What else could be the apex of your desire? You know it is neither that mansion by the seaside nor that continental meal you’ve always longed for. Within you, you know it is something deeper, something much more sustainable- something like learning a new language.
Whether you aim to be multilingual for the fun of it, or for the increased chances of gaining more job opportunities, the simple truth is: learning a new language isn’t an easy ride.
But then, it’s okay. Anyways, challenges come with their solutions hanging behind them. So here too: the solutions that hard-to-learn language, resides here. Take some time to read through this article, and develop a refined mindset about learning new languages.
Here are some tips you would find useful when it’s time to get the game rolling:
Have a motivation
Why do you wish to first in the first instance?
This might sound so obvious, but if you lack a concrete reason for pursuing a foreign language, you would get discouraged along the way, and quit.
Think this through very well before diving into your foreign language classes. If need be, scribble your motivation down on a piece of paper. This piece might be the pillar that holds you when the storms of discouragement come.
Now that you have your reason well stated, you must make a resolution to keep what you learn relevant to your initial purpose.
Here’s what I mean: every language is broad. So broad that you could get lost in the process of learning. Once you have a fixed goal, say, communicating fluently with others- you wouldn’t dive into words that have nothing to do with the basics of your goal. And, this is where your purpose comes in. Your purpose simply helps you stay on the right track.
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t explore the intricacies of each language, instead- you should be careful so as not to lose the morale you had in the first instance.
Come on! You do not have to be dead- serious about this!
Form creative ways to practice what you have learned- with respect to your purpose for learning the language. Create a poem, write a song, do some mad-libs, run some commentaries, talk to friends, pay someone to do homework online and compare it with your solutions- do whatever, but just be sure it fits into the box of your purpose.
This relieves you of the tension of frequently storing new words in your head.
Become a Child again
That’s not to say you should shrink in size and probably, divide your age by 2. It simply means taking on childlike qualities.
For instance, for a child, mistakes are normal: an inherent part of the learning process. However, as we morph into adults, we replace this quality with society laws; one which equates mistakes to taboos. Drop that.
Mistakes are what make learning fun. Have you ever seen a child that’s about to start walking? Look how many falls they make, yet, a child sees it as an opportunity to try again.
So, when you aren’t getting the words right, it’s cool. Perfectly cool!
Listen, Listen, Listen
Before you speak, listen. Of course, that golden rule still stands. For every sound in a language, there’s a mouth and throat movement peculiar to it.
Listening does two things for you: it improves your familiarity with the sounds of the language, and it allows you to figure out the particular mouth and throat movement needed to accurately produce the sound.
Remember, your dreams are valid and learning a new language is absolutely possible. All the best!