- Exposure. Listen to audiobooks, read books, and watch movies in your target language (preferably with target-language subtitles). Whenever you can, as much as you can. Even if you don’t understand a thing in the beginning, eventually you’re bound to pick up a thing or two.
- Classes. Sign up for language classes, and more importantly, go to them! Be active. Do your homework. Watching movies or reading books in your target language may take you a long way, but some theory is necessary, and theoretical language exercises are an excellent supplement to exposure.
- Music. Listen to target language music, print out the lyrics and translate them. The ”repeat” button can do wonders for your learning process. It’s easy to learn a text if it’s accompanied by a melody, and if you know the meaning of the words as well, you might even pick up some grammar! Moreover, listening to songs over and over again is an excellent way of learning correct pronunciation.
- Tandem. Find a tandem partner at a local language institute or through online international communities, such as Couchsurfing or Internations. Meet up regularly and get that talking machinery going!
- Speak. The sooner you get comfortable with sounding like an idiot, the sooner you will stop sounding like one. Don’t be shy! Speak as much as you possibly can. Yes, you will sound stupid in the beginning, and people will laugh at some of the mistakes you make, but so what? It’s entirely up to you how long you want this phase to last. Besides, even though you might sound like an idiot, people will think you’re awesome because of your confidence!
So what are you waiting for? Get started!