Language learning has a huge number of benefits from improved concentration and memory to improved problem-solving skills. However, learning a new language is not easy and you may be confused as to where to start. Whether you want to learn for work, travel or simple curiosity it is essential to start on the right path with a good plan.
One of the key aspects of an effective plan is to make sure that your goals are realistic from the start and that they are aligned with your attitude so that you can maintain the same effort and consistency throughout.
Don't waste too much time looking for that perfect way to learn when real progress is made by putting in consistent effort over a long period of time. And with time and consistent effort, you will gradually find what works best for you anyway. This article will provide you with seven simple tips to learn a new language.
Staying motivated is not easy after starting a task. However, if you know the purpose of doing a particular task, then the motivation to stay on track will come from within. You have to ask yourself and be clear with the purpose behind learning a language.
You may want to learn a language to help ascend the ladder of a career. You may want to work as an interpreter. You may want to learn a language in order to understand a culture or just to get out of your comfort zone. Whatever the reason is, be clear and honest with yourself.
If you want to master a language, then it is important to practice it consistently. Hence, you need to grow the habit of practicing a language regularly and habit is made of three components.
If you want to stay motivated when learning a language, then you have to find the right method based on your unique needs or demands. You also have to pay attention to the choice of content.
Possible methods of learning a language
It is important to choose topics that you enjoy or listen to in your native language otherwise you will lose motivation.
If you do not want to forget a newly learned language, then the following tips will help you.
Cognates are words with a common etymological origin. Hence, they will sound similar to the words in your native language. For example, the word ‘gratitud’ in Spanish sounds similar to the word ‘gratitude’ in English and also has a similar meaning.
In every language, smaller sets of words make up the majority of the spoken language. It is easier to remember 2000-3000 commonly used words instead of memorizing 50,000 words. You will remember more words over the years with practice.
You have to focus on the topics that are related to your personal or professional life or the topics that interest you. It is easier to remember the words that you use in your life.
You may create numerous flashcards using the vocabulary from your lessons. It is an effective way to memorize words. You may even use a ‘flashcard’ app that uses spaced repetition.
It is helpful if you carry a notebook in order to write down the recently learnt words. Many research-based studies have established that the ability to recall improves with writing, as it is slower than typing and requires a higher level of mental processing.
These days, you can access numerous resources over the internet to learn a language. When selecting a reading resource, you have to select a material that is one level above your skill level. Audio resources (radio or podcasts) are ideal for individuals with an intermediate or higher level of skill. Video resources can be suitable for all levels. Listening to international news can be helpful as the newsreaders often have a clear accent.
It is essential to converse with other people (preferably with a native speaker) if you want to be a fluent speaker and you have three options available.
The most effective way to learn is by spending time in a foreign country surrounded by native speakers. Taking language classes in a language school and living with a local family or other students is highly effective. Whether it is a short fun 1 week holiday taken once a year or an extended multi-city multi-school language travel experience.
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