4 Top Tips for Learning a Language

Pascale Chauvot

24 Nov 2016

Many people struggle to learn a foreign language or find it too difficult. But for those who prevail there are many benefits. Here are some tops tips for learning a language. 

People attempting to learn a new language, especially if they are monolingual, are often envious of polyglots, wondering how they were able to achieve what appears to be beyond their reach.  Some recent articles and publications address the issue of

We have trawled the internet to find some interesting articles that address the issue of language learning; many advocate a series of tricks or short-cuts which we hope you find useful.

tips for learning a language

1. Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time

This article highlights several steps describing what to focus on when learning a new language.  Many languages use a relatively small number of words which, when learnt, gives the speaker a level of proficiency.

Other steps include making links with your language, such as identifying shared words as a place to start. Read more.

Many languages use a relatively small number of words which, when learnt, gives the speaker a level of proficiency

2. I Learned to Speak Four Languages in a Few Years: Here’s How

This article explores the successful step-by-step processes of learning another language.  The trick described is how to break down the challenge in easier to manage pieces:  pronunciation, vocabulary, listening and speaking, and describes helpful hints and tips for each step. Read more.

3. How to Learn a Second Language

This article identifies language learning challenges in adulthood and how they differ intrinsically from the natural language learning capabilities of children.

Recognising that learning techniques that come easily to children may not work with adults, often because childhood skills are lost at puberty, the article explores alternative teaching methods that may work better for adult language students. Read more.

Tricks include using your senses, your imagination, and the creative use of establishing connections from your own language.

4. How to Use Memory Tricks to Learn Languages

This article describes detailed memory exercises that are applied to learning another language.  Tricks include using your senses, your imagination, and the creative use of establishing connections from your own language.

Applying this technique to your experience and building other associations assist in improving your ability to learn another language.

The author also realistically discusses the importance of revising to improve retention of what has been learnt. Read more.



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