They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that we Career Girls should give up. At the moment, I’m trying to get more fluent in Spanish and to become a decent French speaker.
Because in the world of fashion it’s useful to speak more languages. Today I’m sharing my tips to learn a new language fast:
TIPS TO MASTER A FOREIGN LANGUAGE FAST
#1 – Start with 50 words
Pick up 50 words of a language and start using them on people — and then slowly start picking up grammar.
#2 – Learn the filler words
These are the words and phrases people say all the time between sentences but have no real meaning; allowing you to buy time in a conversation and increase your confidence.
#3- Make it a daily habit
The more you invite a foreign language into your daily life, the more your brain will consider it something useful and worth caring about. Use every opportunity to get exposed to the new language.
If you want to learn a new language quickly in a few weeks or months, you’re going to have to commit to studying the language for a couple of hours per day. It’s based on repetition.There are no short cuts when it comes to language learning, you just need to commit.
#4 – Write out the grammar
Writing things out by hand is the best way to memorize things.
#5 – Use technology
Seek out more structured learning opportunities online.
– Anki is a very popular software program and smartphone app that helps you to effectively memorize words and phrases using flashcards. You can upload your own deck of cards with the specific vocabulary you wish to learn, or you can download one of the many pre-existing shared decks to get started.
– Duolingo is a free language learning tool available online and on Android and iOS. Rather than focusing on memorization, it gets users to read and speak their new language by seeing, hearing and translating it. Users gain points as they complete lessons, giving Duolingo a fun, game-like feel.
– Memrise is another flashcard-style program that allows users to memorise words and phrases using memory tricks, images and other useful tools. Memrise allows users to compete against other users as you complete language-learning activities, making it a fun, non-formal way to learn.
– Babbel(this is what I’m using at the moment) is a fun, interactive language learning tool, available online and on mobile apps. It can help users to improve their vocabulary, grammar skills and pronunciation. It can also identify your problem areas and offer targeted exercises based on your individual needs.
#6- Do not worry about making mistakes
One of the most common barriers to speaking in a new language is the fear of making mistakes. When you’re learning a new language you can’t be afraid to make mistakes, otherwise you won’t get very far.
You are not aiming for perfection here, you are aiming for progress. Making mistakes (and learning from them) will help you to progress.
#7- Listen and read daily
Start reading funny books in that language, preferably with jokes and pictures. Like magazines, joke-books or something that you find particularly interesting. This’ll motivate you to keep reading/searching untill you understand what’s written, especially with the jokes.
You could also read childrensbooks, since you usually know the story already and the words are easy to learn. Watch television or YouTube to listen to the language