Language Learning Tips from a Fellow Language Learner
I may have been just like you not too long ago: learning a new language (Spanish for me), taking lessons, spending money on courses, and obsessing over becoming fluent! Here’s my advice to anyone learning English:
*Conversation, conversation, conversation
Practicing the language is an absolute must, of course! It may be awkward or anxiety-provoking, but you need to speak in English with real people. Preferably people who can speak it better than you! Practicing with someone who is more advanced than you can only advance your own level and abilities because you are always learning something new! Also, if you speak with them enough, you’ll end up emulating their advanced-level habits. Thirty minutes of deep conversation with corrections when needed can be more valuable than five hours in a classroom!
*Solo online courses are better than in-person classes with many students
There are two problems with in-person classes. The first is that the in-person class moves at the pace of its slowest student. The second is that language learning is a fairly personal process. So, when you take Askademic’s online, prerecorded courses, you’re able to move at your own pace, rewind, take a break, and focus on your own needs.
*Buy a translation dictionary and learn new words everyday! (Take special note of everyday, commonplace, and emergency use vocabulary)
This is the best way to expand your vocabulary! If you don’t know where to begin, start with the 100 most common words and make sentences with them over and over.
*Keep practicing in your head
After you say something in your native language, think about how you would then say it in English. This is one of my favorite ways to practice because no one can hear if you get it wrong or need a few tries. This is also helpful if you don’t get many opportunities to practice through your day. If you speak to many people at work, try thinking about your responses in English. Or if you mostly work independently or at a computer all day, think about what you’re doing and the steps you take to complete tasks in English.
*Follow English learning social media pages
Follow pages like ours to see helpful posts daily. These posts not only force you to hear the spoken language, but it introduces new phrases and ideas.
*Use the language daily
Don’t go days without speaking English. It’s true that if you don’t use it, then you lose it. I spoke my best and most fluent Spanish when I had to speak it everyday at a past job! I even began thinking in Spanish at that point!
*TV shows, movies, magazines
Watching and reading these entertainment sources in English or with English subtitles is one of the best passive methods of learning the language. It’s so easy to do too while watching your nightly programs.
*Acquiring fluency is a process that you will notice gradually, but you WILL notice it!
Know that learning English is not the same for everyone and it’s a process you need to commit to. You won’t see progress unless you stick with it and practice, practice, practice!
These tips helped me reach a college degree in my second language of Spanish. They are tried and true. I can’t wait for you to implement these in your own language learning!