What’s the best way to learn a foreign language? We all study languages at school but usually don’t use the best method to study them.
It takes a whole life to master our mother tongue – we always have the chance to learn new things and words, correct our mistakes, and improve our speech. With a foreign language, things are even harder and it’s all right. However, there are other factors involved as well:
Here’s a list of troubles that language learners commonly experience during their studies:
What’s the best way to learn a foreign language?
We all study languages at school but usually don’t use the best method to study them.
In fact, many don’t know how to study languages effectively.
Actually, the point is not how to study it but how to learn it.
That’s the same difference between treating a disease and curing it.
You want to cure it.
You want to learn that language.
Many are embarrassed because they can speak they can understand something but they cannot speak.
Well, that’s common and it’s usually not their fault but due to their study method.
It takes time and money to learn a language, as with any other skill.
But it shouldn’t take too much time or too much money.
We are all nervous because we make mistakes all the time.
Well, put up with it. That’s the way we learn.
So take mistakes as a sign that you are learning.
It’s totally normal to make mistakes and if you set realistic expectations you will not be frustrated.
I just told you that it might be too late to sound like a native.
Well on the other side it’s never too late to start and learn a language.
It might take a bit longer if you’re older but you can certainly make it.
You can reach a relatively high level in a relatively short time and communicate correctly and effectively.
So it’s never too late to start.
If you have a busy life, you might regret that you don’t have enough time.
However, if you follow a study plan you know where you’re supposed to do and how well you’re doing and you will not be frustrated.
Many regret that I cannot live or travel to the countries where they speak the language they’re learning.
Well, it certainly helps to be on the spot and communicate with locals, but that’s not necessarily.
If you don’t speak a language for a while your level will probably drop, but you never completely forget.
Did you find your pain in this list?
Naturally, you cannot – or should not – just say that you weren’t born for this and give up. It could be harder for you, but not impossible. And there are definitely some things you can try to smooth your way a little bit. Here is what you need to do:
Instead of learning chaotically, come up with a strategy: you definitely don’t know all your mother tongue’s words, so you won’t have to learn all the words of the new language. You just need to identify the most common ones and focus on them. For instance, the English language has about 300 words that we use in about 65% of everything we write. Learning them will take you far.
Try to put your practice in writing on a daily basis: there is no secret that handwriting is one of the most effective ways to memorize.
Don’t take the fun out of your learning process: if you just read grammar all day long and listen to plain, school-like conversations, there’s no wonder you are getting bored. Have you thought about watching a movie in that language, without the subtitle? Or listening to music in that foreign language?
The tips in this article are taken from my on-demand course on Udemy “Fluent. Simple. My proven quick-start guide to learn any foreign language”. There I share what I actually do to learn foreign languages, in the form of a presentation based on contents that I usually show in polyglot clubs.
After this quick-start guide, you’ll know exactly what to do from day one. I put popular tools and personal tips together into a complete language workout for your brain. These tools can be used to learn a language in the spare time that you have each day and can be applied without going abroad.
This is not a generic guide: I only recommend methods and materials that I actually use myself and find useful. This treasure of life experience will spare you years of ineffective studies.
The course includes:
To make sure that you’ll actually put that into practice, the course comes with the option to book a 30-minute consultation on Skype (not included in the course enrollment fee). We’ll discuss your study plan and I’ll answer any questions that you may have.
Click here to read the course program and watch the free preview.
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As a language learner, I was raised speaking only Italian, but now I speak nine foreign languages.
As a teacher, I’ve taught Italian to adults in language schools and universities.
I’ve lectured in polyglot clubs and coached students on their way to fluency.
I’m eager to share my secrets with you.
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