How to start learning a new language?

Tuesday December 18, 2018 | Written by ihadmin

First of all, you need to identify the reasons why you are interested in a specific language. What motivates you to learn it? Next, check how much time you are willing to dedicate to it and come up with a tentative schedule. Then, think about how disciplined you are to learn it by yourself, or look for some language schools around you. Some books have been designed for self-learning, so it is up to you to be on your own or join a class. Finally, start it!

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Joining a class helps guide you through the process of learning a new language and keeps you accountable. By making the commitment to yourself, your class, and your teacher, you will feel encouraged to make progress and help your classmates in their language learning journey as well. Interaction is key; you will benefit from observing others, and most importantly from communicating with your classmates. The language classroom is a less intimidating environment as all students are in the same level. In addition, certified language teachers have the tools to guide you, correct you, and help you improve. Simply learning by yourself isn’t enough. You need to practice and communicate, you need feedback. Being in a classroom setting allows you to learn in a safe and comfortable place guided by someone who has your best interest in mind.

Self-learning – Embracing technology

Self-learning is not for everyone, but it is worth giving it a try. There are many resources available nowadays to guide you through your learning experience; and technology can be your best choice. There are many options, apps, and programs available that can make learning a new language not only easier but also fun. Using technology will help speed up the learning process because it is readily available, and can help you get started.

Building a solid foundation

Each language is built upon structure. Learning general rules of how a language is spoken helps us understand how to form sentences. One of the most common mistakes we make when trying to learn a new language is to translate directly from one language to the other. This simply doesn’t work because each language follows a different set of rules. Once we start to learn those rules and how to combine the words, we can better understand how to think in the language we are trying to learn.

Whichever way you choose to learn a new language our best advice is to START. Stop making excuses and go for it. Figure out which way is best for you to learn, and stick to it.

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