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HOW TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

Learning a new language can be extremely difficult. It takes lots of practice and dedication to become even semi-fluent. Of course, taking a language course is the most formal way to learn the bulk of a new language. However, if you are teaching yourself at home we have some tips that can help. 


We get what it takes to learn another language, and we want to help make it easier so you can be fluent in no time. No matter what language you are trying to learn, these tips are a great way to start your language learning journey!


Start With the Basics


First and foremost, get yourself a notebook or open up a Google Doc. Start by writing down all of the phrases you already know and then add the translation next to it. Then continue to record all of the common phrases of your desired language. This will help you with keeping track of basic conversational language and it can be a document that you reference for practice. Phrases like “Hello, my name is” and “How are you doing today?” are important ones to start off with and keep track of. 


You can even place post-it notes on objects in your house with its corresponding word on it to help you remember how to say the object in that language. This will help you practice saying common household items and make it easier to memorize them. 


Utilize Your Phone 


We are constantly on our phones, so why not use this to our advantage? There are lots of language learning apps out there that are great to get started. Apps like Duolingo and Drops are free apps that introduce conversation basics as well as the alphabet and grammar rules. Using these apps at least once a day helps with engaging in the language and learning new words each day. 


Ask for Help


If you know someone who speaks the desired language don’t be afraid to ask them questions and engage with them in that language. This will really help with improving your conversational skills and getting familiar with actually speaking the language. They can help with correcting any mistakes and teaching you more informal and casual communication. Remember, don’t be nervous to mess up. Going for it is the best way to learnーeven if you may get laughed at!


Watch & Listen 


Other ways that assist in learning a language is to watch movies and shows in that language. Watching movies or tv shows really helps you familiarize yourself with the new language and how people speak it. Many movies and shows can be dubbed in other languages as well, so if possible try picking something you’ve already seen and then dubbing it in the desired language. There is a trend on TikTok that says watching classic Disney movies in your desired language is a great way to learn as well. You will already know the context of what the film is saying which makes it easier to learn how those words are said in another language. 


In addition to film, try listening to music in that language. Listening to music is another easy way to familiarize yourself with the language because you just have to listen. We easily memorize song lyrics and their meanings, so this is helpful when trying to learn a new language. 


Speak It & Think It Often


Actually speaking the language often is crucial if you want to learn it. It gets you used to how words are spoken and how to put them together into everyday sentences. Even if you’re by yourself, try talking out loud in that language to practice. Don’t just try to speak it, but also try to think in that language to get used to being more fluent. If you have a verbal thought, try to replicate that into the other language and then speak it out loud after. It may take some getting used to, but if you can remember to practice it this way it will make a huge difference. 


This may be a tough process, but take your time to enjoy it and really immerse yourself in it. Language is such a beautiful part of life and has lots of meaning to different cultures. Take this time to really learn about the culture of the language as well because it will give you a much greater appreciation for it. Good luck! 


Author- Taylor Shamoon

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