Last edited on February 20, 2021 Sarah Pereira
Nowadays it’s uncommon to find people willing to learn a new language as a leisure activity. Instead of forcing yourself to learn a new language, ask yourself: Why shouldn’t I learn a foreign language?
By just spending 30-60 minutes each day practicing a new language you will notice an increase in your opportunities for travel, careers, new connections, living abroad, and cognitive abilities. Each time you’re learning a new language the world just seems to grow infinitely bigger. And if you want to learn a new language remind yourself it’s normal to feel frustrated because you won’t learn the entire language in a couple of days but, you do have stored potential to. What’s even better is that there are no age, education, or race limit to what languages you can learn.
Notebook or Flashcards for Vocabulary and Verb terms.
When learning a new language, I found that by having flashcards or a notebook to store all the vocabulary and verb terms was very useful. I was always able to refer back to what I wrote if it was necessary.
Listening to Music.
Listening to Music in the foreign language you are learning, is a great way to learn new words and get familiar with the music culture from that country.
Watching Movies, TV Series, or YouTube.
Watching films in a foreign language is a good way to learn how some words are pronounced and how people communicate there.
Reading Children or Mini Chapter Books
In addition to reading children/mini chapter books, you could also reread a book you’ve already read in your native language (i.e. I’m reading The Hunger Games in Portuguese because I’ve already read it in English). Reading books in your foreign language is one of the ways I learned a new language because it builds up our fluency in the language.
Search up the Top 1000 most used Words and Study Them
When you search up the 1000 most used words in the language you’re learning, you’ll be able to prioritize those words first, that way you know at least the bare minimum.
Find Conversation Workbooks or free Language Apps.
When first starting a new language, it is recommended to practice your verbs and vocabulary on workbooks and apps like Duolingo. To get free workbooks, I recommend checking your library, or making an account on hoopla or libby through your library.
Talk to People Online or find a Friend or Family Member to Talk to.
There is not much to say about this tip other than the fact that friends, family, and people online can help you perfect your accent and grammatical errors in the language you’re learning.
Write a Daily Journal.
When I wrote a daily journal every day, I was able to constantly be practicing new words I learned. Additionally, you can always go back and reread what you wrote.