7 Tips to learn a foreign language

Nagore Valera
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Although learning a new language can be very challenging, it’s definitely rewarding. In a preview post we talked about the benefits of learning a foreign language. In this case we want help you with some tips and advice to learn a foreign language in an enjoyable and efficient way.

1. Read books or listen to audiobooks

Another great way to learn a foreign language is to read books or listen to audiobooks. Both options have their own pros and cons. 

Traditional books allow you to set your own rhythm and memorize more words simply by looking at them. On the other hand, audiobooks make it easier to understand pronunciation and embrace the original style of speaking.

2. Watch foreign movies or series

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You could probably think of this tip alone, but we have to mention it as it really is a superior language learning method. Watching foreign movies is fun and educational at the same time, so you should definitely make it a part of your language-learning strategy. 

3. Write more

Give yourself a writing assignment every other day and try to make use of the new words and phrases you learned through reading. Send your drafts to a native friend or a tutor to get feedback.

You can practice your writing skills by writing a letter or a postcard to a friend or searching for written assignments on the internet.

4. Use a language learning app

You can also find a whole bunch of language learning mobile apps. Such platforms help you to learn a foreign language individually and choose your own pace.

Smartphone and tablet apps are super convenient because you can take them anywhere and practice on the go.

Talkao translate offer your smart books which you can learn expressions, vocabulary, verbs or technical words in languages like spanish, chinesse, portuguese, italian or german. Complete the books and get Talkao certifies with moren than 4.000 phrases/words in each language.

Up to 4.000 translations native expressions and words by professional translators.

5. Find a language partner

With that said, having the support of another person will accelerate your learning immensely. No matter what stage you’re at in learning your new language, find someone who’s also trying to learn the language. Schedule times to meet up and share any progress and offer feedback for one another. Exchange resources or tips that have been helpful to you.

6. Making smart goals

SMART planning is one of the best productivity hacks. Here is what each letter stands for and what they mean when setting a goal.

  • S = Specific – Make your goal as specific as possible
  • M = Measurable – Provide a way to evaluate your goals using data and metrics
  • A = Achievable – Make sure your goal is achievable to you
  • R = Realistic – Your goal has to relate to the main focus and not something else
  • T = Time-Bound – Give yourself a reasonable deadline to complete the task

SMART goals are only useful if you write them down and keep them where you can see them every day.

7. Talk, talk and talk

1 hour of conversation is as good as 5 hours in a classroom. If you’re having a chance to talk to a native speaker, do it. If you’re traveling, start the conversation with the locals. That’s how you’ll learn the slang and also work on your conversational skills.

Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. If you’re just starting out, it’s normal to make mistakes. Don’t let that discourage you. If you don’t try it, you won’t be able to overcome those fears.

Of course, if you’re having a friend who speaks the language you’re studying, tell them to correct you or give you suggestions.

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Nagore Valera

Nagore Valera is SEO Manager at Offiwiz S.L as well as Community Manager at Talkao S.L. She has a graduate in education as well as nutrition and health, currently specializing in social education and digital marketing. She has been generating content in different formats, platforms, companies and markets for more than seven years. Born in Spain, she has worked for companies in countries such as France, England, Spain and Colombia.

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