Although learning a new language can be very challenging, it’s definitely rewarding and very useful.
In a preview post we talked about the benefits of learning a foreign language. In this case we want help you with some tips and advice to learn a foreign language in an enjoyable and efficient way.
1. Read books or listen to audiobooks
Another great way to learn a new language is to read books or listen to audiobooks.
Both options have their advantages and disadvantages.
Traditional books allow you to set your own pace and memorize more words just by looking at them. On the other hand, audiobooks make it easier to understand the pronunciation and adopt the original style of speaking.
2. Watch foreign movies or series
You probably already knew this tip, but we have to mention it as it really is a very useful and fun language learning method.
Watching foreign movies is fun and educational at the same time, so you should definitely make it part of your learning strategy.
3. Write more
A great method to consolidate your new knowledge is to put it into practice, dust off your writing skills, and practice your new knowledge by writing a letter or postcard to a friend or family member, a blog post, some text for your social networks, etc…
4. Use a language learning app
You can also find a lot of mobile apps for learning languages.
Such platforms help you learn a new language and do it at your own pace.
Smartphone and tablet apps are super convenient because you can take them anywhere and practice on the go.
Talkao translate offers its smart books where you can learn expressions, vocabulary, verbs or words, and useful techniques, in Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, German and many more languages.
If you complete the books offered by the application completely free, you will be able to get Talkao Certificates !
5. Find a language partner
Having the support of another person will greatly accelerate the process of your learning.
No matter what stage you are at in your new language learning; find someone who is also trying to learn the same language and schedule times to get together to share any progress, talk, and exchange ideas and/or tips that you have found useful.
6. Making smart goals
SMART planning is one of the best productivity hacks. Here is what each letter stands for and what they mean when setting a goal.
- S = Specific – Make your goal as specific as possible
- M = Measurable – Provide a way to evaluate your goals using data and metrics
- A = Achievable – Make sure your goal is achievable to you
- R = Realistic – Your goal has to relate to the main focus and not something else
- T = Time-Bound – Give yourself a reasonable deadline to complete the task
SMART objectives are only useful if you write them down and keep them where you can see them every day.
7. Talk, talk and talk
1 hour of conversation is as good as 5 hours in a classroom.
If you have the opportunity to converse with a native speaker, don’t hesitate and do it!
If you are traveling, start the conversation with the locals, this way you will learn the lingo and also work on your social and language skills.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It’s completely normal to make mistakes, don’t let failures discourage you.
You learn from your mistakes!
If you have a friend, you have a treasure, so if you have a friend who speaks the language you are studying, ask him or her to correct you and converse with you.
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