TOP 5 LANGUAGE LEARNING TIPS
13 OCTOBER, 2017 TIPS AND VOCABULARY ERIN O'NEILL
It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to learning a new language. Do you pick up a study book or a dictionary? Do you hire a private tutor or attend a class? There are many different ways to approach language learning, and it is important that you find the method that works best for you. Whether you are starting from scratch or looking to sharpen your existing skills, take a look at these tips for learning a new language.
Use language learning apps
These days you don’t need to use textbooks to get your head around a new language. There are a variety of apps you can download to your smartphone that are designed to make learning fun. A popular choice is Duolingo, an app that uses text, pictures, and audio to help you learn. The great thing about apps is that you will always have them at your fingertips, so you can brush up on your language skills wherever you are.
Make realistic goals
Set yourself small achievable goals, this way you will be more motivated to achieve them. Rather than thinking about the vast amount of words and phrases you don’t know yet, set yourself a target to be able to read a newspaper article in your chosen language by the end of the month, or a chapter of a book. This way you will be able to see the progress you are making as time goes on.
Go to where the language is spoken
Learning German? Visit Berlin. Learning Spanish? Go to Madrid. It is a great idea to visit a country that speaks the language you’re trying to learn. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in not only the language, but the culture too. By listening to native speakers on your trip, you will pick up on their intonation, slang, accents, and more.
Attend an evening class
By going to an evening class you can fit language learning around your otherwise busy schedule. If you work full time or have prior commitments, taking an evening class is a way to get around this problem. You’ll be able to learn in a structured way with a group of like-minded people, make new friends, and achieve your language goals. The Language Gallery offers evening classes in German, Spanish, and English for Work.
Follow your interests
You should enjoy learning a new language – a great way to do this is to link it in with things you like to do already. Whatever your interests are, whether it is movies, TV, books, or videogames, start trying to watch and read them in the language you are learning. This way language learning won’t feel like a chore.
How do you learn best? Is it by watching TV shows in the language you are learning? Listening to native speakers? Make the first step towards widening your language skills today by looking into what The Language Gallery has to offer.