Tips For Learning A New Language

langthoughtIf you’re setting out to learn a new language then you’ll know that it’s not exactly the easiest thing in the world.  There are many different challenges that you’ll face when it comes to learning a new language.  Unfortunately as adults our brains have sort of “solidified” into the language that we grew up with.  It’s well known that children have an easier time learning a new language, and as adults it’s a lot harder.  However, it’s still possible.  If you make the commitment and the effort then you’ll be miles ahead of the game.  Here are some great tips that we’ve accumulated on how to easily learn a new language.

Get A Good Program

Whether you want to learn at home or attend classes, the best thing you can do for yourself is to give yourself some structure when it comes to learning.  You can’t just buy a bilingual dictionary and expect to learn the language by reading it.  You need to map out the language in a logical way to learn it from the ground up.  Thankfully most courses do this for you so you don’t even have to think about it.  If you’re learning at home then I definitely recommend something that will give you structure.  I’m not exactly a fan of Rosetta Stone however it might suit your learning style.  If people want a more traditional approach I highly recommend the Rocket Languages program.

Mark Out Goals

If you don’t have any goals then it’s hard to see what you’re working for.  If you can make little goals it will make the entire process seem easier, more doable, and more fun.  Make a short goal to order a sandwich in the language of your choice.  Then once you’ve done the learning, go out and use your new language.  Don’t be afraid to try your new abilities out on native speakers; they are often delighted that you are trying to learn their language and would be glad to help you out.  Write out your goals so that you have something to work towards.

Immerse Yourself

When I was learning Spanish in college I bought a few books, magazines and movies in Spanish and tried to immerse myself.  I can say this went a LONG way in helping me to get the language down pat and solidify it in my mind.  If you can, watch some movies in the language that you’re learning – it will help you to get your mindset down.  Books are also very good – often you can find children’s books in the language that you’re learning which are slightly easier to comprehend for beginners.  That’s what I did!

Practice Practice Practice!

See if you can find a speaking partner for the language of your choice.  If there is a college nearby, see if you can hire a student who is looking for some extra cash.  An hour a week of native conversation is a great way to get you where you want to be in terms of fluency.  There’s really no substitute!