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5 Secrets To Learning Language

Updated on January 5, 2015
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Learn a language

There are many reason to learn a language, whether its for business or you want to travel. With the way the world is growing, space is getting smaller. It is always a good idea to be able to communicate with the person next to you, especially when you are broke(kidding...kind of).

It's a good idea to know this or that, as oppose to not knowing anything. If you only know English you could go somewhere, but if you know a second language you could go even further. The opportunities for people who know more than one language are expanding every day. From linguistic studies to a translator position. If you learn foreign language script, then you can even write in it.

When business is growing as fast as it is today, it is necessary to reach as far as you can. Some people you reach may not know your first language, so have a backup. The three many one people learn are Spanish, French, and English. There are a lot of different ways to learn a language and I will go through a few.

1. School

Well here is somewhere I didn't want to go back to. If you are not up to date, this is where you go to learn. You also have other people in class that will(could if they wanted) help you learn.

Whether you don’t know what you are doing, or you want to say “hi my name is..” there is help. Preferably not slim shady, but hey.. it is what it is.

Another good thing with teachers is, they have a curriculum which means you go in a certain order, and you get a certain thing done at a certain pace. That way everything you are required to know is.... well..known. This is a really good idea. This is where I learned my favorite Spanish translation, "Puedo ir al bano?" Where is the bathroom.

For anyone from beginner to advance studiers, this is the first way to go. Getting into a school will take some research on your part, but you never know if there is a school near you. BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE....

2. Internet

Scope the internet. You can find lots of things on YouTube, or groups on Facebook. They have online dictionaries. They even have books in different languages you can read online. Anything like that could get you going in the right direction.

You can look up lots of little things, including how other people practice, entire lessons, or small sample lessons. Although I have not found a really good site for French yet. If anyone knows one then please leave a comment.

Another thing to look for is online schools, this should be in the schools category, but it is still the internet. You can even find web pages with lessons on them. is a site that I learn from. This site is filled with little conversations, writing, weather, news, and much more. Which can help you learn new language grammar.

There are translators online, most of them are not very good. So, you might not want to fully trust them, but those are options that you have.

Videos like these are great when getting started.

Textbooks, Pen-pals, and games

3. Textbooks

Get your own kind of textbook, not necessarily school ones. Do you want to Learn French Quick, or a Spanish translation book? They will help. One with exercises would be great and you need a dictionary in that language.

It is always good to have a your English grammar down as well. That way you can study by yourself. For instance, with the dictionary, if you see something throughout your day that you do not know the name for, write it down. Look it up later. Throw your new word in some sentences every now and then, and keep adding to your vocabulary.

Another way if you don’t like to read is audio just say what they are saying. I listen to them on my way to and from work. It's better than the stuff they are calling music right now.. am I right.

4. Pen-pals

I found this to be a great way to learn. You get to write to someone in there native language. They are learning a language, while you learn one. This will benefit them as well. It also helps with all the grammar, and helps show how they communicate. It makes a great addition to textbooks.

In most textbooks you see very standard things, which I am sure make you stand way out. It also takes a while before you get into anything that’s not....choppy. It is also somewhat easier to learn with someone else, especially when you are active with it. With pen pals there is not limit to how many you can have at once.

I prefer I met a few people from Japan, and it was very easy to find someone who wanted to exchange letters. Just remember everyone is there for the same reason, so it can come out bad when foreigners learn English.

Language is not easy to grasp sometimes. Do not judge, they will not be judging you.

5. Games

I personally have the My Japanese Coach game, which I use. The game is just like going through school, it goes through steps and lessons. That way you just follow as needed so you can build on the basic skills and vocabulary,

There are many other computer games, and on the internet there are many language games. There is a huge variety of language learning software. The best thing to do is, for an hour or two a day or every other day, just fiddle with some games.

Anything that gives you interactive time will certainly keep you entertained. Some people need this kind of stimulation to stay energized as they learn. If you are this kind of person, this is a great way to just have fun with it.

Language for me

My personal opinion is, throw a couple of these together. Me, I do everything except school including games and pen pals. I have a few language books and an audio CD.

There is always time to learn, a minute here to look up a word...a couple of minutes to watch a small video clip here or there. Maybe a couple of minutes to write to a pen pal.

Practice with a friend if you can find one, like French, or English again..just find the time. It is important when learning a language, to learn one you will have fun with, because if you become bored with the language you will become bored with learning the language, and that’s not good.

That is why its good to stay active as long as your doing a little something everyday. If you are learning, and you think you are not getting it just keep moving forward. It takes some people a lot longer to pick up than others. Do not let anyone discourage you, just let it be a motivator for your experience. Now go grasshopper and study.

Find a product that interest you in your new language. Solve for X.
Find a product that interest you in your new language. Solve for X. | Source

It would also help to use a language bar when doing any kind of writing with your new language. Here are some instructions, for getting the language bar up. I have used Japanese as my example.

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      Lucrecia 3 years ago

      First off I want to ay wonderful bl g! Ihad a quick qutosien which I'd like to ask if you don't mind.I was nterested to know how you cente you s lf and lea your mind before writing.I've had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Many thanks!

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      jravity1 4 years ago from bellevue, MI

      I am talking to someone on who speaks italian...I tried learning a little. Yea it is very difficult... there are three different writing systems in japanese. THREE. Its is fun though.. "sugoi desu" It is awesome. :)

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      I think you're very brave! A language with a totally different script must be really difficult. I keep saying I want to learn Italian and haven't got round to it; I should get going. If you can tackle Japanese then you're putting me to shame not having even started on Italian yet!

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      jravity1 4 years ago from bellevue, MI

      I found that the most difficult part was remembering the order of the words...not the words themselves. I am learning japanese, and it is quite difficult.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      That is good advice jravity1; I totally agree. The basis of a language is the most important place to begin.

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      jravity1 4 years ago from bellevue, MI

      You do have to be careful with those translators, they have been known to make mistakes. If I was her I would focus on sentence structure and grammar before vocabulary. I am glad I could help.

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      DOLFINS4DEBRA 4 years ago

      well i sure learned something ... did not realize my translator would be able to teach me the language i want to learn...

      great advice... will tell my granddaughter she is learning 3 languages right now..



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      jravity1 5 years ago from bellevue, MI

      yea google translate didn't help much... but I think you said hi my good man. good weekend. either way.. Thank you.

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Salut mon brave! Bon weekend!

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      jravity1 5 years ago from bellevue, MI

      Thank you, it does take a lot to get a language down. Even if its just enough to say hi. Ohaiyo gozaimasu.

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Some great ideas here. It's also a good idea to find a conversation group in your area; there are often some tucked away or maybe at your local college or adult education centre. Of course, you can join a language evening course or visit the country (can't beat that) but just practising with others gets you in the stride. Up and useful.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Nice selection of choices to learn a language. We each lean in different ways so having five options gives everyone a chance to find something for them.

      Voted up and useful.