Learning another language is a difficult process, especially if you don’t have the time to study it every day. Becoming bilingual takes a lot of commitment and practice, although now there are more ways than ever before to take language lessons. Digital advancements have made learning a second or third language more accessible – but is it really possible to become fluent without any professional language classes?
There are many steps involved in foreign language learning, such as speaking, reading and writing, and it can be difficult to find a way of learning which works for acquiring all of these skills. You may feel quite confident with your new phrases on your app at home, but in reality you’d find it difficult to hold a conversation with a native. That’s why we believe the best way to learn a language is to travel.
Taking language lessons on a weekly basis will improve your proficiency and widen your vocabulary in your chosen language, but it will take a very long time to become fluent. The only way to fast-track your learning is by putting in the hours every day, and surrounding yourself with the language. In other words, throw yourself in at the deep end!
For example, if you want to learn English then six months studying in England can be more beneficial than years’ worth of lessons in your home town. There are so many more opportunities to use the language when everyone around you is speaking it and all of the media you consume is in the foreign language. If you move to a new country and enrol on a language course, it’s possible to become fluent within a year.
Other Language Learning Tricks
Anybody can learn a foreign language if they put in the time. It may come more natural to some, and those who are already multilingual, but with commitment it is achievable. If you’re in a rush to learn a language here are some top tips:
Speak it out loud – practice pronunciation from day one so you begin to feel confident speaking the language and having conversations
Chat with a native – The benefit of a language class is you’ll be taught by someone who has the perfect elocution. If you don’t know any natives then try connecting with someone over the internet who is willing to help you improve
Watch foreign movies – watch TV shows or movies in the language you are trying to learn. At first you can watch with the subtitles but then turn them off once you can understand basic phrases
Are you ready to learn your chosen language in a year?