One of the talents or skills that you can attain through learning, practice, and training is being multilingual.
We have collected for you good tips on how to learn a new language on your own and ways you can do it, of which you can choose the most efficient and comfortable one for you to learn a new language considering that they can all work together when applied.
The learning tips are useful if you are learning a language that uses the English alphabet because Chinese or Russian would require you to first learn how different letters are written and pronounced.
The learning comes in three bits, being able to read but not write or speak, then speak but not able to write or read, then being able to write but not speak or read.
So you need to figure which is most important but speaking makes it a lot easier to learn how to write and read what you are saying
So these are the best ways to learn a new language by yourself fast;
1. Learn the few useful words you will use every day.
Words like I want food (“Quiero comida” in Spanish), goodnight or good morning(Buenos Dias in Spanish), I love you. It’s from those everyday sentences that will help you build on a certain language.
Deciding to choose one word per day will be slower than learning a single useful sentence until you internalize it. Using the example above you would be able to make a quick conversation, like (“Buenos Dias. Quiero comida” translating to” good morning I want food”).
2. Watching movies in the language you want to learn.
Well watching a movie with subtitles will help you learn the same way a child learns a language without being told which words are verbs or nouns but by how someone speaks to them in relation to the actions they do.
So if you hear someone says something on tv and you read it in subtitles like the word “courir ”, and then the actor on TV runs will most likely mean run to you
3. Making friends who speak the language you are learning.
Well if you want to learn Spanish. Getting Spanish speaking friends will help you learn because every time they speak something that you don’t understand you will ask them what what they said means in that way you will keep learning by adding on the little vocabulary you know
4. Learn words that are relative to your mother tongue or language you know when translated
There are words that can easily be translated to your mother tongue even though they might be written differently or pronounced differently take for instance information in English stays information in French but pronounced differently.
5. Changing the language on your phone.
Seriously this helped with my French. I already knew where what I wanted was on my phone and if I wanted to send a text message I could see the image of the envelope and the word that relates to the message so I definitely learned what that was in French.
Even your internet browser will be changed to the foreign language which will also influence your learning speed when you try to type something in the language you are learning and Google will also help you by correcting or suggesting the right words
6. Listening to the radio.
This works best when you know a few words in the language that you are willing to learn and if you have no friends to speak with anyway.
It will also help you to be able to listen to someone using the language accent and you will be able to understand what is said in the long run because if someone is fluent and fast you will always lag behind asking for pardon but regular listening will help you cope up with understanding what is being said when a word is pronounced
7. Never stop asking.
Every time you are going to say something always ask someone how do you say this in German. It sticks in your head. And after learning it, use it. Like good morning in German is Guten morgen. Sounds as you pronounce it
8. Give grammar a break.
In the logical problem of language, it’s hard to logically understand how a baby learns its mother tongue, learns the past tense, joining sentences or nouns and verbs without being told which is which but as they grow up they become fluent in speaking without ever being taught in school but an adult will find it hard even after being taught in school.
You can learn just like a child learns a sentence or word without considering the grammar but what means is.
9. If you are not making mistakes you not learning.
This is one of the cores of learning anything. If you honestly learn something fast without making mistakes you either good or a natural at it or you are actually not learning even though you may not notice it. Mistakes provide a way of learning by you avoiding to make the mistake again
10. Learn the places, foods, and names.
Most places and foods are pronounced in the accent of the language let alone having meanings in them. Up to now some English speakers pronounce Paris just as it appears but not as its pounced by the French. This will be useful in being fluent in a language if you can even pronounce the words right thus write them right too
12. Say as you do and do as you say.
Say something at the right time in relation to the action. It will be hard to learn a language if you say I am going to eat while going to bathe.
You won’t be doing your self any favors, it will be easier to learn as you do (for example voy a comer in Spanish) if you going to eat and you will learn it because your words are matching your actions and you can repeat it endlessly
13. Enjoy the learning.
Some people enjoy how the way words are pronounced and this fuels their learning, some people claim French sounds romantic and they love to pronounce English words with a French accent to make them sound romantic. This way helps you learn the right way of pronouncing words if you find it fun and not a chore or a punishment. it will be hard to learn a language on your own if you even hate it
14. Don’t be hard on yourself.
You never know how good you are until being good is the only option left. So you may feel you are not making progress until you are in a situation where you need to speak a foreign and you would be surprised how good you have become and how much you know.
15. Reading in the language you learning.
Blogs on the internet or books are helpful here but this works best when you know something in the language and it will help you get better, otherwise if you are completely new to a language and you decide to read you will spend 99% of your time in the dictionary trying to find out the meaning of every word.
16. Listening to music.
What’s easier than this? Right now I know despacito means slowly or macarena means blessed or a name but when you are learning a new language listening to songs will help with your pronunciation most and later you will learn what the words you are singing mean.
And once you get to know what the words mean, when the song is playing in your head you will be automatically translating to your mother tongue which will help make your learning faster
17. Sometimes you can’t pronounce the words.
Yes you can get tongue-tied much as you can understand something and you know how to pronounce them in your head but somehow words disappear from your mouth and you get tongue tied but that’s okay as long as you don’t give up to learning
18. The environment you are in affects your learning.
Traveling to German will greatly influence your learning Germany or being in a German speaking environment will also have a great effect on your learning in all aspects. You get the accents, the new words and also ask questions when possible.
19. Learn one language and discover your learning style.
If there was a fixed guaranteed way of learning a new language, then it’s what everyone would use, that’s why am giving you a variety of options to choose which one suits you best, if you are able to learn a second language it would be great to use the trick or process that used to learn it to learn the third language thus you will be able to go and learn more languages easily
20. Get a language learning app, join a language exchange website or take a course.
This is the last one because here you will be taught more than teaching yourself. There are a couple of apps and websites dedicated to teaching a new language so you just have to look for one that suits you.
More if you take a course, you will be helped with language questions, using an app or a community would be helpful too besides there some words that exist in one language and cannot be translated in the other while also their words that are written the same but have different meanings basing on the situation or condition where they are used.
That rounds our tips to learning a new language. We would also love to hear from you how you got to learn a new language on your own and the techniques you used in learning.