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10 Tips for Learning a New Language Quickly

There are nearly [url=]7,000 spoken languages[/url] around the globe.
If one of your goals is to learn a new language, there are a number of things you can be doing to accomplish that in a short amount of time.
However, learning a new language can be challenging. That's why we gathered ten tips to help you pick it up as quickly as possible.
Keep reading to find out what you can do to start learning a different language today.
[b]Tips for Learning a New Language Fast [/b]
The faster you learn a new language, the sooner you can start using it. Fortunately, there are many ways to learn a new language quickly. Here are ten of our favorite tips you can use to pick up any language in no time.
[b]1. Immerse Yourself in the Language [/b]
Babies learn their native tongue because they’re surrounded by it. It’s what they hear all day long, every day. So, if you want to learn a new language, you have to immerse yourself in it, even if you don’t understand it all yet.
Listen to music in that language while you’re working out. Find podcasts to listen to on your way to work. If you can pick up children’s books in that language, that’s another way to help you fill your mind with new words and phrases.
[b]2. Start with the 100 Most Common Phrases [/b]
To start communicating with people in any language, you don’t need to be completely fluent. Instead, you just need about 100 phrases.
Look up the 100 most common phrases in the language you’re learning and focus on learning those.
Learning phrases instead of individual words at the beginning will give you a great foundation and make it easier as you learn new words that you can then plug into the phrases you know.
[b]3. Keep Practicing in Your Head [/b]
Most of us have conversations with ourselves in our minds. Or we at least tell ourselves things like “Don’t forget to pick up milk on the way home from work.”
One of the easiest ways to practice a new language is to turn that inner monologue into that language.
[b]4. Join an Online Community
[/b]The world wide web is a great way to connect to people all over the world. When learning a new language, there are two types of communities that can help you.
Joining a community of people who speak English who are also learning the same language as you will help you feel encouraged to continue on your journey. You can also help teach each other and learn in the process as you share struggles.
The other type of community that can help is a group of people that only speak the language you’re trying to learn. This allows you to practice and better immerse yourself in the language.
You can also pick up slang and informal phrases to round out your knowledge.
[b]5. Be Okay with Saying it Wrong[/b]
What holds many people back from learning a new language is they are afraid of saying things wrong or don’t want to speak with a bad accent. However, you’re going to mess up before you get it right so you need to be okay with that.
Think of yourself as a baby in that language. Nobody would criticize a 2-year-old for not being able to pronounce words perfectly. Be patient with yourself as you learn.
[b]6. Set SMART Goals
[/b]If you’re not setting good goals for yourself, it’s going to be impossible to know how well you’re progressing in your language learning.
[b]A SMART goal is:[/b]
[ul][li]Specific[/li][li]Measurable[/li][li]Attainable[/li][li]Realistic[/li][li]Timed[/li][/ul] An example of a SMART goal is: “In one month, I want to learn 30 new vocabulary words and be able to use them in sentences.” This goal has a time frame, a specific number, is doable, and you can test it by writing out 30 sentences and having a native speaker check them for you.
[b]7. Don’t Translate [/b]
One of the biggest things that holds people back from learning a new language is when they translate everything. They make flashcards that have a word in English on one side and the language they’re learning on the other side.
This leads to you translating everything in your head rather than simply speaking that language. It will slow your speaking and listening down, making it difficult to reach fluency.
Whenever possible, use a dictionary in that language and read the definition to learn new words.
[b]8. Use Pictures [/b]
Pictures are another way to help you avoid translating things. Make flashcards with an image on one side and the word in that language on the other. Then, you’ll start associating that word with the image rather than the English word.
[b]9. Be an Active Learner [/b]
If all you’re doing is reading or listening to [url=]learn a new language[/url], you may have a hard time with it, especially if those aren’t your learning styles. Even if they are, getting up and moving can help you learn a language faster.
When learning verbs, for example, don’t just read the word “jump.” Get up and jump as you say it.
You may feel silly, but it will help you learn these words far faster when you get your whole body involved rather than only engaging your brain.
[b]10. Let Technology Help You [/b]
There are so many apps and websites today designed to help you learn a new language that you’d be crazy not to take advantage of them. Find a couple that you enjoy which really help you learn and use them as often as you can.
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[/b]Now you know ten tips for learning a new language quickly. As you can see, knowing the most common phrases and practicing as often as possible can help your brain stay engaged and learning.
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