Nowadays, learning a language is easy with all the free information you can access in the internet. Because of this, most people are getting impatient at learning a language. As a result, more and more people are searching for ways on ‘how to learn a language fast’.
So what are the tips in learning a language quickly? Let’s find out.
In this guide, we will give you the tips and tricks on how to learn a language fast.
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Create A Strategy
Rome wasn’t built in a day. No achievement can happen over one night. This is true when it comes to learning a language. If you want to know how to learn a language fast, you have to set realistic goals and manage your time.
Always make SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. You can go ahead and aim for a certain level of fluency when it comes to your target language.Be specific with what you want and watch as your goals are realized. You can also try to challenge yourself by creating schedules along with your goals. This way, you have aa more realistic approach to learning a new language.
Start With Learning Sounds
Focus on learning the sounds of the language. Try to pronounce and spell these before you memorize some words and meanings. Start studying the alphabet and listen to some native speakers pronounce some words in the language with YouTube. You can also opt to watch a movie. This trick is how you’ll be able to recognize sounds and learn them.
After recognizing sounds, start memorizing and recognizing vocabulary words. Here are some tips for you to do so.
Take Down Notes
Before you start learning a language, it’s best to keep a notebook or a journal. Make this your vocabulary journal. All of the vocabulary you learn, put it in one place. Just by jotting down notes and writing it down helps you in memorizing a words.
And the best part is you will be able to recall vocabulary faster and learn faster. You can also use this as a reference when you are studying and take it with you wherever you go.
When you are learning a language, it is expected that you will learn a lot of new words. If you have a hard time memorizing, you don’t have to memorize all words. In fact, you only need less than half of the words in a language so you can speak it.
Take for example, a person who can speak the English language well doesn’t use half of the 40,000 words of the English language. To be able to understand around 95 percent of the English texts, you only need to knwo 3,000 words. But the truth us, only 300 words are used in 65 percent of most written materials. Now doesn’t that make it easier for you to memorize some words?
Let’s try to use the Pareto principle in learning a language. You will only need to spend 20 percent of the effort to learn new words in order for you to understand 80 percent of a language. What does this mean? It means that when you learn the most frequently used vocabulary, you’ll be able to communicate and understand a certain language in a short span of time. Plus, with the help of the internet, you’ll have those frequently used words list in no time.
Sometimes when you’re studying and getting a hard time memorizing all the stuff you need to know, you create mnemonics. This is the same with learning a language. You can create a song or a story to associate with a certain word. If you take the time to create mnemonics, you’ll be amazed at how fast and effective you are at learning a new language. Plus, let’s not forget, they’re really fun to do!
Take Advantage of Cognates
If you want to know how to learn a language fast, you should know that there are a lot of words in your target language that you already know. Take for example, the Greek language. It may seem like a foreign language to you but a lot of languages share some words with this language. There are those words that have the same meaning, the same sound and the same spelling with your language. These are what’s called as cognates.
Almost all of the European languages have countless cognates with the English language. This is all thanks to their evolution, history and shared roots. When it comes to the Japanese language and the English language, there are a lot of Japanese words that are borrowed from English including toilet, cinema, and coffee maker.
These cognates help you in learning a language faster and easier. You can just do a Google search of ‘(the language name) cognates’ or ‘(language name) English loan words. Take advantage of these words and you’ll be learning a new language fast.
When it comes to learning about grammar, all you have to know is these three operations – adding words, changing existing words and changing the word order. Always break it down if you’re having a hard time. Take it one step at a time. You can create flashcards on the different grammars like writing down the verbs, nouns, and pronouns of a certain language and then using these to create sentences. It will help you learn about word order.
Lastly, nothing will make you learn a language faster than practising it. Afterall, practice makes perfect.
You can also read, listen and watch. Sorround yourself with materials in your target alnguage. Get a book, watch movies or just listen to songs in that language.
One more thing is you can interact with other people who are native speakers of that language. You don’t have to travel to do this. There are websites online that have great forums where you can interact with someone. You can also talk to yourself in that language you’re learning.
All of these will help you in learning a language faster. And if you make mistakes, it’s okay. Just keep practicing and you’ll learn.
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