Learning never exhausts the mind. - Leonardo Da Vinci
Learning has no age, but a continuous process and a real learner always look for opportunities to learn from anyone to everyone. Age cannot stop a person from learning. An individual who wants to learn something can learn it at any age and from anyone. The age of the teacher also doesn’t matter. A young person can teach an old person, and vice versa is also true.
Learning is always fun and a valuable skill. Learning increases your chances of success and enhances your personality. Globalization has brought the world closer, and the people belonging to different ethnicities are coming together and learning each other’s culture. Language is an important aspect of one’s culture and to survive in a foreign land, it is important for a person to get a hold on the native language. This post will provide some valuable tips that can help you becoming a fluent speaker and adopt a new style.
Set a goal- before start learning a new language, you should give yourself valid reasons as to why you want to learn a particular language. Set a goal for yourself and remind yourself of the goal on a regular basis. Give yourself a convincing reason and tell yourself that this learning can directly take you to a place that you always wanted to go.
Start learning the right way- Try and understand the meaning and usage of the words of the language that you want to learn. If you want to learn a new language, you have to learn the new words of that language first; then you can form sentences and speak or write that particular language. But don’t try and learn each and every word, there may be some words that are of no use for you, and you can skip them.
Use technology for upgrading your skills- You can use your phones and laptop to learn a new foreign language. Many applications have been made to make people learn new languages. Duolingo is an app that offers personalized training. There are several exercises at the end of each lesson, which can evaluate your progress and you can use the app as per your convenience.
Take online classes- The Internet is an excellent source of information, and a person can use the internet as per his needs. If you do not have time to attend classes, you can take help from internet sources and learn a new language. There are paid online courses, and a person can enroll and take video sessions to learn a new language. Audiobooks can also help a person learn a new language.
Watch people talk- Books cannot teach the entire thing, for example while writing assignments a person has to gain some practical knowledge of the subject matter. While learning a new language, it is important to watch the people speak and learn the accent and usage of words. When you look at people while talking, carefully observe how they are pronouncing words. If you cannot see people talking in person, start watching movies and videos of the language that you are learning and try to catch the accent.
Listen- Listening is an art that teaches you many things. It is always said that you must listen before you speak. While speaking we say what we already know, but while listening, we always learn something new. Listening can help you understand the usage of words and their pronunciation. Humans can articulate any accent, once they get to hold on it. The hold only comes from listening.
Talk to yourself- Most of the times people fail to learn a new language because they do not have someone with whom they can practice, this should not be an excuse and if you cannot find someone to speak with, try talking to yourself. Try and think in the language that you want to learn and put your thoughts into words. Mirror exercise is a good alternative to practice. Stand in front of a mirror and talk to yourself. Don’t forget to make eye contact to be more convincing and realistic.
Be Confident- Learning just like making assignments cannot be done overnight, but it requires proper time and patience. While learning a new language, you have to be tolerant and persistent. Have faith in oneself is the key. Tell yourself that you are confident enough to master the new language soon. Don’t rush into things and be realistic about your learning.
Do not get afraid of making mistakes- Initially, you are going to make a lot of errors, but don’t let your mistakes stop you from learning. Learn from your mistakes and try to avoid them. When people correct you, take it in a positive way and thank them for their honest criticism. Sometimes, you might say something funny, but laugh at it and do not take it personally and stop your learning in midway.