Hablas español? Parlez-vous français? Not sure? No matter if it’s Spanish, French, or any other language, learning a new language can be tough. But we believe it doesn't have to be. Maybe you hated your high school language class? Maybe you envy those people who seem to just absorb language overnight? If learning a new language has got you down, check out the best ways to learn Spanish, French, or any language fast.
The first place to start when you're learning a new language is to figure out what your goals are and what some of the challenges will be. It helps to make sure that your goals are achievable and that the challenges are not too great. You don’t want to give up a few weeks in because you tried to do too much too fast.
Many of the experts agree that if you want to learn a new language fast, you have to know and love the culture. Language is not just words and phrases out of context. Language and culture go hand in hand. It is much harder to learn a language if you don't care for the culture of the way of life in the country.
The best way to learn a new language is to live in a country where the language is spoken. That way you will be immersed in the language. Not everyone has that opportunity. So, in order to immerse yourself, you will need to put in some extra effort to have as much of the new language in your life as possible.
Whenever you have the chance, use the language you're learning. You will not learn much if you just stick to textbooks and classes. You will have to try to find ways to speak, listen, read, and write outside of studying.
In order to make the language more useful for you, try to personalize it. For example, if you are learning about food vocabulary, make a list of your 10 favorite foods and learn those as well. Whatever the theme of the lesson is, try to make it meaningful for you. If it means something to you, you will learn it faster and remember it better.
When learning a language, it can be easy to focus on what we do well or what is most comfortable for us. If we are good at grammar, we might focus on that. If you like to read, we might only focus on that. But the problem is that language exists in all domains. Just because you're an expert at grammar does not mean you will speak fluently. You will need to step outside your comfort zone, make mistakes, and practice all the skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
They say that adults can’t learn languages as well as children. There's a lot of debate about how true that is, there are some things that adults can do that children can’t. One of those things is using tools like memory hacks. If you're trying to learn new vocabulary, you can try things like spaced repetition and mnemonics to help you remember things faster.
The best kind of language partner is a native speaker. If you don’t know someone in your real life, try to find someone online. Maybe there is someone in your city looking to learn your language? Or, you could Skype or chat with someone who lives in another country. There are many sites that connect people looking for language partners.
Movies and TV shows are great ways to learn through authentic texts. But when we say watch, we do not mean passively watch something, we mean, you have to study it. This means that you might have to break something up into chunks, repeat it multiple times until you understand what is happening. To help consolidate your learning, you can act out the scene and repeat the lines.
The same goes for music. Listening will help, but to really learn a language faster, you need to study the music. Find the lyrics and see how the language is used. Listen to the song many times and sing along.
If you want to read books, a good place to start would be reading books for children or young adults, depending on your level. As you read, write down words and study them. Read the book in small sections until you have it mastered. You can also find the audio book version to listen to how it's read by a native speaker. Lastly, it can help to have a copy of the book in your native language so that you can compare.
With these 11 tips, you are ready to conquer any language challenge. Before you know it you will be the polyglot you always dreamed of being!