Learning a new language is a long complicated process. It can take years to master and can feel helpless, especially when trying see that point in the future where it will all click into place. At 21 years old I decided to embark on my journey to learning a third language. This was definitely a challenge and it took a lot of hard work. When I decided to start learning a new language, I didn’t have a lot of money for classes so I had to self teach. If you do have money for classes i would definitely recommend taking a class. This definitely speeds up the process. However, these tips can help either next to a language class or for those like me who want to self teach.
- Read a lot!
This may sound cliche but practice is the most important part. I dont simply mean read some articles and hope to learn. I mean full immersion. Try to read every day, even if its just for an hour, set aside some time to learn this language. If you read a small story or ever newspaper articles every day you will expand your vocabulary and really get a feel for this language. Soon you will remember the words and their meaning and be able to build onto that.
Finding a topic you enjoy to read about is important. I found that children’s stories or books did bore me sometimes so to shake it up I would read the news or other topics I enjoyed like law.
that language often. I mean full immersion practice. This means read often, speak when you can and write often. Also listening to YouTube videos or TV shows help a lot too. Reading newspaper articles. Find topics that interest you. in the beginning you will encounter a lot of words you don’t understand and it will take very very long to read one page. As you go along you need to write a
This word list should include words and definitions as well as the translation in your mother tongue to make it easier. Any word you encounter, write it down. this will help memorising and it will be available for you when you need it. When I didn’t write down the words then I would always forget and have waste time looking it up again and again.
For example: (in French)
Make sure you start at the right level. Don’t try to run before you can walk. always begin with an easy level. However it is important to challenge yourself. Don’t forget to increase the level over time.
I would start by reading childrens news articles, watching childrens tv shows, reading children’s books and watching the children’s news online. Then to challenge myself start reading articles for higher levels and watch the normal adult news.
I can now read complex legal language in my third language.
3. Practice writing
To practice writing I would always start small and work my way up. I would write small sentences and then check my spelling and grammar after the fact or get someone I know to check my spelling. Online you can sometimes find people to do an email exchange with to learn that language.
What also helps is using word documents to type out sentences and paragraphs to see where you are going wrong. Writing helps test your knowledge and practice your spelling. It is important to make sure you practice reading, writing and speaking skills in your language because you want to keep an equal level in all three skills. Otherwise it will be difficult to proceed in learning your language, and they often complement each other. For example, reading a word will help me with remembering how to pronounce that word and writing it down will help me remember all my new vocabulary.
4. Listening and speaking
Watching the language helps a lot to hear people speaking: to understand the pronunciation of words and to learn the grammar of sentences. This is also enjoyable to watch shows or the news or any YouTube video on a topic you enjoy, for example a makeup tutorial in dutch. This also helped me practice my pronunciation a lot. Through listening and repeating words and sentences, this helps understand how to say it and builds you confidence when speaking to others.
Staying consistent and making a schedule is important for leaning a language. If you do not stay practice the language often then you risk forgetting a lot and having to start over. If you carve out a couple of hours a week or even an hour every day, you will be able to pick up the language a lot better.
A schedule can be committing to one evening a week, three times a week or even one hour every day. An intentional schedule will help keep you on track and focused.
|16:00- 1 hour of Spanish||14:00- 2 hours of Spanish||20:00- 1 hour of spanish|
I hope these tips help you along your way on your journey to learning a new language. Please leave a comment down below if you liked this post or have any suggestions for future posts you’d like to read. Please follow me on Instagram for more behind the scenes stuff. Hope you guys enjoyed and I will see you again next time, for my weekly blog!