Learning a new language is always exciting, regardless of your linguistic abilities, experience or knowledge. There is practically a countless number of ways in which you can approach studying a foreign language, from the ‘in-30-days-you’ll-be-fluent schools’ to audio podcasts or videos to learning from books at home. In fact, there are so many different possibilities that it might simply confuse you and you just won’t know where to start and what is the best way for you! Language Reach prepared a list of the 5 top tips that will help you in achieving your new language goal.
1. Phrase a day
It’s actually quite amazing how quickly you’ll be able to communicate in a foreign language if you master just one phrase a day. Start with basic expressions (such as asking for directions) that you’ll be able to use daily and it will surprise you how easily and quickly you’ll be able to communicate!
2. Keep it mobile
There is a number of mobile apps that you can use in order to master your chosen language. Being able to study the language wherever you are is a truly great benefit. Check apps like Busuu or Memrise to take advantage of your free time and squeeze some language learning in on your way back from work.
3. Start with common words
Did you know that in English just 300 words make up 65% of all written material? Thus, alike learning the most useful phrases first, make sure you start learning a new language by memorising the most common words.
4. Set targets
Setting goals and targets can be extremely advantageous when studying a new language. Setting yourself a target such as being able to ask for directions by next month or read a short newspaper article without looking up words in the dictionary will allow you to break down your lessons into more manageable goals.
5. Do not worry about making mistakes
For many people, worrying about the mistakes they could possibly make when speaking a new language is a major drawback and a barrier they’re afraid to break. Yet, the truth is, native speakers appreciate your effort and any attempt from you to communicate with them in their language. A little bit like parents who see their toddler trying to speak. Cute!
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