The best way to learn a language
A Genuine Reason
The best way to learn a language is first to have a genuine reason for wanting to learn it.
This could be one of the following:–
- You want to learn a partner’s, friend’s or family member’s native tongue.
- You find yourself living in a foreign country for work, family or study.
- You genuinely love that language and have bought a property abroad.
- You need to talk to your customers, staff, or colleagues in a more respectful manner by addressing them in their own language.
- You want to read a certain author in the original language or study a work of literature.
- You would like to gain a qualification or teach a language.
- You want to bring up your child bilingual!
- Or maybe you just want to be able to communicate with the locals on holiday.
A Personal Tutor Face-to-Face
So you’ve chosen your language, but what is the fastest and easiest way to learn it?
The best way to learn a language is to be thrown in at the deep end, among people who don’t speak your own language. It may seem a little daunting but it works, simply because you don’t have a choice but to learn!
However, this is not a situation many of us find ourselves in. So we need to find an alternative way of immersing ourselves in the language as much as we can. We need to see how the language ‘works’.
We can learn from books and we can learn online, with a computer telling us when we get a word right or wrong. But nothing beats conversation practice with another person face to face.
This is best done with a knowledgeable teacher who is fluent in the language. They can talk to us at our own level, correct our mistakes, encourage us, spark our interest, and most importantly, increase our confidence. This helps us to recognise how to speak these new words and phrases in a way that carries meaning and elicits genuine responses from a fluent speaker.
Practice Every Day
Learning a new language requires regular practice.
A weekly lesson is proven to work well. If lessons or conversations with others are not possible, then try to practice a little every day. Here are three ways to help you – all easy steps that really work and are fun to do.
Read the news or magazines in your chosen language. For example, it’s possible to read the news online with the BBC in many languages. Or you can look up the main papers in your chosen language and read the online versions such as El Pais in Spain and Le Monde in France.
Watch films in the language of your choice. There are so many excellent foreign language films out these days. Watch them in the source language, perhaps without subtitles. Although subtitles can help too of course! Click here for the best foreign films on Netflix.
Use an online language app. These are available free to download onto your computer or phone. Try Duolinguo or Memrise, or one of the many other great platforms. Try to do just five minutes a day to keep your skills ticking over. These apps are usually quite good at reminding you, ensuring you stay motivated.
How can Talk Languages Help?
Learn at home, at work or in a quiet café with a personal tutor.
At Talk Languages we have always favoured the one- to- one personal tutor approach. All Talk Languages teachers are well known to us, trusted, qualified and experienced. Our Pay-As-You-Go flexible learning system means that you can have your first lesson with a qualified teacher in your own home, at work or in the location of your choice.