Five Tips To Learn A New Language

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Knowing a second language will give you many opportunities to advance your career in this globalized world. However, unless you live in a multi-cultural environment, learning a new language is not easy at all. Most people often think that to learn a new language, you need to attend a class or go to school. However, today, thanks to the advancement in technology, you could simply sit in the comfort of your home and still able to learn a second language completely online.

Be Determined to Learn the Language

If you choose to learn a second language at home, you need to have a true passion for that language. Learning a language at home requires you to be a self-starter. If you get lazy or become discouraged in the middle of the journey, you will achieve nothing.

Join Some Learning Forums or Sites

First, you need to join a language online learning site. These sites offer a great opportunity for people to interact with one another from all over the world. You could find a native speaker on these sites and practice speaking skills with them.

Invest in a Good Learning Software

You also need to invest in a good computer-based learning system such as Rosetta Stone or Transparent Language. These programslearn a new language are more expensive than others, but they are well worth the money. These applications offer full-feature learning modules to help you learn a second language the most effective way. They offer real-life situations to help you learn how to react in real life in your second language. They also offer feedback to help you know how much you have progressed and how much effort you need to put forth.

Expand Your Vocabulary

It is important to expand your vocabulary when you learn a new language. Without a good vocabulary, you will not be able to interact and communicate effectively with native speakers. Be sure to spend at least 10 minutes a day learning new words.

Practice as Much as You Can

Without practice, you will not advance anywhere. You could practice by speaking with native speakers either in real life or over the Internet. In addition to that, watching movies in the new language will also help.

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  1. I wish I had learnt different languages when I was a child but back then it wasn’t thougth to be important

  2. Susan Cooper says:

    I believe learning a new language is so vital for children. Our culture is becoming very diverse and a bilingual child will be better prepared. Great Post 🙂

    • I agree. It is a great skill for anyone to have especially these days. Employers are always wanting that little extra something.

  3. Susan Cooper says:

    I have always wanted to learn French because of my French student. I loved this review because I have been considering buying to do just that. 🙂

  4. Suzanne Fluhr says:

    If you can’t take your children to live in a non-English speaking country before the age of 12, then this is the next big thing. If you live in the United States there is a wealth of Spanish language programming on television which can also immerse your children in that language. Sesame Street in Spanish is a painless way for a young child to absorb that language.

    My parents took us to live in Mexico for a year when I was 9. I had forgotten most of the Spanish I learned by the time I started studying it in high school, but having been exposed to the language at that young age, the sound of the language stayed in my neural pathways such that I speak relatively unaccented Spanish today (having studied it in high school and college). Native Spanish speakers think I’m a native speaker, but that I come from a country other than theirs. 😉 They refuse to be disabused of this notion even though I know I am making grammatical mistakes!

    • That must of been a great experience. I would love to live in another country just for a bit. Sounds like you have a great accent. My mom lived in south america until she was 18 so she had a pretty good accent too although you would think you would hear when she spoke english but you couldn’t.

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