In this age and day, mastering multiple foreign languages become an even more valued skill. The rapid movement of information, people, and commodity has urged a new need for multilingual people. Luckily, with the wide availability of resources that are both free and easy to access, anyone can learn any language from the comforts of their home.
This, in the beginning can seem like a challenging task. However, many success stories over the internet have proven otherwise. It is absolutely possible to learn a new language by yourself as long as one is being persistent. While there is no one size fits all when it comes to learning approach, we would like to share some tips that we believe could aid you on your journey.
Adjust your environment
The best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself into the language. You could easily do this by replacing media around you with the language you are currently learning. For example, change the language setting on your computer or phone, listen to podcast, turn on subtitles, also read books all in the new language.
Eventually, you will be forced to be used to the language you are currently learning. Over time, you will start noticing patterns as you brain becomes more familiar with the language.
Write down the basics
This might seem rather obvious, but people often underestimate the power of handwritten text. Write down newly acquired knowledge, or difficult concepts and go through them as frequently as possible. Numbers, greetings, difficult expressions and words. As you write, information will be easier stored in your memory.
Follow an order
If you remember learning English through primary education, you might remember that you followed a particular flow that gradually started becoming more complex. While you are perhaps no longer in school, the same order still applies.
Any new language learning will begin with most likely this order: alphabets, numbers, greetings, which will later ease into pronouns, tenses, and verbs. Learning a new language in a particular order will prevent you from forming jumbled words and give structure to your grasp of language.
Find people to converse with
Languages only make sense when you are actually practicing them. To improve your acquired grasp of language, meet native speakers or people practicing the new language and just strike a conversation them. Undoubtedly, you will be making mistakes and be prepared to have them pointed out.
But you will realize that over time your confidence also increases. Hearing the language in a familiar context will also help you to recognize new uses of words and expressions; also gets you familiar to daily usage of it.
Make use of technology
With the help of your electronic devices, help is available at any time you need it. Install applications that could provide translation should you encounter words, flashcards that help you learn new language, or just general grammar help. There is various applications available online which you can choose from, among the most popular include duolingo for example.