Have you ever considered learning a language but feel like you don’t have the spare time? Well, I’m here to show you that anyone is able to become a bilingual champion. Just by tweaking your day to day life slightly you’ll have another language under wraps before you know it.
As a busy girl who has spent many hours learning Espanol. I have many tips and tricks for integrating learning a foreign language into your lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to improve your employability potential or are interested in taking up a new hobby, Listen and learn is the way forward.
6 Ways To Make Learning A Language Part of Your Daily Routine
Watch Movies/TV Shows In Your Chosen Langauge:
One of the best ways to learn a second language is to watch movies and tv shows. Not only is it an exciting way of learning but is also very effective. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t watch a 90-minute movie and come out the other side a native speaker but it will help you to improve.
Whether you’re learning French, Spanish, Italian or even Cantonese it doesn’t matter. With services such as Netflix’s, Youtube and Amazon Prime, there are many choices to go ahead and choose from. I recently watched the Spanish film Veronica on Netflix’s with the subtitles. Of course, everyone has their own preference but I find subtitles very beneficial when understanding what I’m hearing.
Always Keep A Notepad On You:
Although we live in a world where having a phone, tablet or laptop is the norm. It’s not always the most beneficial method for learning a new language. If you want to get the most out of your new journey, you should keep a notebook and pen with you at all times.
You never know when you might get a spare five minutes throughout your day. That way if you have your pad on you, you can get it out and refresh your mind at any given moment. This is a perfect method for people who have busy lives. Whether you’re commuting too and from work, a parent waiting to do the school run or even on your lunch break. Now the best part about this is that you can do it anywhere and everywhere, so theres no excuses.
Use Learning A Language Apps & Games
Isn’t it amazing the kind of things that have been made available via electrical devices? Apps are a fantastic way to get all sorts of things done. You can literally do anything on your mobile these days. Whether you’re online banking, socialising with friends, organising your calendar, etc. so why not incorporate this with your language learning?
There are many different apps being made available online such as Duolingo or FluentU so have a look around and try some out. It’s always best to test out a few and see which one works for you. I have had a lot of great experiences using Duolingo and I have decided to continue with these for now. A lot of them offer short tests, popular phrases and games to help you practice your writing and speaking skills.
Learn With Friends And Family:
Giving you someone to practice with makes the whole experience a lot easier. By learning with a family member, friend or even your partner you can help motivate one another to carry on pushing forward. There will always come a time when one of you feel like giving up but you can help support one another.
Learning a language is not easy and having that extra support will be extremely beneficial for your education. If you haven’t got any friends who are interested in learning alongside you, don’t worry! There are many online communities which can help put you in contact with others wanting to learn the same language as you. You’re never alone.
Communicate With The Locals:
Obviously, this is a lot easier said than done because we can’t all be jumping on planes left, right and center. However, planning a trip to a country where the native language is the one you are learning is a great way to practice. Many travel agencies offer cheap, short break weekend deals. If you’re learning a local language such as; French or Spanish. Go ahead and see if you can plan a little getaway and practice with the locals themselves.
I understand that it can feel very daunting and embarrassing to practice in person. You may be feeling nervous about getting it wrong and people laughing. My one bit of advice would be don’t ever feel scared to try because I can promise you, the locals will be more than happy to help and will appreciate your effort (even if you do get the pronunciation wrong).
Remember, Practise Makes Perfect
Remember nothing worth having comes easy in life. Do not expect to be bilingual by the end of the week because that just isn’t going to happen. It’s not even about putting in all the time and effort, it’s about being consistent.
Consistency and fun are what learning a language is all about. Take a look at all the different methods/programmes made available to you and see what works best in your lifestyle. Good luck with your journey and I wish you all the success in learning your new skill.
Have you ever considered learning a second language? Or maybe you already have 3 languages on your belt? Make sure to let us know your best tips and tricks for success in the comment section below!
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