Written by Sarah Richardson
Have you ever needed to learn a new language?
In this post we’ll share our top five tips for learning a new language.
Learning a new language can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a willingness to try and are fine with making mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to becoming fluent — or at least being able to order food, ask simple questions, and get your foot in the door to authentic experiences.
1. Google Translate is Indispensable
The Google Translate app is one of the best tools available for translating language on the go. Whether you need to ask for directions, translate text from a menu, or even have a live two-way conversation, this app is super powerful.
It works best between languages with common connections. English to Greek works well, but it might struggle with a less common language crossover like Polish to Greek.
Pro Tip: Download for offline use.
2. Immerse Yourself
Learning guru Scott H. Young recommends going all in with his proven Ultra Learning strategy. According to Scott, it’s possible to learn a language to proficiency in as little as three months. The trick is absolute immersion.
3. Learn Verbs First
Or at least a very close second. Focusing on verbs quickly cues others around you to at least know what you’re trying to talk about. For example if you’re looking to find somewhere to eat, you may not know the word for restaurant, directions or various types of food, but the word “eating” may help you gain information on any of these topics.
There’s a reason that human babies start learning the verbs shortly after basic nouns like ‘mama’, ‘dada’, and ‘milk’. It’s a great way to get across what you want!
4. Buddy Up
Find people to speak the language you are trying to learn with. Not only will it be a 100 times more fun, it will inspire you to try and help you both improve.
5. Try, Make Mistakes & Have Fun!
You won’t have perfect pronunciation overnight, or remember all the grammar rules, and sometimes you may mix up Portugese for Spanish, but that is OKAY! I once used 4 different languages in a sentence because I was trying to not use English. It didn’t work but we laughed and played charades instead. Native speakers will see and appreciate the effort that you put in to learn their language, so lean in and reap the benefits.
Learning a language can be rewarding, challenging and fun. The right tools, company and attitude can make all the difference.
Let us know if you found this post helpful. Tell us what you learned, or about an experience you have had learning a new language. We would love to hear from you and what you want to read about next.