• 26th September, 2013

10 tips to learn languages

We offer you ten recommendations that will help you learn languages in a more efficient and easier way. Take note!

1- Set a goal

In order to have success in your learning, it is very useful setting a clear goal. Not only is it important to know exactly why you want to learn a language and how you want to get it. It is also important to establish a short term plan in order to go forward towards your goal. Lingualia offers you the chance to set your weekly goals according to your available time. It also lets you check your progress day by day.

2- Don’t be afraid of making mistakes

Mistakes are part of the learning process. You don’t have to be afraid of making them. When we start studying a new language, everything is unknown for us. We aren’t familiar with its structure, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. This fact can lead us make mistakes but this is the most common thing when learning something new. Be patient, it is always better to do less very well than a great deal badly.

Don't be afraid

3- Practice makes perfect

Practising is not only facing theory. We need to learn how to apply all of what we have learnt into different contexts and situations. In order to do that, we can use different resources such as the press, music or videos all in the language you are learning. Lingualia gives you access to a series of practical activities called ‘Smart Activities’. They allow you to express yourself in the language you are studying.

4- Go beyond: don’t keep just the basics

A language is more than words. We have to take into account the context in which a language is used. Yes, we are talking about culture. Languages are a faithful reflection of the mindset of their speakers. Knowing aspects such as traditions, gastronomy, history or art production will help us understand in a better way the foreign language as well as the context in which it is placed.

Go beyond

5- Have fun

Who said studying is boring? We didn’t! Why would you be facing traditional materials for hours on end when you could be learning by playing? At Lingualia there are games! They will allow you to progress in a more dynamic and funny way.

6- Participate actively

When you learn a language, your intention is to communicate with others no matter if they are native speakers or students in general. Socialising will let you take into account the community contributions. Collaborative learning generates benefits since everybody learns from everybody.

Participate

7- Don’t remain in doubt

When we deal with a new language, it’s not strange that some questions come up. It’s important to answer them in order to go forward and avoid getting stuck. In case of doubt, check it with your teacher, your colleagues or with the community you belong to. We recommend you not to memorise anything without understanding it previously. After all, you need to understand first in order to learn afterwards.

8- Take your time

Take your time

Distribute your time in a sensible way. Don’t demand to yourself more than what you can achieve and remember that time must take its course.

If you only have ten minutes a day, set a goal that you know you can achieve taking into account the available time you have.

 

9- Travel

If you have the opportunity, plan a travel to one of the countries where the language you are learning is spoken. Organise your agenda in order to visit the most remarkable places. Not only will you enjoy the experience, but also you’ll have the chance to put into practice what you have learnt. You will also have the opportunity to improve aspects such as pronunciation, intonation, and rhythm as well as your listening skills.

10- Share your experience

Don’t be selfish! Share with your friends and family your goals, evolution, and results. Sharing them will be helpful for you and that will motivate you to go on. And, who knows? Maybe some friends or family members might feel encouraged to follow in your footsteps.

Share your experience

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