The language learning and teaching industry has boomed in the last few years as more and more people are learning new languages. There are a lot of free and commercial resources available for the language learner. It has never been easier to learn a foreign language than it is now.
Nevertheless, many people hit a wall when it comes to learning a new language. They start very excited and in a matter of a few weeks all the enthusiasm fades and they end up quitting. If you want to succeed in your endeavor, you need to follow the basic tips I am sharing in this post.
Take a course
To learn any language, you have a plethora of options to choose from. You can use the textbook method or you can use online resources. Some people prefer to study the new language by taking a course and receiving instruction from a teacher. Still, language courses are given online these days. You can find courses for all kinds of languages. You can also check the ratings that were given by other learners for each course and instructor and base your decision on whether to sign up or not on them.
Plan your learning
This is the first major step that you need to take to set yourself apart from the unsuccessful learners. Don’t go about your learning at random or haphazardly but draw a clean and detailed plan that guides your learning. Set specific goals and celebrate when you hit them. Your plan will serve as a map that shows you around the new language. Without a plan, you could end up spending too much time on some unimportant aspects of the language at the expense of more significant items.
How do you say X?
The above phrase is one of the first that you should learn. Being able to use this phrase will allow to learn new words easily as you can directly ask anyone how that word is said in the target language. What’s important, however, is that you should use the phrase i.e. ask other people about things that you don’t know. Accept the fact that you are not perfect and you are still learning. Leave your ego aside if you really want to learn.
Celebrate your victories
You need to have your goals set first. Whenever you reach a goal, you should celebrate this victory. This is a great way of motivating oneself and keeping momentum. We all need to raise our spirits every now and then because the enthusiasm we start with fades away pretty quickly. You cannot rely on other people to keep you motivated and excited to learn. By celebrating an achievement, you will be encouraged to achieve more.
Use or lose it
Practice, practice and practice some more. Without practice, you can never learn any language or any skill for that matter. By practice we mean that you need to use the language. You can practice by holding conversations with other people in the new language or by talking to yourself in it. Listening to audio tapes is another way of practice. Reading stuff is also an effective way to practice.
Writing allows you to make use of everything you have learned in the new language. It gives you the opportunity to use all the grammar and vocabulary you have been studying. If your PC does not support typing in the new language, you can use a virtual keyboard layout which you can find if you visit this site. Try to make a habit to write something every day in the new language.