5 Effective Ways of Learning a Foreign Language

Learning a new language can be daunting and overwhelming, but it shouldn’t be. Research has shown that humans are able to learn any language as long as they are in the right environment. Here are five ways of getting yourself in the language learning zone.

1. Focus on sounds.

There’s no point in learning a language only by reading or studying grammar. If you think you know a word but you’re not sure how it sounds, you don’t know that word. Have you noticed how babies learn? Well, basically they repeat what their parents say. At first it might be hard to reproduce certain sounds. Just figure out what you need to do with your mouth to get that sound and repeat it till it’s easy.

2. Get some face-to-face practice.

There’s no better way to learn than having a chat with someone, after all that’s how we all learned our first language. You don’t have to travel though, get some Skype lessons or join one of the many websites where you can chat with people from all over the world.

3. Learn complete phrases and expressions. 

The last thing you wanna do is learn individual words and then try to translate. Just learn whole chunks of language and you’ll never go wrong.

4. Get into the habit of looking up expressions you don’t understand. 

Whether you’re watching a movie or reading a book, if you run into something you don’t get, just take a minute to find what it means. Download an offline dictionary for your smartphone or just google it if you have access to the internet.

5. Surround yourself with the language you wanna learn.

This has never been easier, we live in an era where all you have to do is set your social media accounts to be constantly bombarded by information related to whatever it is that interests you. Whether it’s finance, art, or sports, all you have to do is click a couple of times and you’ll be getting information in the right language all the time!

Andrés Vega

 

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