Learning a language can seem a little intimidating at first. It’s definitely not easy. It requires a lot of dedication, study, and practice, and more than anything, determination.
If you really have the desire to learn a language, then you can do it! Here are a few tips that may help, whether you’re starting out, or have already studied for a while.
- Do something every day. Whether it’s listening to songs in your target language, trying to practice with a native speaker, watching a movie with English subtitles, or studying grammar – DO IT. Exposure every day will go a long way when it comes to wiring your brain to pick up another language.
- Get over your embarrassment. Sure, it can be embarrassing to speak with native speakers. But there is NO other way. The absolute best way is to get in a situation where you have to do your best to express yourself with what you know, and let yourself mess up. Let them correct you, and you will remember and do much better the next time.
- Don’t stress out. These things take time. You will not be fluent in 3 months. You may not even be completely fluent in 3 years. But, if you’re determined to learn, you’ll give yourself the time you need. Do your best, but don’t set crazy expectations for yourself.
- Use your resources. There are tons of lessons on YouTube, practice games for vocabulary and grammar, and other resources on the web. Most of us have a cell phone on hand, with 24 hour internet access. Use it.
- Learn about the culture (firsthand if you can). Every language is connected to a culture that influences a lot how the language is spoken, and what words are used. Get to know the culture, and you’ll better understand the language. Not to mention that the purpose of learning a language is to be able to communicate with a whole new crowd of people, and knowing their culture will help you be able to communicate even more effectively.