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Top Tips for Learning a Language

Learning a language is crucial if you want to work in a foreign country and is incredibly rewarding to daily life. Yes it is hard and will take time, but the benefits are colossal, from the support and respect of the local people, to the understanding of the countries culture and even shopping will be easier. Every aspect of life in a foreign country will be improved when you learn the language and with these few tips, your learning will be enhanced immensely.

Daily practice

Daily practice is crucial to language learning. Languages are complex systems to familiarise with, regular contact with it is necessary to ensure as short a learning curve as possible. One thing to regularly do when you don’t have the time to study in-depth, is to take phrases you use in daily communication and see how they can be expressed in the new dialect. You can use whatever material you want to use although I prefer my highly-accurate translation program which is certainly not google translate!

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Vocabulary

Learning vocabulary works much like memorising stuff back when you were in school. If you have tricks up your sleeve when it comes to remembering all those names, dates and places,  you can employ them to help you learn vocabulary in much the same way. Here are a few tips to accomplish that from our playbook.

No Time

Making room for learning a foreign language is tricky if you do not set it as a priority, it is still possible however if your daily schedule is full to accommodate your learning. Take at least 5 to 10 minutes a day reading a few phrases or practice a new sentence in the language you are studying. Do it during your commute (if you’re not driving) or during a short break at work. Another simple method is to have your headphones in and listen to some Youtube videos in the language you are trying to learn. Use these strategies to make learning a language on your own much easier.

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Regular Study

Ideally, you should take time and learn a language for at least an hour or more each day. If you have the available space for it in your schedule, follow the lessons as outlined in your language software course. If they are designed correctly, they should facilitate learning at an optimal pace, taking you from the basics towards the more complex concepts.

Use Mental Imagery

For every word in the foreign language, you can associate an image that makes sense to you. Most associations you will probably come up with will border on the silly or absurd, which makes the process all the more entertaining and memorable.

Learn Related Words Together

grouping vocabulary elements are easier because they create an instant relationship among the words. For instance, you can learn the parts of a face together with actions and adverbs that relate to the face, such as smiling, frowning and beautiful.

Study Words That Are Relevant To You First

Instead of going through vocabulary learning like going through a grocery list, try giving it context. If you work in finance, for instance, you can jump start your learning by focusing on words that relate to your job. If you cook often, then study words that relate to food and its preparation. The more familiar a subject is to you, the easier learning the vocabulary related to that will be.

Test Yourself

Regularly test with what you have learned. At least once a week, try to take one of the language quizzes that come with your language learning software to see how much of the vocabulary study you have retained. The more you test yourself, the better the information will usually sink in. ‘Memorise’ is a fantastic app for this type of learning with regular tests and a fun progress infographic, which is easy to understand, I would strongly recommend this app for testing your progress.

Be passionate

If you want to learn a new language, then you must have the heart for it. Choose one that you can be passionate about and one that can fuel the interest in you for a very long time as real progress from a foreign language will only be noticed after a few months of regular study. You should have the right attitude as you take on this challenge. It’s also quite natural to make mistakes so don’t be afraid of it. Mistakes will help you master the language as the more mistakes, the more chances for improvement. Use these learning language tips and you’re sure to succeed. Treat each day as a new level and new opportunity to better your language skills; it may seem like a lot of effort but mastering a foreign language makes daily life in a foreign country not only easier but enjoyable and the sense of achievement when the language is second nature to you it will be hugely gratifying.

Learning a Language: Mistakes to Avoid

Many people have the misconception that when learning a language, one must learn through the traditional way of education that most of us are accustomed to, through textbooks. And because of this belief, many people make the mistake of overwhelming themselves too much by memorising grammatical rules and tenses. It’s not that this method is completely wrong, it’s just that learning a language fast requires more experience than study. Learning by a mere textbook curriculum will surely bore you or frustrate you or may even push you to quit early on in your learning.

Another common mistake that people make in learning a new language is being solely dependent on their teacher’s skills. Employing the services of a foreign language tutor can make the task a bit easier by facilitating your study and pointing out the things that you need to work on but in reality, they can only do so much regarding teaching you everything you need to learn in a foreign language. It’s likely that they will also commit their mistakes or grammar faux pas, as no one in this world can speak a language perfectly. Tutors are a great way for you to be able to practice the language you are learning, and that’s all they’re intended to be. You need the tools to be able to learn the language or different languages., when your tutor is not there; this is why having systems, and mechanisms of learning a new language are as if not more important than learning new vocabulary from a tutor.

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