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Stefano Lodola

By STEFANO LODOLA

Study tips to learn languages fast

In this blog, I’m going to share with you what I actually do to learn foreign languages.

I put popular tools and personal tips together into a complete language workout for your brain.

Find more tips on my on-demand webinar “Fluent. Simple.” After this quick-start guide, you’ll know exactly what to do from now on to learn a foreign language effectively.

I also recommend a couple of inspiring guides to learn languages by other polyglots:

Now, enjoy these free tips!

Common advice to learn languages that you hear from polyglots

  • Know your motivation
  • Find a partner
  • Talk to yourself
  • Keep it relevant
  • Have fun with it
  • Act like a child
  • Leave your comfort zone
  • Listen
  • Watch others talk
  • Dive in
  • Conversation
  • Intensity of study trumps length of study
  • Classes suck and are an inefficient use of time and money
  • Start with the 100 most common words
  • Carry a pocket dictionary
  • Keep practicing in your head
  • You’re going to say a lot of stupid things. Accept it.
  • Figure out pronunciation patterns
  • Use audio and online courses for the first 100 words and basic grammar.
  • After the first 100 words, focus on becoming conversational.
  • Aim for the brain melt
  • “How do you say X?” is the most important sentence you can possibly learn. Learn it early and use it often.
  • One-on-one tutoring is the best and most efficient use of time.
  • Date someone who speaks the target language and not your native language.
  • If you can’t find someone cute who will put up with you, find a language buddy online.
  • Facebook chat + Google Translate = Winning.
  • When you learn a new word, try to use it a few times right away.
  • TV shows, movies, newspapers and magazines are a good supplementation.
  • Most people are helpful, let them help.
  • There will be a lot of ambiguity and miscommunication.
  • These are the phases you go through.
  • Finally, find a way to make it fun.
  • Decide what you want to get out of the language
  • The beginning is the most exciting part
  • Set concrete challenges
  • Think in the language you’re trying to speak
  • Know your strengths – and then ignore them
  • Be consistent
  • Every language gets easier
  • Travel
  • Remember that people have different communication skills
  • Use your phone
  • If communication is your aim, find a way to speak the language
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