10 Easy Ways To Learn A Foreign Language Fast.

Learning a foreign language is a wonderful and interesting experience. Unlike what most people believe, learning a foreign language is a not preserve of a gifted few; anyone can do it and fast. Here are ten easy ways on how to do it, according to the website provides case study writing styles.

  1. Be committed


The difference between someone who learns a language for many years and one who take a few months is commitment. Study the language on a daily basis without fail and commit as many hours to learning the language as possible.

  1. Start with the cognates

Cognates are words of the second language that share a similar spelling, pronunciation or meaning with your primary language. Cognates can be used to understand a second language better. This is especially true for languages with high similarity like European languages than distant ones like Chinese.  It is also possible to find words that have been borrowed straight from the English language and then integrated into the new language with only the pronunciation changed. Cognates is a good starting point for language learners.

  1. Carry a Dictionary


Whenever you need a word, to know the meaning of another word or just to remind yourself what you had learned a dictionary will always come in handy. You can buy a physical dictionary or download an application on your phone. Use the dictionary throughout the day in order to learn as many words as possible.

  1. Immerse yourself into the language

Integrate the language into your daily activities. You cannot learn a language fast by just reading it, you have to hear and watch it consistently too.  You can listen to their radio stations, music, buy movies in the language, watch their sports channels and watch news from the country. This is enables you to learn things a book cannot like pronunciations, stresses and gestures.

  1. You do not need to know all the words


How many people can claim to know all the words of their native language let alone a foreign language? You just need to know the basic words that can enable you to communicate first then build on your vocabulary as you go.

  1. Use the language

Try actually speaking the language. Place every new word learned into a sentence and say it out loud a few times. It is even better if you try having a conversation with a native speaker or teacher of the language. You can also use the sentence on a non-speaker so that they can ask you what it means and by explaining you memorize the word better.

  1. Do not be too hard on yourself

You do not have to memorize each rule of the language to speak it. The aim of a language is to communicate as long as a message has been passed do not worry much about perfection.  A language learner should be bold enough to make mistakes and learn from them. It is obvious you are a learner so relax.

  1. Make use of language learning websites, applications and software

Upload a software  or application like Anki, Duolingo,  Memrise ,that can help you memorize using flashcards. This method is a fun way to learn the language and you can do it anywhere any time. Interactive websites like Livemocha and babbel can also help improve pronunciations, vocabulary and grammar.

  1. Connect with a native speaker


Find someone who speaks the language like a workmate or friend and speak the language whenever an opportunity presents itself. You can also connect with a native speaker through phone calls, Skype and Emails.

  1. Visit the country

If it is possible visit the country where the language is spoken. There you will have so much practice on the language since you will be forced to use the language.

3 Responses

  1. Peter Rettig says:

    We, at GamesforLanguage, agree with all of your 10 ways. The hardest – and most crucial one to apply is “Commitment” which is clearly related to how motivated a learner is. And motivation is typically born from a real need to read, understand, write, or more general to communicate with others.

  2. There are some good points made here, but I fear a few fall into the realm of “what people say we should do” rather than be advice based on what really works, especially when “easy ways” and “fast” are used as they are.

    The sad fact is that most people give up on learning a second language as they believe it is too hard for them. This is despite the fact that we ALL learned the most difficult of languages to learn, our first.

    I will choose one point to focus on as I believe my comments on it will show why some of the other points are well made, whilst others are not. To suggest we start with the cognates, on the surface makes sense but in another way it suggests that we start learning words. Learning vocabulary has value of course but we need to pay close attention to –
    a) how we learn it
    b) what we learn
    c) when we learn it

    Without paying attention to these factors we can learn cognate words like “investigate” for eg and have difficulty remembering it ( even if it is cognate) as we learned it by itself, having no grammatical nouse to use it.

    One key is to get oneself fully involved in not just learning words, but using them.

  3. Ruben Moran says:

    There are more than 25000 cognate English words understandable to Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese speakers, and viceversa. However, these words have not been exploited as they should due to a lack of practical research. I invite you to visit http://www.cognates.org/ .

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