Tips for learning a new language

We live in a country where a number of languages are spoken. Every language has several dialects. Almost every Indian can speak three languages- Hindi (the national language), English (the second official language), and the mother tongue. Being multi-lingual in India is no surprise. However, as we know, children are far better, quicker and more efficient than adults when it comes to learning a new language. Many of us take up language classes, for various reasons. Some take it as a recreational activity, some take it for the sake of learning something new, some take for expanding the social circle and others take it for educational and professional courses. Learning a new language is not as easy as it seems. One must constantly be updated with new words and vocabulary, not to forget the strong grammatical base. Several learners leave language-learning halfway, as it later becomes a tedious and complicated process.

For all the learners who gave up on learning a new language and the learners who find language-learning difficult, here are a few tips that can make this process easy and fun:

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Learning a language needs commitment. Make sure to allot at least thirty minutes of time everyday for this. Remember not to lose touch with the language that you are learning.

Start by learning the basics of grammar. Grammar and vocabulary are the most important instruments of a language.

Maintain a good bilingual dictionary with you all the time. This will help with the translations.

Although translating is an important aspect of a language, keep it limited. Translating every single word might lead to confusion. Try to think in the chosen language, instead of thinking in your native language.

Take up one new word every day. Memorize the word and the meaning and repeat the word again and again thoroughly. At the end of the week, revise all the words that you learnt during the week. Follow a consistency in this activity. Once you get acquainted with the language, increase the number of words.

Look out for pronunciations. Hear audio CDs. Learning through music will make it easier for you to remember and pronounce rightly. Most of the songs that we know by heart are a result of hearing them again and again. Follow the same pattern whilst learning a new language.

Play online word games of the language that you are learning. Internet makes available unending language puzzles, quizzes, crosswords, etc. for free of cost.

Start collecting audio books, movies, magazines and novels. This will avoid the boredom and make learning fun. Remember, the more you listen, the better you speak and the more you read, the better you write.

You can stick labels to the accessories in your house. For example, desk, chairs, bed, etc. This will help you to grasp the words faster. Words when associated with pictures or objects result in fast and efficient learning.

Find a conversation partner for yourself. Converse with your partner in the chosen language. This way, it will help you to rectify your mistakes.

Involve common phrases, idioms and expressions in your conversations. This will not only help you to expand your vocabulary, but also to understand the meaning of the words easily.

Finally, remember to practice, practice, and practice!!! It leads to perfection.

 

 

 

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