Learn a New Language Efficiently
Learn a new language
If you want to learn a new language, there is only one way: Start with it.
It doesn’t matter if you just learn 2 words a day, or if you do one chapter in your exercise book. The most important thing is to start. Do not tell yourself that you’ll start tomorrow because you are too busy today. Wrong. You only need 5 minutes before bed to learn 2 new vocabulary words. Easy, isn’t it? Compare it to picking up a new sport. You won’t be able to run 10km as a beginner. Instead, you start slowly, maybe 1km today, 1km tomorrow, and so on.
This is how progress works. You set your goal and you begin. “I want to learn 14 new words this week.” Does that sound like a lot? Maybe, but it’s actually just 2 words a day. The key to success is not learning as much as you can in as short a time as possible, but in actually starting. Once you get into a routine of studying vocabulary every evening, it will be easier for you to learn more and more in the future. Just try it!
Stay motivated when you want to learn a new language
The most difficult part of learning languages is staying motivated. Sometimes you just want to relax when you get home after a busy day at work. You don’t want to spend time learning new vocabulary. You would rather watch TV.
Stop. You need to set yourself a goal. If you want to learn a new language, it should not be for the vague reason that “you love languages”. Instead, set a tangible goal, such as visiting a specific country. Assume you will visit Spain this fall. This would be a great goal to help you stay motivated! Just tell yourself how awesome it would be to be able to speak in Spanish with Spanish native speakers. You won’t have to worry if they understand you because you are well prepared and will learn much more once you speak to them.
Learn a new language in a group
Learning in a group can be very beneficial, since it is always much more fun to do something in a group. Instead of learning a language by yourself, try to find groups on Facebook who are also interested in learning new languages. You can find people from your city, meet at a nice café and talk about grammar, vocabulary, and the culture of that language. You can also learn via group chats. Plus, you’ll meet new people and make new friends who share the same interests as you.
Learn a new language and use it every day
Learning in a group also gives you the opportunity to use your language every day, which is a very important part of learning a new language. Try to use the language as much as you can. When you wake up in the morning and brush your teeth, just remind yourself of the Spanish words for “toothbrush” or “mirror”,. You could even say to yourself in Spanish, “I’d like some coffee.”
Try to start with words that you would use in conversation with your friends and family. It isn’t necessary to learn all the different names for animals in Spanish. Try to focus on the words that you really need in daily life in order to communicate with people. Don’t learn vocabulary randomly. Try to have them organized and think about different situations where you would use them.
Learning idioms is a good way to learn a new language. You will automatically have a picture in your mind that can help you memorize different phrases and words. “Tomber dans les pommes” means “to faint or to pass out”. If you translate the French idiom literally into English, it would mean: “to fall in the apples”. This way, you not only learn new words (“pommes” = “apples”) but you can also memorize them more easily since you can imagine someone fainting and falling in the apples. Jokes have the same effect as idioms.
Learn a new language – you’ll just need 10 minutes a day
Instead of learning 2 words a day, you could also set a time of 10 minutes a day and try to learn as much as you can within those minutes. You will think: “Okay, I just have 10 minutes; I’d better make the most of it.” It will challenge you and you will feel better day by day!
All of the suggestions that we made here can also be transferred to other parts of life such a sports, eating well, learning an instrument and so on. The key is simple to start. No matter what age, no matter where you come from, no matter how busy you are: just start. Practise the new language day by day, so you get used to it and you will see results within a few weeks!
And don’t forget: Repetition is the key to success!
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