This is going to be my first post ever of this new topic, I hope you like it.
How to: learn a new language — tips and advices
As you may know, I’m Italian so English isn’t my mother tongue, but I can understand it and I can make others understand me.
So I thought about giving you some tips on how to learn a new language.
Obviously I suggest you to learn a base by online lessons or taking them by people who teach the language you want to learn.
For example I started learning English at school where my New Yorker teacher taught me the grammar, the culture in England, United States and Australia and I also did some listening & comprehension, conversation and reading.
It could help you to reach at least a low level (and not start from zero).
But if you don’t want to take lessons or right after you took them, there are a few self-making options:
1 – READING: books, newspaper’s and magazines are really helpful if you read them in the language you want to learn. Especially newspaper’s because journalists use an update version of the vocabulary.
For books I suggest you to start from those you have read in your own language, so you can easily understand what’s going on in the story.When you feel confident enough to read a book that you’ve never read then do it.
I personally started by reading the first Harry Potter book, which I read in Italian when I was eleven years old. The Fault In Our Stars was the first book that I read in English (and I didn’t know the story).
2 – LISTENING: you can enjoy a song, sing along or dance to it but they can help you to learn new words or whole sentences too.
Folk songs can give you informations about the culture, the traditions and the customs of the places where the language is spoken.
I still listen to English radio or try to guess the lyrics of an unknown song or go and look for the lyrics online and try to translate it by myself.
3 – LISTENING &WATCHING: This is personally my favorite step, because it involves tv series, movies and the news which are great to improve yourselves in that language.
You can watch movies that you know well in the selected language or just watch never-seen movies/tv series with subtitles underneath.
From my experience I can tell you that a thing that helped me a lot to learn English is youtube. If you read one of my previous posts you’ll know that I love youtube and youtube videos, because they’re cheering and full of any kind of tutorials.
I watch far too many British youtubers and also a bunch of American and Australian, they really helped me to improve my English. I would say that they did half of the job of all the other step summed up together, and I’m not exaggerating.
Youtube is full of youtubers from every country so when you feel confident enough to watch something that can also cheer you up, go and watch some videos.
At the beginning it won’t be easy, I’m going to be honest I had to see videos many times before understanding every single word. Sometimes I still don’t get everything they say.
But the most important thing is that you keep practicing and you don’t give up. Give time to time and slowly you’ll understand almost perfectly the language you decided to learn.
I hope this will help you some way or at least gave you the inspiration for other kind of steps that I haven’t mentioned. (If you want to share with others your tips on how to learn a new language feel free to do it in the comments, so we can all try to improve ourselves)