What if I don’t have the skill to learn a language on my own? What if I’m not a self-taught kind of person?
These questions will never be a problem any more! We all have this skill if we really try hard to learn anything we want. It will be difficult in the beginning because our biggest obstacle will always be ourselves and our willingness to study.
During years, I tried to enhance my English by looking for all kinds of English lessons and at the end the best way to finally reach my goal of being fluent in this language was going abroad. It never occurred to me that I could buy all sorts of books in addition to my regular lessons at school, so it took me a long time because I was always depending on my parents to pay for my education (I was clearly NOT trying hard enough!).
Things now are so different! English is not a problem but what happens when you go abroad and English is not the main language?
A few months ago I decided to do an internship in Germany and although many people speak English here, it’s impossible to enjoy your experience 100% if you don’t immerse yourself into the language! But this time my parents were not here to help!
What could I do then if I couldn’t afford any expensive German language school? I had to LEARN on my own! And even though I used to think I was not a self-taught person, I’m managing to learn as much as I can by following the tips below!
5 Tips to learn on your own
1. Schedule your study time!
If you never make space to learn then you can be sure you will never do! Most importantly, once you settle the time you’ll be focusing on your learning, do it on a daily basis!
2. Understand and write down grammar rules
This might be the most boring part of learning a new language from scratch but it will definitely help you to learn faster and to enhance your writing skills. Besides without grammar there’s no language! Write them down and add some notes depending on your study habits so it’s easier for you to understand and remember each and everyone one of them.
3. Find music and understand the lyrics
Music is always good! Full of vocabulary that might help you with pronunciation. Find your favourite artist and song, analyze the lyrics, write them down and learn them by heart. You will for sure learn loads of new words with music!
Grammar, literature and even magazines are extremely important when it comes to learning a language. I suggest you to read out loud so you can hear your voice and pronunciation. Mark the words you don’t understand so you can look for them on a dictionary (bab.la would be the perfect choice!).
5. Online resources
Dictionaries, language chats, online lessons, YouTube videos, online vocabulary cards…
There are hundreds of websites related to languages that could really help you and support any time you want. You just need to set an objective and do all you can to reach it!
Do you know any other learning tips? What do you do to practice the language you are learning? Share your comments with us!