Have you ever listened to someone switch from one language to another so seamlessly, and wondered if it is possible for you to do the same? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 tips on how to learn any language faster:
1. Know Why You’re Doing It
If you don’t have a good reason to learn a language, you are likely not able to commit in the long-run. No matter what your reason is, once you have decided on the language you want to learn, it is important to commit to it.
2. Find a Partner
A partner can help motivate and push you to really learn the language. It also adds a competitive edge to it, like if your partner is doing more than you are, you’ll get jealous and use that motivation to try and ‘outdo’ them. Either way, it works!
3. Talk to Yourself
When you don’t have anyone else to speak to, then try and talk to yourself. This is a great way to learn a language, especially if you are not able to use it all the time. This method can help keep the new words and phrases fresh in your mind and help build your confidence for the next time you speak with someone.
4. Keep it Relevant
If you focus on learning the language in a conversationalist way, then you are less likely to get lost in the technicalities of it. Talking to other people will help keep the process relevant to you. You are learning the language so you can use it, especially in general, everyday settings.
5. Have Fun with It
Use your new language creatively. For example, if you are learning a language, maybe practice it by writing and recording songs in that language. Or draw a comic strip. Or try to hold a conversation with whoever speaks it and see how it works.
6. Be Childish About It
This doesn’t mean acting like a kid per say, just try to learn the language the way that kids would. Kids can learn new skills faster because of their lack of self-consciousness, their desire to play with the language and their willingness to make mistakes. We learn by making mistakes, and kids are expected to make mistakes, but for adults, that’s not the case. When learning a language, admit that you don’t know everything and with that realization, find out that it’s easier to pick it up because of the mistakes you made.
7. Leave Your Comfort Zone
The willingness to make mistakes mean you need to be ready to end up in potentially embarrassing situation. However, this is the only way to develop and improve. You will not be able to speak a language without putting yourself out there by doing things like:
- Talking to strangers in the language
- Asking for directions
- Ordering food
The more you do things like it, the more at ease you’ll feel.
Learn to listen before you speak. Every language will sound strange when you hear it for the first time, but the more you hear it, the more familiar it will become.
9. Watch People Talk
Different languages will make different demands on your tongue, lips and throat. Pronunciation is both physical and metal. Really look at someone while they are saying words that use a certain sound, and then try to imitate that sound as much as possible. With practice, this becomes easier.
10. Dive Right In
You’ve decided to commit to a new language. Now what? It is recommended that you practice your new language every single day.
All credit goes to DEA Education Center