– Make time on a regular basis for your language learning : at least 10 minutes a day.
– Be realistic and don’t expect miracles. Language learning takes time – don’t expect to be fluent overnight and don’t worry if you can’t remember everything.
– Repeat activities to reinforce them.
– Don’t worry about making mistakes. It’s a normal part of the learning process. You’ll learn much more quickly by trying to speak than by saying nothing.
– Keep a check on your progress. Go back to something you did early to prove how much you’ve actually learnt.
– Learn about the people and culture of the country where the language is spoken.
– Enjoy your learning. Don’t let it become a chore.
– Never compare yourself to others as everyone learns differently.
– Try out your new language at every opportunity.
– Learn a new word every day.
– Don’t avoid grammar – it is the basis of the language, and knowledge of the rules will allow you to say what you want instead of repeating phrases like a parrot.
– Use any learning method which works for you and don’t be afraid of trying out different approaches: write them on notes and stick them around the house, record them on cassettes, write lists, get friends to test you.
– Make your learning an active part of your life: practise aloud.
– Train yourself to listen.
– Train your mind. When you come across a new word, try to guess what it means.
– Never underestimate the value and pleasure of knowing another language. It can develop your communication skills in general and your creativity, making you more confident.
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