Learning a new language can be tough, but there are certain techniques that you can follow to learn any language.
There is no magical way to learn a language, but some hard work and practice and you’ll be fluent in no time.
Know your learning style. This is the single most important thing you need to know when starting to learn a language. Everyone learns differently, especially when it comes to languages. You’ll need to figure out if you learn best through repetition, through writing down the words, through listening to a native speaker.
- Decide if you’re a visual, auditive or kinesthetic learner. A trick to figuring out which you are is this: Pick a couple words from your language and read them over a few times. If you can remember them the next day you’re probably a visual learner. If not, have someone else read the words to you several times without seeing them yourself. If you can remember them the next day, you’re most likely an auditive learner. If this doesn’t work, read and write the two words, repeat them out loud, listen to them read by someone else, associate memories and feelings with them. If you can remember them the next day, you’re probably a kinesthetic learner.
Listen. Listening to the language, be it through movies or television shows, through audio language courses, or music can help you retain the words you’re trying to learn. Just listening won’t help, though. You will need to repeat the words and speak them yourself.
- The method called “shadowing” is considered by many polyglots (people who know many languages) as a useful technique. Put your headphones in and go outside. While you play the language, walk briskly. As you’re walking briskly repeat aloud and clearly what you’re hearings. Repeat, repeat, repeat. This will help you connect kinetics (movement) with the language and to retrain your focus so that you aren’t obsessing about memorization.
- Use audio books or audio language lessons. You can listen to these while you commute to work or while you jog around the park. This will help your listening skills. Repeat listening to short segments of 30 seconds to one minute until you feel you have complete comprehension. Sometimes you may have to listen to the course completely more than twice to fully catch all that it teaches.