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How to learn a new language in 2019

Learning new languages at school is good if you have 5-7 years to spend on it, but as we grow older, time becomes more precious, simply because we have many more things that occupy our free time. So how do I learn a new language after school? What is the fastest way to learn? Are there any special learning methods? Can I do it on my own? We think we found the answers to these questions and we want to share them with you.

Learn a language the easy way

We have thought of 3 easy and enjoyable ways to practice and learn a new language – you can apply them everywhere. All you need is a phone, a laptop or a TV.

  1. Follow funny and interesting pages in the language you want to learn – on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to a Youtuber and watch some vlogs. This is an awesome way to enrich your language skills and to learn more about the culture, the way of speaking and the lingo.
  2. Find some good movies or TV series and watch them with subtitles in the same language. Thus, you will improve not only your hearing abilities, but you will see how the words are written – it’s like reading a book, but as you see the characters moving and their actions you can learn new words only by suggestion.
  3. Get into the music and learn. Find songs that you enjoy in the new language you want to learn, find the lyrics and start your own karaoke. It really works. Once you understand the lyrics you will learn the words in no time and you will start to use them in your speech.

There are many more fun ways to learn new words without actually sitting and writing them down: Playing games on your phone in the new language, reading some local online magazine or newspaper (you will start learning more about the country as well), finding people that speak the language and start writing to them.

Pro tip: you can put some sticky notes on items at your home with the words in the language you want to learn. Just after a few days you will memorise them.

Mobile apps for learning a new language

What item is with you 24/7, when it is not in your purse or pocket it is in your hands, it even sleeps next to you every night? Yes, the smartphone – your best friend in finding information and staying in touch with everyone and the world. We suggest that you use it for some language learning while taking the bus, waiting for your classes to start, lying on the sofa, or outside in the park. Just install some of the following learning apps and start learning and practicing the new language:

  • Duolingo – open the app, choose your language and start the course for free. Duolingo uses pictures, texts and audio to help you learning new words. The more you advance the more difficult it will get and the more it adapts to your own language skills. We just advise not to strive to get things harder very fast – stay on some lower levels until you learn all the new vocabulary there.

The app is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Web

  • Busuu – a very easy to use app where you can choose your language level from the beginning - Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, or Travel. The Beginner level is very useful for students that already live in a foreign country and struggle to understand the locals. After you complete a lesson you will have exams to solidify your knowledge and use of the new words. The app uses pictures and audio; you are also required to use the correct words in sentences or just associate them with pictures or audio.

The app is available on: iOS, Android, Web

  • Google Translate – yup, good old google translate! It helps a lot when you are looking for a word and you wonder how to pronounce it. You can translate texts, handwriting and even voice. It doesn’t offer lessons, games or tests, but it is the best way to check a word you just can’t remember. You can even use it to translate whole phrases when stuck in a foreign country – it works without any internet connection - just download the language pack that you need beforehand.

The app is available on: iOS, Android, Web

There are hundreds more different apps that use different learning methods. Just browse them and find the one that will suit your way and needs of learning.

Don’t be afraid to make errors

As a conclusion we would like to share with you our wisest advice that is tested widely and helps everyone learning a new language.

It is common, that most people learning a new language build some kind of barrier in their minds, that doesn’t allow them to speak freely, since they are afraid they will make errors and sound funny. Try to demolish the barrier as soon as possible – no one will make fun of your effort. On the contrary, they will appreciate it and be eager to help you, talk to you and teach you new words, or how to pronounce the ones that you already know.

The fastest way to become more fluent in a language is to use it as often as possible without being 100% accurate all the time. Even if you make grammatical, vocabulary or tonal errors it is important that you express yourself and that you are understood. Always aim to use all the words that you know in different situations before you start learning more new ones.

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