How to learn a foreign language
Submitted by alina on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:01
Set the goal
Firstly, you should give an answer to yourself, for what reason do you want to study a foreign language. For example, you need to know English to obtain a job in the United Kingdom, or Spanish to go on trip to Spain. Precise and clear goals will help you learning your lessons with the necessary vocabulary suited to your objectives.
Schedule your day
Then, you may create your personal schedule and time restrictions. For example, learning one hundred new words each week or achieving the B1 level in two months. If you choose the most convenient methods of learning according to your physical capacities, it can make the process of studying more effective. For example, if you are ‘an early bird’, it will be better to start a new lesson in the morning. In this case, you will be able to memorise the new information more easily. If you work till very late in the evening, it will be more advantageous to study at home than spending time going to the teacher and taking language courses.
Study regulary and revise what you have learned already
Regular and frequent lessons will help you to progress quickly in the study of a foreign language. It may be a schedule of 4 hours per day: 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. Besides, you should revise lessons you have already learnt. For an efficient learning of vocabulary, you may memorise entire word-combinations or small phrases. It will help you to keep in memory parts of phrases ready to use while speaking at once. During the working day, it will be great to create an atmosphere of the foreign language. For example, while cooking in the kitchen, you may listen to the radio or watch TV in German, English, Spanish or any another language you want to study. In such a way, you will ameliorate your oral comprehension.
To upgrade your level of writing, you should write as much as possible. For this purpose, it will be useful to use online dictations. On websites, it is possible to choose text according to your level and to correct mistakes at once. Such dictations are often read by native speakers, and they may help you with oral comprehension.
Speak a foreign language as often as you can
The key to fluent speaking lies in CONVERSATION. Conversations on any themes with people of any age will help you to develop yours speaking skills. Don’t hesitate to start having a conversation with native speakers. It will help you to hear and to repeat the correct intonation, pronunciation and to learn easily a spoken language and some interesting idioms. If you live far from the country, the language of which you are studying, you may use Internet and social networks to search for new friends from that country. Studying in groups of 2-3 persons facilitate the developing of oral communication skills. If you want to improve your grammar, individual lessons and a lot of practical exercises will help you the best.
The most important is to be courageous and believe in yourself. If you have a clear goal, you will achieve your success in the study of the foreign language. Good luck!
(The original text was written in French)