Learning a new language is essential in our new more economically globalized world. In fact you will find that job advertisements nowadays include a common phrase “the knowledge of a foreign language is an added advantage”. Though it is not easy, with a careful approach and determination, you can make it.
FIND A SOLID REASON TO SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE
There are several reasons why people speak other languages, make sure that your reason is strong enough to motivate you to keep learning and speaking the targeted language even when the going gets tough.
GET A PERONAL TUTOR
While group classes may be fun, it is unfortunate that the pace of the lessons is normally slower and you cannot get the personal assistance that you may require. A personal tutor will be able to help you with the segments that you find difficult. You will also be able to interact at a personal level in another language. It may be expensive but it is also quick and efficient.
WATCH TV AND MOVIES
Watch local TV programs and movies aired in the targeted language, it is fun and will help you learn a language easily. Alternatively you can listen to music and browse newspapers and magazines which will help you with comprehension, repetition of phrases and pronunciation is the key here to help you speak in a new language.
USE COGNATES AND LINK THEM UP
Some words appear exactly the same across different languages, they are called cognates. Knowing them and their usage gives you several hundred more words to your vocabulary. For example most words ending in ‘ion’ in Latin languages are the same in English For example: information / información, donation / donación. This is less easy to do if you are trying to learn Turkish where there are less similarities.
PRACTICE AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY
Once you have mastered several words in a new language, make sure to use the words and phrases whenever possible. There is no need to sit and listen to a language over and over again without ever having an opportunity to practice. You can go to a restaurant and order a meal in the targeted language, meet friends or travel.
ALWAYS WRITE DOWN
After engaging in a conversation, always jot down in your note book what you have learnt and the mistakes that have been corrected. It will help you memorize as well as avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.
BE SIMPLE, LEARN LIKE A BABY
Can you picture how babies learn? They imitate, repeat sounds and they are never shy to speak. If you are in a foreign country or trying to learn to speak Russian online or another strange language, just observe the locals and learn how they do things, and then imitate and do not be afraid. You will inevitably make many mistakes initially but you will learn from them.
It is impossible to learn a language in a place that you hardly hear it being spoken. If you travel to a foreign country where you can frequently hear and express yourself in your targeted language, then it will be faster to learn.
There are moments in your learning to speak a language that you may feel exhausted and frustrated. However the key is to keep pressing on until you achieve your goal, the reason you wanted to learn the language in the first place.
BE PROUD OF HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME
Whenever you think about the time and effort you have put in order to learn a new language, you will be motivated and it is okay to feel proud but not become complacent.