Five secrets to learning any new language

Who among us tried to learn a new language and faced frustration because of its difficulty or lack of mastery of it despite continuous attempts? We offer you a set of tips that may facilitate learning the new language.

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Many people intend to learn a new language, but they encounter the reality of the difficulty of learning this language, either because of its complexity or lack of time or because of the preoccupation with other things that arise in life. The enthusiasm with which one was set out to learn this language gradually begins to cool down, and eventually one succumbs to reality and gives up on learning it.

However, here are some things that avoiding or following may improve language learning:

  1. Take things slow

When you start learning a new language, you get enthusiastic and rush to learn vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. This is positive, but it only lasts for a short time. Therefore, do not rely on your enthusiasm alone, because when this enthusiasm is gone, you will feel boredom and constant pressure, which will make you lose the desire to continue learning the language.

Therefore, the most important advice provided by the “Babel” website, which specializes in language teaching, is to “tame” your enthusiasm and transform learning the new language into a regular daily activity, for relatively short periods, so that you do not feel stressed and bored.

  1. Advantages of a weak memory

Many of those who do not accept learning a new language resort to the excuse of their weak memory and their inability to memorize a large amount of vocabulary and grammar rules. Although having a strong memory will greatly aid you in learning any new language, a weak memory is not a curse, but a blessing.

For those who suffer from a weak memory, the “Babel” site recommends linking sentences and vocabulary that you want to memorize with specific situations and building “mental bridges”, in addition to using mental training methods to help you remember new sentences and vocabulary that you learn. This alone not only helps you learn the new language faster, but also strengthens your memory at the same time.

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Conversation in any new language is difficult because a novice speaker is forced to use everything previously learned in this language automatically and without thinking. Therefore, it is necessary to rehearse and train a lot in speech and conversation. If you cannot find someone to talk to, simply talk to yourselves.

  1. No one is perfect

Do not try, at the beginning of your language learning, to be fluent in it like those who speak it as a mother tongue, because this goal for you will soon turn into a frustration factor that may negatively affect your enthusiasm for learning the new language. Of course, with time and perseverance, you will eventually be able to master this language, but don’t make this your first goal at the beginning of the road.

Do not be someone who says: “I will not speak (the new language) until I have completely mastered what I say. But if I do not speak, I will not improve and I will give up the goal of speaking fluently.” So, give yourself breaks and don’t be afraid to make mistakes at the start of the journey.

  1. Comfort is important

Perseverance in learning the language is fine, but being too observant will eventually wear out in your upper arm. When you make progress in your learning of a new language, such as a successful attempt to speak with someone in that language, or enable you to remember words and terms required in a particular situation, it is time to give yourself a prize or take a break, to give you an opportunity to renew your energy and continue on this path.

  1. Keep the goal in mind

You must ask yourself why you learned this language, because that will be the goal that you will always strive for on the path to learning and mastering this language. It is important to always keep this goal in mind, whatever it is: love, promotion, new job, love of culture, or trying to adapt to a country that speaks this language.

Always imagine that every step you take toward learning a new language – no matter how big it is – will help you achieve this goal and reach it in a shorter time.

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