It is never too late to learn, and even though you may have left school years ago, learning a language is now easier than ever, and you don’t even have to go to classes. Learning a language is fun and rewarding, and is a great asset to add to your resume. If you are thinking about taking up a new language, either as a professional endeavor or just as a hobby, here is the best way to learn a new language.
1. Invest In Some Professional Software
Phrase books are okay for a short stay in a foreign land, but to learn a language properly you need to invest in a proper program. New technology means you don’t even have to go to classes, instead you can get one-on-one tutoring at home. Computer software facilitates rapid learning through interactive quizzes, games and tests. The popular Rosetta Stone held the crown for some time, but in recent times Rocket Languages courses have wooed language students with their modernized software that comprises extensive cultural learning and situational conversation. The audio provided is also compatible with iPod, iPad, MP3 players and other digital software.
2. Allocate A Specific Time For Learning Each Day
Learning a language takes dedication, and if you have a busy schedule it will just become one of those things you never quite get around to doing. So many people invest in the software, get all excited one weekend putting in lots of time learning, and then never find the time again. Don’t make learning a language like your unused gym membership, pencil time into your diary every day for a minimum of 30 minutes learning.
3. Listen On The Go (Subconscious Training)
Put lessons on you iPod or whatever device you use on the go. Study in the car, the gym, the train and anywhere and any time you are alone. Even if you are doing something that is distracting you from listening, you will be surprised at the volume of information your subconscious retains without you even realizing it.
4. Give Yourself A Fair Chance
The older you are the harder it is to get to grips with a new language; your brain won’t be the sponge it was at school. But never mind, you can and will get there in the end. Don’t go expecting miracle results – although the better your language software the more of an advantage you will have – be kind to yourself, don’t get agitated or stressed, just enjoy the learning process and make it fun. Sooner or later the language will start to stick and you will be rewarded for your efforts.
5. Set Achievable And Measurable Targets
Even if you only set yourself a target of learning two words per day, that’s 730 words in a year, enough to get you by in any language. Setting goals is an extremely important part of the learning process, so track your progress and set yourself achievable and measurable goals.
6. Find A Native Mentor
No matter how good your language software is, there is nothing like having a native speaker to practice with and learn difficult tones and phrases from. If you don’t know anyone who speaks the language you are learning, seek out a mentor online. There are people on fiverr.com that offer 20-30 minute lessons in a variety of languages. Failing that, advertise for a mentor on guru.com.
7. Pay The Country A Visit
Second best to finding a one-to-one mentor is to actually visit the country and get mixing with the locals. Set a target to visit the country after approximately 6-months of learning. By this time you should be confident enough to communicate and get by in the native tongue. A visit will exponentially increase your ability, and help you perfect your accent.