Hello, my dear friends!
How are you doing?
Today I will be answering one of my most Frequently Asked Questions, which is:
How do you learn a new language?
This question might seem unrelated to ASMR but infact there are many benefits that you can get from learning a new language:
- You will expand your knowledge in many different directions and broaden your view
- You will be able to fully live the culture, lifestyle and habits of that country
- You will have the possibility to get in contact with natives and meet new friends
- You will have more resources to fuel your own studies and interests
- That is to say, more content will be available to you, such as videos, documentaries, books, tv series and more
- You never know what a country and a language might bring you in your life path, the result might be unexpected
These are just some of the benefits that you might get from learning a new language.
If you are bilingual, your chances of being good at learning languages is indeed higher; not being bilingual does not necessarily mean that you will find it difficult to learn a new language, it only means that a bilingual brain has a special ON/OFF button which might come in handy when approaching to a new language.
Bilingual or not, there is one keypoint that will determine whether you will be successful in learning or not: practise.
Even a native speaker forgets how to speak his own native language, if he does not talk and interact on a consisten basis.
Therefore, if you want to suceed in your language learning, the first rule is: never stop practising.
But let’s put it to action, now! Here are some Tips & Tricks of the trade:
- FALL IN LOVE WITH THE LANGUAGE: before starting with it, take your time to fall in love with the country and the language. If you would like to learn French, start by putting on some movies or french music and casually listen to the lyrics. Look for pictures of interesting cities so that you sort of get to know the language as if it was a real person.
- BUY A BEGINNER BOOK (LEVEL A1): This is a fun part. Go to the bookshop and look for a student book+work book that appeals to you. Get through it and study it as a form of relaxing activity. Once again, get to know how the language works.
- WATCH MOVIES AND TV SERIES: You might want to do this with subtitles, the first weeks. It doesn’t really matter if you don’t understand a single word. As you proceed further, watch your favourite movie or tv series with the subtitles in that specific language. For example, a movie with French audio and French subtitles.
When you feel comfortable enough, remove the subtitles completely.
- MEET NATIVE SPEAKERS: Now for this step, you must be careful of course. There are many websites for language exchanges were you can either meet (in your town) a person who speaks French and you can speak your own language back (tandem), or you can stay on the internet and use a language exchange website to connect with a native speaker. The exchange is usually mutual and you can have fun whilst learning a language.
- WATCH AND COMMENT VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE: This might be a strange tip, but intentively watching a video will help your listening skills, while commenting will force you to look for new words and try to use correct grammar. And if you like the person who created that video, you will pay extra attention! Eheh, this is quite a helpful trick.
- PLAN A TRIP TO THAT COUNTRY: Save every penny and start planning a short trip to that country. If you know someone who will let you crash at his/her couch for a weekend, it will be way cheaper. You can go with a friend or partner and share the expense, but if you plan everything in advance, you will not spend much. Unless you want to learn Afrikaans, Japanese or Filipino and you live in Europe. In that case, ask your friends to collectively buy you a ticket for your birthday!
- WATCH COOKING SHOWS: They are intuitive and it will teach you a lot about the habits of the natives. Plus, it is a very enjoyable thing to do and maybe you will find yourself cooking new delicious dishes.
- DON’T OVERSTRESS WITH GRAMMAR: Never overstress with grammar. The important thing is that people are able to interact with you and understand you. If you stress yourself too much because you are afraid of being wrong, you will slow your learning process.
- STRESS AND EMOTIONAL FILTERS: In sociolinguistics, this is called “emotional filter“. The filter is like a giant wall: if you stress, the wall will get in the way between you and the language. Viceversa, if you are motivated, positive and relaxed, the filter will be low and you will learn quickly.
- KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED: you will get better with practise. It doesn’t happen overnight, so don’t feel discouraged if you seem to get stuck in a place. Leave it for a while, then take it back. The secret of success is perseverance.
- LANGUAGES ARE MADE FOR HUMAN BEINGS: Always keep that in mind. The boundaries are mental.
- BE HAPPY AND POSITIVE: Well, this applies to every field of life. If you approach everything with a positive attitude, you will be very glad with its outcome.
I hope these tips and tricks were helpful! Please let me know if you tried any of them.
Have a wonderful day and thank you for being so special