As you will know we made the decision to send Pops to a Welsh medium school and are trying to learn alongside her. Here are some tips on How to make learning a language Easier.
One of the best ways to make sure that you are going to learn any language faster and easier is to immerse yourself in the language in some way or another. The more that you are fully immersed in it, the more that your brain will just naturally pick it up in the way that you did with your first language when you were young. Obviously, if you are in a situation where you are surrounded by it all the time – for instance, if you have moved home – then you will find that this is arranged for you by circumstance. But if you are keen to maximize this or get a head start, then immersing yourself in other ways is likely to prove helpful.
So what can you do on that front? One way is to find people who speak the language and hang out with them, possibly even asking that they don’t speak English around you. Often, they will be happy to help you learn in this way. You might also want to think about changing the language of the software you use to the language that you are trying to learn. If you change your social media to the desired language, for instance, you will find that you are going to pick it up all the more easily. Likewise, when you are using any kind of messenger app, you can easily choose the language you want, and in this way you will find that you have to pick it up much more easily and quickly as a result. Take a look here to learn more about such apps; https://setapp.com/how-to/set-up-imessage-on-mac
Learning most things requires that you are able to put enough time in on a regular basis, but when it comes to learning a language you will find that this is especially important. If you want to learn a language, make sure that you are setting aside some regular time in which to do it, so that you start to develop a schedule for it. You might be amazed at the kind of difference that this makes, and it is something which you are going to have to make time for as best as you can. When you do this, make sure that it is a time that you are able to keep on a regular basis, otherwise you might find that you are not going to have as much of an improvement as you might hope. But as long as you find a regular time which you can sit down in and learn your new language, you will get much further in no time at all.
If you thought that the most important skill in learning a new language was writing it or speaking it, think again. Actually, the most vital thing that you need to do is to make sure you learn how to listen. It is by listening that you learn the most, and by listening which you can ensure that you are going to be able to pick up as much as you need to. You will also be able to learn many of the intuitive and unconscious things that native speakers do when talking which you can’t always learn in a textbook or with learning software. The better you are at listening, the better you will become in the other language skills, so it is vital that you make a point of listening well at all times. It really will make a world of difference to how easily and swiftly you pick up the language.
As with anything, it is important that you allow yourself to start small. If you try to get into the deep end straight away, you are only probably going to cause yourself more stress and worry, and ultimately this won’t result in the kind of experience you are probably hoping for. If, instead, you make a point of starting small, then you will be able to develop the essential building blocks and work up from there. That means that you should start with the alphabet and other essentials first, and then only once you are absolutely set on those should you move on to more and more complex parts of the language. Go at your own pace too, otherwise you won’t be learning as effectively as you might hope.
Now you have these tips, what language do you wish you could learn?
Until the next post,
Are and Pops.
**This is a collaborative post**