It seems quite a long time ago when you were learning foreign language as required in your school or writing in Spanish or talking to an old friend in French. It is true that it’s best to learn a new language at a young age, but what if you didn’t get a chance to or perhaps you realize you really want to know a language because a friend of a friend speak it? Here’s some helpful tips to keep your brain sharp and take in all the new foreign words!
Firstly, you should know what language you wish to know. Some will obviously be easy such as Spanish as it already have several words we are familiar in English such as plaza and cafe. Some will be hard such as Polish with multiple gender usage than just he and she and they. But whatever it is, you should set a small goal such as “I want to learn hello in Italian and speak it correctly.” Knowing a language and having a small goal will help you.
Always go at a slow pace. Even if you feel like you could learn more and faster, it’s harder to remember later on so it’s best to make sure you know the words before trying to race ahead to get to know the language. Always start with the basics – greetings, names, and learn the basic rules of the language.
It will be most helpful to grab a partner or someone who know the language you want to learn that is patient. Having a helper will help move the pacing a little faster as you’ll have someone to correct you so you wouldn’t be mispronouncing the word for most of the time and someone who can also make learning a difficult language fun.
Learning doesn’t have to be boring either – it can be fun if you throw in something different than just sitting down and repeating the same word over and over. You can incorporate the culture involved and challenge yourself to go out to a nearby neighborhood you know that speak that language to meet new people or even practice online with friends over messages. It make learning fun and easier to remember than being bored of something you don’t really want to learn.
And most importantly, patience. It’s hard to retain patience, but if you’re determined to learn, patience is what you’ll need, whether it be learning enough for a vacation trip to Sweden in few days to months of learning Japanese for business trip. Some major helpful learning sites on the go include Duolingo, Livemocha, and Babbel. Rosetta Stone and walking pocket dictionaries are useful as well. Remember, it takes patience to learn at later age and it can be fun to learn regardless of when you’re learning a foreign language!