Tips on How to Learn to Speak a Foreign Language

Learning a Language is TOUGH!
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Learning a New Language

No matter what anyone or any language learning program says it takes hard work and dedication to become fluent in a foreign language. To master a foreign language is a very difficult task that may take years of study and exposure to the foreign language.

There are things you can do to learn a foreign language more effectively. This article is not aimed at teaching you how to learn a foreign language fast. This depends on your desire, your dedication, your exposure to the language, and the ability of your brain. This article is aimed to help you learn to use the time that you spend studying a foreign language more effectively.

I will give you 10 tips to that make learning a language more fun and help you study more effectively.


1. Know your Objective

You need to know why you are learning a foreign language. It could be to communicate with a friends, to visit a foreign country, for fun, for business, or even to become a master interpreter. It does not matter why you are learning a new language but in order to create an effective language learning study plan you must understand and remember your purpose. Your purpose tells you how much you should study, what words to study, and even with whom to study.

2. Quality is More Important that Quantity

What makes a great speaker of any foreign language is not necessarily how many words he/she knows it is but his/her ability to quickly comprehend what is being said and quickly recall rules and words and communicate them.

Mastery takes repetition and perfect practice in stressful situations. Before you start memorizing long lists of words or tall stacks of flashcards you should master cases, tenses, common verbs, common irregular verbs, common prepositions, common adjectives, and very common nouns.

Mastery means that you have it down so well that it takes absolutely no time to recall it. It becomes instinctive, instead of taking time to think about how to say something it is already on the tip of your tongue when you need it.

3. Do Not Memorize Words You Will Rarely Use

When you start studying a foreign language, don't spend time learning words you won't need to communicate effectively. This is very subjective, but your language learning objectives will guide you.

Words often found in early language learning lessons like ladle, whisk, and spatula, may be important if you are working in a kitchen but for an average new student of any language words like these can be saved for later.


4. Don't be in Such a Hurry That You Don't Master the Basics Early

It is important to spend a more time up front mastering the basics than stumbling over then through the rest of your language learning experience. Knowing words or rules is not good enough, you must have then down and know them inside and outside. A little more time spent mastering basic principles early will save time later on.

Learn alphabet(s), grammar, basic words, and phrases early and practice using them until you feel that you have them mastered before you start trying to drink from the fire hose and learn stacks of flashcards.

5. Avoid Learning Unnecessary Nouns

When you start to learn a language you should resist the urge to learn how to say every object possible. Like I have said many times remember your learning objectives and learn words that will help you reach them quicker.

One effective way to learn useful nouns is to carry a pocket dictionary with you and look up objects that you wish to say or words that strike your curiosity. Do not try to write these words down but just try to remember them. You will naturally be able to remember important words because you will have to look up the same object multiple times if you can't remember after the first try.


6. Master Verb Tenses and Verbs

Verbs are key to mastering any language. How verbs are used and how they conjugate, in most languages, follow simple patterns. Of course, there usually are exceptions to any pattern. As you become familiar with the language irregularities become less irregular and more natural.


Once you master all the tenses of a foreign language a single verb can go a long way.

7. Master Prepositions

Prepositions are an extremely important part of using a foreign language effectively. Once you have mastered common prepositions will you find that you speak with more confidence and fluency.

8. Master Common Adjectives and Adverbs

Learning adjectives and adverbs is an important part of fluency as well. A few adjectives and adverbs can go a long way.

Adjectives and adverbs use with verbs allow you to express ideas, actions, motives, feelings, and desires.

9. Practice with Both Native and Non-Native Speakers

One of the best ways to master any foreign language is by practicing with a native speaker. This helps you to improve your accent and they can correct anything you say incorrectly. They can also help you to learn words and phrases that natives use.

Practicing with non-native speakers who have already mastered the language is also important. Native speakers can tell you what sounds right and what sounds wrong. But non-native speakers will be able to understand your perspective and communicate effective ways to help you learn and understand the grammar.

10. Have Fun!

There are tons of ways to learn a new language and tons of resources out there. You need to understand what kind of learner you are and what way you enjoy to learn. Be sure to vary tactics, they might include: flashcards, watching movies or other videos, listening to music, learning and singing songs, reading books, talking with someone, writing, or many other things. So find your own way to stay motivated and have fun. Good luck!

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Ogunlade Samuel 4 years ago

I am gradually getting there with this piece. Thanks

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