Would you like to learn a new language at a faster pace? Is constantly memorizing words without gaining much progress in speaking the language frustrating you? There are many ways to learn a language and new aids for doing so online, some of them free.
Use Software and Apps to Expedite Your Learning
Several are available online, some free, some not. Check out Duolingo, Livemocha, Anki, Memrise, and Babbel to find which works best for you. On various ones you can access native speakers, find helpful flashcards, learn and use memory tricks, compete against other learners and learn via tutorials. Several offer game-like processes that are fun.
Guidelines for Expediting the Learning Process
- Conversation is the best way to augment classroom study. Dr. Paul Pemsleur, a linguist, developed The Principle of Anticipation, of anticipating a response when speaking and receiving the response. His research demonstrated it creates a new neural pathway in the learner’s brain.
- Find the 100 most commonly used words in the language and learn them well. Dr. Pemsleur’s research found this gives the brain time to integrate the knowledge and build a foundation on which to base the learning of additional words.
- Use memory pegs to remember words. The more ridiculous these are, the more likely you will be to remember the word.
- Carry a pocket dictionary or add an application to your cell phone that will give you the spoken word with little effort.
- If possible, live in a country that is speaking the language. If that isn’t attainable, try to connect with someone you can call on Skype.
- Learn words and phrases that apply to you and your interests so that you can begin to speak when asked about yourself..
- Pronunciation. Learn how to pronounce as you memorize. It’s pointless to memorize words if a native speaker can’t understand what you’re saying.
- Don’t be shy and don’t be embarrassed by your mistakes.
- Study for two hours per day-every day-to learn a language very quickly.
- Practice in your head. Imagine yourself in a conversation and what you will say with the vocabulary you have.
- Continuously ask locals, “How do you say this or that?” Keep a small notebook for writing down the new word. Try to use it several times right away.
- Try to have fun with your learning. You’ll sustain your interest and learn more.
- Fall in love with someone who speaks the language, but not yours. You’ll be forced to learn your lover’s language.