How To Learn a New Foreign Language by Yourself

  Classes Of Professional Studies      10-03-2021

Decided to take on a new language by yourself?

Have you devised a plan yet, or still wondering how to proceed?

Yes, you may need a plan. Learning a new language can be intimidating and highly exhausting. It can also be a little tough to acquire the entire language without a structured foreign language course. But, not impossible. Foreign language classes are helpful, but if you have a course of action ready, you can succeed.

The next important thing in learning a foreign language on your own is motivation. Be it Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, or French language you'll need to stay motivated if you want to excel. And to do so, you need your BIG WHY.

First, know your big why.

Why did you think of acquiring a foreign language in the first place?
What or who inspired you to take on a new language?

Whatever be your reason to learn a new language, we will assist you in acquiring it. Here are some surefire tips to learn a new foreign language By yourself.

Take it SLOW

We know that you want to be fluent in no time but trust us learning a new language is not a piece of cake. A language has thousands of words, complex grammar and unique sentence structures. It can easily overwhelm you if you haste.

Instead of rushing, do this:

  • Start with 25 words each day.
  • Perfect your pronunciation.
  • Focus on common words (everyday expressions).
  • Find cognates, if any.
  • Learn chunks and phrases.
  • Use these words and phrases in your daily routine.

Once you master the first 25 words, get on to learning the next 25 words. Grammar can wait. First, work on building your foundation. Similarly, in our Spanish language classes, we aim to develop a strong foundation in our students first, then proceed to the hard part.

Embrace the language from the first day

First day at learning a new language? No problem, start speaking without worrying about the grammar, awkward accent and missing articles. It's okay to make mistakes in the language learning process but never feel embarrassed about it. You can always record yourself speaking or reading and later work on the pronunciation and grammar by listening to it.

Some of the exciting ways to embrace a new language are:

  • Let your family or friends know what you have learnt.
  • If they don't understand, teach them (it will allow you to practice).
  • Find more about the word that you liked the most.
  • Explore different hand signs related to the phrase.
  • Label surrounding objects with their names in the target language.
  • Turn your study corner into a small version of your target language's country.
  • Study about the culture associated with the language.

Similarly, we encourage our foreign language students to adopt the same approach. There are quite a few things one can learn from a new language. For example, take our Japanese language course, wherein we offer a complete outlook of the unique Japanese culture in Japanese classes. So that students get an overview and get pumped up to learn more about it.

Enhance your learning experience

Now that you have learned about how to embrace the target language. Let's move on to enhancing your learning experience. How to do that? How about trying to find alternate ways to learn? Sounds interesting, right? Maybe it's time to add some fun activities to your schedule that can enhance your language learning experience.

You can learn a new language in the following alternate ways:

  • Watch movies or series in your target language.
  • Switch to game consoles that use a native language.
  • Fan of comics? Go ahead and buy some translated version of it.
  • Surfing on the net? Find some natives interested in the language exchange program.
  • Organize study groups on the topics of your interests.

For example, if you watch French films, you can learn about the culture, language, French cuisine and on top of it, you can fall in love with the French language. Most French language trainers show movie clips or play to teach students in French language classes. Therefore, we suggest you do the same.

Work on improving your speaking skills

Learning any language has two aspects; one to understand and the other to speak fluently. Make sure you master the language in both ways. We know many students who can understand the language well but hesitate to use it in front of a native. It can be due to the lack of confidence in new language pursuers. But this scenario should not imply to you.

You can improve your speaking skills with the following activities:

  • Take part in group discussions.
  • Learn phonetic words first.
  • Record while you practice speaking.
  • Accept if a native corrects you.
  • Speak, speak and speak to fix your pronunciation.
  • Read your language book aloud.
  • Ask for help from friends or family.
  • Call instead of sending a text.

Learn the language on the move

Learning a foreign language is a continuous process. Also, it's easy to continue learning, even if you are not in your study corner. You can absorb knowledge while on the move, commuting to your job, taking a bus to the school, walking your dog, etc.

You can try the following things for ensuring continuous language learning:

  • Install learning Apps available on the internet.
  • Download E-books.
  • Take advantage of free study material.
  • Listen to audiobooks, Podcasts and radio in your target language.
  • Watch movie clips on the go.
  • Listen to audio lectures.
  • Keep a handy dictionary or download a digital one on your phone.
  • Ask SIRI or Google Assistance for help.

You can find thousands of ways to learn a new language by yourself. All you need is a little push to achieve more.

You Can Do It

They say children are fast learners, but so are we. Adults and children are alike when it comes to language acquiring. It is because our brains function to our advantage. One of its functions is learning new languages. So, jump right in. But remember, you can't understand everything right away. Fluency takes years of hard work and practice. You must give it time and have patience while you learn to speak in your target language.

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