Helpful tips when learning a second language
July 12, 2017
Learning a second language can be extremely rewarding. It can open up a whole new world of possibilities relating to travel, education and career opportunities.
If you’re currently learning a new language, here are some helpful tips that will help you improve.
Immerse yourself in the language
The best way to learn a language is to surround yourself with it. Ideally, being in the country where the language is spoken is the best option. Constantly hearing the language will mean you can’t help but pick up new words. Having conversations with native speakers is also a great way to improve your language skills. As is reading newspapers and books.
Learning a new language in this day and age means there are so many more tools at your disposal. You’re not just limited to a teacher, a textbook and a classroom. The internet is a wealth of information for those learning a second language – so use it! There’s even a Google Chrome extension that can translate part of your web page for you. You’ll find numerous websites, apps and tools online that can help you improve your language skills.
Read as much as you can
Read anything you can get your hands on. Whether you choose fiction or nonfiction books, newspapers or websites, reading will improve your language skills immensely. The more you read, the more you’ll improve, just like when you learnt your native language. It’s because reading exposes you to words and phrases that you might not learn in a classroom or that come up in conversation.
Practice, practice, practice
It may seem obvious but if you don’t practice, you won’t progress. If you’re taking a class, go over what you leant that day at home. Simply going to class isn’t enough. Revise as much as you can and practice speaking the words. Repetition is the key to success with a second language. Practice reading, writing and speaking regularly and you’ll soon see an improvement.
Talk to yourself
If you can’t find anyone to practice having a conversation with, talk to yourself! Make up conversations in your head and practice what you would say. You’ll be ready for the real thing in no time. It’s also a good idea to talk aloud to yourself to get your pronunciation right. Why not record yourself speaking around the house?
Watch TV and films
Learning a second language should be fun and what’s more fun than watching TV shows and films? At first, why not try with subtitles to ensure you don’t miss any of the words? As your confidence grows and you watch more things, you can turn the subtitles off. Don’t worry if you don’t understand every single word, you’ll get better and better.