You never appreciate the benefits of knowing another language unless you visit a new country. It’s much easier to communicate if you can speak a few words in the local language. Given below are a few tips that might help you when you start learning a new language. It may be an uphill battle but if you keep at it and persevere you’ll eventually succeed. It may even become a new qualification on your resume.
Find a partner to practice
Sometimes it can be hard to motivate yourself when you’re learning by yourself. But if you learn with another friend, you can motivate each other. One of you can teach the other what he knows. And you can also test each other on what you’ve learnt. Learning will become more fun and interesting.
Try talking to yourself
Run the words and phrases in your mind now and then to keep track of what you learn. You can practice conversations in front of the mirror. If you’re wary of talking to yourself out loud outside, then do it at home. You can keep a running commentary on what you do. It may sound unusual but it will help a lot. It’s fine to make mistakes. What matters is that you keep on trying.
Learn what is relevant
Start with basic conversations. You don’t need to learn to have profound discussions or debates. All you have to know are the simple things like how to order food at a restaurant or how to ask for a bus pass from a vendor. Sometimes you may not even visit the country. But it’ll be enough if you can understand the songs or a movie or a television drama. Most people start out with English if it’s not their native language. You can even start teaching on that subject if you get good enough. For example, if you’re teaching English overseas, it’s better to complete TESOL courses. A lot of things are in English nowadays and it can be very beneficial to be fluent in it.
Watch other people talk
Watch movies or television dramas and really pay attention to how they phrase their questions and how they pronounce words. This will give you a good insight on how to use what you know effectively. And if you have any friends who speak the same language, practice with them. You’re bound to get it wrong the first time but with practice, you’ll be able to perfect your style. You can even listen to the radio and gradually you will learn to understand the dialect. You can even try your conversational skills on a stranger if you’re brave enough.