Do you want to start learning a new language? Learning a foreign language is not always easy, and sometimes it is hard to stay motivated to keep learning the language. A common misconception is that you need to spend months and years learning a new language before you can start speaking it, which is totally wrong. You won’t have to wait for months or years, even if you are a beginner, you can start speaking a new language in a week.
If you start speaking the language in the first week, you will be able to learn the language quicker than others. So, here are some expert tips that will make you able to integrate the new language into your life and start using it even only after a week of learning.
Watch Movies in the New Language
One of the best ways to familiarize yourself to a new language is increasing your interaction with the language. A great and fun way to do so is watching movies in the new language. In movies, it is easier to understand a foreign language, and you can even get an idea of the meanings of the words you don’t know because of the situational context.
Movies also allow you to listen to some day to day conversations in the language, and you also get an understanding of the flow and accent of the new language. If you want to improve your skills and start using the language in a week, start watching movies in the new language. You can also download English subtitles for the movies so that you can improve your understanding of the new language and maximize your learning.
Listen To Music in the New Language
Another excellent way to maximize your interaction with the new language and to learn it quickly is to listen to music in the new language. This is a very entertaining and efficient way to improve your listening and talking skills. Songs are easy to remember because of the music, and you can even easily remember songs in foreign languages. It will add a lot of words in your vocabulary quickly, and when you sing those songs, you will be able to practice your accent and speaking.
When you listen to the songs, you should read the lyrics of the song as well if the new language has a similar script to yours. If not, you should try to get a translation of the lyrics into English so that you can understand the song. It is easy to find the translation of songs that are famous, so start listening to them.
Make Specific and Realistic Goals
To learn a new language or any other thing, you need to set some goals. Remember that diversity is the key here! Now it is important that your goals are unique as well as realistic so that you can complete them and don’t get demotivated. Your goals need to be realistic, but if you want to start speaking a new language within a week, your goals will have to be specific as well.
First of all, set a goal to learn the common phrases in the new language like hello, goodbye, thank you, and other basic greetings and stuff. Then start learning small sentences and questions that are used in daily life like how are you doing? What is your name? Where is the ____? My name is ____? and so on. These types of phrases and questions will make you able to start doing basic conversations in the language, which is great for learning.
Use Sticky Notes
When you are learning a new language, sticky notes are your best friends. Try labeling your surroundings in the new language so that you can increase your vocabulary and keep learning the language even when you aren’t studying it.
Also, write some important words and their meanings on these sticky notes and paste them where you see them a lot, like in front of your study table. This is a great way to learn a new language quickly and make a massive improvement in your vocabulary, reading, and speaking
Get Someone to Speak the Language With
One of the most important aspects of learning a new language is to have someone to speak the language with. Now, this is easier said than done, it is usually quite hard to find people around you that are speaking the language you are learning but if you can you should try and speak with them as much as possible.
If you don’t have a partner to converse within the new language, you don’t have to worry you can easily find someone to talk with online. There are also many websites that were made for people to learn and teach new languages. You can use websites like Jimmy ESL, where you can learn and teach languages like Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and many, many more.
Some of these language learning websites also have chat boxes where you can chat in the new language with other students and native speakers to improve your language skills and take them to the next level in a very short time.
Fake It Until You Make It
One of the most important aspects of learning anything is practice, and if you want to improve your grasp on a new and foreign language within a week, you will need to practice a lot. A great way to do so is to ‘fake it until you make it.’
You should memorize different conversations and dialogue from movies in the foreign language and practice speaking them as they do in the movie. This is a great way to improve your accent, which is one of the most difficult parts of learning a new language. You should fake the accent the best you can until you develop a natural accent. It is a great way to get a lot of practice in the new language, and it will make you able to hold even advanced conversations in the new language.
For more great college tips, check out the other blogs on College Basics.