All right, so we finally made a New Year resolution to learn a new language in 2019. Awesome! New language adrenaline is pumping hot and high and we are eager to have a go at it. Cool.
However, kindly note that a lot of people have had this same energy and resolution in years past and never made it through the rudiments of the new language because they went about learning the new language the wrong way. In this article, I want to show you the best ways to learn a new language and keep the momentum going until you become a pro in it. Let us dive in, shall we?
First off is Mondly. This is one of the most amazing new language-learning tools. It is packed with thirty-three languages and dwarfs every other language-learning resource out there in this regard. Impressive! User-friendly? Checked. Posh interface? Checked. All garnished with a super blend of short doses of fun and interactive lessons. The most exciting feature of Mondly is that it enables you to learn other languages from the comfort of your native language. This implies that you can keep the memories of other languages you have learned fresh while plunging into a new one.
Surprised about this? You should not be. YouTube is much more than cat chasing rats and music videos. It is one of the best places to learn anything free of charge! Yes, you heard me right. You can pick up general/special skills including new languages on YouTube without leaving the comfort of your dear room. Simply head to YouTube, search for a beginner lesson on any language of your choice and voila! You will be presented with a plethora of video resources on which to choose from.
Babbel is a quality blend of text, visual and audio learning resource. Though only contain thirteen languages, I recommend it for a balanced new language learning routine. It provides engaging and short lessons per time with good intuitive interface design. You are bound to have fun as you learn the new language.
Rosetta Stone is always discovering and designing new ways of learning old languages. Constantly improving its learning platform. One thing that stands out for Rosetta Stone is the feature where one can book a live lesson with a native speaker. Once you are done with any aspect of the training, you can book fifty minutes with a human native speaker (teacher) with the aid of video feed and interact with them live through your pilot headset. The teachers come equipped with professionalism, a huge dose of patience, friendly and have a good command of the language.
This is like a real-time repository where learners connect and interact with native speakers. iTalki is a platform where learners can link up with professional teachers formally and also connect informally with native speakers from all around the world. All sessions are real-time and delivered via Skype.
Verbling connects new language learners with language teachers. Learners can choose up to fifty-eight languages, and this online resource offers new learners the option to choose their teacher.
From English to Spanish, French to Finnish. LingQ affords you the opportunity to learn just about any earthly language. No, it does not teach angelic ones. You can learn while seated at your workstation or on the go with your mobile, LingQ functions via flashcards, quizzes, and audio tracks. You simply generate ‘links’ on chosen words and learn them through the aforementioned means.
If you prefer getting to the next level in a language class without homework, quizzes or memorization, Michel Thomas is your best bet. He dissects the language into its basic form and feeds you with it through an audio program. I would highly recommend the Michel Thomas method for beginners, however, as you progress, more practice will be required along the way. The objective is to communicate well, not to study a language like a dead subject that requires pure memory power.
Pimsleur is a good online resource to learn from. It is similar to the Michel Thomas approach; but I, personally, prefer Michel’s method. However, hey, who knows, you might like this more.
Dictionaries are good reference resources but an app with loads of different language dictionary that gets updated regularly is a great asset! Ultralingua also has this great feature of providing tons of conjugate verbs, standard tenses, and forms. You can deploy its search agent too!
Please do note that none of these apps or online resources will make you fluent unless you put in the effort to make language learning a consistent activity on a daily basis. It is not about the endless practice that you should give yourself, neither is it about you finding the best teachers who would, in turn, give you endless of homework. Rather, it is about getting the right form of consultation that can assist you in systematically breaking down the grammar rules, and the steps you need to take to master a new language.
Though the learning process will not be instantaneous, your clarity and grasp of the language are guaranteed! Contact me or leave a comment below to learn more about how you can learn a language better and faster.