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How to Learn a Foreign Language
No matter what language you are learning, this collection of foreign language learning tips will help you study better and reatian what you learn longer.
First of all, your dedication to learning a foreign language will most impact how you learn it. If you don't feel particularly motivated to learn Chinese for that big business trip next month, you probably won't find language lessons fun or easy to retain. With that in mind, ask yourself, why am I learning this language, and how much do I really want to speak it? By analyzing your reasons for wanting to learn a foreign language you'll better understand what you stand to gain from your studies. On top of that, you might find knowing the benefits of learning a foreign language gives you more incentive to hit the verb charts.
Next, be sure to pick the way to learn a foreign language that best fits your needs. If you only want to know how to order breakfast, ordering an entire language learning suite will be expensive, stressful, and more cumbersome than you need. Instead, just look for a good phrase book. If you plan to spend a bit more time abroad, something like Rosetta Stone or Byki might be more useful to you. Both software pieces are great and will definitely get you started to learning a foreign language. However, if you plan to spend a great deal of time abroad, investing in private tutors or university courses is absolutely the best way to go. Having someone else who speaks the language helping you learn is the quickest way to learn a foreign language. It's the closest you can get to full immersion without going overseas, and it will also save you a great deal of grammar and pronunciation anxiety once you are abroad.
When learning a foreign language, remember that the best way to memorize the vocabulary is to associate it with your own native language. What I mean is, if you are learning the word for cat in French (chat) try to visualize a cat in your mind while repeating the word chat. This is what picture-based language suites like Rosetta Stone attempt to do, anyway. By relating the word directly to the object or idea, you'll find you no longer have to translate from English, but rather directly associate the vocabulary with the things they represent. If you can, relate aspects of foreign culture to your own, as well. Compare your systems of government, or even just how the other culture sets the table, as compared to your own. Not only will this give you a cultural benchmark between your societies, but it will also better your understanding of the people whose language you want to speak.
Finally, the best way to learn a foreign language is to include it as often as possible in your day-to-day life. If you only have language lessons on Tuesday, on every other day of the week try to read the news from countries that speak the language you are learning. If you can, watch movies you know very well in English, but with subtitles in the foreign language you are studying. If you can find dubbed versions of those movies, that's even better. The more often you hear the language spoken, the quicker your ear and brain learn to associate the sounds they pick up with actual words. You'll also find that you naturally reproduce the accent better. Not only that, but reading in a foreign language with a dictionary around can drastically increase your vocabulary. Another great way to learn a foreign language is to actively translate things you say and think. After a good conversation, try to rewrite everything that was said but, this time in the foreign language. This not only helps you become comfortable with the language, but it also relates what you're learning to your own life.
That's really all there is to it! Learning a foreign language is all about practice with hearing and regurgitation, so no matter if you're memorizing verbs or talking to a native speaker, just being around the language is all it really takes. Remember that no one learns a language in a week (Well, almost no one) so be patient and have fun as you go along. Learning about new cultures and languages is a vital part of life, and every new word you learn enriches you as a human being. Be proud of that, and happy talking!