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Tips to Help You Learn a New Language

Learning a new language can be difficult. Here are some tips that may help you learn a new language.

Know Why You’re Doing It

This one may seem obvious, but as with everything you do, you need to know why you’re doing it. If you don’t have a good reason for wanting to learn a language, then it can be difficult to keep yourself motivated. It doesn’t matter what your reason is, it’s just got to be good enough to make you want to keep it going.

Find a Partner

It can be a lot easier to stay motivated when you have someone there to motivate you and you can motivate them in return. It can also be easier because of the whole two minds are better than one. it can be easier to remember things when there is another person there. They may remember words and phrases that you don’t and vice versa.

 

Talk to Yourself

 

This may sound weird, but when you have no one else to talk to and you want to practise, try talking to yourself. Have a conversation and see how many phrases you can say.

Keep it Relevant

The whole point of learning a new language is presumably so that you can use it. This is why it is useful to keep the new words and phrases you are learning relevant. Start by learning things that can be used in a conversation sense. Start off with things that you say on a regular basis. As well as phrases that could be useful such as “can you please give me directions to…”

Have Fun with It

The most important thing is to have fun with it, once you take the fun out of it, it can be incredibly difficult to find the motivation to keep it going. A good way to do this is by using the new language you are learning in a creative way. Think of some ways that you can incorporate it into something fun. Make comic strips using words and phrases that you’ve been learning. Write a poem, or try speaking to someone in that language. This can make it easier to stick to.

Leave Your Comfort Zone

In order to learn, you need to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone and more importantly don’t be afraid to get things wrong. You won’t sound like an idiot, it’s all just part and parcel of the learning process. If you can, try using your new language in a practical sense. Such as visiting a country that speaks the language you are learning and try to do simple things such as ask for directions or order off a menu.

Listen

All languages sound different and have different tones and sounds. This is why it is important to listen to people who primarily speak the language. The more you expose yourself to the language the easier it will be to pick up.