Learning a new language doesn’t just add value to your cv or help when traveling Learning to speak two or more languages has been physiologically proven to be beneficial to the cognitive process. It has been proven that the brain of bilingual people operates in a different way when compared with single language speakers.
However, learning a new language is not as easy as it sounds, especially for adults as they place high demand on themselves but tend to lose patience quite easily when they don’t understand something in a short period of time.
The tips bellow shows how to efficiently learn a foreign language.
Know the reason behind your learning: Having a genuine reason for learning a new language gives you the motivation to go on. Wanting to impress people with that German language you just learnt is not the best reason. However, when you know your reason for learning, you should commit into it.
Have a Partner: Having a partner helps you to push you off your limits because you help each other improve. When your partner gets better than you, you get jealous and motivated to do better than them.
Talk to Yourself: When there is no one around to practice with, it’s not a bad idea to talk to yourself. By doing this you can actually use this as a means to improve your confidence and practice new words and phrases for the next time you hold a conversation.
Have Fun: You can practise by singing and recording, making a play with friends, and anything you can think of. The way you use your newly learnt language is a creative act. Draw comic skits, write poems…. just have fun.
Listen: To be able to speak, you have to learn to listen. Every foreign language sounds strange at the first listen, however, after some listens, you get more familiar with it and becomes easier to speak it properly.
Watch people speak: This is a bit strange, but an easy way to quickly learn the language’s demands on your tongue, lips and throat is to actually see people speaking and then try to imitate them. It’s not easy at first, but you would get used to it in a matter of time. You can start by watching foreign movies.
Remember, the main aim of learning a foreign language is to be able to converse in it. Being able to hold a simple conversation is a huge sign of improvement. Being able to do this at an early stage should be an encouragement to go on.
Learning a new language is fun as it helps to improve your cognitive ability and brain capacity. It’s not going to be an easy activity, but with patience and consistency, you are sure to get amazing results.