6 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language Successfully
Are you currently trying to learn another language? Or have you tried to learn one in the past but you have failed to be successful? I would like to help you experience a higher degree of success in your language learning adventure.
1.Realize that learning a language takes time. You didn't begin speaking English right away and you won't be able to speak another language right away either. So have patience and stick with it. Over the long term you will be glad you did. It will come if you keep studying and practicing.
2.Act and think like a little child. As adults this can be extremely challenging but it is very important to your language learning success. Train your mind to think simply in your new language and be open and willing to make mistakes and to sound silly. If you are constantly worrying about how you sound or about what people might think of you when you try and speak your new language then you will limit your success.
3.Commit to spending at least half an hour a day studying and practicing your target language. Languages must be learned a little at a time over the long term. Cramming and speed will kill any effort previously made to learn the language. Unlike some subject matters, foreign languages must be practiced daily in order for you to be successful.
4.Seek out good teachers and learning materials. This is likewise essential. A good teacher, tutor or coach will make or break your success. There is also a vast difference in the wide variety of language learning aids and materials available and depending upon your learning style and personal preferences certain tools will help you more than others.
5.Concentrate on acquiring all of the different aspects of language learning equally. Spend some time learning to read the language, some time learning to write, some time learning to speak and some time learning to understand. You will often become more comfortable understanding the language before you will be able to speak it. This is normal.
6.Realize that ultimately you will have to either go to a country where the language you are learning is spoken or otherwise immerse yourself in the language in order to be successful in mastering the language beyond the advanced beginner level. Certain aspects of a language can only be understood by experiencing it first hand on a daily basis for an extended period of time. This is especially true with idioms and cultural nuances as well as pronunciation. A good accent can really only be learned via immersion.