Foreign Language Learning Tips for Beginners
As a beginner language learner, you experience a lot of excitement and enthusiasm as you start to comprehend your chosen language. There comes a time, however, when you reach a plateau which causes frustration and often discouragement. The trick, and your doorway to ultimate success, is not to give up. Below are some very helpful tips that will allow you to overcome these challenges as they appear.
Get immersed in your chosen language
Actively using the language is what will eventually lead to your success. It is no good reading grammar books or watching foreign movies if you are not actively participating and challenging yourself. Check your local directory for language clubs in your area; This is a fantastic way to keep up your enthusiasm and to practice with other like minded people. The Internet site 'Meetup' has become a benchmark for language clubs, with a large worldwide user base of language learners who regularly meet. Skype, Social networks and forums all have their place in language learning. Remember: when speaking with others, do not try to understand and translate every word you hear, listen for words you recognize and build upon this.
Make realistic learning goals
Making mistakes and incomprehension are usually seen as negative, but they are actually a very normal part of the language learning process. In the beginning your eagerness to learn will be high, this is fantastic, but do not expect to be fluent overnight. The only way to learn a language is through the dreaded "p" word, "practice".
Efficient study periods
Regularity is the key. It is not how much; it is how often you study. There are many active times during the day that can be utilized, whether it be by using your flash cards, listening to a language mp3, or even observing your surroundings and finding the foreign words that relate to what you see.
Effective language tools
There is a wealth of knowledge available on the internet. Visit language forums to find out what other people are using. There are many forum users who are all too happy to give advice and tips. When looking for language software, remember that buying software stating 'Become fluent in two weeks' is an easy way to throw your money away. Focus on well-known brands and ask others so that you can make a well-informed decision.
This is an integral part of language, therefore, it needs to be treated as such. Which method you use needs to be simple and accessible. Make a game of it! Flash cards are very popular and fit the simple, accessible and fun criteria. Recent studies have shown that color, style and category linking participant heavily in the memory process, so make sure to be creative.
Finally, have fun!