Beginners guide to learning languages

Learning a language can seem like a daunting task, but put in enough hard work and the rewards speak for themselves. Learning languages is incredibly useful, whether it’s for travelling or trying to understand a country better; it’s a skill that everyone should invest some time into. Everyone has different techniques and learns at different speeds; this short guide highlights the basic principles for learning a language and some top tips on your way to fluency.

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Be realistic

Setting yourself manageable goals is incredibly important in learning a language; nothing is more disheartening than expecting to be fluent after a month and discovering that isn’t going to happen fast. If it’s your first time, aim to just master the basic greetings, questions and replies you might need abroad and build from there.

Figure out your learning style

As mentioned previously everyone learns in different ways. The important thing for you is to understand how you learn best. Is it watching films, reading books or just learning the vocab slowly? Figure out what works for you and stick to it.

Keep up the grammar

However annoying and tricky grammar can be it forms the fundamental building blocks to be able to communicate in another language. Practice and repeat, learn verbs well and always check.

Be confident with speaking

Learning to read and write is crucial, but speaking a language can be fairly disconcerting. The best way to develop your speaking is to practice and practice with a native speaker. Don’t be shy to try your skills at every opportunity. Going to the country is clearly the best way to improve.

Read


Reading, in my opinion, is the best way to grasp a language and a country’s culture. Books and newspaper articles are a great way to practice the language while understanding something more; an interest in the subject you’re reading about will prompt you to explore more. Reading for pleasure can expose you to all kinds of different vocabulary that you might not otherwise stumble upon.

 

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