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Sunday, Sep 26, 2021

DIY: Impress your friends by learning another language

Learning another language can be tough, but it is doable. No matter what language you choose to take, whether for school or for pleasure, there are some great ways to learn a new language.
Make flashcards. Small white flashcards are always good to have. Keep them small so you can fit them in your pocket. That way, you can bring them with you wherever you go.
Any time you’re sitting and waiting for something, or you have some down time, pull out those flashcards and flip through them. The more often you do that, the better chance of you learning and remembering them.
If you have a smart phone, there is a Quizlet app you can get that has flashcards you create on your phone. Anywhere you bring your phone is now also where you bring your flaschards!
Talk to other students. Find someone on campus who is a native speaker of the language you’re trying to learn. You can practice pronunciation and get an understanding of how the language sounds from a native speaker while at the sametime making new friends.
This will also make for a great opportunity to ask someone other than the teacher about the language and culture.
Youtube. Youtube is great for finding videos specifically made to help people learn another language.
People will often make a catchy song to help learn something that may be tricky.
Other videos where people explain grammar and sentence structure are helpful as well.
Also, try and find some international vloggers, and watch their videos in your language of choice.
Watch TV and listen to international radio. Some of the best ways to really become competent in learning another language are watching television and listening to the radio in that language.
It will be slow going at first, but the more often you do it, the better. You may not be able to know exactly what people are saying, but you’ll be able to recognize little words and phrases.
Visuals help with learning another language too. Watching how people gesture on TV as they talk definitely helps to get the point across.
Listening to songs in another language will help you get used to hearing and recognizing words. Plus, the perk of radio listening is that you can be doing something else while letting the radio play in the background.
Try online tutoring. Get extra practice in by setting up an account with an online language learning website. It’s great for helping you brush up on the basics so you don’t forget them while you delve deeper into the language.
The only downside is that sometimes these websites will charge you a small fee per month to continue using it. But if you do enough searching, you might find a free one somewhere.
Try some or all of these tips and see if they help you with learning your new language.
Good luck!


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