Learning a new language

Want to find out how you can learn a new language quickly, without the need for expensive classes or language learning software? There are really no secrets or shortcuts — you just need to commit to your new language, be willing to work hard and not be afraid to make mistakes.

Know Your Motivation

If you don’t have a good reason to learn a language, you are less likely to stay motivated over the long-run. Wanting to impress English-speakers with your French is not a very good reason — wanting to get to know a French person in their own language is another matter entirely. No matter your reason, once you’ve decided on a language, it’s crucial to commit.

Movies and series

 In the series, the episodes are connected, so many things are repeated. This allows us to listen to a similar vocabulary through multiple episodes. Also, there are daily conversations in the series, so they are easier to understand. Movies are often harder to understand because each movie has its own theme and a certain vocabulary that we may encounter for the first time. Also, there is often a lot of action in movies and the action takes place faster, which also makes it difficult to understand. Of course, it all depends on which movie or series is in question, so it all comes down to personal choice.

YouTube

As you know, there is everything on YouTube. Well, why not use us to learn the language? Whatever topic you are interested in, Yotube has material. If you want to learn a foreign language, you can simply watch what you are interested in, in that language. If you find it difficult and you will not understand anything, we have a solution for you. Instead of listening to people whose mother tongue is it, find channels for people to whom that language is also foreign. That way you will listen to simpler vocabulary, but you will learn a lot. You can start by finding out how someone learned a foreign language.

Apps

There are a lot of apps for learning a languages available, here is a list of some worth trying:

Rosetta Stone – The best known and perhaps most comprehensive, Rosetta Stone promises to “train you to associate words with imagery in real-life situations” and has 24 language options. It’s definitely an investment

Babbel – This app breaks its tuition down into short, 10-15 minute chunks so you can pick up a por favor or an arigato on the subway or waiting for a bus. Subscriptions start at $5 a month.

Duolingo – A range of languages, including Klingon because why should fictional dialects be excluded, and cute gamification aspects keep this favorite a top scorer in the App Store. Duolingo is free.

Study the language every day

People often claim to have studied a language “for five years” and still not be fluent. But when they say five years, they probably mean that they studied the language for only a couple of hours a week over that entire time period. Let’s get one thing clear — if you want to learn a new language quickly — that is, in the space of a few weeks or months — you’re going to have to commit to studying the language for a couple of hours per day.

Language learning is based on repetition — hammering something into your brain over and over again until you remember it. If you break too long between study sessions, you are much more prone to forget what you learned last time and you will waste valuable study time going back over what you’ve already learned.

You can cut down on this wasted time by studying every day. There are no miraculous short cuts when it comes to language learning — you just need to commit.

Seek out real-life practice.

Some of the best learning happens in real-life situations, particularly when you have no choice but to use a foreign language.

The easiest way to gain real-life practice is to travel or study abroad. Going abroad creates opportunities to be surrounded by people who speak the language you want to learn, many of whom don’t know your native language.

Willingness to make mistakes means being ready to put yourself in potentially embarrassing situations. This can be scary, but it’s the only way to develop and improve. No matter how much you learn, you won’t ever speak a language without putting yourself out there: talk to strangers in the language, ask for directions, order food, try to tell a joke. The more often you do this, the bigger your comfort zone becomes and the more at ease you’ll be in new situations

However, the key to learning a language is not to know how to do it, but to take the first step. If you’ve read countless articles about it, and haven’t started yet, the problem is probably in you. Because, when you start, the solution comes by itself.

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