Language Learning Tips for Anyone Who Has Ever Doubted Themselves

Polyglots[1] are not humans with super special abilities. Rather, polyglots are regular people just like you who dared to stick their necks out of their cocoons and feel the thrills from the sound of a foreign language. They are people who systematically, and with dedication, sacrificed time and other little pleasures of life to acquire the skills required to converse fluently in a new language. They had a passion for acquiring a new language and searched out fun ways of accomplishing that.

 

In this article, I want to show you the best, most effective, efficient and fun ways to learn a new language without batting an eyelid. Following this guide, you are sure to arrive safely at the shores of the new language and not get swallowed up halfway in.

Best Fun Ways To Learn a New Language

What Language and Why

What Language and Why?

First off, you must answer the questions – what new language should I learn and why. As my mentor would always say, if the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. In this case, it refers to discouragement. List out, on paper, the reasons you chose that particular language and why you would love to acquire its speaking skills and when the road gets bumpy, do not forget to come back here and check out why we set sail in the first place.

 

Setting Goals

Set Goals

Secondly, you must set daily, weekly, and/or monthly goals. Spell out in black and white what you planned to achieve daily in your new language quest. You can start off by setting your intention for the day each morning you wake up, and then review your day at the end of it. This is a good habit to set and follow if you want to discipline yourself to make the best of every single day in your learning journey. Setting goals (both long- and short-term) would keep you on track and spur you on. There is no comfortable way of setting goals and achieving them, but getting started sets the momentum for higher tasks and attainments.

 

Deploy the Best Resources

Deploy the best Resources

Once you are done with setting goals, you must look inwards and discover what sorts of learning resource appeal to you best. Would you rather learn under the guidance of a teacher or on your own? Do you like the old rugged ways of books or the modern world of apps or a blend of both? Perhaps videos or podcasts might keep you engaged and intrigued in the process of your language learning? Deploying the right resource would help make learning fun and not cumbersome. Just like playing your favorite game – you never get tired and always want to go back to it.

 

Don't Skip the Intro

Do not skip the Intro

 

Yea, I know, the "Introduction to alphabets, pronunciation, and spelling" can be lengthy and esoteric and you might be tempted to skip it and dive right in, but you should not. They are the bedrock on which the new language rest and you would not get any rhythm from the language rhyme if you skip them. If you are an analytical learner[2], make sure you build yourself a great foundation before moving to the next.

 

Power of Repetition

The Power of Repetition

Do you remember how you learned your native language? Of course not. You were too young to recall, and probably too unaware to remember. Nonetheless, there were a lot of repetitions before they got stuck in your long-term memory. It is the same as learning a new language. You must deploy this task of being able to repeat newly acquired vocabulary correctly and properly. Use those words in the course of your regular day where possible. If you cannot find someone to speak the language with, start with yourself. Talk to yourself and repeat what you learned until you get familiar with the newly acquired words.

 

Get into the thrills of the new language

Get Into the Thrills of The New Language

Thanks to the power of the Internet, you can now tune in online and start exposing your mind to the new language by listening to its music, radio stations and podcasts. Or, go on to Netflix and watch some movies under the international genre where you can also get to listen to the new language of your interest. The key is to sow seeds in your mind and tune your ears to get accustomed to the ways new words are pronounced therein.

 

Write it, take notes, and have fun learning

Write it

When I was learning French as a young teenager in school, I always love writing notes by myself. As I was writing my notes, I recited what I wrote. In that way, I felt I could learn better, and it stuck with me ever since. Whether you are a visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or tactile learner, try learning a new language by engaging yourself in every possible method because it works. Writing helps you to learn visually. Taking notes helps you to learn tactilely and kinesthetically. Reciting those new words are forms of repetition but it helps you to learn auditorily. Deploy this method in your new language lane. Learn to write the new alphabet or words as you recite them to yourself.

 

Finally, your learning time is up to you but 15 to 20 minutes every day would be just perfect. However, if you must master this new language in no time, you must take it with you everywhere. Start the new language with tourist words or those related to your hobbies. You would be glad you did.

After all, it is down to you and the passion you have for the new language.

 

Make it happen: Nothing is Impossible to a determined mind

[1] people who can speak multiple languages

[2] learners who learn best through traditional methods such as textbooks, classrooms, and readings.

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