Updated: Jan 26
There are so many good reasons to learn a new language. It allows you to communicate with new people. It helps you to see things from a different perspective, or get a deeper understanding of another culture and your own culture.
If you've made the decision to learn English, congratulations! Here are four suggestions to help you start your new journey.
1.Think about your learning style
Everybody learns in different ways – experiment and see what works best for you. Do you enjoy music? Do you prefer reading books or articles? Do you prefer watching movies or TV series? There are plenty of materials available online to listen to, watch or read. Choose what is best for you. For example, if you enjoy movies, make time to watch a movie you know very well and watch it in English with subtitles in English so you can get used to the sound of this new language.
2. Create a routine
A lot of the responsibility for your progress as a language learner depends on you. Make working on a language a regular habit and you’re already half way there! Decide what you want to learn and then break activities to help you with this topic into smaller tasks that you can schedule into your day. This way learning is enjoyable and can fit into your busy schedule.
3. Don’t give up and be good to yourself
Don’t expect to be able to learn massive amounts overnight and don’t waste your money on get-fluent-fast programs. The only way to learn a new language is to dedicate time and effort on a regular basis. Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes – everyone makes them and they’re an opportunity to learn. So be good to yourself and just keep on trying.
4. Interact with native speakers but learn from multiple people
Communicate in English whenever you can! You can work with a native speaker or with multiple people. Working with a native speaker will help you learn correct pronunciation, it will help immensely with learning slang, common phrases and everyday colloquialisms. Instead, when you are exposed to a lot of people you get a much better sense of different pronunciations and you avoid exposing yourself to a single variation of English or an individual’s idiosyncrasies or speech patterns. Take every opportunity to interact with people in English.
If you have any further ideas on how to manage your language learning, or you would like to speak more about setting up your own learning program online, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.