Explore your opportunities - Learn a language. Here are our 5 tips to help you...
If you are reading this it means that you have already registered for a part-time language course or looking at the options that are out there waiting for you which is the first step. A part-time course format offers learners the opportunity to study in shorter blocks meaning language ability can be progressed with a flexible schedule.
Teaching yourself a new tongue is an extremely useful skill, it can increase your mental health and general intelligence, not to mention make holidaying less stressful. Here's how to go about the task in a few simple tips. Bonne chance!
1. TAKE A PROACTIVE ROLE IN YOUR LEARNING
Be a sponge, it’s on you to ensure you are actively using and developing the skills you learn. Try to absorb as much knowledge as possible while ensuring you record all of your questions and ideas for future review. We must be proactive in order to sustain any level of learning.
2. STAY MOTIVATED
The reasons for learning a language are varied and often personal. Remember your reason. Use it to motivate you to keep going, keep learning and keep improving.
3. VISIT THE COUNTRY OR MIX WITH NATIVE SPEAKERS AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE
But clearly one of the more beneficial methods of learning a new language quickly is to immerse yourself in the culture. This works better if you already have some rudimentary knowledge of the language. But, by changing your environment, and actually studying intensively in a country or region where the target language is spoken, you will encounter the words and phrases in very natural situations - which will be very helpful. Alternatively, find a conversation group on the target language in your place of residence, most meet up conversation groups are free.
4. SCHEDULE SOME TIME FOR YOUR STUDY
It is very important to have a time and a place to create a routine. By making studying your target language part of your daily routine, finding a time in the day that suits you and sticking to it, you will give yourself the best chance of learning quickly and effectively. It is a simple and effective suggestion to put post-it notes around your house with new vocabulary on them, or finding out what your learning style is - audio, visual... - and incorporating elements of that into your learning process.
5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES OR ASK FOR HELP
Finally, the most important thing to get right is your attitude. Don't be afraid to make mistakes - they're often the best way to learn. Don't set unrealistic goals, and, overall, just have fun with the language and enjoy learning it. By assimilating the language through mini tests, quizzes, puzzles or games, you'll challenge yourself, have fun and be fluent before you know it. At The Language House you'll be taught by experienced language specialists, whom are native language speakers, so that you can benefit from an authentic language experience and ask as many questions as you need.
Give yourself the opportunity to learn a new language or improve your existing foreign language skills!
5 LANGUAGE LEARNING SITES TO KNOW ABOUT:
busuu: Chat with one of the 60 million native speakers in the site's community to enhance language skills in French, Spanish, Italian and more. www.busuu.com
Linguist Heaven: A free website for intermediate and advanced speakers that focuses on the culture of each language, providing content on the likes of music, film, sport and food. www.linguistheaven.com
Anki: This flashcard-based learning site went live in 2006, and displays words and phrases for users to memorise. ankisrs.net
Foreign Services Institute: Designed by professional linguists for the U.S. government, FSI offers audio and text resources in more than 45 languages. fsi-languages.yojik.eu
Babbel: Completing phrases is key to using Babbel, which measures users' progress through goals and benchmarks. uk.babbel.com