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How to Learn a Language – The Most Effective Tips to Acquire Any Foreign Language Fast

How to Learn a Language Fast – The Most Effective Tips to Acquire Any Foreign Language

You want to learn a new language successfully and as quickly and efficiently as possible? Then you've come to the right place! If you speak one or more foreign languages, it is easier to immerse yourself in foreign cultures, meet new people or understand international films in their original language. Almost automatically, you also increase your own career opportunities. The list of benefits of language learning really goes on and on. The bottom line is that you are furthering your personal development.

You think you don't have the time? No problem! In this article, I would like to give you some valuable tips that you can use to improve your language skills easily and almost in passing! Let's go!

1. know your reasons!

Only those who know their goal will find the way! So that you are permanently motivatedSo you should know why you really want to learn English, Spanish, French or a completely different foreign language.

Maybe you want to have an in-depth conversation with a friend in their native language - or simply read and understand a book in the original language. You may just want to impress someone or simply advance your career. A learning a new language has countless advantages! Whatever makes you want to improve your foreign language skills: you should always have it in mind!

2. read books in foreign language

Read book in foreign language

Of course, you need a certain basic vocabulary to read a book in a foreign language. But if you already had English, Spanish or French at school, that might be enough. Even if it is annoying in the short term to have to look up a word more often, it trains your language skills in the medium to long term - and also your General knowledge improved itself!

Tip: If you are reading with an e-reader, you can display the translations at the click of a button without having to constantly flip through the pages.

3. watch movies and series in other languages

Not only books, but also movies and podcasts I consume in English whenever possible. In fact, with most English-language movies and series, the actual performance of the actors comes across much better in their original language. If you make it a routine to regularly watch movies in a foreign language, understanding and speaking the particular, new language, will become much easier over time. Having a hard time? Then just turn on the Subtitle on. This works for streaming services - and for YouTube videos, too, by the way.

4. spend time abroad

You want to learn a new language? Then spend more time abroad. Preferably several months! Because so you "force" yourself to get involved with the local language.

Here are a few suggestions to help you improve your language skills abroad:

  • Language travel
  • Aupair
  • Work & Travel
  • Internship abroad
  • Volunteer
  • World trip or longer vacation trip
  • "Home office" as a digital nomad abroad

5. talk to people in the language they speak

You don't have to have a perfect command of a language to be able to converse with others in your native tongue. Rather, seek a challenge and use the vocabulary you have available. With every sentence you or your counterpart speaks, you can only learn. To increase the learning effect, you should always ask questions if you are unclear. And in case of need, there are always hands and feet to communicate!

Notice: Do you actually know how incredibly likeable it makes you to others when you make every effort to speak their language, even if you don't know it yet? Try it and you'll see 🙂 .

6. set aside daily study time with learning programs

Nothing is more boring than sitting in front of the computer for hours cramming vocabulary. But even already 15 - 30 minutes a day mit einem Lernprogramm reichen, um deine Sprachkenntnisse erheblich zu verbessern. Ich nehme mir aktuell einfach morgens und abends je 15 Minuten für eine neue Sprache mit der Babbel App*. This makes learning a new language fun and still leaves time for the usual things in private and professional everyday life.

7. find a learning partner

Ideally, you are not the only one in your environment who has decided to learn a new language. Maybe you can find someone who would like to learn a new language with you. Then you can push each other and you converse with each other in the respective foreign language. In any case, learning together makes your plan more binding and makes it harder to back out unnoticed 😉 .

Maybe you have someone among your friends who already speaks the language fluently? That would of course be perfect for the greatest possible learning effect!

8. lead instructive self-talks

It sounds silly, but it's no joke! In fact, if you don't have a study partner, talking to yourself in the language you're learning is one of the best tips for improving your foreign language skills. Simply apply what you have learned and babble something to yourself. Learning by doing is the motto! Because with every sentence you learn or speak, your language skills deepen.

9. integrate what you have learned or need to learn into your daily life

You want to learn the new language as quickly as possible? Then surround yourself with the language every day, whenever possible. This will help you learn and internalize individual vocabulary words or entire sentences. much more intense and effective.

Read books and watch movies in the foreign language, glue small PostIts with the appropriate translations on the furniture and objects in your home and write a letter to a special person in the new language.

10. learn like a child

Woman looking over a book

Kindern ist es völlig Wurst, ob sie ein Wort falsch aussprechen oder drei Fehler in einen Satz hauen. Sie machen sich nicht den Druck, alles perfekt machen zu müssen.

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

Albert Einstein (more under Error Quotes)

Und so solltest du es auch angehen, wenn du eine neue Sprache möglichst schnell und effektiv lernen möchtest. Alles was dich diesem Ziel näher bringt, hilft. Dazu zählen auch unangenehme und vermeintlich peinliche Momente.

Learning a new language made easy!

Es klingt so banal, aber wenn du dir eine neue Sprache beibringen willst, dann solltest du sie am besten jeden Tag sprechen, schreiben oder hören. Das regelmäßige Lernen mit Babbel (hier geht's zu den Kursen*) hat mir persönlich am besten geholfen.

Ich hoffe, dass ich dir mit diesem Artikel dabei helfen kann, deine Sprachkenntnisse zu verbessern und dich persönlich weiterzuentwickeln. Ein letzter Tipp noch, falls es im Text noch nicht herüberkam: hab Spaß beim Lernen der neuen Sprache. Dann klappt es ganz sicher!

Hast du Fragen, Anregungen oder weitere Tipps zum Lernen einer neuen Sprache? Dann freue ich mich auf deinen Kommentar.

Stay inquisitive,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS: The Blog for personal development plays an important role on the way to a more sustainable society. Learn there, for example, why you should read regularly. Have fun!

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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