In the wake of globalization and democracy, learning foreign languages has become the first point in the modern “To-Do” list of every person in the world.
According to the 2017 statistics provided by Internet World Stats, English still leads the list of the most used languages on the Internet and worldwide. Followed by Chinese and Spanish, these are three languages of international economics, trade, and negotiations.
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And today’s requirement is if you want to become successful at any job, you need to know at least one foreign language and speak it fluently.
The best time to start learning a foreign language is when you’re a student at the university because it’s when you start realizing what you need a foreign language for and where can you apply it in your future job.
But among so many tips on how to learn a foreign language, how can you easily figure out what to do and what not to do when learning a foreign language? Don’t worry! We’ve picked 7 basic dos and don’ts for you to make language learning process as effective as possible!
- DON’T rush into it
Language learning process must be well-planned. If you learn a foreign language by yourself, create a do-it-yourself plan, where you will define your goals, create your own syllabus and most importantly – set a believable, realistic time frame.
Take your time: elaborate your every move before you actually start.
- DO enjoy the process
No matter, whether you’re forced to learn a language at the university, or you’re studying it on your own, this process requires a lot of enthusiasm and faith that you can actually do it. Picture yourself speaking a foreign language with the natives who’re praising you for your excellent knowledge. How you treat the process of language learning defines your future success.
- DON’T forget to practice every day
Language learning is something that requires practice every day, especially if you want to achieve more. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stew over books and dictionaries to do that.
Download one of the language learning apps, they are interactive, challenging and require minimum effort.
- DO write more
Writing is one of the best ways to exercise your knowledge. Become a blog writer or an essay writer and write entries to your own blog in a foreign language you’re learning. At first, you might make some mistakes, but the more you write, the more experience you get.
- DON’T shy away
If you get stopped by a stranger who asks you in a foreign language about directions, don’t shy away if you actually know how to answer. Exercise your skills. This is necessary to overcome language barrier in order to speak fluently.
- DO communicate with native speakers
This is the finest resource of your knowledge. Find out about places where you can meet a native speaker in person and communicate.
Another option is communicating with natives online. Nowadays you can register in one of the social networks designed specifically for language learners. Feel free to ask them questions about something you don’t understand about language learning. They will definitely give you the most accurate answer.
- DON’T be afraid of mistakes
Mistakes are the most valuable resource you can learn from. Learning a new language is the process where you can’t avoid making a mistake. All languages are different and it’s very hard to avoid confusion.
Keep track of your mistakes and erase every one of them each time you’ve corrected your mistake. Write down the reasons why you’ve made a mistake and the solution for it. Next time you repeat your mistake, you’ll have an answer ready.
For sure, the process of language learning requires a lot of time and effort. However, if you don’t have self-belief and sense of purpose, you’ll definitely fail. If you’re in the beginning of the language learning process you might feel insecure about everything: your accent, how you build your sentences and so on. This feeling is completely normal, but to succeed you need to suppress it. This is hard, for sure, but you need to keep moving.
So the last “DO” you should always remember about is staying confident at every stage of this time and effort-consuming process.