, you won't only know how the words are pronounced but how they're written as well.
    3. Change the language on your phone. It may sound irrelevant but you'll learn a lot of vocabulary, especially the one related to technology.
    4. Find conversational partners (there are apps especially designed to help you find one). By interacting with them on a daily basis, you'll be able to think in that language just as you do in your native one.
    5. Read. But read about things that interest you. You'll subconsciously learn a lot – as you won't feel like you're actually learning.

    I believe immersing yourself in the language is way more efficient than doing exercises and memorizing words.

    If you focus so much on specifically learning the language (as you'd do when trying to study for a test or exam), you'll start seeing it as a hassle and in a negative context.

    Instead, you want to associate the language with positive things- those you enjoy and are passionate about.

    • Keen on video games? Play them in that language.
    • Fancy makeup tutorials? Watch them in that language.
    • Love learning about different cultures and making new friends? Try finding someone that speaks that language and speak to them on a daily basis.
    • Passionate about cooking? Look up recipes in that language.
    • Interested in World History? Learn from books that are in that language.

    Don't just sit down with a textbook and do exercises. Don't limit yourself to the traditional learning ways, be creative! You'll learn so much more that way.

  2. China’s meteoric rise as world’s next superpower has opened up multiple avenues for people around the world. Most of the product based businesses like Apparel, electronic products, equipments, machinery etc today outsource their product manufacturing to China, mainly thanks to their massive manufacturing abilities while many others source their raw materials like steel, fabrics, plastic etc from China. And this global flux of businesses has also created need for Chinese proficient professionals who can act as bridge in connecting people all over the world for smooth conduct of businesses. But developing proficiency over Chinese is far more challenging than mastering other common global languages like French, Spanish, Arabic, Latin etc.

    The fundamental reason why Chinese is considered more difficult than other languages is because Chinese writing system is completely non-alphabetic and consists of thousands of pictographs which are commonly known as “Characters”. Developing familiarity so many similar looking characters and memorizing them takes considerable amount of time and effort. But one of the biggest strengths of Chinese language is its simplistic grammar. Sentence structure is very similar to English i.e Subject + Verb + Object. Verbs are always expressed in single form without any conjunctions. Chinese has its way to express tenses but it does not have gender or plural nouns. Overall, complexity of characters coupled with simplicity of grammar need to be studied and practiced intensely for few months to master the language. Any person who wants to master the language should pursue a

    Chinese speaking course

    which focuses on consistent intense learning schedule like 5 day a week or so. Unfortunately many language institutes teach Chinese like any other language i.e couple of classes or hours a week, which doesn’t help the cause at all. Course scheduling should be intense with 2-3 months duration to deliver desired results for the seeker; otherwise it is a common sight among new language learners to quit the language course after trying for few weeks.

    Another important factor which needs to be considered while learning Chinese is about picking up the apt system and dialect of the language. Chinese has two major writing systems which are used across the world – Traditional and Simplified. Traditional Chinese system has evolved over thousands of years and consists of thousands of beautiful characters which have evolved from ancient Chinese pictographs and it takes years of effort to learn and memorize them. On the contrary, Simplified writing system has far lesser number of characters as it was introduced by Chinese government around middle of last century to uplift the literacy rates in the country. Today simplified Chinese is the official language of China and Singapore. It is also widely used for official communication, media, education and all major utilitarian purposes. This system is relatively easier to adapt and learn. Most of the language training institutes around the world train the students in simplified Chinese system only. Another major concern for adapters of language is regarding which dialect to choose and focus on. China is a vast country with classical history and this has created thousands of dialects of the language. However, Mandarin and Cantonese are the two major dialects spoken globally. Historically Cantonese was spoken by majority of rural population, from which many migrated to western countries in last few centuries. However recent influx of mainland population has increased the popularity of Mandarin globally and any new learner should ideally learn Mandarin only.

    Learning a new language is always a rewarding experience and specially mastering a rich language like Chinese always comes with lot of gains in terms of knowledge and exposure. Undoubtedly learning Chinese is challenging but it increases the employment opportunities by many fold for the individual.

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  3. Read children’s books in your target language | Learn most useful daily life verbs | Learn categorized words | Talk to yourself | Don’t be so serious, relax and enjoy | Try to learn like a child | Take your language learning as a hobby.

    “Learning another language is like becoming another person.”
     — Haruki Murakami

    Here are some effective tips for language learners from multilingual experts I’ve found on the web to become fluent in a new language. As a language learner I found these tips very effective for me. Hope you will find these tips effective for learning a new language.

    1. Set Specific Goals — At the beginning of learning “speak fluently” as a goal is too broad. You have to make your goal more specific so that it can be attained within a few months. For instance, set a goal to be able to exchange basic greetings or small talk. After achieving this specific goal, set a new goal. These specific goals will take you to the big goal—speak fluently.
    2. Know exactly why you are learning – recognizing the reasons of learning a language is really important. Think exactly why you’re learning, and focus on content that’s related to your interests. For instance, you’ll learn Spanish to communicate with your business partner in Spain. Then focus on most common words and phrases in Spanish related to your business.
    3. Talk to yourself – Conversation is a best way to practice a language. But if you don’t have partner for conversation—talk to yourself. It has surprising benefits. It will build up your confidence, you can find out the areas that you need to improve, no one will laugh at you for your mistakes, and most of all you don’t have to wait for your partner.
    4. Find some brilliant alternatives – If you get chance to go to your target language speaking country, that’s great! Unfortunately, most of us are unable to do that. So, you have to follow some brilliant alternatives—read children’s books or online newspapers and watch movies or TV series in your target language.
    5. Don’t be so serious and enjoy your learning – While learning, certainly there are some difficult pieces and frustrating moments which are also parts of learning. So, don’t worry about what you cannot understand, don’t be so serious, and have fun with your learning. As you’re learning, you’re improving and in one stage the language will be clearer to you.
    6. Find an online place for practice – There are some interactive online places for learning languages that are really helpful for learning a new language. You will find here free online classes, web and mobile apps, and interactive language learning resources. Find a place that is fit for you and spend some times every day for regular practice.
    7. Spend enough time as you can – Spending enough time is important. The more time you spend, the faster you will learn. Your learning time must be “quality time”. Looking through the window in the classroom is not a quality time for learning. Make a daily schedule and follow that strictly. Be responsible for your own learning.
    8. Try to learn like a child – Think yourself as a child and learn like a child. This means, try learning the way children do. Children grow up and discover their languages by themselves. Learning like a child, simply take on some childlike attitudes—making mistakes, and lack of self-consciousness. Don’t afraid about mistakes. We learn by making mistakes.
    9. Try to imitate the sounds – Pronunciation of different languages depends on different using of throat, tongue, and lips. At the beginning, it might be difficult, but only regular practice can help you to understand the differences. Try to go to where your target language is spoken, try to imitate their sounds. Watching movies or TV series can be a good alternative.
    10. Find the techniques that work best for you – Before diving into the deep end, you should make a plan your language learning strategy. Your language learning strategy might be different from others because not everyone learns in the same way, and you must find the techniques that work best for you.

    Source: Learning A New Language: 10 Tips You Need to Know

  4. A good tip is to… learn independently 😀

    Independent of people.

    If your goal is to learn to speak it might be pretty hard to learn conversation without an interaction it people. However, if you are willing to accept some dependance, such as through online contact, you can use a service like italki, or Verbling which pair students with tutors. If a video chat is already too much for you, you can opt for text based changes or an exchange of audio clips through Hello Talk.

    Independent of money.

    Pockets filled with dollars or not, you can still learn. There are many free resources available out there that will help you build up vocabulary, practice listening, advance grammar, and have fun!

    Independent of time.

    Here we enter another field of expertise: the field of prioritisation and scheduling. Whether you have two hours a day to spare or 10 minutes, with a well-developed study habit and a regular learning schedule you will still make progress.

    Remember:

    • review daily;
    • review before learning something new;
    • try to learn at the same time every day (to make it into a habit);
    • use varied methods.

    Independent of place.

    Do I need to mention we live in the age of the internet and language apps? You can learn anywhere you are: at the bus stop, in the office canteen, and on the loo ^_^. There is even no need to travel to the country where the language is spoken, you can use apps and online resources to practice with native speakers.

    Independent of coffee.

    That might not be possible 😛

  5. What works for me may not work for others.

    See, I like charts.

    Pronoun charts. Conjugation charts. Alphabet and syllabary charts. Charts with little side notes in the margins telling me how to form a superlative with this or that kind of adjective. Charts that map sentence structure, charts about the meanings of these versus those characters, and charts about where I put all my other charts.

    Okay, that last one was exaggerated.

    For me, I like to brute-force the start of a language. I want to learn all the grammar, and just enough vocabulary to make the grammar work.

    For others, this approach is worthless.

    You need to find your learning style. Is it helpful to start in on conversations Day One? Can you memorize long vocabulary sheets? Do you like mnemonics? What about writing out variations on sentences again and again and again?

    Everyone is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

    Certainly some methods are better than others. If you have the means to go live in a place where only that language is spoken, nothing is more helpful. Necessity is a fantastic teacher.

    But for the rest of us with only the Internet and occasional language classes to draw from, the experience is very individual.

    Try different things. Maybe something will stick.

  6. Here, there’s this 6 essential tips for learning a new language or to memorize them better. Any language.

    In this case, let’s say that I’m learning German

    1. Read: Read some texts or books in German. What I did: Usually, If my friend or relatives is traveling to Germany, I would ask them to keep a newspaper or magazine for me. I would read it and underline words I couldn’t understand.
    2. Hear: Hear some musics in German. I mean German songs. What I did: I listens to it’s national anthems, folk musics, and especially children musics. When we learn a certain language, our brain works kinda the way of when we first understand and speak our native language as an infant.
    3. Watch: Watch some German movies. What I did: I watched German movies almost every weeks. I used an English subtitles as a helper, or sometimes vice versa, English films using German. So far, it’s the most helpful technique for me at least.
    4. Write: We all remember better when we wrote something down. Try making a book or translating texts to German or vice versa. What I did: I write random German words (or sentences) on my book every time I was bored in my classroom.
    5. Speak: I LOVED shouting random German words to my friends! I liked to call my friend Arschloch, Wurst, Bröt, etc. I know right, so random. My friends even said that I’m being too lofty for knowing German, but no. It’s a part of the learning steps. What I did: I shouted some curse words to my school friends since they did not know German, lol.
    6. Interact: Speak or chat with their natives. One of the most helpful technique I’ve always done. What I did: Yeah, my girlfriend is German, and we talked in German (My request).

    Remember, any language! German is just for example!

    There you have it!

    I hope this was helpful! >_<

  7. I’m not a polyglot, but I’m fluent in English and now lower intermediate / conversational enough in Japanese within 2.5 months.

    My advice:

    • Get the idea that “language learning is hard” out of your mind first. Get all of it off. When people rant about how German grammar is hard or Kanji is hard, ignore them. Just focus on doing and studying.
    • What I found is consistent, everyday learning is MUCH more effective than weekly class learning. To me, studying everyday consistently even yields much better result than if I skip a week, or even just one or two days. When you have gaps between days, you forget things you learn between them. Studying everyday is more intense, review-heavy and provides more incentive because you progress faster.
    • Even if you’re not studying textbook, keep immersing yourself in that language. Try to read fairytales or product packaging. Find the vocabs you don’t know in dictionaries and add them to your SRS deck.
    • Use SRS / Anki to remember vocabularies. It works.
    • Try to memorize with stories or comparisons. With Kanji especially, I found that remembering radicals, comparing with similar kanjis, and creating stories also really helped.
    • Utilize your time on the fly, especially on commute. I can finish my deck of 250 vocabs during commute alone.
    • When you’ve reached an intermediate / upper intermediate level, move on to literature and read shitloads of book in that language. I personally reached my English fluency through this- I don’t even know how many tenses there are in English. All I know is some sentences feel “right” and some sentences feel “odd” to me.
    • Set a higher studying / daily goal than you think you can do. Sometimes you can do better than you yourself estimate you are.

    Good luck.

    1. Find good motivations to learn the language
    2. Learn the basic 200 words to get confidence. Then after that learn about 5 to 10 words a day, by associating them with people, places and things in your home, city or environment.
    3. Learn any basic scripts thoroughly as soon as possible.
    4. Learn a grammar point a day
    5. Try to read, write, listen and say something in the target language everyday
    6. Find words in your language that are also used in that language (cognates and semicognates). Also find false friends or words which seem the same but have different meanings.
    7. Read about culture and attitude of the people.
    8. Learn words in natural groups eg vehicles, animal names.
    9. Learn words that go together eg salt and pepper and natural phrases eg I watch TV, I listen to the radio, I eat dinner.
    10. Listen to songs on youtube, read lyrics and sing along
    11. Find a pop singer who is of a similar age and gender to you and listen to a couple of his or her slow songs 100 times. This will become your pronunciation model.
    12. Read a newspaper online in the language.
    13. Watch movies in the language, even if you don´t understand, it will help you get used to the rhythm and style of the language.
    14. Find a penpal or language exchange partner
    15. Familiarize yourself with a map of the country and start to identify regional differences, dialects, cultural aspects, festivals etc.
    16. Change your cellphone setting on to the target language settings
    17. Learn to prepare some dishes from your target language culture.
    18. Plan a trip to the country, thinking about which places you would go and what you would do.
    19. Find out what people really talk about in the culture. If you know what people really tend to talk about, you will seem more fluent.
    20. Start putting aspects of the target culture into your everyday life. Eg wear what they wear. Eat what they eat. See movies they see. Listen to the songs they listen to. Keep up with the culture.

    All the best with the language you choose to study!

  8. I don’t feel I’m an expert, but considering the sheer amount of languages I have learned and am currently learning, I can give you the best advice I know.

    Whatever your favorite subject is, you need to go at language in much the same way. For example, my preferred subject is mathematics. My first learned language was Spanish (I live in California, so I get to use it plenty), and I was having a pretty hard time with it originally. Then one day I was having to do some math work involving creating a formula for a pattern. Patterns got me thinking. At the time we had just covered basic verb conjugations hablar to things like hablo , hablas, etc.

    The thought sprang through my head “Languages are patterns. Granted, there are many exceptions, but there are basic patterns I can learn.” I took, for instance, the “-ing” rule — when you are currently in the act of something you signify this by adding the suffix “ing” to the word. “Go” becomes “going”, “read” becomes “reading,” etc. A bit of time on Google translate gave me the rules for the 3 verb endings in Spanish (-ar, -er, -ir => -ando, -iendo, -iendo) From there it became about practicing it. I did much the same for as many tenses of words I could figure out.

    My next recommendation is practice it. At one point I told every person I know who spoke Spanish that for an hour or two every day I had to respond to everything in Spanish, and if I was wrong in how I said something they were to correct me, in Spanish. Speaking it and listening to it more and more helps speed up the translating process in your head. At least for me it did. Also don’t be afraid to read stuff in the language, or listen to music based in it. The first Spanish song I enjoyed listening to was Labios Compartidos by Mana because 1) it’s a great song 2) the lyrics were easy for me to follow. I also read the Spanish version of any handout before I read it in English, unless it’s something I need to read quickly.

    I’ve done the same thing for the other languages, and granted I can speak / read / write them, but they are all languages that I do not have people to speak with, so my comprehension and speed definitely suffers.

    Another small hint is to spend some time here and there translating your thoughts into the language you are learning as best as you can. I’m not sure why that helps, probably something with neural connections or something but it eases linguistic tension after awhile.

    Most importantly remember: being fluent in a language does not mean being perfect in that language.

  9. You can learn a new language all by yourself without going to language classes or schools. (thus saving yourself a lot of money) You achieve this by being rigiously disicplined and by setting small step by step achievable goals.

    Set yourself a 6 month target. Split the 6 month target into 2. For 3 months focus (3 hours a day) only on learning to SPEAK a language with no written material. (the only exception would be the alphabet of the new language.)

    The remaining 3 months (3 hours a day) would be spent reading ALOUD the new language. This stage you will find easier to do because you will have mastered the fundamental key to language learning which is to gain confidence in SPEAKING.

    You first small achievable goal should be to learn the alphabet to memory.Correct pronounciation IS VITAL to learning a new language. So start by learning the alphabet.

    The next goal is the learn new words. Seperate new words into nouns, adjectives – adverbs, question words, the important verbs.

    The next goal is making simple sentences with your new words, simple sentence structure. Michel Thomas – the greatest language instructor in the world created some excellent courses in spoken language learning. Another great course are the pimsleur language courses.

    Have you noticed a pattern here? Letters become words. Words become sentences. A building is only as strong as it’s foundation.

    For more step by step details on how to learn a new language well more info can be found at this link – The Smart Way To Learn A Foreign Language: Your guide to using short cuts to foreign language learning: Gary Daniel: 9781500151775: Amazon.com: Books

  10. Step 1: Think about and set your goals. I say goals because you'll need many of them. Don't just say "I want to speak Thai". Break it down into achievable activities like "I will order food in Thai at a local restaurant by the end of the month"

    Step 2: Identify and gather helpful resources. There are many resources out there (for some languages more than others), so identify 1-2 per skill you want to develop (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and work through the whole program.

    Step 3: Create a study plan. Identify when you have free time and assign yourself some homework. Even 10 minutes per day will help.

    Step 4: Keep going. You might feel like giving up, but learning a language is a lot like getting into physical shape. You won't improve your fitness if you never exercise, just like you won't improve your language skills if you don't do some grammar & vocab exercise.

    I have a free 30 minute course on this topic with more details if you're interested in learning more!

  11. I find that using the Pimsleur program for speaking and understanding a foreign language works for me. While it is not so good for reading and writing it works nicely for speaking and understanding. I have the target language on CD ROM in my car and it comes on whenever the ignition is on. My wife complains that it “drives her nuts” so I can only use it when she is not in the car.

    I have used it for Mandarin Chinese, Finnish, Korean, and Egyptian Arabic. You would be surprised at how quickly you absorb a language listening to it constantly. It even runs through my head when I am in bed at night. In fact I don’t believe that any normal person can listen to it regularly and not pick up the language.

    Unfortunately the Pimsleur course is not free. I was given the Finnish course by some friends. My wife and I eat lunch occasionally at a Korean-owned Japanese restaurant and the owners seem impressed whenever we come in. They usually seat us at the same table and I found out recently that they refer to our table as the Anyung haseyo (hello, how are you) table.

  12. Be realistic.
    Learning a language to fluency or to near-native levels takes time, and it involves constant practice in listening, speaking, and writing. If you only put in an hour or two each week to it, don’t expect that you’ll be fluent in a year. It’s not going to happen.

    Open your mouth.
    Seriously, you can’t just answer quizzes and fill in the blanks of fake conversations all the time. Get over your fear of making mistakes and talk.

    Don’t buy into fluency claims by apps.
    I roll my eyes every time I see an ad claiming that you can speak a foreign language in less than a month. Maybe you’ll learn to ask a few things and understand questions where you have to give yes/no answers to. But it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to carry a conversation even if you log onto Duolingo everyday. Why do you think the people who are giving their testimonies on the efficacy of Babbel talking in English? Because they don’t know how to express themselves in the foreign language they’re learning.

    Immerse yourself.
    Sure, living in France for two years is an almost guaranteed way to speak French, but not everyone has the resources to do so. You can immerse yourself in the language you’re learning without leaving the country. Participate in meet-up groups, listen to podcasts, sign up for language-exchange sessions, look for penpals.

  13. Find apps. Phone applications which are always easily accessible could potentially be the most positive in your learning experience. Apps that have lists of flashcards, simple grammar explanations, and even translations (Google translate works well for simple vocabulary understanding opposed to full grammar explanations).

    By using apps frequently, you’ll become more comfortable with vocabulary a lot faster.

    Two useful programs people often rely on are Rosetta Stone and Duolingo. These programs offer a lot of resources for learning languages. I believe Rosetta Stone has more variance in language, but Duolingo is generally free (besides possible “deluxe package” programs).

    Remember, study hard, study often. Also, listen to music, podcasts, or TV shows. You might not be able to understand everything, but listening practice is always good.

    Good luck.

  14. From my own experience, try being around people who speak your target language and try to speak with them only in that language. This helps you in understanding the language when it is spoken, plus helps you to understand the vocabulary you need to build in order to express yourself better.

    I was learning Spanish for a couple of years in India before I moved to Spain earlier this year, but my understanding of Spanish grew in leaps and bounds after landing here.

    Now I can understand Spanish slang better, am accustomed to the way people pronounce Spanish in colloquial speech (and not the perfectly enunciated version that we learn in classrooms, but when natives speak they tend to omit certain sounds or shorten words), and most of all, am able to respond spontaneously in Spanish without having to translate it first in my head.

    Another thing that helped me was an activity I used to do when I was learning Spanish. I used to translate my favourite songs from English and Hindi to Spanish, and sing the translated version in the original tune. This helped me immensely to learn figures of speech and build my vocabulary.

  15. It is fine to take a year or two of the language in a traditional course setting but it is critical to follow up that study with at least a year of study and residency in a place where that language is spoken. If your goal is oral fluency, it seems to make sense to be grounded in the grammar before you travel but then to focus almost entirely on the spoken language during your time abroad. 

    I see many language learners who try to learn the grammar on site and end up with a higher level of frustration at how long it takes to gain any level of fluency with that method.  An intensive language program like those in Spanish in Cuernavaca or in German at a Goethe Institute is perfect for someone who doesn't have to start with the absolute basics.

  16. Hello Michelle,

    Learning a new language takes work. Some people can get by with less work than others, but still you need to make a real effort to get results. Here are some pointers:

    1. Be sure you want to learn the new language and have an excellent reason for doing so. It’s very important to stay motivated or otherwise, you might find yourself wanting to give it up before completing your learning.
    2. Have a plan of study and stick with it. Studying everyday is the best way to go.
    3. Have a practicing and accountability partner to meet with you at least once a week. The ideal would be meeting every day, though.
    4. Have a notebook to take notes as you are learning and observing the differences between your native language and the new language. It will be a useful reference book for your own use.
    5. Create your own dictionary to help you remember new vocabulary. Use illustrations instead of translation for concrete objects and an explanation in your own language for subjective words or expressions. For example – my native language is Portuguese, so when I was studying English, I would write something like this in Portuguese: to ask how the person is, I must say – How are you? – I can also say – How are you doing or how is it going?
    6. Immerse yourself in the new language in every way possible: thinking, reading, writing, listening to music, watching videos, movies in the target (new) language. At first, watching a movie, might feel a bit frustrating because you don’t understand much, but listening to music is quite pleasant, and helps you to get used to the sounds of the language. You might also find some nice and helpful videos for beginners in your target language on YouTube.
    7. You might start reading children’s books at your level of comprehension. Read a book once only with your eyes to see if you need to check on the vocabulary. Then, read it out loud. Then, retell the story in your own words – you might want to tell the story to your speaking partner. Make sure you also rewrite the story you read.
    8. As you improve, you can move up on your activities as well. Have your phone and social media site set up to your target language. Read books in higher levels, read novels. Do things at your pace, making sure you don’t feel overwhelmed.
    9. Most of all, make sure you are enjoying your journey and growing in the knowledge of the language you want to conquer.

    Good learning!

    1. Read. A book a day keeps strangers away too, you know.
    2. Surround yourself with that language. You can start with your phone settings.
    3. Practice (with someone or by yourself). The mirror might be your best friend.
    4. Write a diary with that language. I still cringe when I read mine, but that’s how I got N2 in 2 years.
  17. You know how children learn a language so ‘easily’? I read it is actually no easier for them. They have some secrets, though.

    1. They want to talk to their friends.
    2. They desperately want to fit in with their peer group and not miss anything that is going on in the peer group.
    3. They aren’t afraid.
    4. They will have a go and it’s no biggie if they fail.
    5. They will help each other.
    6. They don’t see it as urgent or have any time frame.
    7. They like to have a ‘code’ that is secret from their elders.
    8. They are masters of working out the context.
    9. Their world is less complex.
    10. Their world defaults to immersion learning when they are with their peer group.
    11. They will have fun with it.

    If adults can replicate some of those situations, they can learn languages more easily too.

    Jan Education. Inspiration. Entrepreneurship.

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