The wind played with my hair as I relax by the window.The view of the buildings and people busy shuffling about captured my attention. This quickly shifted when I heard two voices speaking. They were speaking very fast and I could not understand the fascinating sound that I was hearing. I eavesdrop until I reach my next stop. Learning a new language can be quite fascinating. You can communicate with people whose native language is different from yours. This benefit can lead to a job as an interpreter or a translator. You can also travel to different countries and communicate with people without assistance from an interpreter. Scientific studies have shown that learning a language helps to develop the brain. Let use look at ten tips for learning a new language.
10 Tips for learning a new language
Immerse yourself in the speaking environment
The best way to learn a language is to communicate with the native speakers regularly. If you can visit the country then that would be great. If you cannot visit the country of the target language then you can communicate with native speakers virtually. Technology has created online schools for individuals who want to learn a new language and interact with foreigners. For example, Bibo Global opportunity provides online English classes for Japanese students.
Watch television in foreign language
Watching a movie in Mandarin is a fun way to improve your competence. This will sharpen your listening skills. You will learn expressions and vocabulary which can improve your conversation skills. This is very useful because you will learn how the language is spoken naturally. You may even learn the informal way of speaking such as slang.
Learn about the culture
It is recommended that you when you are learning a foreign language, you learn about the culture too. Language and culture are intertwined. Sometimes words in a language are developed as a result of the culture. You will get to understand the language even better when you explore the culture.
Read newspaper and magazine
This is another fun way to expand your vocabulary and help you to improve your grammar skills. Reading newspaper and magazine will enable you to interact with the formal structure of the language. You recognized how sentences should be formed and apply it to your writing.
Practice with a pal
You can meet people online despite geographical boundaries. However, be careful with who you associate with. If you can find a suitable pal to practice with then you will make your life easier. Your pal will be able to give some insights and advice during practice. It is best to learn from a native speaker than teachers who are non-native speakers. Native speakers naturally can explain everything about their language. They were born with the innate ability to learn their own language.
Use language applications/software/website
There are many online sites and applications such as Duolinguo,Babbel, Memrise, and Telegraph. These online websites allow you to learn a new language in a fun way. You get audio, lessons and practice. It is also free. Why not capitalize on these opportunities which give you the practice you need?
Take classes and get certified
Studying on your own is good but when you take classes you study intensively. You can also get certified and interpret for people. Interpretation will allow you to build your confidence and increase your proficiency in the language. Interpreters learn every day on the job and become better. Becoming an interpreter will force you to learn and continue practicing your skills.
Use the language regularly
After learning the vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar you should constantly use the language. You need to be active so that you remember what you have learned. People have complained about forgetting what they have learned after studying a language. This is because they are not practicing regularly. This is why you should have a pal, travel and even be a freelance interpreter.
Do it with a passion
You have to be highly motivated to learn a language. It takes hard work and dedication to learning a language. Think about why you want to learn this language. Do you have a passion? Once you are passionate you are half way there. Learning becomes easier. When I started learning Spanish I was enthusiastic and it reflected on my performance. I was very good at it because of my passion.
Learn it when you are young
I know some readers may be adults and looking for tips that will apply to you. However, you can use this tip with young children. It has been proven that children learn a language faster than adults. This is because we were born with the innate ability to learn a language. As we grow older it becomes difficult however it is possible. I remember teaching English to Japanese students online. I noticed that the adults had challenges learning the grammar of English. The children, on the other hand, grasp the material easily.
Wrapping it up
Learning a language is fun and it can open doors to endless opportunities. Learning a language increase your job prospect and you can travel the world. It is possible to be multilingual once you are dedicated and you enjoy learning new languages.