Do you think you’re too old to learn a foreign language? You’re not! While children pick up pronunciation a lot easier, adults have their learning advantages, too. We’re more motivated, we understand rules of language and we have an abundance of resources at their fingertips to help us accelerate our progress. So if you’ve always wanted to learn a foreign language, here are some tips on how to make it happen.
Just like any new skill, learning a foreign language requires consistency. Make time to practice daily, even if it’s only 15-30 minutes at a time.
Have a structure
While there’re tons of resources available online and it’s tempting to skip lessons, it’s very easy to get distracted and lose track of what you’re doing when you’re learning by yourself. You will get much better results if you have a teacher or enroll in a class. Formal learning will also give you the support you need to keep on going and feedback on your progress.
Immerse yourself in the language
Obviously, the easiest way to do this is to spend time in a country, where they speak the language you’re learning. If that’s not a possibility at this time, here are some other ideas:
- Find someone to speak to. Most of us live in a multi-cultural environment. It’s not hard to find a native speaker of any language and most of them will be happy to practice with you. Alternatively, you can set up dates on Skype with someone who wants to learn English and you can alternate your conversations.
- Join a Facebook group for native speakers who live in your area and go to their meetups (you won’t be intruding, they’ll be happy to have you).
- Watch movies and listen to podcasts in the language you’re learning.
- Change your computer settings to the foreign language.
- Put sticky notes with words around your home.
- Read children’s books. Many libraries have good collections of books in the most widely spoken foreign languages, and even in some rare ones.
- Keep a journal in the language you’re learning.
Experiment with different tools and language sources, and pick the ones that work best for you. It can be fun and very rewarding to learn a foreign language, so don’t give up!
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