Tips For Learning A New Language
Tips For Learning A New Language
Learning a new language seems like a daunting task. Think about how many words there are in the English language and try to imagine learning every single word, phrase and sentence in a completely different language. It seems impossible – but it is possible and many people do it. In fact there are people who can speak multiple languages. I’ve always envied those who can speak more than one language.
Learning a new language appeals to me because I love to learn about other countries culture. I feel learning the language will make you feel closer to the culture. I love travelling and I love meeting other people abroad – learning about their stories and lives. I started learning Japanese many years ago but I didn’t commit to learning it – although I still remember many Japanese words now. I also tried learning French but again I didn’t commit to it. The reason I wasn’t motivated is because I doubt I will visit Japan any time soon and France is not a place I visit often, although Paris is one of my favourite places so I eventually would like to learn French. So this leads me to my first tip…
Learn A Language That You Are Most Likely To Use
I’ve already touched on the fact I’ve tried learning Japanese and French but I wasn’t fully committed. I am now learning Greek. I have been taking lessons from a native speaker and have really committed to learning with my Fiance. So what is the difference this time? It’s simple – I am more likely to use Greek. We visit Greece every year and even made friends there which is why I’m more motivated because I want to impress our Greek friends and be able to communicate with them. So my first tip is to learn a language you’re likely to use, a language you can be passionate about. I am very passionate about Greece, I love the culture, the food, the people and the history so I’m passionate when learning the language.
Get Lessons From A Native Speaker
My next tip is to get lessons from a native speaker. It really helps and is definitely worth the money if you’re serious about learning a new language. A native speaker can give you feedback, tell you how you’re progressing, how your accent sounds or if you’re saying things wrong. You can also ask the native speaker about things you want to learn. You can ask them how to say certain things, which is something you can’t get with a YouTube video. It’s more personal. It’s also motivating – your tutor can set you homework so you don’t slack in between lessons. They can make learning fun. You can practice dialogue with them. They can also explain why things are said a certain way. For example – I was learning a few Greek phrases online, but my tutor explained how I could take the verb in that sentence and change the subject to me, you, them or we. She made it much easier for me to understand and extended my vocabulary, which is more than what I could have learnt online.
Get As Much Practice As Possible
My next tip is to get as much practice as possible. You should be practicing daily in as many ways as possible. On top of my weekly Greek lessons, I also have Greek CD’s and a work book which we work from during the week. On top of this – just before bed or in the morning after waking up or if I fancy a scroll through my phone as I’m waiting for the kettle to boil I’ll use the Duolingo app. I don’t think the Duolingo app on it’s own is a very helpful resource for learning a language as it doesn’t really explain much however this alongside another form of learning is extremely effective as you’re planting sentences and vocabulary into your mind in more ways than one.
Implement The Language Into Your Daily Life
Try to use the language you are learning as much as possible in daily life. For example, when I want to make myself a cup of tea. As I’m making it I will say the things I am getting out of the cupboards out loud. For example, I will first grab my cup so I will say ‘flitzani’ out loud (Which is how you pronounce cup in Greek) I will then boil the ‘nero’ (Water) and get the ‘gala’ (Milk) out of the fridge. If the dog is being well behaved I will call her a good girl in Greek. If I want to go to bed I will say out loud “I’m getting into ‘krevati.” Little things like that will plant the right seeds in your mind and the language tree will start to grow. I read somewhere that you have to say a word at least 15 times before learning it. Even if those around you don’t have a clue what you’re saying – you can say the phrase in English after. It’s just about using the language in day to day life which leads me to my next tip..
Learn With Another Person
Learning with another person is so much more fun. You can have conversations together, motivate one another and practice with each other so it makes the learning process so much easier. You can both share your frustrations and help each other. I’m learning with my Fiance and honestly I think that’s why we are both so committed to learning as it’s something we can do together. You could learn with your sibling, partner or friends!
Write It Down And Place It Somewhere You Will See Daily
My final tip is to write any words or phrases down that you have learnt and place them somewhere you will see frequently. Sticky notes work a charm. I wrote down all of the words that related to sleeping. Bed, dreams, sleeping, sleep, tired etc and I stuck this to the headboard. Each night before bed I quickly study the words. On the mirror I stuck a sticky note with all the words that related to getting ready – clothes, outfit, mirror and wardrobe. I study these daily as I’m getting ready. On the computer I stuck words that related to the computer. ‘Keyboard, work, games, computer’ and again I study them daily.
As I become familiar with the words, I will change them around to new words. It’s a really good little trick. Even just practicing for 5 minutes a day, reading over words you have written down helps with your progress.
Summary Of Tips For Learning A New Language
So those were my tips for learning a new language. I’m still a beginner myself but I’m really enjoying learning and our tutor has told us how much progress we have made in such a short space of time – so I wanted to share these ideas with anyone who is thinking of learning a new language. The topics we learnt during our first lesson, which seemed so difficult at the time, now seem easier.
The final thought I would like you to take away from this post is – to enjoy the journey and not the destination. Enjoy learning a new language. It’s great to challenge your mind.
Have you got any tips for learning a new language?