Learning a new language can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right tools and tips, you’ll find that learning a new language is easier than you think. If you’re just starting on this journey or if you need some help along the way, here’s everything you need to know:
Learn the basics first
Learning the alphabet is crucial to learning any language, so start there. Suppose you have a bad memory and can’t memorize things easily. In that case, you may consider using spaced repetition software like Anki or Memrise (I use both). It will help you remember what you learn by testing you on it periodically and giving feedback on how well it stuck in your brain based on how often or recently it was reviewed. Learning numbers and counting should also be a priority. This allows for simple questions like “how many?” or numbers that are part of directions like “left” or “right” when asking for directions from someone who doesn’t speak English well enough.
The next thing would be learning greetings and learning how to thank them.
Set goals and plan your study time
One important step to learning a new language, as in any form of education, is setting goals. You should decide what you want to accomplish and how much time you need to study. This can be anything from understanding conversational French in two months to passing the TOEFL iBT test without taking a class. Then, choose the way(s) you will study (e.g., classes, self-study, etc.). Lastly, determine when and where you will study (e.g., morning or evening).
If you’re looking for a new way to learn the language, flashcards are a great option. Flashcards are simply cards with words or phrases written on them that you can use to help memorize new vocabulary. There are many ways to make these flashcards. Still, I’ve found that having an app like Quizlet (available on iOS and Android) makes things much easier by allowing me to add pictures of objects or pictures that describe the word/phrase in another language (e.g., a picture of an apple along with “apple” written in German).
Flashcards are very useful because they allow you to practice what you have already learned while also helping you remember it better over time!
Immerse yourself in the language you are learning
The best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in it. This goes beyond just speaking the language when you are with friends or even learning words and phrases that you can use in everyday conversation. When we say “immerse,” we mean being surrounded by the language you are learning—you should try watching movies, listening to music, and reading books all in that language. You should also try making friends with people who speak that language as often as possible. If possible, visit the country where this dialect is spoken, so your exposure is more immersive!
It’s important for language learners because it will help them pick up new words faster and because it’s essential for understanding how native speakers use those same words differently than textbook writers do (because textbooks always oversimplify). For example: In English class, I learned about “I am very hungry” vs. “I am dying of hunger.” Still, when I said those sentences while living abroad in France, I found myself using them differently depending on who was listening -. In contrast, my classmates would automatically assume everyone knew what they meant when they spoke these statements aloud!
Speak aloud, even if you are alone
Speaking aloud is one of the best ways to learn a new language. It helps you:
- Hear the sounds of the language. Speaking aloud is not just about getting your mouth moving. It also helps you hear how words sound when pronounced correctly. This is especially important if you are learning a tonal language like Mandarin or Thai, where meanings can change depending on how high or low your voice goes.
- Develop correct pronunciation. Even if you think native speakers don’t care about how foreigners pronounce words, remember that they were all beginners once and probably struggled with certain sounds when they were learning their native language or languages in general. So unless you want people laughing at how terrible your accent sounds (and trust me, no one wants this), it’s better for everyone involved if you make an effort to get things right from day one.
- Remember words and phrases better by connecting them with images to create mnemonics (memory aids). For example: “I’ll go home” (In Spanish) sounds like “yo iré a casa.” If we use this phrase as our first example here, we know there must be something special about going home since we’ve already been introduced!
Make use of resources online
Many online resources can help you learn a new language. Some of the best include:
- Duolingo: This is probably one of the most popular apps for learning languages, and for a good reason. It’s free, offers a wide range of languages to choose from (Spanish, French, German, and more), and it’s very easy to use. You can learn with short exercises or take mini-quizzes when you feel like it—it even has tips on grammar if that’s your thing!
- Memrise: This app offers useful lessons in English and other languages, such as Spanish or French. With over 500 million users worldwide, this app is one of the most popular online resources right now!
- Anki: If you love flashcards, then Anki might be exactly what you need. This app allows people who want to learn new words to expand their vocabulary in various ways, such as timed tests where users must remember key aspects about each word or phrase before moving onto another card altogether.”
We hope you found this blog post helpful. We know how difficult it can be to learn a new language, but it can be much easier with the right tools and support.