7 Top Tips For Learning A Foreign Language
With the start of a new year on the horizon, now’s the time to sit down and work out what resolutions you want to make.
New research from TSB has just revealed that people will spend about £200 on their resolutions, resolutions that they don’t end up keeping more often than not… and £34 is the amount that people would typically spend on learning a new skill or hobby, like taking up a language class.
So if you have decided that you want to talk more Spanish next year, whether for fun or because you think it’ll help you with your job, here are a few top tips from us here at Learning Plus to help you stick with it and not abandon your resolutions at the first hiccup.
Listen to the radio
Whatever language you want to learn, you need to try and immerse yourself in it as much as you can. This can be easier said than done if you don’t live in whichever country it is because you’re not going to hear it spoken around you all the time – but listening to the radio in your choice of language is a good place to start.
Try and find a group of people who also want to learn the same language and get together as often as you can to sit around and chat. Implement a no English rule and you’ll be well on your way in no time.
Yes, it’s annoying and can be very tiring but the key to learning a new language is to learn as many words as you can. Sit there with your vocab book and write out lists of words, repeating them until they’re stuck in your head. Then try and use them as much as possible when talking to others. They’ll soon be cemented and you’ll be surprised at how quickly your language skills progress.
You’re going to make mistakes as you learn, this is inevitable. But if you let it get to you, you’re more likely to stop trying so accept from the outset that you’re not going to get it right every time. It’s not embarrassing to make mistakes!
Take this as a good opportunity to hop on a plane and practice your new language wherever they speak it. You’ll come along in leaps and bounds – and have a great time to boot.
Talk to yourself
You might feel a little silly but chattering away to yourself in your chosen language is a really easy way of getting better at it. And it’ll help build up your confidence for when you do decide you’re ready to chat to someone else.
If you’re not having fun while you learn, you probably won’t stick with it. You can practice your language skills in a variety of ways, whether it’s writing a short story or a play, talking to whoever you can, or writing a series of songs to help you learn.