by Kate Khom
Learning a new foreign language often sounds like a drag. Old-fashioned classes are not something that will bring you pleasure, but learning a language doesn’t have to be boring or hard.
Not only that it sounds boring, but it is not the most efficient way of learning a language either.
Yet, the biggest number of learners lack consistency in learning a language shows one survey that was done by Busuu, a website meant to help you in learning languages.
“The best way to learn, practice, and master a foreign language is to embed it into your daily routine”, says Michael Davidson, non-native writer at Flatfy.
“Including a language in your favorite activities will make learning more enjoyable and you will not even feel as if you were actually studying” – Michael continues.
For all those of you who are willing to try out this new method of learning, here are some activities that you do every day all the same, so why not make that wasted time not wasted after all.
Who doesn’t like to lay back and turn on their favorite show on Netflix? There is no such person!
Procrastinating by watching movies or TV shows in a foreign language can surely benefit you in many ways.
For one, you get to listen to the dialogs and get familiar with how it should all sound. Also, you get familiar with different accents, so once you find yourself talking to a native speaker that speaks in a different dialect, you will not have a hard time understanding him.
Additionally, you can get familiar with the vocabulary and new words, and even figure out some of the meanings from contexts, if you are not sure what they mean. That is how you would remember new words most efficiently.
Using subtitles depends on your level of knowledge and your confidence. And, of course, willingness to push yourself outside of a comfort zone.
Similarly to the previous one, you can watch some fun, even educational videos, practice the language, and learn something new along the way.
Moreover, there are some YouTube channels that are specifically created for people who are learning a new language.
Here are some channels that you might find interesting and helpful:
Not only that this will get you the enjoyment of meeting new people, but you will also get more familiar with a language and culture itself.
While everything that you will learn from books refers to literary language, speaking with native speakers will get you some knowledge of slang as well, which is a highly important part of a language.
There are websites that have communities of natives formed and they are all willing to help new learners. You can check out:
Reading books or news will not get you much insight into how a certain word should sound, but it will surely give you some practice and make you learn a few new words.
Another thing that you can try is to make a record of yourself reading and listen to yourself later on to see how you sound and what you can do to make an improvement.
Learning and practicing a new language really doesn’t have to be so boring after all!
These were some steps and things that you can try when practicing a language and we surely encourage you to be creative on your learning journey.
Kate is passionate writer and learner. She likes to help people and make this world better. Feel free to chat with her on Twitter.
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