Thinking about learning a new language? With the worldwide internet there are innumerable ways to accomplish this.
There are so many websites, blogs, and tools at one’s disposal, learning a new language is almost automatic.
Let’s look at the reasons you want to learn a new language
Your reasons are important simply because learning a new language takes motivation and willpower. When the learning gets tougher, you’ll want to remember why you are learning the language anyway.
There are many methods to learning a new language.
When you are learning from home, you will want to try to create an immersive experience. You don’t have to be in the country of the target language, you have everything you’ll need via the web and textbooks. We will discuss some of the best methods to acquiring a new language.
First, the most important part to learning another language is pronunciation.
You should listen to conversations in the target language as well as use pronunciation guides. Many of these are readily available on youTube or you can purchase a guide as well. Listening to the language is also very important in order to pick up the rhythm and intonation of the language. This will help make you a better speaker and easier to understand by natives. Over time your ear will develop, thus making it easier for you to understand even the most rapid conversations in the target language.
Second, you’ll want to acquire vocabulary and key phrases.
The key phrases are so you can communicate very basic ideas and thoughts and get by in the language more quickly. These phrases can also be centred around travel if you plan to travel to the target country soon, or you could use them as a place to start. To help with memorisation and word recall, you’ll maybe want to try spaced repetition systems such as Anki, or various apps on your phone or device to help you practice whenever you have a spare moment. The spaced repetition is good in the sense that it automatically knows when to bring in vocabulary that you may have forgotten.
Third, and often the most important, and that is to speak!
You can set up Skype calls or if you have a significant other that speaks the language you can practice with them. There are also online communities that will do language exchanges. All you have to do is find one! It is ideal to practice speaking the language at least twice a week as it will help you to remember dialogue, vocabulary and how to phrase things, as well as get feedback on your pronunciation.
That’s it! If you follow these steps, you will find you will be speaking in your new language in no time!