Learning a new language is an exciting journey that leads you to express yourself in a manner and a form you are not used to. It is however not an easy task trying to tackle a new language and culture but with a few great tips you can be successful in communicating in a new language this year.
AIM FOR SOMETHING SPECIFICALLY
The biggest problem for language learners is setting up vague or impossible goals, what you absolutely need is to be as specific as possible and within a scheduled timeline. Make your goal achievable within a few months from when you start, it may be to be able to order a meal, ask for directions or be able to read comics in the new language. Be absolutely sure of what you want and when you want so that you can achieve realistic goals.
THERE IS NOTHING ACADEMIC ABOUT LEARNING A LANGUAGE
Studying a new language is not an academic subject that you pass or fail; it is a rather personal journey of learning to communicate in more ways than you already do. Therefore there is no failure here; it is just various levels of success when you can use the language even if minimally, whether ordering a meal or sharing a greeting without even using the right words it is something to be proud of.
FOCUS ON THE PRIORITIES OF THE LANGUAGE
Different people learn a language for different purposes; to converse, to read literature, to watch films or learn grammar and technical workings of that particular language. Whatever you want to achieve, it is important immerse into the things you are passionate about from the start, it will make other aspects of the language easier when you revisit later. This will be different if you want to learn Arabic compared to learning how to speak Polish.
DO NOT GIVE UP WHEN YOU SOUND LIKE AN IDIOT
In the business of learning, be ready to make mistakes, just like you probably did in school, the more you make attempts to converse in a new language, the better you become with time. It is OK to make mistakes and sounding silly especially if you are still beginning, but how many times do you say things that come out differently than intended even in your native language? So do not give up, in fact people are interested and ready to help when you are trying to understand their language.
DEVELOP A STRONG DESIRE TO LEARN THE LANGUAGE
Whenever you are motivated by a strong desire to learn, you are sure to go far, so be inspired and have a genuine desire to learn and you will achieve it.
LISTEN BEFORE YOU START
When starting out, try to listen to much content in your target language without attempting to speak, this will help you acquire an ear for the language, remember even babies listen to a lot before they even utter the first word.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Make use of what you have already learnt by conversing at every opportunity for example when standing in line, waiting for an elevator or ordering a meal, this seemingly easy means could help you become more confident in speaking in the target language in future.