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5 Tips to learn any language

If you currently think that you could never become bilingual, here are 5 tried and tested tips for boosting your language learning and to help you achieve fluency much faster.

The idea of learning a language seems anything but fast, but learning a new language doesn’t need to be a slow or tedious process.

Follow the right strategy and dedicate yourself to the process.

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1. Understand your motivation

If you have a good reason to learn a language, you are likely to stay motivated for the long-term. For example, wanting to understand a new culture in their own language or the desire to work abroad in the near future.

2. Find a Friend or Partner

Learning with somebody else will help keep you motivated and push both of you to try harder. Having somebody to practice with and learn from is a great way to go about it. Being able to speak with a real, live person will help you to feel much more motivated about learning the language.

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3. Talk, talk, talk

Avoid getting lost in textbooks. Real-life practice (talking & listening) is the best way to learn, you will learn how to use the language relevant to you & pick up everyday language. This is not possible from a fictional person in a textbook who wants to tell you about the contents of their bag!

4. Have Fun & Make Mistakes

The key to learning anything is to have a willingness to make mistakes – this can be tricky for some. Acknowledging the fact that you do not know everything and to be okay with that is key. Put yourself out there; talk to strangers or try using the local slang. This can be scary, but the more you do this, the more comfortable you’ll be in new situations.

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5. Cultural Immersion

Immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen language. Eat its food, watch movies and series, listen to music & learn lyrics, read about the country/countries where it’s spoken, and seek out news articles relating to what’s happening there.

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This blog post was written & published by Intern Colombia on 19 March 2021


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