10 Useful Tips and Tricks to Learn a New Language Start studying abroad

Learning a new language helps you standing out in the increasingly competitive job market. Learning another language can also help you opening up tons of amazing job opportunities. However, the journey of learning a new language is quite rocky and it’s not easy. In many cases, people give up because they don’t see much progress. But there we provide you with certain tips and trick that can help you through out the process. Take note because the following 10 tips and trick can make a difference when learning a new language.

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1. Dive into it, Immerse yourself

Once you’ve decided to learn a new language you have to be fully committed to it. You have to take a 360° approach; so no matter which language tools you use, you have to practice it every single day. However, what will make the difference is when you put what you learn into practice, be that writing a text, speaking to yourself, watching a movie or anything you’ve like. So your first priority is to set aside one-hour-a-day for language practice. Then day by day it will add up, you will see the progress and you will be amazed how you start to communicate in a new language.

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2. Embrace mistakes, Act like a child

One of the greatest barriers for people when learning a new language is the fear of making mistakes. But you should embrace mistakes, and you should definitely not feel ashamed because practicing means you are trying and people acknowledge that. If you don’t try, you won’t improve. You should start acting like a child when learning a new language. Think about it! Children just go for it, they don’t really care about what people think. They just try, and this way they suck up a new language liked a sponge. We learn by making mistakes, so embrace them and you’ll learn the language much faster.

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3. Practice and Practice

One of the biggest issues is that we forget things unless we use them as memory fades unless it’s used. This is why it is crucial to practice. The more you practice the better you’ll get at it. It won’t be effective if you attend your language course every week but then you don’t practice on your own. So, try to learn as intensely as time will permit you to. Also when you practice with natives, it will also help you by listening to them and allowing them to help you with pronunciation.

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4. Let technology help you

One of the best things to do when learning a new language nowadays is to download fun applications that help you in practicing. There are many resources such as Duolingo, Memrise and Babbel among many others. Using additional resources helps you in effectively memorizing words and phrases by seeing, hearing and practicing them. These applications allow you to download exercises as well as creating flash cards. They are a fun way of learning a language as you can earn points as you complete lessons.

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5. Carry a pocket dictionary

When you are learning a new language you constantly encounter new words, terms, phrases, and idioms. You’ll then probably feel lost as don’t understand anything. Carrying a pocket dictionary on your phone will make a huge difference. It is a great tool that you can use to learn new words and their meaning during a conversation. Having it on your phone is perfectly convenient because it takes you less than two seconds to look for something up during a conversation. And because you’re using it during a conversation, you’ll probably be more likely to remember these words. Learning a new language is also about learning new words and why not do that by using a pocket dictionary. There are a lot of people out there who credit their large vocabularies to reading the dictionary as a child, learning one new word a day. So why not do the same when learning a new language.

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6. Watch TV shows and movies for good supplementation.

Learning a new language also involves listening and reading. So why not start watching TV shows and movie to get more familiar with the language you are learning. At the beginning, it might seem senseless and quite hard because you’ll probably won’t understand a single word. But you have to break through and make an effort because this will make a huge difference. Watching TV shows and movies help you get used to sounds and rhythms of the language. Further, it’s very useful because you get to hear how people speak, use slang and cool expressions – it’s how people really talk. But it’s important at the beginning to watch things that you already have a certain understanding about, this makes it easier and more efficient. Therefore, it is useful to start watching programs or movies that you’ve already watched but dubbed in the language you are learning. And remember you should turn subtitles off, otherwise you’ll be dragged to read and not listen.

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7. Focus on the core vocabulary first, the rest will come

In order to successfully learn a new language, you first need to get used and learn the core vocabulary. Did you know that only 300 English words account for more than 65% of what you say every day? In fact, there are numerous words you probably don’t know in your mother tongue (and will never use!) So you don't need to know every single word, this will come along as you practice more. You need to practice hearing the language in an everyday context. It is first about focusing on your conversational skills, not about learning tons of vocabulary. You need to choose buildings core vocabulary that helps you structuring your conversational skills. It’s useful to use some apps or flashcards and start recognizing and memorizing keywords in your desired language.

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8. Find a native partner

Probably the best way to learn a new language is by dating someone that speaks the target language. Both of you are motivated to learn each other’s language, and you’re both willing to help each other constantly. At any time you can ask questions and ask for any clarification if you don’t understand something. Your favorite phrase will become “How do you say that…? If you are dating a native, you will also learn words and expressions that no other foreigner will learn. In a dating context is not only about learning the language and vocabulary, but really about communicating and expressing yourself in this new language. Another option is to find a buddy, where you teach each other your native language, this is also very effective way of learning and practicing.

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9. Talk to yourself

Another way of practicing the language you are learning is by practicing while going about your day and repeating things on your mind. Try to challenge yourself by thinking in a new language, this will definitely help you remembering things. We usually always have monologs running in our head, so use your mind to create and practice conversations. This will help you in developing your conversational skills. For example, you can envision having a conversation that you really like to have with someone before actually having it. I bet you’ve even done this in your mother tongue. So why not use this tool to help you improve your new language. On the other hand, there are funnier ways of practicing a new language on your own. You could pretend to talk to your imaginary friend on the phone, while you walk to the groceries store or somewhere else. People at your home country won’t notice you are speaking to yourself, and they also won’t understand what you are saying. So it a great tool you can use to gain self-confidence.

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10. Have fun

Last but not least, learning a new language is about enjoying and having fun. As with anything, if you’re going to stick to it, you have to find a way to make it fun. Otherwise, you might get bored or frustrated and quit. And you definitely don’t want that after investing so much time and effort. A great way of having fun while learning a language is by hanging out with natives on your free time or going to events. In this way, you can practice while having fun. Also talk about things you enjoy and care about; make it personal, so you feel more connected to it. And definitely see it as a learning experience, because you will not only learn a new language but a completely new culture.

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