5 Tips for Learning a New Language

Communication plays a vital role in our world today, no matter where you go in this world you will find that it is less frustrating if you are able to express yourself and be understood. If you have ever travelled to a foreign country and found all directions, menus and places named in a language and you have no one to tell you exactly what it all means, you will end up a very confused traveler.  While hiring a translator is a possibility, it is definitely easier if you tried and learned a new language, like if you learn Russian for a trip to Russia. Here are a few tips on how to learn a new language:

TAKE YOUR TIME TO STUDY

Learning a language requires you to invest time and commitment to a routine study of the language you intend learn. You need to allocate a few hours every day to study the language: this means that if you can study a language for about four hours every day and in two weeks you will have achieved better than those studying an hour in a class each day.

Most people who take language classes hardly remember what they were taught because the lessons are normally separated by multiple days in a week. Language requires consistency and a lot of repetition each day, it is like a child learning and repeating rhymes every day until he/she becomes perfect. It is better to devote a certain period of your life and do it 100% so that you can perfectly learn a new language.

START WITH THE MOST COMMON WORDS

In every language there are words that are useful every day, they include asking direction, greetings, telling your name and where you come from and words to use when asking for things. Make a target of learning the very basic 100 words, make sentences using them over and over again and this will boost your confidence as you learn a new language. In fact it will make you comfortable when you need to converse in that language.

KEEP PRACTICING IN YOUR HEAD

Which language do you think in?  We all have monologues running through our minds and they are normally in our native languages.  If you are trying to learn Polish, then challenge your mind to think in that language. For example if you are walking in a park and witness any action, try to put in words what you saw and incorporate the words that you have learnt. Begin to think how you can tell what you saw if you were to be interviewed or conversing with a friend.

KEEP CONVERSING

They say practice makes perfect, even in learning a new language it makes a lot of sense. Make use of every opportunity to converse in the language you are intending to learn because as you speak you are deemed to be corrected and be more confident.

BE PREPARED

When learning a new language, it is not uncommon to say stupid things because some words may mean different things when put in different contexts. So if you say something silly and people burst laughing, do not be discouraged rather laugh it off when they tell you the meaning and keep learning