If you’re trying to learn a new language, then you definitely have your work cut out for you! It’s well known that learning a new language is rather difficult for most adults, and it just gets harder as you get older. However, it’s also well known that there are some proven methods that will enable to you to learn at a faster rate. While difficult, it is not impossible, and it can actually be extremely fun and rewarding. Whether you are trying to learn the new language for fun or for work, there are a few things that you can do that will increase retention rate and success. Read on for a few tips that can help you right away!
Get A Good Langauge Learning Program
There are numerous language learning software programs out there on the market, from free software and apps to highly priced packaged software suites. In my experience, you get what you pay for. It really helps to cement your goals when you spend a bit of money and make a commitment to a particular program. I believe that attrition rates for free software and apps are rather high — since you have nothing invested there’s not much except your own willpower to prevent you from jumping ship. In my experience it’s quite helpful to just buy something to give you a bit of skin in the game. While there are many highly priced programs, we have found that Rocket Languages makes a very well priced and competitive learn-at-home language program. You can check out the review I wrote of Rocket Spanish and see for yourself what’s in the program. We really don’t think that it’s necessary to go all out and buy yourself Rosetta Stone, and given that it uses a very unique learning style it’s not always the best anyway.
It’s well known that immersion is one of the keys to learning a new language. So, for as much time as you can devote per day or week, you should try to “immerse” yourself in the language any way you can. Whether it’s watching TV or a movie in the language that you’re learning, or reading a newspaper or magazine in the language, it’s important to have some time with a full on immersion method. Other options are watching YouTube videos of the language. One method I used when I was learning Spanish was to get children’s books in Spanish. This was an excellent way to improve my Spanish dramatically – and most importantly it was FUN! I felt like I was actually accomplishing something.
It’s so easy to slack off over time – you have to give yourself goals. I like creating a calendar to remind myself to do a little bit of langauge learning every day! You can also come up with some creative ways to do this – with stickers or something that you can reward yourself with. With learning anything it’s important to hold yourself accountable – especially as distractions increase this day in age.