When I moved to Norway, I was not in the mood to learn a foreign language. However, I realized very quickly that it would be my only chance to understand other people and of course to get friends. Today I will be sharing my tips and tricks to learn a new language!
1. Start with some simple words
Pick up 50 words and start using them on people. I remember that I began to call my mother for “Mor”, which means mother in Norwegian.
2. Learn the filler words
If you want to buy yourself some time and increase your confidence then you should learn som filler words. These are the words people use all the time between sentences but they do not really mean something. I still use this trick, haha!
3. Make it a daily habit
Use every opportunity to speak the language. The more your brain will consider it something useful, the more you will learn. If you want to learn a language fast, you have to commit to studying the language for a couple of hours per day. Believe me, all the work will pay off!
4. Write out the grammar
It sound silly, but writing things out by hand is still the best way to memorize things. So, get some paper and a pen!
5. Use technology
The fantastic thing about technology these days is that we can bring it everywhere. An app on your smartphone can be very useful when your travel. Just open the app and start learning when you are on your way! I have made little list for you, which consist of apps, websites and softwares:
Personally, I like Duolingo and Babbel. Duolingo is a website and an app, it gets users to read and speak their new language by seeing, hearing and translating it. Users gain points as they complete lessons, it feels like you are playing a game. Babbel is also a website and an app, which is slightly different from Duolingo. It can identify your problem area and gives you the opportunity to work on them.
6. Do not worry about making mistakes
I know all about making mistakes, I still make them. But when you’re learning a new language you can’t be afraid to make mistakes, otherwise you won’t get very far. Making mistakes (and learning from them) will help you to progress. Of course there are always people who will laugh at you, but there are so many people who will admire you and love to help you!
7. Listen and read
When I say read, I do not mean a book of 346 pages. Try to start with something you are interesting in, such as a magazine or a cartoon. Children books are also very useful. It could be that you already know the story and this will make it even easier. Try to watch YouTube and television to improve your listen skills. My family and I used to watch children tv, sounds silly but it works!
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