Free Tips to Learning a New Language
Step One: Choose your new language well. Learn to love your new language. The best is to take up a language that is close to your heart. Why? When learning a new language you might end up thinking in a new language. Do not choose a language you are not truly interested in. Learning a new language requires time, patience a lots of practice. Respect your teachers. Respect the language and culture and respect the process.
Step Two: There are no shortcuts. There is a quick way to learn basic speaking. Travel to the native country of your new language. You will soon find yourself learning basic language to survive. Ordering a meal in French, in Italian, in English or even in Chinese, is much easier if you are truly hungry on the streets of the country.
Step three: Surround yourself with the new language. If you want to learn a new language taking a, one-hour course, once a week, will hardly do the trick. Immerse yourself in the new language. Read books, magazines and online news. Rent or buy DVDs in your new language. Watch the movies without subtitles. Watch the entire movies, even if you do not understand a single word.
Step four: If you are an adult and you want to learn a new language, forget about the “only babies can learn a new language” theory. It is absolutely nonsense. The power of complete dedication is enough. Don’t be discouraged.
Step Five: Read. When reading, do not stop if you do not understand a sentence. Read the next sentence and try to understand the concept. Feel the language. The person who wrote the text is trying to get a message across. It is not important that you understand all the words. At first, it is important that you understand the message.
Read known authors to get into the beat and tone of the language. Listen to the language to get into the “music” of the language. You may think you are not making progress but actually you are. Learning is like farming - plant the seeds, be patience and wait for the fruits to grow.
Step Six: Never use online automatic translators. Don’t be distracted. Read about the culture of the language. Read news on the language and understand its history. A test for literacy used around the world is to test the reader on his ability to relate concepts. This test is often done reading newspapers. Literacy tests are now evolving into symbol interpretation.
Step Seven: Write. Write all you can in your new language. Write sentences. Then paragraphs. Try writing a short story or an article. Try writing a poem. Try different styles. If you have a question, ask your teacher. If you have no teacher, ask a friend. Try having a dialogue in your new language. Make it a useful dialogue. For example, try buying groceries.
A dialogue to buy food involves everything. From hellos, to small talk, respectful ordering, number counting, money counting, and even essential names of food.
Step Eight: Join online forums, chatrooms, and go to local conferences. By listening, reading and observing how people communicate, you will learn a lot. You can also ask questions, or ask for explanations. Some people may laugh at you. Others may discourage you. Many people feel that a person learning their language is out of place. Ignore people who are not positive to your learning path.
Step Nine: Dictionary. Some say a dictionary is useful. In reality a dictionary is not very useful at first. Once again a sentence will have a meaning, a message. There is no point in reading a book and checking a dictionary 50,000 times. Words have a lot of different meanings. The meaning will be given by the sentence, or paragraph. However, dictionaries are good for one thing, visualization.
Step Ten: Visualization. It is important that you learn words as images. The word glass has a meaning to it. What is the point of repeating a word if you do not know what it means. The meaning of a word is like the water that fills the glass. Use images and project every word in your mind as an image or action. If you read “Apples and Oranges”, see them in your mind. Visualizations will also help you understand the meaning of a word you do not know.
Step Eleven: Music. Listen to music in the language you want to learn. Listen to the music with friends or with headphones. Try to sing along. Listening to music will help give you a new inner voice. This new inner voice will have rhythm, style and will be able to improvise. Mix it up, have fun and don’t be afraid of making mistakes.