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How to Learn a new Language in a Short Time

Updated on September 2, 2013
Hello everyone!
Hello everyone! | Source

The best way to learn a new language is to spend time (weeks and months) in the country it is spoken at. But if you don’t have the opportunity to do that there are plenty of other resources and help to support you in becoming fluent in another language. This is a collection of them.

There are hundreds of resources available to help you on your learning journey. A library is a good place to start searching at!
There are hundreds of resources available to help you on your learning journey. A library is a good place to start searching at! | Source

Speed up the Studying Process with These Tips

Learn together with someone

If you have a friend or family member who would also like to start learning a language then join forces with them. This way you can discuss upcoming questions or blurry details outside the classroom, practise together and encourage each other.

Join a course or have a private tutor

Sign up for a course at a local language school and attend classes. Once or twice a week could be enough if are willing to study on your own the rest of the week.

A private tutor might be an even better option for you if you have a busy schedule. Today there are many tutors offering their help – and some even teach via skype!

A word a day

There are online tutorials available as well and apps for your phone. Sign up to the free programs and a ’word a day’ emails so you can learn something new every day and grow your language skills by the hour.

Attend a language club

There are many people enthusiastic about learning your chosen language, you may not know them yet though. At language clubs, such as Polyglot, you may find people with the same interest and even native speakers you can practise with free of charge!

Find a good library

Foreign cultural institutes and embassies often have libraries open to the public. Register there and you will be able to rent from hundreds or even thousands of books and videos and on a much lower price than actually buying them in a bookstore. You may also sign up to their newsletters and receive invitations to the cultural events and activities organised by them.

Study groups provide support and motivation
Study groups provide support and motivation | Source

Watch movies and read the news

Even when you are not solving grammar puzzles, you can improve your skills as well as vocabulary by watching movies in that language and reading articles online. If you are a beginner, you may add subtitles to the movies in your native language and use a dictionary to look up some of the words when reading articles.

Are you the only one studying ?

Ask around among your friends and colleagues and you might be surprised how many people have studied the same language and can lend you useful materials and share their experience.

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My personal experience

In order to receive my diploma I had to present two language certificates (intermediate specialised in economics or advanced) to my school. I already had an advanced English certificate and wanted to learn Spanish quickly to fulfill the requirements. At the time I was already a full-time employee at a local company.

I used most of the above tips in the learning process and 10 months later I successfully completed the intermediate economics Spanish exam.

I found that by keeping up my interest, learning became my hobby and I really enjoyed the experience.

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      Reno 3 years ago

      Arielcts like this just make me want to visit your website even more.

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      Zsuzsi 5 years ago from Hungary

      That's great, Tricia! And how do you find learning 3 languages simultaneously?

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      Tricia1000 5 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub. I believe in the word a day approach. I continue to study French and German but have started learning Zulu, another of the official languages in my country.