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6 Top Tips for Getting Started with a New Language

The hardest part of learning any new language is getting started! Here are some ideas to help you speak up those first steps and keep motivated as you start on your language learning journey.

Start With the 100 Most Used Words

Learning a new language is a big commitment and it can be very difficult to know where to start. One of the best ways to feel as if you are making progress quickly is to focus on the 100 most common words used in that language.

The great thing about this approach is that it’s a clear, achievable goal that will help you to make progress very quickly. Even better, after very little time, you’ll already be able to identify and understand many words used in ordinary conversation in your target language.

Study in Short Bursts

In all the excitement of starting your new language, you might be tempted to cram in as much as possible and try to learn everything at once. The problem with that is that you will soon feel overwhelmed and find it difficult to remember what you’ve learned!

Bear in mind that your brain is adjusting to the new language and don’t push yourself too hard right from the start. It’s much better to put aside a smaller amount of time each day and work in short, intense burst with set goals

Get a Dictionary App

Keep building up your vocabulary by looking up new words and hearing how they sound. The easiest way to do that is to download a dictionary app with an audio feature, like Google Translate. This means you can search for words when they pop into your head and check the pronunciation.

Learn Pronunciation Patterns

A great way to learn a new language faster is to identify patterns in sets of words that always rhyme. For example, if you were an English speaker learning French, you would notice that many words that end in -ty in English end in -té in French, such as sécurité, réalité, gravité, etc.

This is easier with languages from the same family, or that use words from similar roots, as it often means you can guess the translation of many words. However, even when you are learning a language that’s completely different from your own, spotting pronunciation patterns will help you learn and remember new vocabulary much faster.

Have Conversations as Soon as You Can

The longer you wait until trying to use language in ‘real life’, the scarier it will be! Look for chances to use your target language as soon as possible, whether that’s by visiting a country that speaks that language, seeking out new friends who are native speakers, or finding a language buddy to practice with.

Make it Fun

Most importantly, enjoy yourself! The more fun you have as you learn a new language, the more you will want to keep doing it AND the more of the language you will be able to remember. Find ways to keep your learning interesting and engaging. The more laughter, the better!

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