How To Speed Up The Process Of Becoming Fluent In Another Language
Learning another language can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences. Becoming bilingual is becoming increasingly recognised as a desirable skill to have as travelling overseas for work and pleasure becomes more popular every single day. For even more reasons why learning an additional language is so beneficial, read our earlier blog post on the advantages of learning a second language.
Whether you’re in a rush to become fluent in the native language of the destination you’re visiting or if you simply want to immerse yourself into another culture, it doesn’t have to be an expensive learning experience spent in numerous classes with a tutor. There are many helpful tricks to speed up the language learning process and become fluent in another language.
Order your learning to make sense of it
First of all, begin with the basics. Once you have this basic understanding and have successfully grasped the pronunciation this can be used for learning the basic greeting phrases and conversations. By segmenting the learning process, you can prevent any errors from the start. Learn the correct pronunciation and you can then start to create full sentences and start conversing with native speakers to test your knowledge.
Connect with a native speaker pen-pal
The best way to quickly learn the language is to regularly speak it. Connecting with a real life native speaker is a less stressful way of learning the native language than having your head stuck in a dictionary cramming in words that have no contextual meaning to you.
Try connecting with someone who speaks the native language who is willing to help you in everyday conversations. This tactic is by far the most important, it helps you to not only grasp the pronunciation properly but also learn properly about the culture and how to apply this in your learning. If you don’t physically know of anyone that speaks in your chosen language, try using an online language platform for connecting with a foreign language pen-pal.
Watch TV and films
It is no secret that watching TV and films is an activity that takes up a lot of a spare time and can become a distraction when trying to study a complicated new language. Turn one of your everyday habits in to a learning tool for quickly adapting to another language, making learning fun and entertaining.
Start by watching your favourite TV programmes with subtitles to get a basic grasp of the language in a context that you find easy to understand. Reading subtitles helps you get an understanding for the language’s sentence structure and grammar. Once you have mastered your favourite programme in a new language, develop your learning and attempt watching films in your chosen language without the subtitles.
Immerse the language in to everyday life
Ultimately, learning a new language is tricky. The key to learning any new skill is consistency and application in your ever day life so that it becomes familiar. Some days it may seem impossible to grasp and other days you may feel like a native speaker who can fluently engage in conversation! The most important tip is to persevere, especially if you want to speed up the process. Try to treat it as your first language and change your language settings on your phone, listen to songs and read books all in the new language to adapt quickly.
To speed up the process of learning another language and become fluent, the trick is to fully immerse yourself in the language and treat it as your second language from the first instance. It is even easier to learn a new language today with the amount of language learning apps and materials that allow you to freely include the language in everyday life without having to pay for a tutor or extra language classes.