There are many reasons for learning a foreign language, from working in other country to discovering your roots, via travel, romance, secret communication and intellectual curiosity. However, dedication and time are required for learning foreign languages.
The traditional way to learn a language is to pay for class, but if the class is not your option then you can begin an independent study. Contemporary resources make foreign language learning affordable and accessible to all. But, there are few important points that you should for learning a foreign language.
- First important point is to set a reasonable goal for learning a language i.e. your goal would be to learn a language in the span of four months. Making a concrete plan is the first step in turning the dream of learning languages into reality.
- Once you have set up your personalized goal, schedule the study sessions; keep a regular time and day of the week.
- After scheduling, your first priority should be listening to your new language as much as possible. You can watch daily soap for at least 10 minutes in your preferred language. Repeat this task till you get some hold on the language, since learning by repetition and not hesitating to repeat after speaker will help your long-term memory.
- Your next priority after listening should be to get to the reading and writing. Buy a book from the book store; there is a wealth of materials available. After that, your next step should be –
- Learn Pronunciation – It does not matter so much if you just want to read or/and write the language, but if you want to speak well, then you must pay attention to the pronunciation regularly. Read and internalize the rules for pronunciation. It is one of the most important factors of learning languages.
- Learn Vocabulary – Building a vocabulary can take several years. However, learning words in context from spoken and written material is perhaps the most effectual way to do this. You can also try to learn certain number of words every day.
- Learn Grammar – Learning grammar of languages will help you in constructing your own sentences and phrases. But always remember that learning all the grammatical terminology is not important, as long as you are able to apply to relevant changes when necessary.
- Learn alphabets and characters – If the language that you are learning is written with a different alphabet or other type of writing system, then learning alphabets and characters is well worth the effort.
- Finally, try to get a real interest in the culture and the language. If you like the feeling the language gives you, then you will be more motivated to learn it. Just remember this important points –
- Do not ask about ‘why’s’, as you learn more things become obvious by themselves.
- Combine activities like reading and writing, reading and listening or reading and speaking.
- Don’t be afraid if you make mistakes, but try to learn from your mistakes.