I’d like to preface this article by saying that when I refer to learning a language quick, I am discussing the speeding up of language learning rather than what those ridiculous online ads say about becoming a polyglot in a fortnight. Many people will take their time in learning a language and my view on this is that you should look to learn it at the pace which suits you best. I am currently learning my 3rd language and based on the experiences that I have had so far I want to try and help as many of you as I cab, to supercharge your learning.
These are just some tips and tricks which have helped me, and I really hope that they can help you too.
If you are able to then I would suggest immersing yourself in the language as much as you possibly can. If you are able to travel to a region or a country where the language is spoken then that is going to be amazing, but even if you cannot, there are still ways in which you can immerse yourself. The first way is to consume media in the language that you are learning, with subtitles of course or lyrics written in front of you. I used to get perplexed when I’d speak to someone from the Philippines who spoke English because they watched some movies, but I have since learned that this is what supported their learning and helped them to nail accent and understand people better, and you can do the same.
Something which has always worked for me in English and now continues to help when I am learning other languages is to learn daily words, just 10. Pick 10 words, verbs, nouns or adjectives, and look to use them as much as you can throughout the day. I generally find that even looking at the words 5 or 6 times during the day helps me to remember them. I try to learn 10 words per day for 6 days, and then at the end of the week I will round up the 60 words which I have written down throughout the week, and then try to remember them all and write down what they mean. Any of these that I get wrong, I will integrate them into the following week’s words. To reinforce the learning even more, at the end of the month I will read over the 360 words which I have learned, again, any I get wrong go into the next week. If you are disciplined with this it will help you.
There are some great learning apps out there and the best I have found is called DuoLingo, which allows you to speak with people from all over the world. This is a great way to mutually learn, they learn English from you and you can learn the language of your choice from them, correcting each other and helping out.
These are 3 great ways that I have found which can help to boost your language learning.