I have a passion for foreign languages. I find them so interesting because the writing has some culture in itself. I know few languages, but I’m always looking for learning something new. Today, I’m going to tell you the tips I use and help me stay on track and learn better.
1. Buy a Grammar book as well as a Speaking book
Grammar is very important regardless the language we’re talking about. The first thing you should do is to buy a Grammar book - or to search for one that’s free on the internet. Along with it, you should look for a Speaking book, which has common phrases, sayings and teaches you the spoken language - which, at times, is different from the written one.
2. Read or/and do vocabulary exercises
It’s almost pointless to understand grammar rules unless you learn words, too. Otherwise, how are you supposed to express something? There are many stories for beginners that will enrich your vocabulary. You don’t have to read fast, but constantly, so you can accommodate with the language. There are also those types of didactic books which have the story written in both that language and yours.
If you don’t have time to read, or you can’t stand it because you realise how little you know, vocabulary exercises are the best solution. You can find them either on the Internet or in specialised books.
3. Buy a dictionary
Google translate is not really the best one out there to tell you what a word means. For the best, you should buy a complete dictionary, which will give you the exact explanation of the word. To learn more, you can take groups of words. For example, let’s say I don’t know what the word “hate” means. I will look up for it in the dictionary, but then also look up and down from him. So I will also learn the words “hateful”, “hatefully”, “hatefulness”.
4. Listen to the music
One of the things I like best to do when I learn a new language is to listen to the music in that language. Lyrics are fun to memorise, and if the beat is nice, I’m all wrapped there. This is another method of learning new words and phrase constructions.
5. Make a friend
I’m a sociable person and I like to take advantage of the situation and make new friends if possible. Happily, there are many communities out there in which you can find persons with whom you can correspond to. Don’t be shy or embarrassed. No one is born a genius.
I’m currently learning Japanese. What language do you want to learn? Or what languages are you learning at the moment?
Published by Rebecca Radd