When learning a new language motivation plays an essential role. Motivation can come from the necessity of expressing yourself when in a different country or from the pleasure of engaging in a conversation with somebody in a language different from your native one.
2. Learn the 100 most common words
If you make a point of learning at least 100 words you’ll be surprised by how many conversations you will be able not only to follow but also to engage in. Studies have shown that the most common 100 words in any language account for 50% of all spoken communication. The most common 1,000 words account for 80% of all spoken communication. The most common 3,000 words account for 99% of communication.
3. Use a language course to start with grammar and basics
Attending a language course could give you the extra motivation you are lacking to start making progress with a language. It is very useful to join a course if you are at a beginner level because it will help you move to the next level more quickly.
4. Find a way to make it fun!
Try and be creative when learning a new language. Get your friends involved, make it relevant to your life and interests.
5. Watch movies in English and then discuss about them with friends
Watching movies it’s always good when learning a new language as it helps improve your listening skills. To add a little touch to it you could start a debate with your friends analysing the plot of the movie, talking about the scenes you liked the most and why you liked them.
6. Write stories with words you’re trying to memorise
This task could actually go hand in hand with the previous one as while debating about a movie you could try and write down all the words you don’t understand or would like to remember and use them to make up a story. This is a great way to memorise new words and practise your creative writing skills!
7. Intensity of studying
When learning a new language intensity of study is better than frequency. Try and dedicate 3/4 hours in a row couple of times per week as opposed to one hour per day daily. Repetition is crucial to memorise words and the structure of sentences and your brain needs time to absorb new information.
8. Date somebody who speaks the language you want to learn or find a language buddy!
Rumour has it that the best way to learn a language is to date somebody who speaks it! It just gives you the extra motivation you need to become fluent and… let’s be honest, people who love you are more likely to be patient with you and tolerate your mistakes! Jokes aside, try and meet people whom you can practise the language with. Check whether there are Meet up groups for foreigners in your area, join a club attended by English speakers, find any possible way to meet foreigners and engage in conversation with them!
9. Repetition is the Key!
We already mention it…but hey this is all about repetition, right?! The more you practise and repeat words, sentences and the like the more fluent you will become!
10. Never give up!
Stick to your goal and you’ll see that you’ll get there. Quitting is not an option!