Already booked a trip to Brazil but don’t quite know the language yet? Trying to catch up on the rest of the class? Just eager to learn a language quickly? Well, there are ways to learn a new language fast, even as an adult. That being said, there is no magic bullet for mastering a language. It takes many years to truly understand a new language and use it with confidence. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve conversational fluency in a lot less time.
This is the ability to converse about everyday things with a native speaker at a normal speed. Check out these tips.
Make Language Learning a Daily Habit
The top reason most people fail at learning a new language is that they don’t practice the language consistently. To achieve consistency, you must develop good daily habits comprised of three factors: cues, routines and rewards.
- The cue puts your behavior into action. Set daily reminders on your phone or write them down on a calendar.
- The routine is the behavior itself that you perform in response to the cue. Make your daily goal easy, such as learning five new words.
- The reward is what you give yourself that acts as a form of positive reinforcement to increase your chance of long-term success.
Learn Words the Right Way
You may think you can’t learn a new language because you have a bad memory. However, your reluctance probably has less to do with memory and more to do with the technique you’re using.
You can boost your vocabulary in the best, most practical way by:
- Learning cognates, which are words that are nearly the same across languages. For example, gratitud in Spanish means the same as it does in English.
- Learning the most commonly-used words to achieve conversational fluency, which is about 2,000 to 3,000 words rather than the full 50,000. In most languages, there are small amounts of words that comprise the majority.
- Learning words with relevance. Focus on topics that interest you or that you encounter in your daily life.
- Using a notebook and taking it everywhere you go. Jot down relevant vocabulary whenever exposed to the language.
- Listening to podcasts and watching TV and films. The international news in particular is a great resource, as news casters typically speak clearly with no regional dialect, so you are better able to focus on the words and understand a simple level of communication. Podcasts and radio are great because you can listen to them while in the car driving to work.
- Immersing yourself online with native speakers. No, you may not be able to travel to the country of your choosing yet but you can speak with native teachers and tutors who speak the language fluently. This gives you your best opportunity to get exposure to your desired language.
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