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Eight Techniques to Facilitate Learning New Languages

The more languages you speak, the wider your opportunities.

 

Apart from your native/immediate languages, mastering some major global languages can avail you with exclusive global opportunities. These languages, I call them ‘language of opportunities’, are English, French, Arabic, German, Chinese, and so on.

 

 Besides, students wishing to study in the places where the mentioned languages are the native/official languages will also need to learn the languages as they are used as languages of instructions in their universities/colleges.

 

Though there are various platforms/apps designed to teach/learn new languages nowadays, learning may be a bit difficult especially if the new language you want to acquire is unfamiliar or doesn’t share semblance with your native/first language.

 

Here are some tested and proven techniques to help you learn new languages with ease:

 

Learn gradually

 

Don’t rush to learn everything at once, it doesn’t work that way. Rather, draw realistic timetable and study at your own pace. Organize your study in a way that suits your daily routine. That way, you’ll do better.

 

Revise regularly

 

To be able to master the language, ensure that you revise your lessons regularly. This will help you to assess yourself and improve on areas where you are lagging behind.

 

Explore different modes of learning

 

There are different modes of learning new languages nowadays. Explore as many as possible (both the formal and the informal): textbooks, mobile apps, tutorial videos, audiobooks, and so on.

 

Speak the language regularly

 

Learning a new language without attempting to speak it is not encouraged. No matter how hard you study, your journey to mastering a language begins when you start practicing to speak it.

 

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

 

Being too cautious of making mistakes will greatly impede your learning progress. Speak/write the language, make mistakes, learn from the mistakes and you become more proficient.

 

Read ravenously

 

This does not necessarily have to do with grammar textbooks. You read the grammar books when you are studying. What you need to read ravenously are novels, newspapers, and other reading materials (where the language is in practical usage) written in the language you are learning. This will help boost your writing skill in the language.

 

Listen more

 

Listening will help boost your speaking skill. The practical ways to achieve this is to listen to music/songs, radio programs, watch movies/TV programs, etc. composed in the language. In essence, listen to and watch audio/visual materials wherein the language is used naturally.

 

Look for ways to use the language

 

You can do this by making friends with people that speak the language. Use the language to communicate with them using several platforms—emails, letters, SMS, online chatting, etc. You can also join relevant social media groups where you can interact with fellow members using the language.

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