Whether you want to become a linguist, travel the world, or work in a foreign country, learning a new language is a good skill to acquire. Many people would love to learn a new language, but the thought of starting from the basics, and how long it would take to learn puts them away from the idea. It can be quite daunting thinking of how you’ll have to memorize new vocabulary, foreign grammar and speaking a fluent sentence.
Undoubtedly, putting in the effort to learn and being dedicated to the process is absolutely essential, but the learning process doesn’t have to be slow and stressful. You can learn any language quickly if you stick to the process. All it takes is the willingness and the right attitude. You can learn any language quicker that you think.
Below are useful tips that will help you learn a new language fast.
1. Set goals for learning the new language
As with doing anything else, setting goals helps you achieve much more in a short period of time. The first thing you should do when learning a new language is to set your goals. With these goals written down, you can work towards a specific destination, and check to see if you have achieved them.
Starting from the basics can be cumbersome and overwhelming. Your mind is filled with so many details and information that you don’t even know where to start. Having your goals written down can help you focus on the important details and quicken your learning process. Your chances of successfully learning a language increases greatly when you set the right goals.
2. Use mnemonics
If you find a foreign word particularly difficult to remember, I suggest using mnemonics to help you remember. Mnemonics are excellent for memory retention as they help you keep stuff in your memory with ease and effectively. Make up a song, funny sentence, name or humorous story that you can attach a difficult word to. You will notice it will be exceedingly easier to remember words, and it’ll make your learning process a cinch.
3. Learn the common words in the new language you are learning
Every language has a list of most important or common words used every time in almost every sentence. Identifying such words can be a great time saver and also save you from unnecessary headaches.
All languages have countless words in their vocabulary. You can spend ages learning each one of those words. But luckily, you don’t need to learn all the words in a language to know how to speak it. In fact, all you need is less than 5% of the total number of words in a language to speak it fluently. Take for example the English language. There are over a million words in the English vocabulary, but the top 300 words make up about 65% of English texts, and the top 1000 take 90%.
4. Using electronic flashcards would speed up the learning process of the language
One of the quickest ways to learn any language is by using the most effective techniques. Electronic flashcards are a good recommendation for learning any language. Flashcards help you retain more information by memorizing. You can focus on words one at a time and test your memory retention capacity.
Paper flashcards work just well, but using electronic flashcards gives a number of benefits. With electric flashcards, you can have a large stack on your device and take with you wherever you go. You can also make use of flashcards made by others. You can learn faster by using flashcards programs which can be used wherever you are as it would be on your device.
5. Communicate with the new language daily
One of the most efficient and effective ways to learn any language fast is by communicating with it daily. Sadly, this is also one of the reasons why many people get discouraged to learn a new language. They feel there will be no one around to talk to, so why learn it when you might end up forgetting how to commune with it? But that shouldn’t be a source of discouragement. You can be an expert in a language without living in the county where it was a native language.
All you need is to be immersed in the language. You can get immersed virtually by watching foreign videos, or reading books in the foreign language.
6. Enjoy the learning process
It is very easy to get carried away and take our learning process too seriously. Doing so will leave you mentally stressed and make it more difficult to learn. Enjoy the process of learning. We learn better when we are having fun.
You can attach your learning process to a hobby you like. Learn words related to your hobby and watch videos about your hobby in the language you are learning. You can also play games that help you learn. There are many smartphone games online for different languages. Doing so helps you relax and ensures that you have a better learning experience.
7. Practice the language you are learning with speakers of the language
Try to meet people who speak the language you are learning and interact with them. With social media, you can meet people from all over the world. Make friends with people who are natives speakers of the language you are learning, and learn their culture as well. These conversations help make learning fun and fulfilling, and you could even make a long-lasting relationship in the process.
Learning a new language doesn’t have to be as difficult and time-consuming as people might think. It can be a very quick and fun experience if you follow the tips mentioned above. Remember to have fun when you are at it, and you will be surprised how fast you would pick up the language of your choice.