Hello, Marhaba, Olah, Tips for Learning a New Language

Dafeenah By Dafeenah, 8th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/19pw3u_r/
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How you can quickly become fluent in a new language

Practice, Practice, Practice

Regardless if you're learning a new language or just joined the soccer team, practice is essential to improving your skill. Without practice, you will never improve. It doesn't matter what language you're trying to learn, practice is the key to becoming fluent.

Don't Be Afraid

Don't be afraid of looking or sounding foolish. You WILL pronounce things incorrectly. This is just part of the learning process. You also must accept that there may be some words you will never pronounce properly. It won't matter how much you try these words just won't come out of your mouth the same as they do a native speaker's, and that's ok. Just do your best. People usually appreciate the "attempt" more than the "result".

Surround Yourself

Surround yourself with the language. Be around people who speak it. Make them speak to you only in that language. Reply back to them in the language you're trying to learn. Listen to music in that language. Watch movies in that language. Surround yourself with it. This will help you to become more familiar with the sounds and patterns of the language. It is much easier to learn by submersion than simple memorization. Although memorization is also part of the process.

Memorizing

Set yourself a goal of new words to learn for each week. At the end of the week, if you have learned all of them easily, then increase the goal for the next week. If you easily learned 5 new words, then the next week make it 7 instead of 5. If you had difficulty memorizing all of the words easily, then subtract 1 or 2 words from the list. Don't move on to new words until you have mastered your current list. Continue doing this week after week. This will help you to build your vocabulary in the new language.

Start Simple

Don't try to learn words you will never use. Start with simple words that you use every single day. Learn the names of household items like desk, TV, chair, wall, door etc. By starting with these simple everyday phrases, you will quickly pick up the flow of the language and will have a strong foundation to build upon. Once you have built your foundation, then move onto more complex words.

It's Up to You

In the end, it's really up to you. If you do the things I have listed above, I can guarantee you will easily learn your new language, but if you try to by studying a book one or two days a month, then you never will.

By doing the things above, I have been able to learn 2 languages, Arabic and Urdu. While I used books to help me get the basics of grammar down, the actual speaking came simply from listening to the people around me. I started being able to pick out certain phrases or words. I would ask what they meant and slowly over time I was able to pick up the language without once ever stepping foot inside a class room.

If I can do it, then I have no doubt you can to.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Mar 2011 (#)

My wife is a certified French and Spanish teacher (Retired Now) and she told me to tell you that you are right on the money with this article.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
9th Mar 2011 (#)

Good advices to follow.

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author avatar Dafeenah
9th Mar 2011 (#)

Tell her thank you from me, Jerry. I moved overseas and the only language I knew was English. After being here for almost 7 yrs, I have picked up the languages and the above is how.

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author avatar Shaun Jarmen
9th Mar 2011 (#)

Hi Dafeenah, informative article.Good for me as i am taking up a new language.On the money!

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2011 (#)

Great advice, and well written. Thanks for a great share Dafeenah...

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author avatar Val Mills
9th Mar 2011 (#)

What a great article! Watching children at school it does seem immersing yourself in the language is a powerful way. I enjoyed reading this.

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author avatar Artur Victoria
9th Mar 2011 (#)

Great article. Thanks for sharing

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