When you’re learning a language, it’s important to stay motivated and keep putting in the work in order to see results. Here are some tips to help avoid overwhelm and stay motivated.
Study the basic grammar. It’s important to understand the basic grammar to speak a language properly. You cannot avoid it, and if you know your native grammar you will better understand a foreign one, too. Do not believe to those scammers around the web who say learning a language in 3 months is possible. There could be many significant differences between your native language’s grammar and another language’s grammar. For example:
- The word order (subject – verb – object complement in English) is not the same in every language.
- It is quite common, in some languages, to omit the subject of a sentence when the person to whom it refers is known to both the sender and the recipient. The subject of a sentence can be understood from the context or found in a previous sentence.
Don’t stress about pronunciation. Pronunciation is very different from language to language and it takes a long time to be able to pronounce words correctly. You should not focus on it in your first year of learning the language. Do not rush.
Learn the alphabet. One common mistake among students is skipping learning a foreign alphabet. Beginners will have to learn the correct pronunciation of the alphabet from scratch; otherwise they will have problem later.
Find a native speaker to practice with. One of the best ways to improve your skills in the new language is to practice speaking with a native speaker. He / she can correct any grammatical or pronunciation mistakes, and you’ll get acquainted with more informal or colloquial conversation forms that are not usually mentioned in books. One way to find language speaking partners is to post an ad in your local newspaper or on some websites.
Watch movies and cartoons. Get some DVDs (with subtitles) or watch cartoons online. It is an easy and fun way to have an idea of the sound and structure of that language. If you feel particularly active, try to pause the video after a simple sentence and repeat it. If you do not find movies for sale in that language, try renting them from libraries. They usually have foreign language movie sections.
Listen to music and the radio. Listening to music or the radio is another way to immerse yourself in the language. Even if you cannot understand everything, you can try to grab the keywords, which will help you understand the meaning of what is being said.
Hire a language teacher to help you level up. Our LiveLingua teachers hold Master Degrees and/or PhD and they are professional and friendly. They are real language experts. If you feel uncomfortable taking a language course, bring a friend with you. It will be more fun and you will also have someone to practice with between lessons!
Do not give up! If you are serious about learning a language, persevere. Learning a new language takes time and practice, it does not happen from day to night. You’ll feel so accomplished when you’re able to hold a conversation with ease that the struggles of studying will be worth it.