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How to learn a new foreign language

Language skills, such as German or French, in addition to one’s own native language, are almost indispensable in today’s global world. But not everyone finds it easy to learn a new foreign language. In fact, learning a new language can be fun. Here are some tips to become effective and fluent in a new language. The following tips are universal and help to internalize a new foreign language.

Application makes perfect
It is not practice that makes perfect, but application. For many, practice means rehearsing vocabulary and cramming grammar. In fact, using the language in conversation with others is the fastest way to master a language like French. This is the only way to get used to the sound of the language and to internalize vocabulary and grammar.

Private lessons made to measure
German, Spanish or French tutoring online with a private teacher are now thanks to platforms, no longer a rarity and you do not have to dig too deep into your pocket. A private tutor designs the lessons according to the learning goals, the language level and the speed of the student. Gaps in knowledge can be filled, weaknesses can be worked on and questions can be clarified individually. The cost factor, as well as the regularity of the lessons, creates additional commitment to stick with it and make rapid progress.

 A strong “why”
People who are determined usually differ from people who struggle to motivate themselves in that they have a strong “why.” They know exactly what they’re working towards and committed to, and therefore find it easy to stay on the ball. Anyone who wants to speak a new foreign language quickly and with ease should therefore think carefully about the reason behind it. The stronger the reason, the greater the inner drive.

Use a language tandem
In a language tandem, two people come together, each wanting to learn the other’s language. The advantage of a language tandem is that the setting is rather informal and the topics are relevant to everyday life. Often, a friendship even develops between tandem partners, because you can choose your own partner and thus ensure that the same interests exist.

Bringing the language into everyday life
Nowadays, it is not only thanks to language tutoring offers that one can conveniently bring the desired foreign language into one’s own four walls. Movies, series, books, music and podcasts are also perfect for integrating the new language into everyday life. The more often we hear a language, the easier it is for us to make it our own.

Phrases instead of vocabulary
Learning vocabulary does not always have to be dry and boring and limited to memorization. It is more effective to rehearse and try out whole phrases instead of vocabulary. This makes it easier to understand the context and to remember new words. The meaning of individual words will come automatically over time.

Don’t be afraid of mistakes
The most common reason why people fail when learning a new foreign language is that they are afraid of making mistakes. But mistakes are normal and part of the human learning process. A new language is a great opportunity to admit to yourself that it is impossible to know everything, especially when you are learning something new. Instead, be willing to make mistakes, learn from them, and ask questions. Again, language classes are a great opportunity to try out new things you’ve learned in a safe setting.

 It pays to persevere
Learning a new foreign language is not always voluntary; sometimes it is necessary in order to pass an important exam or a relevant language test. Nevertheless, it’s worth persevering, because language skills that go beyond one’s native language have a positive effect on the brain. Learning a new language makes it easier to adopt different perspectives and switch back and forth between different tasks more effortlessly.