Did you know that 43% of people in the world speak two languages? Fewer people (40% of the world’s population) only speak one language.
This is one of those times when following the crowd is actually a good thing.
Are you ready to join the majority? Here are a few tips you can use for learning any language.
1. Find Your Motivation
Learning a language takes a lot of work.
You have to immerse yourself in the language in order to grasp it quickly. It’s actually far better to spend a couple of weeks intensely studying than an hour a day for several months.
However, you won’t be able to be intense about it if you don’t have a strong motivation. Do you want to be able to travel through the country that speaks your target language? Plan a trip as a reward and put up a photo where you’ll see it every day as a reminder.
Or maybe you want to be able to delve into a new culture and learn from the natives in their own language. Perhaps something as simple as an inspirational quote about wordsis enough to fuel your passion.
Whatever your motivation is, find it and find a way to always keep it in front of you.
2. Embrace Feeling Stupid
This might sound like a strange tip for learning a language, but hear us out. As a language learner, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes. You’ll say things wrong, and sometimes use words that don’t mean what you think they mean.
You may feel silly or downright stupid when you get it wrong. But don’t worry, you’re your biggest critic. No one else thinks you’re stupid. You’re actually brilliant for even making the effort.
3. Learn How to Learn
Learning how to learn is a whole art form in itself. The field is so intense that you can even study it at the Master’s level. For instance, a Master of Education, Learning, Cognition, and Development from Rutgers Online (RU MELCD).
As far as learning a new language goes, figure out how you learn best and use those techniques in your study. Are you more visual? Pictures associated with words may work better for you. Is music your forte? Try listening to songs in your target language.
4. Immerse Yourself
Going to a place where the people speak your target language is the best way to immerse yourself in a language.
But what if you can’t do that?
You can still find ways to immerse yourself at home. Watch movies or listen to music in your target language. You can even just have that going on in the background as you go about your day.
As you improve, read books or the news in your target language. Get creative and you can immerse yourself in a new language from the comfort of your own home.
Learning Any Language Is Possible
With dedication and hard work, learning any language is possible. Set yourself up for success with realistic expectations and these tips that we’ve outlined here.
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