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If you’ve made the wise decision to study English in London, congratulations! You’re probably already done a little bit of research and are aware that learning a foreign language is no easy feat. Before you kick off your learning journey, it could be valuable to know what tactics have helped other students learn in the past. Read on for our top 5 tips that are guaranteed to help you in your language learning journey.
1. Make sure you put out newfound knowledge into action as soon as you learn it.
We can’t overstress the importance of practicing a new language as much as possible. Make sure that you converse with your tutor, your fellow students, and anyone else who knows the language well. The more you use the new words and phrases that you learn, the more they’ll ingrain themselves firmly into your mind. You’ll also learn how to place them in context more naturally. So as soon as you learn a new word, use it in a sentence and do it a few times – repetition is key.
2. Enjoy the learning experience.
If you can, learn a language as part of a small class. This will give you more chances to practice your conversational skills and build skills at your own rate. This can make learning a new language far more engaging that trying to study on your own (click to view more information). When you start to get a little frustrated or bored, create songs and games to help yourself learn. Keep the process as interactive as possible to make it more enjoyable for yourself. You don’t have to stop learning once you leave the classroom. If you listen to music and watch movies in the new language, it is likely that you will be able to pick up some of the more informal lingo and nuances that you can throw into your own conversation.
3. Travel to the country where people speak the language.
For instance, if you are learning Italian, if you study Italian in Venice, it will be easier to learn and practice the language. Being in that foreign environment forces you to learn the language. You’ll have to learn more if you want to make local friends. Your social life will rely on it. Interacting with locals with also provide invaluable opportunities to be exposed to different English accents, practice your conversational skills, and learn the local slang.
4. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
One of the best pieces of advice for someone learning a new language is that you need to accept that you’re going to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to mess up at the start. The more you start to speak in your new language, the more you’ll grow in confidence. Over time it’ll start to come more naturally to you. Remember that you are learning so try to be patient with yourself. Often there will be moments when your skill development seems to hit a plateau. That can be very frustrating but continue working and you’ll soon begin making more progress again.
5. Don’t let it fade.
Once you head back to your home country, make sure you find a ‘language buddy’ that you can continue to practice with. If you don’t continue to talk and use the new language you’ve learnt, your skills will fade. If nobody around you knows how to speak your new language, find yourself a language buddy online for practice. Bring on the Skype dates!