language learning at home

With many families spending more time at home because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, now is a great time to try to pick up a new language. The wealth of available resources means that you do not even need to leave the house to make this happen. Here are five ways that you can incorporate language learning at home.

Design a Strategy

When it comes to learning a new language, you need to have a plan. You cannot expect to progress in your language learning goals if you do not have a strategy to achieve your goals. Depending on the age of the learner, this strategy will present itself in different ways.

Your specific goals will also dictate your strategy. Preparing kids to become bilingual is a different goal than simply wanting to learn some basic skills prior to a trip. Having a timeline in mind will also guide your strategy so that you can set achievable yet challenging goals.

Hire a Tutor

Another good option to consider if you are looking to receive individualized instruction is to hire a tutor. This is an ideal option if you want to receive instruction on a set schedule that is tailored specifically to your needs and skill level.

Use Worksheets

One of the most affordable ways to learn a new language at home is to lean on the many online worksheet options. Letter A worksheets make it easy to teach your kids new languages as well. There are plenty of online resources to help both you and your kids learn a new language together at home. 

This is also a good choice if you want to learn the language at your own pace. The wide variety of available worksheets allow you to work on exercises that match your skill level, regardless of if you are just beginning in this endeavor or if you already have an extensive background in the language.

Look for Opportunities for Immersion

The best way that you can learn a new language is to look for opportunities to immerse yourself in the words as much as possible. While this may be challenging if you are sticking close to home, you can still find ways to immerse yourself in the language that you are learning at your own pace.

Watching television programs, listening to music, and exploring other types of media in the language are all good ways that you can immerse yourself and get more out of this experience. Not only will you be able to work on your comprehension of the vocabulary, but immersing yourself this way will also give you more insight into the culture and people that speak the language.

Make Time for Review

You would remiss if you do not take the time to regularly review the new material that you learn. While it is understandably more exciting to learn new words, it is vital that you make the effort to review what you have learned in the past.

Consistent review will commit the language to memory. You do not want to waste all of this time learning new material only to forget it a few months down the road.

Learning a language is a great way to expand your worldview while picking up a valuable new skill at the same time. These five tips will help you to do all of this at home.


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