There’s one trick to learning a new language and it is exactly the same ingredient that we need when exercising —- consistency. Taking the first step is the easy part, whereas maintaining focus and staying disciplined can quickly become an arduous task. But with the 5 tips to increase your efficiency, you will find it easier to keep up the enthusiasm and master a new language in no time!
The Secret to Learning a New Language
Consistency (and how to keep it up)
Make it a daily habit
Keeping it consistent in a chaotic world where leading a busy life is a staple characteristic for most of us can easily become a challenge. The best way to stay disciplined is to make learning a new language a priority, by making it a daily habit. Whether its 20 minutes or 2 hours, be sure to set aside a small amount of time each day to study your new language.
In today’s modern world it is now easier than ever to learn a new skill with all the technology that is made available to us. But with so many apps out there, its hard to know which are the best for learning a new language. The WOW favourites are: Duolingo & Memrise, two of the best language learning apps on the market.
Practice everywhere, all the time
Another core ingredient to keeping it consistent is to practise everywhere and anywhere in any way possible. Whether you’re listening to a French film or thanking people in Deutsche, there are oodles of opportunities in a day to practice.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
One of the key mistakes people make when trying to learn a new language is being too afraid to make mistakes – but don’t forget that is how you learn! Be sure to speak out loud when studying your new language and try it out on family and friends – chances are they won’t know when you’re wrong anyway! Take every chance you get to practice, particularly when in the home country of your new language. Locals will appreciate the effort, even if they don’t quite understand you at first!
Learn in more ways than one: read, speak out loud, listen
The final key to success in learning a new language is to practice in more ways than one. Back in the days of your primary education, you may remember doing the “Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check” methodology when learning spelling (okay, maybe that was just me, but…). This is a tried and tested method to learning anything new, so be sure to give it a whirl on new words and phrases as you continue your learning.