Learning a language is undoubtedly the longest lesson you can attempt to master. It can’t be done in a short period of time and it truly requires a mix of understanding and memorizing phrases over a longer period of time.
Learning a language is the perfect example of what consistent learning sessions can do and how sitting down and learning something for a short period of time can’t yield long-term knowledge. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some ways to enhance your learning abilities when it comes to language.
Taking a class rather than do it alone
You can study the language on your own if you have solid discipline and work ethic. On the other hand, being a part of a class can make the process a lot easier. With people to help you to learn, and people you can learn with, you will be more motivated to study frequently.
Additionally, the additional pressure to meet the deadline when it comes to learning and tests can also be beneficial in pushing you forward.
Study linguistics of a given language
If you are studying on your own, be sure to focus on more than just memorizing phrases and words. Study linguistics of the given language to better understand the connections it has with other languages and to more easily master it when it comes to using those connections.
Not only is this beneficial for easier learning and seeing patterns in that specific language, it also opens you up to an entirely new world as languages represent a reflection of a unique culture you could gain insight into.
Study with movies
Watching movies in a foreign language can help you see a very good example of its use. You can either use subtitles with your native language to assist you, or you can even re-watch your favourite movie which is dubbed in the language you are attempting to master.
Afterwards, you can re-enact the movie for fun and to solidify the phrases used in it. This particularly beneficial since movies are often translated to fit the norms of the given language rather than just literally translated word for word.
Study with music
Listen to foreign songs, memorize them and learn their meanings. Music transcends culture, and there is a high possibility for every single one of your favourite songs to have a foreign counterpart which sounds similar. There are genres of music in every country, and most countries have music unique to their culture. In researching and learning a language in this fashion, you are also learning about the culture behind that language.
Test and use online apps
More and more language apps are emerging online, and they are being perfected with each passing day. A few years back, you would probably struggle to find an app which covered every language out there, but today apps are becoming more and more sophisticated and versatile.
They do vary in style though, and some people might find the concept of certain apps such as DuoLingo to be unfitting to their own style of learning. When it comes to long-term learning, you really need to find something that suits you, and luckily there are quite a few apps out there for you to experiment with. You can even use multiple apps and dedicate a specific time of each day to use them.
Last and certainly not least, exposing yourself to native speakers can be a great way to learn a language first hand. You can either reach out to someone who is a native speaker, or even move to the country where the language you want to learn is used. This way, every single individual you meet will act almost like a teacher.
Sure, you’ll probably struggle for a bit if you move to a country where you don’t know the language, but you certainly won’t lack motivation because your everyday life will get significantly easier with every new phrase you learn.
When studying a language from another individual, make sure to go with two possible options in mind. The first is that it should be a native speaker who uses the language correctly. Of course, certain expressions are used inaccurately in every language, but you should try your best to learn as much correct information as possible. The second option is a professional who has mastered the language.
Often, foreigners who have graduated in a specific language will know a great deal more than the average native speaker. Two very common examples of this can be seen even in the English language, where a large number native speakers will choose the wrong form of your/you’re and inaccurately use the pronoun I/me.