There is no magic recipe for learning a language. Every learner is individual, and for that reason, there are no right or wrong ways of mastering new languages. Nevertheless, you need to clearly understand what is right and what is wrong for you if you really want to make a progress. You cannot learn a language if you just look through your vocabulary from time to time or only occasionally repeat the grammar.
If you really want to move forward, you need to regularly learn and make learning a foreign language your habit. This means that it is wrong to learn a little now and then. On the other hand, it is correct to regularly learn new things and regularly review old materials. As a learner defines the meaning of ‘regularly’ by himself or herself, it is important to remember that long breaks between learning have a negative impact on the effectiveness of training.
Different Methods of Learning Language
The list contains many different tips and tricks that are not suitable for every learner. It is normal for someone to read texts or listen to the lyrics to learn better. It is not for nothing that there are four types of learning:
- Auditive type of learning
An auditory learner can best learn by listening to the new language. In order to make progress as quickly as possible, this type of learning should provide a quiet learning environment to have a possibility to clearly pronounce foreign words. Listening to conversations or even music can help to learn new words and process new information.
- Visual type of learning
In contrast to the auditory learner, the visual learner type does not go beyond the visual perception. Text material with various images and schemes can be better processed and learned. For example, sketches, learning posters, and pictures can help this type of learner. But the information can also be processed better due to the colorful marking in texts.
- Motor type of learning
A motor learner absorbs information according to the principle of ‘learning by doing.’ Such exercises as group activities or role-playing games are especially important in learning.
- Communicative type of learning
We bet you need those new skills to apply them in practice. So, why not to stick to your goal and just start from this point? The discussion in groups can help to process the material even faster. Such a learning group is particularly helpful because the major topics can be discussed from various points of view.
So, overall, we promised to give you a practical piece of advice on mastering a language of a foreign country. And, here it goes.
Tips and Tricks on Becoming a New Language Pro
- Use a notebook or a suitable app to write down new words directly.
- Integrate a language you learn into your everyday life and, for example, write your shopping list in this language or change the language of your smartphone.
- Get up in the morning with the goal of learning something new every day.
- Go on vacation or travel.
- Write at least three sentences in your language every day (and make it a habit).
- Improve the language skills every day.
- Learn different phrases.
- Read a book or newspaper in the language you learn.
- Look through your vocabulary every day (even on Christmas, your birthday or your wedding day!).
- Think about your learning success. What did you do today/yesterday/last week? (You can also keep a learning diary and get an even better view of your learning progress.)
- Set yourself exact goals – big and small – to achieve.
- Breaks are the same part as learning itself. Eventually, even the best learner has to recharge his or her strengths!
- Dive into foreign cultures and watch movies in the language you learn.
- Reward yourself if you have achieved a long-planned goal.
- Write a learning plan and stick to it.
- ‘Live’ the language. For example, read recipes in your kitchen with music in your earphones.
- Have fun learning, because only then you’ll make even faster progress.
- Learn the numbers to avoid such unfortunate situations as overpaying in the future or arriving at the area indicated at the wrong time.
- Learn every day.
- Find tandem partners to talk on the phone/via Skype.
These tips and tricks are not very difficult and the new ones can be added at will. There are so many ways to learn a language and maybe you have one more… Yes? Then, please, write it in the comments, so that other learners can benefit from it!
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